This week the Pandemic Risk and Emergency Management (PANDEM) expert group met for the first time at the National University of Ireland Galway. PANDEM is a project funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, and aims to identify further research needed to strengthen pandemic surveillance, communications and governance in the European Union.
Over the next 18 months, diverse experts from PANDEM’s seven partner organisations will work to critically identify important gaps in technologies, systems and capacity for pandemic management and propose innovative solutions. Through a series of workshops and a final conference, consortium members will consult key stakeholder groups, related projects and representatives from a range of backgrounds to gain critical insight into key research gaps and possible solutions across these areas. Ultimately, the group’s research will contribute to enhancing the capacity of EU Member States to collaborate on cross border risk assessment, communications, response and recovery in the context of pandemics and epidemics.
The PANDEM project is coordinated by Professor Maire Connolly of the National University of Ireland in Galway, and brings together public sector and private sector groups including the Universite catholique de Louvain in Belgium, the World Health Organisation, the Public Health Agency of Sweden, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the United Kingdom.
Read more about the composition of the consortium here.