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This week the Pandemic Risk and Emergency Management (PANDEM) project brought together  50 experts to review the project’s research so far, and guide the refinement and prioritisation of its proposals to improve pandemic preparedness and response across the European Union.

The forum convened individuals from nine Member States with expertise spanning the microbiology, information technology, defence, emergency management and serious gaming sectors, as well as crucial representatives from the European Commission’s DG HOME, DG SANTE and ECDC.

Three multi-disciplinary groups discussed research priorities identified by the PANDEM project around six topics including surveillance and information management, logistics, governance, communications, training and diagnostics. Discussions focused on gathering expert input on related approaches and tools from non-health sectors, strengthening cooperation for pandemic management and providing solutions that cater for a variety of user needs and experiences.

Solutions examined spanned integrated systems for population-based surveillance, visual analytics, epidemic and resource modelling, diagnostics and laboratory information management, E-learning/game based learning and real-time capacity/capability mapping across the EU. Other potential solutions feeding into this included the development of model legal frameworks, systems to enable risk communications principles to be better used and standardised training programmes for public health law and risk communications.

Ultimately, these conversations allowed refinement and prioritisation of solutions to gaps identified by the PANDEM consortium, which will then be shaped for consideration as an EU Phase II demonstration project. The PANDEM consortium is now developing a roadmap that will include a selection of these solutions for inclusion in a Demonstrator Project to be completed by February 2017.

If you would like to be part of the final workshop discussing these proposals in spring 2017, get in touch