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AIAS Seminar: Lone Simonsen

The COVID-19 pandemic: Key features and impact relative to historical pandemics

Info about event


Monday 2 November 2020,  at 14:15 - 15:30


Virtual (and possibly the AIAS Auditorium)



The talk is streamed via Zoom. Join URL: https://aarhusuniversity.zoom.us/j/66257994900 to attend virtually. 

Speaker: Lone Simonsen, epidemiologist and Professor at the Department of Science and Environment, Roskilde University, Denmark


I will talk about the “signatures” of the COVID-19 experience, seen through the lens of historical pandemics, What allowed the SARS-CoV-2 virus to spread globally under the radar? Is it the first coronavirus pandemic we have been through? How deadly is it? Does the coronavirus have an Achilles heel that explains the ability to achieve pandemic control through draconic mitigation strategies? What about the global picture? And how will it all end?

Short bio

Lone Simonsen is a professor of population health sciences at RUC, and a research professor of Global Health at the George Washington U. in DC. She worked for 25+ years on infectious disease epidemiology at the US-CDC in Atlanta, the WHO in Geneva and the US-NIH in Bethesda. She leads PandemiX, a research effort supported by Carlsberg Foundation to model past and present pandemics. She is a member of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences & Letters.

What is an AIAS Seminar?

The AIAS Seminar is a session of seminars held by the AIAS fellow or by other speakers proposed by the fellows. In each seminar, one fellow will present and discuss his/her current research and research project, closing off with a question and discussion session.

All seminars are held in English.