International Virtual Panel Discussion: How is the coronavirus pandemic changing human health behavior?

The COVID-19 pandemic has made people behave differently. For more than a year, wearing mouth-nose protection, adhering to special distance and hygiene rules, and limited freedom of movement have influenced daily life.

During this international virtual panel discussion, experts will scientifically discuss how health-related human behavior has changed during the pandemic, which behavior will outlast this period, and to what extent health-related behavior might change after governmental restrictions have ended. We cordially invite you to this event and would appreciate an announcement of this date in your medium.

Leopoldina International Virtual Panel Discussion
“COVID-19 and Human Health Behavior: Impacts and Trends”
Tuesday, 8 June 2021
4:00 p.m. ‒ 5:15 p.m. Berlin
10:00 a.m. ‒ 11:15 a.m. Washington D. C.
11:00 a.m. ‒ 12:15 p.m. Brasília, Montevideo
Online via Zoom

The panel discussion is jointly organized by the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and the Brazilian Academy of Sciences (ABC). The experts will talk, among other things, about ways to influence human behavior considering the latest findings in cognitive, health, social and economic sciences. Debating at the podium:

  • Prof. Dr. Margareth Dalcolmo, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (FIOCRUZ), Rio de Janeiro/Brazil
  • Prof. Fernando Filgueira, PhD, Head of the Uruguay-Office of the United Nations Population Fund, Montevideo/Uruguay
  • Prof. Dr. Ralph Hertwig, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin/Germany, Member of the Leopoldina
  • Prof. Katherine L. Milkman, PhD, James G. Dinan Professor, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia/USA

This virtual live event will be moderated by the journalist Vivian Upmann.

The program and further information can be found at:

With this discussion, the Leopoldina continues its Leopoldina International Virtual Panel Series. The objective of the virtual panel discussions, organized in cooperation with the Leopoldina’s international partners, is to offer a virtual room for the global scientific community to convene and for the interested public to join the dialogue with scientists. Previous topics have been: “Challenges in COVID-19 Vaccination”, “COVID-19 and Multimorbidity: How to Deal with Multiple Infectious Diseases in Parallel?”, “The Hidden Crisis: Mental Health in Times of COVID-19” and “Contact Tracing Apps: Promising Tool in the Fight Against COVID-19?”.

The event is open to all interested parties and will be held in English. Participation is free of charge. Prior registration is required via the following link: After successful registration, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with a dial-in link for the webinar and a password. When using the ZOOM video conferencing system, the privacy policy of the provider applies:

If you, as a journalist, would like to attend this event, please register by email at:

With best regards
Caroline Wichmann

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About the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
As the German National Academy of Sciences, the Leopoldina provides independent science-based policy advice on matters relevant to society. To this end, the Academy develops interdisciplinary statements based on scientific findings. In these publications, options for action are outlined; making decisions, however, is the responsibility of democratically legitimized politicians. The experts who prepare the statements work in a voluntary and unbiased manner. The Leopoldina represents the German scientific community in the international academy dialogue. This includes advising the annual summits of Heads of State and Government of the G7 and G20 countries. With 1,600 members from more than 30 countries, the Leopoldina combines expertise from almost all research areas. Founded in 1652, it was appointed the National Academy of Sciences of Germany in 2008. The Leopoldina is committed to the common good.