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Discovery in a time of Pestilence - lessons for the future from exploration during the pandemic

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14 September 2021 11:00

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) cordially invites you to a conversation with Prof Lee Berger on Discovery in a time of Pestilence - lessons for the future from exploration during the pandemic.

The global pandemic has left many areas of science in disarray.  With international travel curtailed, laboratory spaces and field sites unsuitable due to transmission risks, many research projects have ceased, with scientists often adopting a “wait until we get back to normal” attitude.  However, as we find ourselves nearly a year and a half into the pandemic, and as new variants of COVID-19 arise, it is becoming clear that science must adapt to this “new normal”.  In this talk and discussion, Professor Berger will explore his team’s experiences during COVID-19, how they prepared for the pandemic in advance, and how they invented solutions for working in a COVID-19 world. These novel approaches have not only allowed his teams to keep working during even the height of the pandemic, but have resulted in spectacular new discoveries related to human origins. He will also explore what he perceives as the many potential opportunities that have arisen due to these global changes, many of which may have surprisingly long-term positive impact on scientists living and working outside of the global North.  

Date:  14 September 2021

Time:  11:00 – 12:00

Venue:  Zoom

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11:00 – 11:05  Welcome, Background and Introduction -  Prof Himla Soodyall, ASSAf Executive Officer

11:05 – 11:45   Discovery in a time of Pestilence - lessons for the future from exploration during the pandemic -   Prof Lee Berger, University of the Witwatersrand & The National Geographic Society 

11:45 – 11:55      Q&A  -  Facilitator: Prof Himla Soodyall

11:55 – 12:00      Closing - Prof Himla Soodyall


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