Bridging the Gap between Scientists and the Public – Human Behaviour Research and its Communication in Pandemic Times
24 August 2021 (Tue)
4pm – 5:10pm (HKT)
9am – 10:10am (UKT)
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Dr Stavroula KOUSTA, Chief Editor, Nature Human Behaviour, Nature Publishing Group
Human behaviour has been critical in shaping the COVID-19 pandemic, and the actions of individuals, groups, nation states and international bodies have all had a role to play in curbing its spread. This means that insights from the behavioural, social and health sciences have been and will continue to be invaluable throughout the course of the pandemic. The behavioural, social and health science communities responded rapidly to the crisis by sharing insights from the existing literature and, importantly, by mobilising swiftly to collect new, directly applicable evidence to guide policy and assist individuals, communities and governments in managing the pandemic. At the same time, behavioural, social and health scientists have faced the challenge of balancing the urgent need for evidence to guide policy with the need to communicate uncertainties responsibly. In this talk, Dr Kousta will discuss how the pandemic reshaped how human behavioural research is carried out and communicated, as well as the challenges in bridging the gap between science, policy and the general public in a time of crisis.
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