PANSOC webinar: The “Pandemic gap”

Joël Floris & Kaspar Staub, Institute of Evolutionary Medicine (IEM), University of Zurich, presents on the “Pandemic gap” at PANSOC webinar series 25th February 16:00-17:00 (CET). For ZOOM-link to the seminar, please e-mail us at:

See the full program of 9 webinars this spring here: PANSOC webinars – Centre for Research on Pandemics & Society (PANSOC) (

Blurb: “But as is so often the case in our country, the population is needed. We, dear fellow citizens, have it in our hands”: This public call from the President of the Swiss Confederation, Simonetta Sommaruga, on 21 March 2020 for all people to work together to counter the coronavirus pandemic is of utmost relevance because the population and its behaviour are the most important aspect in an epidemic. But experiences of past epidemics in the public at large are insufficient and we postulate a pandemic disaster memory gap, particularly in Switzerland among the general public. Consequently, we are calling for more science communication to a wider public, as well as to policy-makers.

For a short introduction to the concept of “Pandemic memory gap”, please see thus Op-Ed published in in Swiss Medical Weekly 12.11.2020: Swiss Medical Weekly – Op-eds – The “Pandemic Gap” in Switzerland across the 20th century and the necessity of increased science communication of past pandemic experiences (

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