With our usual Minerva Series being unable to take place on campus during the current pandemic, we are pleased to announce we will be running a series of virtual Minerva lectures to help us all make sense of the coronavirus crisis.

The global coronavirus pandemic is affecting everything we do. From our jobs, to our physical and mental health, to the economy, our politics and the climate. All aspects of our daily lives have changed in response to the crisis. To make sense of these uncertain times we are inviting our academics to share their research and expertise online across four topics: the social and political effects of the virus, the science of the virus, the health and wellbeing impacts and the economic and business impacts. The panellists will also answer your questions about the crisis.

Please see below to register for the first lecture. Registration for the following lectures will be added to the main Minerva webpage in due course.

The first lecture will explore the political and social impacts of the virus. What has already changed in response to the crisis and what will our society look like when the pandemic is over? To answer these questions and many more you will hear from: David Galbreath, Professor of International Security, Nick Pearce, Professor of Public Policy and Jennifer Thomson, Lecturer in Comparative Politics. The discussion will be hosted by Professor Brad Evans.

Full list of Virtual Minerva Series lectures

Friday 15 May: Making sense of the coronavirus crisis – political and social effects

Friday 29 May: Making sense of the coronavirus crisis – the science of the virus

Friday 12 June: Making sense of the coronavirus crisis – health and wellbeing effects

Friday 26 June: Making sense of the coronavirus crisis – economic and business impacts

Friday 10 July: Climate change, coronavirus and anxiety