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Microbiologist Professor Ed Feil talks about the science behind the spread of COVID-19 and answers your questions.

  • 19 May 2020, 2.00pm to 19 May 2020, 2.45pm BST (GMT +01:00)
  • This is an online event.
  • This event is free

The global coronavirus pandemic has shaken up our world as we know it. Stories about COVID-19 dominate the news and it seems like it's impossible to have a conversation without someone dropping the "c-word."

With all the noise it can be hard to sort fact from fiction. So what can science tell us about how and why COVID-19 has affected the world's population so quickly, and what about the methods that are being used to control the spread of SARS-CoV-2?

Join Professor Momna Hejmadi, Faculty of Science Associate Dean (Learning & Teaching), and Professor Ed Feil, Professor of Bacterial Evolution, as they discuss the science behind the spread and tackle some of your questions about the coronavirus.

This event is free to attend. Register and submit your questions to Ed and Momna in advance by contacting

Our Speakers

Professor Momna Hejmadi

Faculty of Science Associate Dean (Learning & Teaching)
Professor of Bioscience Education and Technology, Milner Centre for Evolution

Momna oversees the Faculty of Science’s undergraduate and postgraduate taught learning, teaching and student experience for the 7 departments within the faculty. She was awarded the UK National Teaching Fellowship (NTF) in 2015.

Professor Ed Feil

Professor of Bacterial Evolution, Milner Centre for Evolution

Ed's research interests lie in using sequence data to study bacterial pathogens in humans and animals, both from a point of view of managing infections (molecular epidemiology) but also in terms of understanding fundamental evolutionary dynamics. He was awarded the Zoological Society of London Scientific Medal in 2010, and was an ISI highly cited researcher in 2015.

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