Science and Survival. A focus on SARS-CoV-2 and connections between large-scale risks for life on this planet and opportunities of science to address them


Proceedings of the Plenary Session
7-9 October 2020
J. von Braun, M. Sánchez Sorondo (eds)
Acta 26
Vatican City 2020

Welcome and Introduction to the Plenary
Joachim von Braun

Welcome and Message from Pope Francis
Msgr. Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo

Session 1: SARS-CoV-2 & COVID-19 and other infections – scientific insights and health policy

Introduction by Chair Wolf Singer

Global health policy responses to current and future pandemics
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Update on testing and on the development of a COVID-19 vaccine
Francis Delmonico and Ann Woolley


The genetic code translation machinery as a therapeutical target
Ada Yonath


Cardiovascular risk factors in SARS-Cov-2 infection: prevention and treatments
Salvador Moncada


Issues to be considered when implementing the standardized Tuberculosis Contact Investigation in a setting with Routine Tuberculosis Contact Invitation: An experience from the Kisumu County, Western Kenya, 2014-2015
Barbara Burmen


Final Discussion Session 1

Session 2: SARS-CoV-2 & COVID-19

Global health, bio-/digital transformations, and health for all

Introduction by Chair Joachim von Braun

Science and Survival – with a focus on SARS-CoV-2 and opportunities of science
Francis Collins

Science systems responses to pandemics
Marcia McNutt


Controlling pandemics – science and public health
Chen Chien-Jen


Announcement of Mario Molina's passing

Role of academies of science in promoting international collaboration in health sciences
Mohamed Hassan


Photodynamic Therapy in the Context of Covid-19
Vanderlei S. Bagnato


A Marshall Plan for Urban Health in Africa’s Cities: Health-proofing the future: a planetary health foresight approach to post-COVID-19 reset in rapidly growing cities
Tolu Oni


Final Discussion Session 2

Session 3: SARS-CoV-2 & COVID-19

Science and the understanding of risks and uncertainties

Introduction by Chair Martin Rees

Statistical analyses of risks and uncertainties related to pandemics
David Spiegelhalter


Future public health systems
Ara W. Darzi


Science and survival: insights from Astronomy
Ewine van Dishoeck


TB control in the Covid19 era
Mohlopeni Marakalala


Discussion and conclusions

Closed Session for Academicians

Self-presentations of new Academicians

Frances H Arnold

David C. Baulcombe

John D. Barrow Self-presentation and Commemoration (+ 27 September 2020, Physics and Mathematics) Martin Rees

Elaine Fuchs

Fabiola Gianotti

Stefan W. Hell

Jürgen A. Knoblich

Eric S. Lander

José N. Onuchic

Stefano Piccolo

Maryanne Wolf

Commemorations of deceased Academicians

Frank Press (+ 29 January 2020, Earth and Environmental Sciences) V. Ramanathan

Manfred Eigen (+ 6 February 2019, Chemistry, Nobel Prize 1967) Gerhard Ertl

George V. Coyne (+ 11 February 2020, Astrophysics) Brother Guy Consolmagno

Daniel Adzei Bekoe (+ 5 September 2020, Chemistry–X-ray Cristallography)

Govind Swarup (+ 7 September 2020, Astrophysics) Pierre Léna

Mario Molina (+ 7 October 2020, Chemistry) Ulrich Pöschl