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

acta26

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

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

Discussion

The genetic code translation machinery as a therapeutical target
Ada Yonath

Discussion

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

Discussion

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

Discussion

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

Discussion

Controlling pandemics – science and public health
Chen Chien-Jen

Discussion

Announcement of Mario Molina's passing

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

Discussion

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

Discussion

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

Discussion

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

Discussion

Future public health systems
Ara W. Darzi

Discussion

Science and survival: insights from Astronomy
Ewine van Dishoeck

Discussion

TB control in the Covid19 era
Mohlopeni Marakalala

Discussion

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