Maths versus pandemics: the COVID-19 story

Professor Julia Gog

  • 23 October 2023, 18:00 – 19:00
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Lecture Theatre
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Unfortunately, modelling of infectious disease no longer needs as much introduction as it did before 2020. The use of mathematical approaches during the COVID-19 pandemic was very visible, both for aiding policy decisions, and for the public understanding of the unfolding pandemic. In this lecture, I will give a speed introduction to the ideas of mathematical modelling, how we were able to contribute to scientific advice to the UK government, and also something of my personal story on science communication during the pandemic.


Julia Gog is the Professor of Mathematical Biology, at DAMTP, Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge, and the David N. Moore Fellow in mathematics at Queens’ College Cambridge. Julia’s research is in the spread and evolution of infectious disease, particularly influenza. Julia contributed to the scientific advice to the UK government during the COVID-19 emergency, as a member of the modelling group SPI-M, and as a participant of SAGE. Julia is co-lead of the JUNIPER consortium which brings together epidemiological research across several UK universities. Julia is also a keen supporter of mathematics outreach and is the Director of the Millennium Mathematics Project.

Julia Gog was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2020 Birthday Honours for services to academia and the COVID-19 response.


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Bristol-Myers Squibb Lecture Theatre
Department of Chemistry
29 Lensfield Rd
Cambridge CB2 1ER
01223 336300
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