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Conversation 6: Covid 19 and the new year's challenges: vaccines, variants and critical care


Thursday, January 14, 2021, 16:00 - 17:00


Free online event


Free online event: booking essential

Session 6 of the Perspectives and Pathways in a Time of Crisis: RIA Online Conversation series.

The start of 2021 has seen a deepening of the Covid-19 crisis in Ireland, Europe, and around the world. Leading authorities (Mike Ryan, Anne Moore and Alistair Nichol) will discuss major challenges, ranging from vaccines to variants and critical care.


  • Professor Anne Moore (University College Cork)
  • Professor Alistair Nichol (University College Dublin and St. Vincent's University Hospital)
  • Dr Mike Ryan (World Health Organization)
  • Chair: Professor. Patricia Kearney (University College Cork)

Booking is free but essential. Registrants will receive further information and a zoom link for attendance in advance of the session. Queries should be directed to

About the Series:

Covid-19 represents one of the greatest collective challenges the world has faced in modern times. Every aspect of society has been affected by the pandemic, from health to the economy and our most basic human and social values and traditions. The need for shared knowledge and understanding has never been greater as we contend with the crisis and plan for the future.

The Royal Irish Academy, Ireland’s leading body of experts in the sciences and humanities, will convene an online workshop series curated by the Academy’s Vice- President, Daniel Carey, MRIA, NUIG to address these vital questions, providing analysis and explanation for a public audience. Members of the academy, early career researchers, activists and experts from across society will be invited to join us so that we can be as inclusive and creative as possible.

The online conversations commenced in 2020 and will continue throughout 2021. Bookings are now open for the sixth session. If you would like to look back at the other five conversations in this series you can find them all here

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