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Vaccine Acceptance: Ireland, Europe and Beyond


Monday, February 15, 2021, 12:00




Free online event but booking is essential

Session 7 of the Perspectives and Pathways in a Time of Crisis: RIA Online Conversation series. 

The rollout of vaccines against Covid-19 represents a vital strategy in fighting the disease that will dominate the coming months. In this webinar, leading researchers consider the key question of vaccine acceptance and the challenges facing governments and health officials as they engage with the public in implementing this programme. What are the obstacles and how can we achieve the percentages of immunization required to combat the illness as the crisis enters its second year as a global pandemic? Panellists will consider the science, sociology and anthropology of vaccine acceptance in Ireland, Europe, and beyond.


  • Professor Anita Hardon (University of Amsterdam)
  • Dr Anne Moore (University College Cork)
  • Dr Pauline Paterson (Co-Director, Vaccine Confidence Project, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine)
  • Dr Gaëtan Thomas (Sciences Po, Paris)
  • Chair: Daniel Carey, MRIA (NUI Galway)

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.

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