Ireland’s COVID19 Crisis Response: Perspectives from Social Science 15th May

The first case of Covid-19 was observed in Ireland on February 29th. In the past month, we have had  unprecedented change in every aspect of Irish society. The response to the pandemic progressed from warnings to school and pub closures, to a comprehensive shut down of non-essential workplaces, and strong guidelines on physical distancing, hygiene, and travel. 

It is urgent to understand how people are responding to these changes. Adherence to physical distancing and protective health behaviours may be vital in delaying the transmission of the virus and allowing the health system to adapt. Understanding how to promote such adherence is a key topic of research for our community. Understanding the short-run impacts on mental and physical health is a key priority, as is understanding how the impacts of the restrictions are spread across groups of people and different types of businesses. 

In the longer term, the Covid-19 pandemic will leave a wide range of public policy challenges in its wake. It would be important to anticipate now what those challenges are likely to be and to explore how research can contribute to finding solutions. It is crucial to understand the implications of different scenarios for inequality, education systems, labour markets, public administration, financial systems, transport, climate change, just to name a few. It is vital that we contribute to this process as scholars and researchers with different areas of expertise. 

With these challenges in mind, we have launched a series of Covid19 crisis policy response events. The first which took place Friday April 17th, the second on Friday April 24th, the third on Friday May 1st and the fourth to take place this Friday May 15th 

The May 15th conference will take place  on-line via Zoom webinar from 10:00 -11:30.  There will be 2 parallel sessions.   

On Thursday evening, you will be sent a Zoom link for your chosen session.

Session 1  – 10:00 – 11:30

A Testing and Tracing

Chair  Prof Orla Doyle  
Prof Alex Friedrich at University Medical Centre Groningen
Prof Patrick Wall, UCD
Prof Cliona O’Farrelly, TCD
Prof. Tomás Ryan (TCD)

Please register for this event here 

B SMEs, Innovators, and their recovery

Chair Stephen Kinsella
Johnathan Ruane, MIT
Liz McCarthy, Scale Ireland
Rena Maycock, CEO & Founder Cilter child-protection software. 

Please register for this event here 

Registration for this event will close at 18:00 Thursday May 14th

We hope to record each session and for it to be available online after the event.