Foresight from the COVID-19 Pandemic (FCP)
Convened by Institute on Science for Global Policy (ISGP)
Locations to be announced
06-01-2022 - 12-31-2022
Introduction COVID-19 has taught the world, once again, the painful lesson that the lack of preparedness for infectious disease pandemics is a tragic mistake. We can now foresee, with unfortunate certainty, that there will likely be additional infectious disease outbreaks, and even pandemics, having major impacts throughout society. To address these issues, the Global Virus Network (GVN) is partnering with the Institute on Science for Global Policy (ISGP) to organize and convene a three-conference FCP Program addressing the core scientific, policy, and communication (SPC) challenges experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic. An accurate understanding of these challenges needs to inform and shape the SPC decisions going forward. This FCP Program focuses on attaining the foresight needed to more effectively prepare for future disease outbreaks and pandemics.
To achieve these goals, the critical SPC outcomes are not only identified and critiqued, but also prioritized by highly credentialed subject-matter experts and leaders from scientific, private sector, policy, and communication communities. Success is viewed in terms of the impact of how credible scientific recommendations are incorporated into real-world governmental and private sector policy decisions and actions within the public writ large. Ultimately, the sustainability of public support for these decisions remains a critical test.
ISGP/GVN-FCP Program Structure: The FCP Program recognizes that effective societal efforts to combat significant impacts on human health under infectious disease outbreaks and pandemic conditions depend on:
Science for scientific progress: formulating and implementing policies derived from an accurate understanding of the peer-reviewed results of credible scientific research that are accurately articulated and broadly endorsed with respect to advantages and potential risks;
Science for statecraft: communicating the resultant, evidence-based options to governmental, private sector, and public advocacy leadership that accurately reflect the current scientific understanding needed to reach effective policy decisions and develop implementation strategies;
Science for public understanding and accurate communication: motivating a widely respected, well-informed cross-section of societal leadership to candidly convey the practical information needed to promote sustained public confidence and support for the often controversial, real-world implementations of policies tailored to address specific pandemic challenges.
Key Participants: This endeavor can have substantive scientific credibility and significant policy impact based on the engagement of numerous widely respected scientific leaders, experienced policymakers, communication experts, public advocates, and the public writ large.