Date: Thursday, September 23, 2021
This will be a virtual event.
The COVID pandemic has upended life in Washington, nationally, and globally. It has highlighted the importance of science in addressing societal challenges, and the many links between science and larger social issues, including social justice, political discourse, and economic activity. This year’s WSAS symposium will occur roughly 18 months into the pandemic. It will focus on what we have learned thus far, including biomedical aspects, broader social implications, and the many connections between them. We will pay particular attention to the implications for Washington—and on how scientific insight can help crystallize the lessons learned, inform the recovery process, and build resilience against future disasters.
Confirmed keynote speakers are Director of the WA Department of Commerce Dr. Lisa Brown, New York Times science journalist Apoorva Mandavilli.
The Symposium will examine the pandemic through three lenses: Immunity, Community, and Opportunity, each focused on a different area of pandemic impact. To understand the course of the pandemic, the consequences of the pandemic, and lessons future preparedness, we have to seek patterns and connections across multiple domains, and WSAS is particularly well suited to do this.