The 2nd Annual Conference of the TAU Center for Combating Pandemics
About 150 participants were registered as participants. We would like to thank each and everyone of them, lecturers, session chairs, and the audience for their contribution to the conference's success.
On Wednesday, May 30, 2023, we had the 2nd annual conference of the Center at the Steinhardt Museum of National History of Tel Aviv University. About 150 participants were registered as participants. We would like to thank each and every one of them, lecturers, session chairs, and the audience for their contribution to the conference's success. Thanks also to everyone who participated in the conference logistics and administrative organization.
The annual conference is a major event of the Center activities, which emphasizes the commitment of Tel Aviv University, its researchers and students to the field of combatting pandemics. This year, the conference reflected global changes in the field. About two weeks ago, the World Health Organization declared the end of the era of COVID-19 and a as a global health emergency. Accordingly, the field is shifting gears from concentrated efforts to prevent, diagnose and treat COVID-19 to analysing the lessons we have learned during the Pandemic and preparing for future Pandemics.
The conference was opened with a plenary lecture by Prof. Cyrille Cohen of Bar Ilan University, a renowned immunologist of international reputation. Apart from his scientific achievements, he was and still is a key figure supporting the Israeli government in dealing with new vaccines and
therapeutics. Prof. Cohen described the history of the COVID-19 pandemic, what domestic and global measures were taken to combat it, and what are the future directions in the field.
Following the plenary lectures, we had two parallel sessions. One was focused on studies from the faculties of Medicine, Life Sciences, Exact Sciences, and Engineering. The second session was focused on studies from the faculties of Law, Humanities, and Social Sciences. This variety
of affiliations further emphasized the TCCP's multidisciplinary nature.
In a few days, we will place the recordings of the lectures on the TCCP Web site. This will make it possible for those who could not attend the live lectures to watch it. We remind lecturers that are not interested in their lecture to be publicly exposed to let us know.
Best wishes to all!
The TCCP leadership.