Contributor: Julianna Photopoulos

Julianna Photopoulos ESMH contributorJulianna Photopoulos is a freelance science journalist, who writes for various outlets including New Scientist, Nature, SciDev.Net, and Horizon magazine, among others. She has also produced and presented the award-winning radio programme Vértice in Mexico and has been involved in numerous film productions for the BBC Natural History Unit and The Royal Institution of Great Britain. In 2018, she was the first science journalist from the Balkans (Greece) to have been awarded the EurekAlert! Fellowships for International Science Reporters and was a nominee for the European Writer of the Year Award. Julianna holds a BSc in Biology from the University of Crete, an MRes in Molecular Genetics from the University of Barcelona and an MSc in Science Communication from the University of the West of England. In 2019, she completed the Summer Investigative Reporting Course under the prestigious Stavros Niarchos Foundation fellowship at Columbia University, USA.

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How the coronavirus pandemic is changing us

These stressful and unprecedented circumstances we are living in due to the current pandemic have a deep internal effect on us, which is altering who we are as individuals, our relationships with others, and how we perceive our place in society. Even our brain's hippocampus may have shrunk — but are these changes in our brains and behaviour short-term effects or could they change us and society more profoundly?

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A scientist’s opinion: Interview with Professor Arie Kruglanski about our need for cognitive closure during COVID-19

Cognitive closure, a scientist’s opinion Interview with Arie Kruglanski, Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Maryland, and co-founder and senior investigator at the National Center for the Study of Terrorism and the Response to Terrorism (START). How do our personal impressions, experiences and attitudes, related to the coronavirus pandemic, affect who we are ...

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A scientist’s opinion: Interview with Professor Barbara J. Sahakian about brain changes during COVID-19

Changing brains, a scientist’s opinion Interview with Professor Barbara J. Sahakian, Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Cambridge, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience Institute, UK. How is the pandemic changing our brains, in situations when we haven’t contracted the virus itself? How is it impacting it both physically and psychologically, ...

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A scientist’s opinion: Interview with Professor John Drury about changes in social identity during COVID-19

Social identity and collective behaviour in mass emergencies, a scientist’s opinion Interview with John Drury, Professor of Social Psychology and Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange in the School of Psychology at the University of Sussex, UK. How does our social identity change during mass emergencies and disasters, and in times of a pandemic such ...

Elias Mossialos interview

Prof. Elias Mossialos: “Transparency is vital to the management of responses to health crises”

Interview on COVID-19 with Professor Elias Mossialos, Brian Abel-Smith Professor of Health Policy, Head of the Department of Health Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and Director of LSE Health, UK, and Chief Adviser to the Greek Government on the COVID-19 pandemic. How was Greece’s successful COVID-19 response organised? Greece’s ...

COVID-19 how our behaviour can help stop the coronavirus

COVID-19: how our behaviour can help stop the coronavirus

The spread of infectious diseases is linked with human behaviour, so behavioural science could be used to inform effective modelling and communication strategies to reduce transmission and contain COVID-19.

Enny das interview

A scientist’s opinion : Interview with Professor Enny Das about health communication and persuasion

Persuasive communication, a scientist’s opinion Interview with Professor Enny Das, Professor of Communication and Persuasion, and Principle Investigator of the Persuasive Communication Research Group of the Centre for Language Studies at Radboud University in Nijmegen, Netherlands. How can the public be motivated and persuaded through health and risk communication to take effective responsive and preventative actions, such ...

Susan Michie interview

A scientist’s opinion : Interview with Professor Susan Michie about behaviour change amid COVID-19

Changing behaviours, a scientist’s opinion Interview with Professor Susan Michie, Professor of Health Psychology and Director of the Centre for Behaviour Change at University College London (UCL), and a member of the UK Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Behavioural Science (SPI-B): 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). How does people’s behaviour affect the spread and containment of an ...

Graham Medley interview

A scientist’s opinion : Interview with Professor Graham Medley about mathematical modelling of infectious diseases

Infectious disease modelling, a scientist’s opinion Interview with Professor Graham Medley, Professor of Infectious Disease Modelling and the Director of the Centre for the Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases (CMMID) at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK. He is also chair of the UK Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling (SPI-M). How does human behaviour shape disease ...

A scientist’s opinion: Interview with Prof. Anat Gesser-Edelsburg about health and risk communication

A scientist’s opinion : Interview with Prof. Anat Gesser-Edelsburg about health and risk communication

Health and Risk communication, a scientist’s opinion Interview with Professor Anat Gesser-Edelsburg, Associate Professor and Head of the Health Promotion Programme at the University of Haifa, and Founding Director of the Health and Risk Communication Research Center in Haifa, Israel. What are the common mistakes or failures in communication during an infectious disease outbreak and what ...