Contributor: Monica Hoyos Flight

Monica Hoyos Flight ESMH contributorMonica Hoyos Flight is a freelance science communications consultant providing writing and editing services to researchers, research organisations and publishing companies. She has a PhD in neuroscience and extensive experience as an editor for Springer Nature journals and science communications manager at the University of Edinburgh. She is particularly interested in writing about the translation of research and emerging technologies into societally useful products and services.

The pandemic has catapulted science to the forefront of policy-making

The pandemic has catapulted science to the forefront of policy-making

Interview with Peter Piot, Director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Special Advisor to the President of the European Commission on the response to the coronavirus and COVID-19: how science has been feeding into policy-making? What does your role as EU special advisor on COVID-19 entail? I am part of the ...

Ray pinto interview

A scientist’s opinion : Interview with Ray Pinto on Europe’s digital response to Covid-19

Ray Pinto, Digital Transformation Policy Director for DIGITALEUROPE, highlights the importance of harnessing the power of digital and of sharing essential data to fight the disease whilst maintaining data protection safeguards. What is DIGITALEUROPE doing in response to this crisis? We are making digital-focused recommendations in collaboration with our Executive Advisory Group on Covid-19 that ...

Covid-19 Harnessing the power of digital technologies and data sharing

Covid-19: Harnessing the power of digital technologies and data sharing

Digital technologies and data-driven science offer solutions to control and mitigate the effects of Covid-19 on health and the economy. What is at stake for Europe?

Dr Renaud Lancelot interview

A scientist’s opinion : Interview with Dr Renaud Lancelot on data-driven solutions to the Covid-19 pandemic

Data-driven solutions to the Covid-19 pandemic, a scientist's opinion Dr Renaud Lancelot, a veterinary epidemiologist coordinating the recently funded Horizon 2020 project: MOnitoring Outbreak events for Disease surveillance in a data science context (MOOD), highlights how networks of data-science experts are helping public health agencies prepare for and address emerging diseases. How will the MOOD ...

Urban Health Making Cities Sustainable and Healthier for All

Urban health: making cities sustainable and healthier for all

The current Covid-19 pandemic draws attention to the need to integrate health equity into urban planning and encourage behaviours that simultaneously protect the environment and promote health.

A scientist’s opinion: Interview with Dr Hanneke Kruize on improving urban health through behavioural changes

A scientist’s opinion : Interview with Dr Hanneke Kruize on improving urban health through behavioural changes

We speak with Hanneke Kruize, Environmental Epidemiologist at the Dutch National Institute of Public Health and Environment (RIVM) about implementing initiatives that encourage healthier and more sustainable lifestyles. What are the main urban health issues in Europe? The increase in the number of people living in cities puts pressure on green and blue spaces that ...

A scientist’s opinion: Interview with Dr Mathew White about the role of aquatic environments on the health of urban populations

A scientist’s opinion : Interview with Dr Mathew White about the role of aquatic environments on the health of urban populations

We speak with Mathew White, Environmental Psychologist at The European Centre for Environment & Human Health in the University of Exeter Medical School, about the links between ‘blue infrastructure’ and health and wellbeing. What are your main research interests? I am a psychologist by training primarily interested in the effects of urban and natural environments ...

Covid-19: Boosting antiviral research

Covid-19: Boosting antiviral research

As countries around the world implement national pandemic plans, we take a look at some of the research strategies being pursued to tackle Covid-19.

A scientist’s opinion: Interview with Professor Giovanni Rezza on tackling the Covid-19 pandemic

A scientist’s opinion : Interview with Professor Giovanni Rezza on tackling the Covid-19 pandemic

Tackling the Covid-19 pandemic, a scientist’s opinion We speak with Professor Giovanni Rezza, MD, Director of the Department of Infectious Diseases at the Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Roma, Italy about the EU’s announcement of funding for research to tackle Covid-19, and current efforts to develop vaccines and antiviral drugs. How prepared was the EU for ...

A scientist’s opinion: Interview with Professor Paul Digard on research efforts to develop treatments against Covid-19

A scientist’s opinion : Interview with Professor Paul Digard on research efforts to develop treatments against Covid-19

Research efforts to develop treatments against Covid-19 Professor Paul Digard, virologist at The Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh, tells us about potential routes to Covid-19 treatment and the prospect of having to deal with the virus long-term. How soon do you think a vaccine against Covid-19 will be available? I can’t see a vaccine being ...