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.

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An expert’s opinion: Interview with Elizabeth Lee on short-term forecasting and longer-term scenario modelling in the pandemic

European experts are working closely together with their American counterparts on calculating future scenarios for Covid-19. One of them is Elizabeth Lee, an epidemiologist specialised in infectious diseases at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She has been participating in the US ‘COVID-19 Forecast Hub’ as well as the US-focused ‘COVID-19 Scenario Modeling ...

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Covid-19: Keeping a close eye on the models

As many European countries start to relax Covid-19 restrictions and reopen to foreign visitors whilst still rolling out vaccination programmes, it is more important than ever to stay one step ahead of the virus by accurately monitoring cases and predicting outbreaks.

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An expert’s opinion: Interview with Helen Johnson on using mathematical models to forecast disease outbreaks

Helen Johnson, mathematical modeller at the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), explains how modelling teams around the world are working together to develop accurate and timely predictions of Covid-19 cases and deaths in Europe. These forecasts have become an invaluable tool for making public health decisions. How did the European forecast hub ...

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Professor Heidi Larson: “This is a key moment to build trust in countries and socio-economic groups with relatively low confidence in vaccines.”

For over a decade, Heidi Larson, Professor of Anthropology, Risk and Decision Science at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, has been leading global efforts to monitor public confidence in immunisation programmes. As COVID-19 vaccination programmes are rolled out across the EU, this is a key moment to build trust in countries and ...

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An expert’s opinion: An interview with Ludo Waltman on the surge in COVID-19 research papers

We speak with Ludo Waltman, Professor of Quantitative Science Studies and Deputy Director of the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) at Leiden University, on how the COVID-19 pandemic is changing the way we assess the quality of scientific literature. What are you working on at the moment? I am looking at how many ...

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An expert’s opinion: An interview with Adam Marcus on scientific publishing in times of COVID-19

Adam Marcus, Co-founder of Retraction Watch and managing editor of Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News, highlights the need to be vigilant about the quality of COVID-19 research papers and encourages publishers to publish fewer but better-quality papers. How many COVID-19 papers have been retracted so far this year? Our latest count is 37 retractions and three ...

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Covid-19: What are the consequences of the unprecedented rush for knowledge?

The surge in COVID-19 research papers has put the spotlight on the peer review process and is changing the way we assess the quality of scientific literature.

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The (digital) future of work in the post-Covid-19 era

The coronavirus pandemic has accelerated digitalization and the adoption of new technologies that are having a profound effect on the way we work. It has highlighted the urgent need to protect workers’ rights and to adopt measures that ensure inclusive growth and close the digital divide.