Predicting and Responding to Emerging Viruses and Pandemics

Predicting and Responding to Emerging Viruses and Pandemics Virtual Symposium

March 23-24, 2021

Pandemics are among the greatest existential threats to our society and way of life.

Climate change and human encroachment into animal habitats pave the road for new viruses to emerge into and threaten the human population. There have been 10 animal-derived pandemics or epidemics in the last 100 years, collectively claiming over 100 million lives. These include:

  • Spanish Influenza (1918-1920)
  • Asian flu (1957-1958)
  • Hong Kong flu (1968-1970)
  • HIV/AIDS (1981-present)
  • H1N1 swine flu (2009-2010)
  • Ebola (2014-2016)
  • Zika (2015-present)
  • SARS-CoV-2 (2019-present)

COVID-19 has claimed more than 400,000 lives in the US in less than a year.

We must prepare for the coming pandemics for rapid and effective responses to save both life and economy.

Predicting and Responding to Emerging Viruses and Pandemics brings together national and international experts in virus emergence, infectious disease, public health and policy to discuss how we prepare for and respond to coming pandemic threats.

We invite you to join us for the two-day symposium March 23 and 24, 2021. Registration is free and open to the public. 

  • March 23, 2021 (8:00 AM-5:30 PM PST) is a scientific session focused on focus on the science around emerging viruses, vaccines and therapeutics, and pandemic response and policy
  • March 24, 2021 (9:00 AM- 2:30 PM PST) is a public session moderated by Raven the Science Maven to answer bold questions related to emerging viruses and pandemic policy and response.


All Day March 24, 2021