Major lecture series considers Future Global Shocks

Published: 21 September 2022

New lecture series considers what we must do to prepare for the next major global challenges

Over the course of the next three months, the University of Glasgow will bring together a range of expertise and experience to discuss our current and future resilience in responding to future global shocks.

This lecture series aims to consider what more we must do as a society to prepare our systems and networks, as well as policy and system relationships, to respond with resilience to the major global challenges we face: from economic crises and an ageing population; to future health pandemics and protecting human rights.

Each 90 minute event will bring together prominent experts to give their perspective on the global shocks and what they have learnt in their respective fields. Each event will follow a similar format with 15 minute presentations followed by a 45 minute Q&A to be chaired by former Scottish Government Cabinet Secretaries, Jeane Freeman and Michael Russell. These sessions will facilitate discussion and potentially inform future policy development.

Preparing Scotland for the Next Global Health Challenge: Lessons Learnt from the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic led to one of the greatest global healthcare crises we have ever faced, resulting in a devastating loss of life and an unprecedented impact on healthcare services. Changes to routine care and the impact on our NHS workforce were profound, and the pandemic has exposed vulnerabilities in health systems across the world. While our health systems bore a significant burden with COVID-19, the pressures and healthcare challenges which existed before the pandemic have not disappeared and COVID-19 has made these pressures more extreme than ever. We face persistent inequalities in health outcomes, a population with chronic health conditions and complex care needs, and a need for central funding to keep pace with demand.

In the first in our series of Global Shock events on Monday 3 October, our panel of experts will consider questions such as:

  • What lessons have we learnt from the pandemic to make our health systems more resilient?
  • In the global sphere, who could Scotland learn from?
  • The pandemic widened health, social and economic inequalities. What do we need to do to address these challenges through the lens of healthcare?
  • Are our health systems flexible enough to cope with the next health shock we might face?

With contributions from:

  • Professor Linda Bauld OBE, Bruce and John Usher Professor of Public Health at The Usher Institute, University of Edinburgh and Chief Social Policy Adviser for the Scottish Government
  • Professor Peter Duncan Donnelly, Chair in Public Health and Director of the Sir James Mackenzie Institute for Early Diagnosis at the University of St Andrews
  • Professor Iain McInnes CBE, Vice-Principal and Head of the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, Muirhead Chair of Medicine and Versus Arthritis Professor of Rheumatology at the University of Glasgow

A brief introduction to the Global Shock Series will also be given by:

  • Jeane Freeman OBE, former Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport in the Scottish Government
  • Professor Michael Russell, former Cabinet Secretary for Government Business and Constitutional Relations of Scotland in the Scottish Government
  • Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of Glasgow

This is a hybrid event with in-person participation taking place at the University of Glasgow’s Bute Hall and online access will be available. Please select the appropriate ticket when you register.

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First published: 21 September 2022