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COVID-19 Research Roundtables

In this video series, Professor Emma Flynn, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise at Queen's, talks to academics and practitioners from within and beyond the University, in five Roundtable panel discussions.

Each Roundtable addresses some key themes: what is the immediate effect of COVID-19 in this particular area? What are we learning? What is the pathway for the future?

The series is also available in audio podcast format (search for ‘Queen’s University Belfast – Shaping a Better World’ on Spotify, Apple podcasts, or other podcast platforms, and subscribe to the series).

Looking out for Big Brother

Is sharing our personal data now a societal duty or an intrusion too far?

Professor Frank Kee, who directs the UKCRC Centre of Excellence for Public Health Research (NI) and is Deputy Director for the Centre for Public Health in Queen's, first shares his thoughts on how the NHS is managing to set up the necessary infrastructure around ‘track and trace’ efforts, to safeguard public health and data security.

Professor Flynn is joined by Jayne Brady, Belfast’s Digital and Innovation Commissioner, by Professor Máire O’Neill, and by Dr Stephen Farrell of TCD, in a discussion of the current state of play in the era of ‘big data’, from the risks of fraud posed by criminal activity to the opportunities presented by the unprecedented power of today’s data networks.

Putting Bread on the Table

This programme looks at the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on Northern Ireland’s hugely significant food sector.

Joining Professor Emma Flynn are: Professor Chris Elliott, Director of Queen’s University’s Institute for Global Food Security; Stephane Durand, Director of Agri-Food QUEST, an industry-led Innovation Centre for agri-food businesses in Northern Ireland; Ursula Lavery, Technical Director at Moy Park, one of the UK’s biggest food companies; and Nick Whelan, CEO of Dale Farm, Northern Ireland’s leading dairy company.

Just how close did we come to seeing the food supply chain collapse? What will the medium and long-term effects be on food production? Tune in to find out.

Are we really all in this together?

Is Inequality the primary driver of Covid-19? How can we best address the existing inequalities it has highlighted?

Joining Prof Flynn to discuss these issues are: Dr Kathryn Higgins and Dr Gemma Catney, both of Queen’s; Professor Danny Dorling, Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography, University of Oxford, who has spent his career studying inequality; Fionntán Hargey, Project Worker in the Market Development Association, a community group in South Belfast; and Anne-Marie McClure, Chief Executive of Start360, a leading provider of support services to young people, adult offenders and families in the community.