Impatient science during COVID-19
Impatient science during COVID-19. It is the title of the online debate organized by the Dr. Antoni Esteve Foundation on December 1, 2020 to analyze the challenges and mistakes that may have been made in the communication of research on vaccines and drugs for COVID-19 during the current pandemic. It was also discussed how this urgency in the communication of scientific results will affect the publishing world. For this reason, the debate was attended by some twenty prominent experts in the field of pharmacology and the world of publishing and scientific communication, moderated by the scientific journalist Núria Jar.
The debate was divided into three sessions of presentations and dialogue between an expert in the field of science and another related to science journalism. The first block of the discussion focused on the communication of pharmacological treatments against COVID-19. Magí Farré, Head of the Clinical Pharmacology Service at the Germans Trias i Pujol Hospital, took stock of pharmacological research on COVID-19, while the El País journalist Javier Salas explained how it has been the experience of the media against infodemia, intoxication and fake news during these pandemic months.
The discussion then focused on vaccines. It explained Isabel Sola, from the National Biotechnology Center of the CSIC, who gave a realistic view on the development of these vaccines. On the other hand, the journalist Milagros Pérez Oliva, from El País, explained some of the mistakes that have been made in the communication of possible vaccines.
The pressure to communicate the results around COVID-19, with the immediacy that society demands, has led to the traditional system of scientific publication being subjected without many alternatives to a state of transformation or ‘revolution’. The third session of the debate, which was led by Ana María García, Professor of Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the University of Valencia, and Pampa García Molina, coordinator of the SINC agency, dealt with these risks of accelerated research.
A fourth and final session, moderated by journalist Michele Catanzaro (El Periódico), brought together a panel of discussants, including virologists Margarita del Val, from the Center for Molecular Biology of the CSIC, and Ana Fernández Sesma, from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, experts in epidemiology and public health such as Esteve Fernández, from the Catalan Institute of Oncology, or the co-director of the Global Health & Emerging Pathogens Institute, Adolfo García Sastre. They were also accompanied by prominent and outstanding scientific journalists, such as Gonzalo Casino (Pompeu Fabra University) and Gema Revuelta (Center for Science, Communication and Society Studies).
Online reservations are not available for this event.