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A free, online Policy Lates event discussing how the COVID-19 pandemic is remodelling the discovery research landscape

This event will take place from 18:30 BST, finishing at 20:30.

Discovery research can be defined as basic or fundamental research that is curiosity-driven, rather than research that has a direct application and is heavily guided by wider strategic priorities. The delivery and implementation of discovery research outcomes has led to wide-ranging economic and social benefits.

This event will bring together specialists involved in the funding, infrastructure, delivery and outcomes of discovery research. Talks will focus on strategies and policies currently in place to drive the discovery of medicinal products, to enable prophylaxis and treatment of COVID-19, alongside the response to other human diseases.

The panel will discuss how the pandemic has, and may continue to, remodel the discovery research landscape. We'll consider what can be done, in an equitable and sustainable way, to meet the challenges and benefit from the opportunities this important area of research brings for our society.


Professor Jackie Hunter CBE FBPharmacolS FRSB, BenevolentBio - panel chair
Steve Bates OBE, BioIndustry Association
Dr Curtis Asante, Cancer Research UK

Policy Lates format

All are welcome to attend this online edition of our Policy Lates series, which provides an opportunity for relaxed discussion with an interested and informed audience. This online event will begin with an introduction from the chair, followed by short talks from our panellists, with time for audience questions and panel discussion.


This online event is free to attend via Zoom and advance booking is essential through the link at the top of the page. A meeting joining link will be circulated to all registered attendees ahead of time.

Social media

If you would like to share your experience of this event on social media, feel free to tag us @RoyalSocBio on Twitter and Instagram, and use the hashtag #PolicyLates


This online event will be recorded. If you have any queries about this, please contact us at ahead of the event. Your microphone and camera will be automatically disabled by the host on entry to the meeting. Audience questions will be taken from the Zoom chat function.


For all enquiries, please contact Harriet McAra at or on 020 3925 3445.


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