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This event will chart the successes, lessons learned, ongoing challenges and wider impact for the biosciences, brought by the development of COVID-19 vaccines

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

The development of COVID-19 vaccines globally represents an unprecedented feat and ongoing challenge for the biosciences, and for cross-sector and international collaboration.

In this event, our panel of speakers will discuss translational research successes and lessons learned in COVID-19 vaccines development. We'll consider the ongoing challenges presented by SARS-CoV-2 variants, drawing-out the consequences for our fight against COVID-19, particularly via translational research on vaccines. To conclude, we'll reflect on what implications these successes, lessons and challenges hold, for the innovation and translational research potential of the biosciences in improving global health more broadly.


  • Professor Sheila Graham FRSB, Chair of the Biochemical Society and Professor of Molecular Virology, MRC University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research - panel chair 
  • Professor Teresa Lambe, Associate Professor and Jenner Investigator, the Jenner Institute, Oxford University
  • Dr Ankur Mutreja, Group Leader, (Global Health - Infectious Diseases), Department of Medicine, University of Cambridge
  • Other speakers TBC 

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 event is free to attend and open to all. Advance booking is essential through the link at the top of the page, and the meeting joining link will be circulated with registered attendees in advance.

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, and screenshots may be taken. If you have any queries about this, please contact us at ahead of the event. You will be unable to turn on your camera and microphone for the duration of the meeting. Audience questions will be taken from the Zoom Q&A function.


For all enquiries, please contact Beth Morgan at or on 020 3925 3444.