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Published on Monday, October 25, 2021


The Inception 2021 meeting is organised jointly with a social sciences symposium “Social Sciences and Biology for Understanding Emerging Diseases”. This international symposium is part of an effort at the institut Pasteur to integrate the social sciences by building dialogues between specific social sciences disciplines and biomedical researchers with diverse approaches. Researchers from differents fields of social sciences will present talks and engage in discussions around social sciences contributions to our understandings of health and illness. The symposium will focuse broadly on COVID 19 response and recovery but other health issues will be discussed.





Day 1. Thursday, November 25th

1:30 pm-5:15 pm (GMT+1)

1:30-1:40 Introductory remarks on the INCEPTION programme (Thomas Bourgeron)

1:40-1:45 Panel 1 Systemic and institutional analyses in the COVID pandemic and beyond

Chair: Guillaume Lachenal (Medialab, Sciences Po), Introductory remarks

  • 1:45-2:05 Jessica Dimka (Oslo Metropolitan University), Understanding and Addressing the Disability/COVID-19 Syndemic
  • 2:05-2:25 Mandy Geise (Nivel – Netherlands Institute for Health Services Research), A Social Science Action Framework to Understand Health Vulnerabilities and Stimulate Resilience: Insights from the Sonar-Global VA-CE Study
  • 2:25-2:45 Rebecca E Glover (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine), NIMble innovation - a networked model for public antibiotic trials
  • 2:45-3:05 Pedro A. Villarreal (Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law), The Law and Governance of Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions in Pandemics
  • 3:05-3:25 Renu Singh (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology/Georgetown Law), The politics of global vaccine equity during COVID-19

3:25-3:45 Afternoon break

3:45-3:50 Panel 2 Social Networks and Epidemics

Chair: Tina D Purnat (Department of Infectious Hazards Preparedness, World Health Organization), Introductory remarks

  • 3:50-4:10 Alexandra Blinkova (Herzen Pedagogical University), Influence of online religious messaging on COVID-19 pandemic: Case study
  • 4:10-4:30 Emmanuel Vincent (Medialab, Sciences Po), Impact of Facebook’s policy against accounts that repeatedly share misinformation, focus on science and health
  • 4:30-4:50 Camille Chanial & Jules Villa (Medialab, Sciences Po), COVID-19 in Africa: What can we learn from social media?
  • 4:50-5:10 Léonard Heyerdahl (Institut Pasteur). Hybrid social listening

5:10 Final remarks

Day 2. Friday, November 26th

09:30 am-1:40 pm (GMT+1)

9:30-9:35 Introduction to Day 2 (to be confirmed)

9:35-10:15 Keynote address: E.K. Yeoh (Chinese University of Hong Kong), Epidemic intelligence

10:15-10:20 Panel 3: Epidemic policy: Surveillance, prevention, control

Chair: Michelle Kelly-Irving (INSERM, Université de Toulouse), Introductory remarks

  • 10:20-10:40 Hanna Ehrlich (Yale University), The politics of epidemic surveillance
  • 10:40-11:00 Muhammad Asaduzzaman (University of Oslo), Assessment of social, preventive and behavioral measures for COVID-19 among International Students in China: A partial least squares-structural equation modeling (PLS-SEM) Approach
  • 11:00-11:20 Pia Huq (Social Science Analytics Cell, UNICEF), Use of social science evidence in the COVID-19 context in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)
  • 11:20-11:40 Chiarella Mattern (institut Pasteur of Madagascar), Impact of COVID 19 on psychosocial and nutritional dimensions of care for detainees in Madagascar

11:40-11:55 Morning break

  • 11:55-12:15 Kevin Bardosh (University of Washington), Understanding the New “Lockdown” Public Health: The (In)Visible Science of Tracking the Iatrogenic Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic Response
  • 12:15-12:35 Jacob Osborne (Nivel – Netherlands Institute for Health Services Research), Locating vaccine hesitancy and public participation in Ukraine: An exploratory qualitative study on attitudes and barriers to measles vaccination
  • 12:35-12:55 Annabelle Wong (Charité–Universitätsmedizin Berlin/Max Planck Institute for Infectious Biology), Factors that determined pertussis vaccination policy
  • 12:55-1:15 Gaëtan Thomas (Sciences Po), Measuring vaccine hesitancy: a history
  • 1:15-1:35 Marko Monteiro (University of Campinas), Health technologies and pandemics: building resilient governance

1:35 Final remarks


Join us at the Institut Pasteur - Paris or virtually on 25 and 26 November, 2021.

Registration is free but mandatory : meeting registration



  • Entrée : 205 rue de Vaugirard - Institut Pasteur 25-28 rue du Docteur Roux
    Paris, France (75015)

Event attendance modalities

Hybrid event (on site and online)


  • Thursday, November 25, 2021
  • Friday, November 26, 2021

Attached files


  • social science, emerging disease, integrative biology


  • Maha DAVID
    courriel : maha [dot] david [at] pasteur [dot] fr

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  • Maha DAVID
    courriel : maha [dot] david [at] pasteur [dot] fr


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