Lecture 1: Framing the COVID challenge

This is the first of the Green Templeton Lectures 2021, in partnership with Franklin Templeton, on the theme ‘Navigating the COVID challenge’. Further information about the Green Templeton Lectures 2021.

Report from the lecture

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this event. A full report about ‘Framing the COVID challenge’ is now available, written by Lisha Jeena, a medical doctor from South Africa currently reading for an MSc International Health and Tropical Medicine at Green Templeton.


Ramirez RafaelProfessor Rafael Ramírez
Director of the Oxford Scenarios Programme and Professor of Practice at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. Governing Body Fellow of Green Templeton College.

Professor Trudie Lang
Director of the The Global Health Network at the Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health, University of Oxford. Senior Research Fellow of Green Templeton College.

Senior Research Fellow Professor Trudie LangWhen

Wednesday 27 January 2021 at 18:00 GMT

This lecture will be online. Details of how to access the lecture will be emailed to those who register in advance using the registration form on this page.

About this lecture

This lecture will remind us that good answers stem from good questions and such questions always make full use of existing knowledge.

Governments have struggled with the fluid, resilient, dynamic, uncertain and complex nature of the pandemic, as their traditional focus has been on developing efficient processes for handling stable, linear phenomena. In the first part of this lecture, Professor Rafael Ramírez will remind us that Scenario thinking has over 20 years of experience handling complex and uncertain situations and indicate some of the insights a Scenario perspective would bring to the discussion.

In the second part, Professor Trudie Lang will remind us that COVID-19 is not the first, and nor will it be the last, pandemic caused by pathogens crossing from birds and animals to humans. Our past experience of pandemics, again, offers some valuable insights into the portfolio of interventions (public health, clinical, pharmaceutical) governments should have perhaps maintained better in the past – and certainly should research and maintain going forward.

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