• Pandemics are a global issue. Viruses know no borders.

  • The science of virus emergence and infection underlies pandemic control.

  • Everyone has a role to play in ending the pandemic.

    Masking + Distancing + hand washing

  • Community partners are key in vaccination distribution.

  • Vaccines stop pandemics.

Predicting and Responding to Emerging Viruses and Pandemics Virtual Symposium

March 23-24, 2021

Pandemics are among the greatest existential threats to our society and way of life.

Climate change and human encroachment into animal habitats pave the road for new viruses to emerge into and threaten the human population. There have been 10 animal-derived pandemics or epidemics in the last 100 years, collectively claiming over 100 million lives. These include:

  • Spanish Influenza (1918-1920)
  • Asian flu (1957-1958)
  • Hong Kong flu (1968-1970)
  • HIV/AIDS (1981-present)
  • H1N1 swine flu (2009-2010)
  • Ebola (2014-2016)
  • Zika (2015-present)
  • SARS-CoV-2 (2019-present)

COVID-19 has claimed more than 400,000 lives in the US in less than a year.

We must prepare for the coming pandemics for rapid and effective responses to save both life and economy.

Predicting and Responding to Emerging Viruses and Pandemics brings together national and international experts in virus emergence, infectious disease, public health and policy to discuss how we prepare for and respond to coming pandemic threats.

We invite you to join us for the two-day symposium March 23 and 24, 2021. Registration is free and open to the public. 

  • March 23, 2021 (8:00 AM-5:30 PM PDT) is a scientific session focused on focus on the science around emerging viruses, vaccines and therapeutics, and pandemic response and policy
  • March 24, 2021 (9:00 AM- 2:45 PM PDT) is a public session moderated by Raven the Science Maven to answer bold questions related to emerging viruses and pandemic policy and response.


Basic Science/Evolution/Emerging Viruses
Jesse Bloom, Fred Hutchinson
Eva Harris, Berkeley 
Lynda Stuart, Gates Foundation
Emma Hodcroft, NextStrain
Michael Worobey, University of Arizona
Deepta Bhattacharya, University of Arizona
Pandemic Preparedness and Policy
Stacey Schultz-Cherry, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, World Health Organization
Janko Nikolich-Zugich, University of Arizona
Betsy Cantwell, University of Arizona
Epidemiology/Public Health
Tim Lant, Arizona State University
Monica Kraft, University of Arizona
Joe Gerard, University of Arizona
Kacey Ernst, University of Arizona
Karen Lutrick, University of Arizona
Katherine Ellingson, University of Arizona
Bonnie LaFleur, University of Arizona