Research on COVID-19


Events, activities and publications by members of Academia Europaea and Young Academy of Europe#

The Board of Academia Europaea calls on its members for information about events, activities and published papers relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. A summary of papers received to date is listed below.

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In his article titled ‘COVID-19, HIV/AIDS, and the “Spanish flu”: historical moments and social transformations’, Peter Wagner MAE reflects on the possibility that the COVID-19 crisis could trigger major and desirable social change.

This article is a part of the Thesis Eleven online project: Living and Thinking Crisis.
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In a review titled ‘Psychiatric face of COVID-19’ by Luca Steardo Jr, Luca Steardo MAE and Alex Verkhratsky MAE, the authors discuss the serious clinical challenges posed by COVID-19 systemic inflammation that can affect the central nervous system and aggravate mental health disorders. Read more.

SAPEA Food-based webinar series. The first of the series of webinars discussed changes of consumers’ attitudes towards food as a public good instead of as a commodity. It confronted the conclusions of the SAPEA report with the challenges and changes observed during the Covid-19 pandemic. Recording of the webinar available.

Biomedical Research#

‘Endocytic Uptake of SARS-COV-2: Roles of pH, Ca2+ and NAADP’ by Ole Petersen FRS MAE. The paper highlights how interdisciplinary research will help to understand how SARS-COV-2 affects the gastrointestinal system.
Petersen, O.H., Gerasimenko, O.V. & Gerasimenko, J.V. (2020). Endocytic uptake of SARS-CoV-2: the critical roles of pH, Ca2+ and NAADP. Function. Article zqaa003.
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Science and Research#

Prof. Álvaro de Rújula, MAE, of CERN, Geneva, and the Institute of Theoretical Physics, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM) organized the webinar "The Higgs Boson and the Coronavirus (Basic Science after the Pandemic)". The webinar was held on Thursday, June 4, 2020, at 4:00 pm CET. Read more.

Economics, Business and Management Sciences#

Desheng Dash Wu, MAE, is a co-editor of the special issue on "Decision Support Systems on Data Analytics and Decision-Making Systems: Implications of the Global Outbreaks": Call for papers. Deadline for submission: 30 December 2020.

Desheng Dash Wu, MAE, is a co-editor of the special issue on "Global Systemic Risk and Resilience for novel Coronavirus and COVID-19” to be published in "Risk Analysis": Call for papers. Deadline for submission: 30 November, 2020.

Desheng Dash Wu, MAE, Hur kan supply chain effekterna av covid-19 hanteras? ("How can the supply chain effects of covid-19 be handled?") Supply Chain Effect. 2 (2020) 26–27. (in Swedish)

Klaus F. Zimmermann MAE, Gokhan Karabulut, Mehmet Huseyin Bilgin and Asli Cansin Doker (2020), “Inter-country Distancing, Globalization and the Coronavirus Pandemic“, The World Economy, Vol. 43, forthcoming, doi:10.1111/twec.12969.

Klaus F. Zimmermann MAE is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Population Economics, the leading outlet in its field. It has established an express evaluation of academic research on COVID-19 and invites submissions for the regular issues.
"Impacts of Social and Economic Factors on the Transmission of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in China” by Qiu, Yun & Chen, Xi & Shi, Wei. Published online, forthcoming: Journal of Population Economics, Issue 4, 2020. Open access.
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The article evaluates the China experience with the crisis, which can serve as a reference case for further studies on China and other countries in the world.

Virtual conference on COVID-19
Third IESR-GLO Joint Conference on “The Economics of Covit-19”. Virtual event. Read more.
The virtual conference is co-organized by Klaus F. Zimmermann MAE who is the President of the Global Labor Organization (GLO), a global network of over 1,600 social scientists (many of them are MAEs) around the world in over 120 countries. The Institute for Economic and Social Research (IESR) at Jinan University, China, is the co-organizing institution. The event is virtual on June 5-7, 2020. Keynote addresses by Daron Acemoglu (MIT) and Nobel Prize Laureat Charles Manski (Northwestern University). Open paper submissions by May 24.

COVID-19 Cluster of the Global Labor Organization (GLO)
Klaus F. Zimmermann MAE is coordinating the GLO Cluster on COVID-19, which consists of activities like research papers, events, interviews, and media activities. Klaus F. Zimmermann MAE is the President of the Global Labor Organization (GLO), a global network of over 1,600 social scientists (many of them are MAEs) around the world in over 120 countries. Read more (Access to research papers.)

Social sciences#

Kathrin Golda-Pongratz MAE in her guest article ‘Dignified housing (in times of pandemic and beyond)’ discusses how lockdown during COVID19 pandemic has exposed inequalities and lack of access to adequate housing. This article was first published in Spanish in The Conversation, a network of not-for-profit media outlets that publish news stories written by academics and researchers. Read more

Jeroen van den Bergh MAE wrote an analysis article in the Spanish newspaper El Periódico. He argues that Spain can develop an integrated strategy to deal with the coronavirus crisis and promote low-carbon options. He proposes four types of taxes to achieve sustainability. Spain unlike many other European countries does not have a carbon emission tax. Read more

Jeroen van den Bergh MAE, in collaboration with Eric Galbraith, wrote a letter to Nature titled ‘Tax carbon to aid economic recovery’. In their letter they discuss how the fall in fossil-fuel prices offers governments a chance to offset the potentially massive public debt incurred by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

Chris Hann MAE considers the impact of the pandemic on labour mobility, home working and householding, as part of a blog series for COMPAS, the Centre on Migration, Policy, and Society, a research centre at the University of Oxford. Read more.

Peter Wagner MAE reflects on the development of knowledge and COVID-19 in an essay on the platform Soziopolis, an online platform for sociology and its related disciplines. Read more [in German].

Peter Wagner MAE participated in the symposium Social World and Pandemic. The event was a joint initiative of the journal Sociologia & Antropologia, the Brazilian Society of Sociology and the Social Thought Virtual Library Blog (BVPS in Portuguese).

In his blog piece on the website of the École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Roberto Casati MAE considers temporal factors and decision-making in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more [in French].

Data and mathematical modelling#

Robert Lew MAE is working on a mathematical model to predict the course of COVID-19 in individual countries. The work has been submitted to a major journal and there is a daily-updated online Dashboard publicly available.

Josep Domingo-Ferrer MAE is one of a group of scientists making recommendations on personal data and privacy in the context of COVID-19 apps, in an article in Transactions on Data Privacy. Read more.

Risk management#

Desheng Wu MAE in collaboration with David L Olson wrote the book ‘Pandemic risk management in operations and finance’ – modelling the Impact of COVID-19. The book provides a review of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on finance and supply chain operations.

Alik Ismail-Zadeh MAE has written opinion pieces on risk management of the COVID-19 pandemic for the International Science Council read more and the online daily news journal published by the Geophysical Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Read more [in Russian].

Public health and healthcare ethics#

In his essay for the Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, John Harris MAE considers the need for values and moral integrity in dealing with the pandemic. Read more.

Martin McKee’s MAE Website contains links to all his papers, interviews and other activities relating to COVID-19.

Published in 2016, John Tasioulas MAE and Effy Vayena look at global health justice and its consequences for shaping health policy. Read more.

YAE Symposia on COVID-19: Open call for speakers#

Nominations for speakers on any kind of research relevant for the COVID-19 pandemic, including virology, economics, public health, drug and vaccine development, and other topics. Contact with a brief CV and abstract for the proposed contribution. with a brief CV and abstract for the proposed contribution.

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Mitigating the wider health effects of covid-19 pandemic response: new article by Martin McKee#

The paper analyses which groups in society are most vulnerable to the effects of both the pandemic and the social distancing measures and offers actions that could reduce the harmful indirect effects of the pandemic.

The open access paper was published by The BMJ – a leading medical research journal.


M. Douglas; Katikireddi; Taulbut; McKee; McCartney ISSN: 0959-8138, 1756-1833;
DOI: 10.1136/bmj.m1557BMJ: British medical journal, 2020, Vol.369, p.m1557

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Neuroinfection and COVID-19: new article by Luca Steardo, Robert Zorec and Alex Verkhratsky#

The article considers whether coronavirus may enter the central nervous system of humans and infect neural cells, and the possible neurological and psychiatric impacts of neuroinflammation.

The open access article has been published in Acta Physiologica, the official journal of the Federation of European Physiological Societies (FEPS).


Steardo L, Steardo L Jr., Zorec R, Verkhratsky A. Neuroinfection may contribute to pathophysiology and clinical manifestations of COVID-19. Acta Physiol. 2020;00:e13473.

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