RSNSW and Four Academies Forum 2020: After COVID-19: Creating the Best of Times from the Worst of Times

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After COVID-19: Creating the Best of Times from the Worst of Times
Preliminary Notice and Draft Program

More than 100 years after the 1918 Spanish flu claimed more than 50 million lives, pandemics remain on the list of major global risks. They are difficult to predict and invariably alter the course of history in ways we cannot foresee. The effects of this year’s COVID-19 pandemic spread quickly well beyond the people it infected, disrupting society as a whole and smashing the economy. Globally, even though government intervention is heading towards $10 trillion, hundreds of millions of people will be unemployed.

The pandemic has exposed the social and economic vulnerabilities of today’s highly leveraged and interconnected world, including the fragility of global supply chains. It has compounded other existential risks for Australia, including the impact of climate change, a decade of household income stagnation, and an erosion of critically important political institutions that underpin national prosperity and our free, open, democratic society.

The Royal Society of NSW and Four Academies Forum 2020 will examine how the COVID-19 pandemic has become a wake-up call for all of us to drive a wide-ranging, national program that will create a more resilient, self-sufficient, and prosperous Australia. Transformations achieved already during the pandemic include in telemedicine, automation and digital commerce and communications, to name but a few. These show us what is possible when the wrecking-ball of a virus exacts its human and economic toll and stirs us into action to build the society and institutions we envisage for the future.

The Royal Society of NSW and the four Academies (AAS, ATSE, ASSA, and AHA) acknowledge the generous support from Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC, Governor of New South Wales as host of this event, and also the generous support provided by the NSW Government Office of the Chief Scientist and Engineer and the New South Wales Smart Sensing Network.

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