In what ways will societies differ in the Post-COVID Era? This session will focus on the transformations that societies will experience in the post-pandemic world. The spread of COVID-19 has certainly had an impact on the way people work and live. An increasing amount of social scientific research has looked at the implications of both the COVID-19 pandemic and the quarantine measures that have been implemented.

This session was composed of two conversations:

CONVERSATION 1 | Factoring in the psychological and sociological implications of COVID-19
13:30 – 15:30 CET

Speakers assessed the psychological and sociological effects on populations, notably on vulnerable people.


Elke Van Hoof, Expert in the Superior Health Council of Belgium, European Parliament

Frances MK Williams, Professor of Genomic Epidemiology and Hon Consultant Rheumatologist, King’s College London

Juan C. Palomino, Post-Doctoral Research Officer, Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) and Department of Social Policy and Intervention (DSPI), University of Oxford

Magda Osman, Lecturer in Experimental Cognitive Psychology, Queen Mary University of London

Sandra L. Shullman, President, American Psychological Association; Managing Partner, Columbus Office

Moderated by Antonis KousoulisDirector for England and Wales, Mental Health Foundation

CONVERSATION 2 | Historical and philosophical lessons from post-pandemic societies
13:30 – 15:30 CET

Which historical and philosophical lessons can we draw from post-pandemic societies? Participants addressed the Post-COVID Era from a historical and philosophical standpoint, in an attempt to better prepare for the future by learning from the past.


Alexander Bird, Bertrand Russell Professor, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Cambridge

David S. Jones, A. Bernard Ackerman Professor of the Culture of Medicine, Department of History of Science, Harvard University

Rae Langton, Knightbridge Professor of Philosophy, University of Cambridge

Frank Snowden, Andrew Downey Orrick Professor Emeritus of History, Yale University

Moderated by James Wilson, Professor of Philosophy, University College London