As part of British Science Week, join a panel of experts and opinion formers to discuss a threat to world security - Ebola.

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa was first reported in March 2014, and has rapidly become the deadliest occurrence of the disease since its discovery in 1976. Public health experts are concerned that in today’s age of global transport, an infectious disease could easily and quickly spread across the globe, leading to many scares over SARS, bird flu and swine flu.

But who should be in charge of preventing a pandemic in a global society where disease does not discriminate which nation state you are from? What part can local or national government play in preventing a global pandemic? Should it be up to global institutions like, the UN, World Health Organisation, or even pharmaceutical companies?

So, whose responsibility is it anyway?

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Beccy Meehan, presenter of BBC North West Tonight
  • Professor Joanna Verran, Professor of Microbiology at Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Professor Mukesh Kapila CBE, Professor of Global Health and Humanitarian Affairs at the University of Manchester (previously United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sudan and a Director for the World Health Organisation)
  • Professor Tom Solomon, Director of the Institute of Infection and Global Health and Professor of Neurological Science, University of Liverpool
  • Dr Saleyha Ahsan, Presenter of BBC Two’s Trust Me I'm a Doctor, A&E doctor and former British Army Captain

Kindly hosted by Manchester Metropolitan University as part of British Science Week.

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