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Future Medicine Round Table 2021

Are we prepared for the next pandemic?

The Covid-outbreak in the end of 2019 took the world by surprise. After almost two years into the pandemic, science has made great progress and politicians have made valuable experiences concerning the management of the global crisis. But can we use the knowledge we acquired if a similar scenario strikes again?

The great success of our event-series “Future Medicine Science Match”, hosted by Berlin’s leading Newspaper Der Tagesspiegel and the Berlin Institute of Health at Charité (BIH) in the past years inspired us to hold it once again. Due to the circumstances, this year we will run the event as a virtual round table.

We are looking forward to discussing the important questions:

Have we already learned enough about the pandemic?
Can the learnings regarding effective therapies and preventive measures be applied for another pandemic?
What are the side effects of the pandemic on the health system (e.g. delay of diagnosis and therapies of other diseases like cancer, cardiovascular diseases or chronical illnesses)?
Are science and politics prepared for the next pandemic?

Further information


Virtual Meeting




4.00 p.m. Welcome Speech
Der Tagesspiegel and the Berlin Institute of Health at Charité (BIH)

4.10 p.m. Screenings
Scientists from many different fields will start by showing short films about the most recent findings in SARS-CoV-2-Research

4.20 p.m. Impulse Lecture
Dr. Michael May
Vice President & Medical Director Germany of Bristol Myers Squibb

4.30 p.m. Discussion: Are we prepared for the next pandemic?
Prof. Isabelle Bekeredjian-Ding
Head of the Microbiology Department of Paul-Ehrlich-Institut

Prof. Christof von Kalle
Head of the Clinical Study Center of BIH and Charité

N.N., Political Representative

Michaela Küfner, Political Correspondent

5.15 p.m. Closing-Keynote


Der Tagesspiegel, Berlin Institute of Health