KNAW webinar

Corona: from droplets to pandemic - How we can determine the spread of COVID-19

4 June 2020 from 19:00 to 20:00 hrs
Zoom, livestreaming YouTube KNAW channel
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The world is desperately looking for a means of how to halt the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this webinar, three aspects of the spread are addressed by world-leading experts on the subject: the ejection and outcome of virus-laden droplets and aerosol from coughing and speaking, how to protect the population from infection by these droplets and aerosol, and what this means for the spread, based on epidemic models. The good news is that there is a rational clear strategy.


  • Daniël Bonn, Professor of Complex Fluids and director Van der Waals-Zeeman Institute for Experimental Physics (WZI) at the Institute of Physics, University of Amsterdam
  • Lydia Bourouiba, Associate Professor, The Fluid Dynamics and disease Transmission Laboratory, MIT, Cambridge, USA – The Fluid dynamics of Disease Transmission
  • Christian Kähler, Professor of Fluid Dynamics and director of the Institute of Fluid Mechanics and Aerodynamics of the, Bundeswehr University Munich, Germany – The huge effect of facial masks
  • Viola Priesemann, Professor of Physics, Complex Systems & Neural Networks, Group Leader & Fellow of the Schiemann Kolleg, Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization & Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Göttingen, Germany – Inferring change points in the spread of COVID-19 reveals the effectiveness of interventions

Welcome and introduction by the moderator Detlef Lohse, Professor of  Physics of Fluids, University of Twente, the Netherlands.

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