Presidents' Meeting 2022
Photo credit: Nic Marchant
Cambridge was delighted to host the 2022 IARU Presidents’ Meeting over three days in the beautiful surroundings of Downing College. It was the first in-person meeting for the Alliance since the beginning of the pandemic, and for several attendees it was the first opportunity to travel internationally in some time. These special circumstances helped generate a great of in-depth discussion and made the meeting particularly enjoyable. Colleagues from Peking University were able to join portions of the meeting online.
The Presidents were able to hear first-hand about how international scientific collaboration has been fundamentally changed as a result of the pandemic through a joint presentation by Professor Sir Andrew Pollard (University of Oxford), the chief investigator in the clinical trials for the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, and Dr Tonya Villafana (Vice President, Global Franchise Head) who led the late-stage development of the vaccine.