Borderless Knowledge Lecture: Can the Pandemic be Stopped?

Millions live under quarantine, the economy is in decline, and the whole world is wondering when this will finally end. According to the Hungarian government's announcement, the epidemic was expected to have peaked in Hungary on May 3.

Can a second wave be prevented through climate protection measures? What does archaeology have to say about the spread of previous epidemics? What impact will the quarantine have on children? Can big data be used to monitor people's information to contain the epidemic?

April’s event in the “Borderless Knowledge” lecture series addressed these questions and more. The event – the first to be held online – featured physicist and climate change researcher Diana Urge-Vorsatz, professor in CEU’s Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy and director of the Center for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Policy; physicist Janos Kertesz, professor and head of CEU’s Department of Network and Data Science; archeologist Jozsef Laszlovszky, professor in CEU’s Department of Medieval Studies and director of the Cultural Heritage Studies Program; and psychologist and linguist Csaba Pleh, distinguished visiting professor in CEU’s Department of Cognitive Science.

The lecture, held in Hungarian, can be watched here with English subtitles:

In the framework of the Borderless Knowledge open lecture series CEU professors, leading Hungarian experts and well-known public figures, discuss exciting recent scientific findings and their direct impact on our everyday lives. All lectures are held in Hungarian, with simultaneous English translation provided.

Previous lectures discussed the topics of a potential coming financial crisis, archeological mysteries, global warming, networks and research on childhood cognitive development.