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Although Omicron is milder than first feared, there is a failure of political imagination when it comes to the implications for pandemic preparedness. Roger Highfield, Science Director, looks beyond Omicron with the government’s influential life sciences advisor, Sir John Bell.

How should we prepare for the next pandemic? Our Science Director, Roger Highfield, talks about an extraordinary new proposal with Dr Richard Hatchett, Chief Executive Officer of CEPI, the world’s largest vaccine development initiative.

The pandemic has alerted the world to the threat of airborne disease. A new study has shown the value of clean air, and also how filtration can curb antibiotic resistance in hospitals. Our Science Director Roger Highfield talks to Cambridge based intensive care consultant, Vilas Navapurkar about its findings.

View across the large object grid showing the huge scale of the collection management facility

The first of 300,000 historic items from the Science Museum Group Collection have arrived in their new home, an innovative collection management facility at the National Collections Centre in Wiltshire.

Embedding sustainability in the Science Museum Group’s working practices is not just a priority for the museums and sites, but for the exhibition touring programme too. Here, Emily Cronin, Partnerships Manager (Cultural & Commercial Partnerships) explains more.

Visualisation of Covid-19 virus

For the first time, scientists can see a pandemic evolve in real time at the genetic level, revealing ‘variants of concern’ while guarding for large-scale genetic changes in COVID-19 that might occur by a process called recombination.

In the first of the Science Museum Group’s global Climate Talks series, Climate Change: Why Should We Care? – broadcaster and mathematician Dr Hannah Fry was joined by the legendary conservationist Dr Jane Goodall, Kenyan climate activist Wanjũhĩ Njoroge, climate advocate Kira Peter-Hansen MEP and scientist Dr Tamsin Edwards to explore how climate change will impact the future of our planet and why we need to act now to deal with the challenges posed by it.

Mutant versions of the SARS-CoV-2 virus have set off alarms worldwide. Science Director Roger Highfield talks to one of the laboratories racing to find out what these variants mean for COVID-19 transmissibility and virulence, along with the development of drugs and vaccines.