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Essential coronavirus update for INI activities

Publication Date: 
Tuesday 21st April 2020 - 10:30

**This page was last updated on Thursday 23rd July 2020**

The ongoing spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) presents great challenges for all of us - including organisations such as INI, which are populated by academics and scientists from across the globe and for whom collaboration is a regular and important part of their working lives. 

Following the first announcement from the Vice Chancellor of the University's response to the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Isaac Newton Institute temporarily closed its doors on Friday 20 March.  All our staff are currently working remotely.

The Institute acknowledges the current severe restrictions in many countries around the globe, including the UK, on social-interaction and travel. Looking at the likely timescale for when such restrictions might be eased, the Isaac Newton Institute, in conjunction with the organisers for our present and forthcoming activities, has decided to cancel all events until the end of August 2020. We have made this decision to give clarity to participants, as well, of course, to ensure the safety of all attendees and staff.

However, an exciting innovation over this period has been the planning and creation of a virtual INI programme: Infectious Dynamics of Pandemics (IDP). This programme, which commenced on 5 May, is closely aligned with the Royal Society's RAMP initiative. RAMP has the remit of "bringing modelling expertise from a diverse range of disciplines to support the pandemic modelling community already working on Coronavirus (COVID-19)." The IDP programme involves some 100 active participants, many taken from the RAMP volunteer list, and is providing online presentational and other support materials for many others who signed up to RAMP. Please see the programme's homepage for further details.

In the coming months, we shall review our activities scheduled beyond September, but at present we anticipate their running as normal. Until September, the Isaac Newton Institute and the Newton Gateway to Mathematics shall be undertaking a variety of virtual activities organised in collaboration with the International Centre for Mathematical Sciences (ICMS) and the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN). These will range from webinars and virtual study groups to a virtual long-term programme. Details are available here.  


Please note that some pre-scheduled automated emails (including for instance request for confirmation of attendance at workshops that have been cancelled) are still being generated.  We apologise in advance if you receive such an email and ask you to ignore it.

Information about the re-opening of the Institute will be posted here as and when the situation becomes clearer.

In the interim, stay safe and remember there are over 7000 seminars for you to watch online in our absence!


Thank-you for your understanding and care during this uncertain period. If you have any further queries please contact us to speak to the team directly.


> Essential coronavirus links:

> Latest UK government advice on COVID-19 and coronavirus
> Latest NHS information on COVID-19 and coronavirus
> Latest guidance from the University of Cambridge


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