Juniper

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020 mathematics and statistics have been at the forefront of the fight against the disease. We are pleased to be part of JUNIPER, the Joint University Pandemic and Epidemic Response modelling consortium. JUNIPER comprises academics from the universities of Cambridge, Warwick, Bristol, Exeter, Oxford, Manchester, and Lancaster, who are using a range of mathematical and statistical techniques to address pressing question about the control of COVID-19. The articles listed here are part of our collaboration with JUNIPER and you can find out more about the work of other JUNIPER members on their website.

The inequalities of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has amplified the differences between us. Understanding these inequalities is crucial for this and future pandemics.

On the mathematical frontline: Matt Keeling

Epidemiologist Matt Keeling tells us about his work on the roadmap out of lockdown, whether the models have been too pessimistic, and what it's been like producing scientific results that carry so much weight.

Shining a light on COVID modelling

There have been accusations that the modelling projecting the course of the pandemic was too pessimistic. Are they justified?

How maths can help you get ahead of the S-curve

The maths behind the S-curves that allow us to tell if a new variant is on the rise.

Logistic growth: The mathematics of COVID variants

How to tell quickly if a new variant is on the rise.

On the mathematical frontline: Francesca Scarabel

Francesca Scarabel may be early on in her research career, but she has already been part of the UK's emergency mathematical response to the COVID-19 pandemic. She tells us about her experience in this podcast.

Can game theory help to vaccinate the world?

Game theory suggests that sharing vaccine doses might give a selfish, as well as moral, advantage.

Happy International Women's day 2022!

We celebrate by revisiting some of the articles and podcasts we have produced with female mathematicians over the last year.

On the mathematical frontline: Ed Hill

Ed Hill has been working on the COVID-19 pandemic right from the start, providing government with essential epidemiological advice. Find out about his journey in this podcast.

Understanding waning immunity

What can we expect from a disease for which natural or vaccine induced immunity wanes?

Why the generation time of COVID-19 is importantTo work out the famous R number you need to know the time between infections.
Understanding the generation time for COVID-19

How long does it take for one person to infect another?

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