RAMP Continuity Network: Scientific Meetings, Rapid Review Group, and Policy Support for COVID-19

Lead Research Organisation: University of Cambridge
Department Name: Applied Maths and Theoretical Physics

Abstract

Since its inception in late March, RAMP (Rapid Assistance in Modelling the Pandemic) has initiated many new projects and activities and involved in COVID-19 research several hundred scientists whose skill sets complement those of the traditional epidemic modelling community. The majority of substantive new research projects have sought or will seek individual continuity support from UKRI and can also draw on data support, discussion forums infrastructure, and central admin at Edinburgh funded already by UKRI (PI: Ackland). The current proposal is to sustain and add value to RAMP's new research ecosystem, and enhance its connectivity to other COVID-19 research activities across the UK, by funding continuation of key RAMP activities for a further 18 months in the following areas. (i) Scientific networking, to include discussion meetings, study groups, and workshops involving RAMP, SPI-M and other teams; these events organized primarily via the Isaac Newton Institute. (ii) RAMP's Rapid Review Group, based at Oxford, which scrutinizes outputs and reports (from RAMP, SPI-M, third parties and the open literature) so as to better inform Government and its advice channels. (iii) Policy work staffed by the Royal Society to ensure the scientific outputs of RAMP and others land correctly within Government to maximize their policy value.

Publications

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Description The findings from several virtual study group events have been delivered as influential reports to the businesses and industries directly participating and disseminated more widely across the sectors. The findings from several academic workships have fed via the collaboration with JUNIPER into the deliberations of SPI-M and related government working groups providing science based advice directrly to government. Rapid-review analyses of third-party publications have also been provided to SPI-M and others.
First Year Of Impact 2021
Sector Healthcare,Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism,Government, Democracy and Justice,Retail,Transport
Impact Types Economic,Policy & public services

 
Description Policy landing work at the Royal Society 
Organisation The Royal Society
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution RAMP funds a staff member in the RS policy team.
Collaborator Contribution The RS provide vast expertise in policy work which the RAMP-funded staff member can tap into
Impact N/A
Start Year 2020
 
Description Virtual Study Group Meeting hosted by ICMS 
Organisation International Centre for Mathematical Sciences (ICMS)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Joint organization of virtual study group meetings
Collaborator Contribution Joint organization of virtual study group meetings
Impact V-KEMS report, Covid 19 Safety in Large Events produced its final report downloadable at https://gateway.newton.ac.uk/event/tgm101
Start Year 2021
 
Description Virtual Study Group - COVID-19 Safety in large events 13-15 Aug 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Virtual Study Group - COVID-19 Safety in large events 13-15 Aug. This three-day virtual study group was hosted by ICMS and delivered by V-KEMS and explored the challenges related to the delivery of Large Events during the COVID-19 pandemic. 40 participants (including 5 industry and 3 public). V-KEMS report, Covid 19 Safety in Large Events

Lyndsey Jackson, Deputy CEO Edinburgh Fringe said
"Thank you for this - it's going to be hugely helpful in supporting performers to engage with crowds safely, and the key advice is both digestible and useful!"
KTN News article on this: https://ktn-uk.org/news/covid-19-safety-in-large-events-using-mathematical-sciences/
Plus magazine news article: https://plus.maths.org/content/keeping-people-safe-large-events
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://gateway.newton.ac.uk/sites/default/files/asset/doc/2109/COVID19%20Safety%20in%20Large%20Even...
 
Description Virtual Study Group - hospitality and leisure, 12-14 Oct. 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact This three-day virtual study group was developed and hosted by the Newton Gateway and delivered by V-KEMS. It brought mathematical scientists and other disciplines together to solve challenges faced by the hospitality and leisure sector as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 50 participants including 9 from industry. The Virtual study group on Hospitality resulted in five tailored short reports have been supplied to UK Hospitality, University of Cambridge Sports Centre, Royal Opera House, Shakespeare's Globe and Independent Cinema Office.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021