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Professor Alan Penn Named by Government as SAGE Advisor

6 May 2020

Bartlett Professor Alan Penn has been named as an advisor on the UK government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Professor Alan Penn. Photography: Richard Stonehouse

SAGE provides scientific and technical advice to support government decision makers during emergencies and is responsible for pulling together the scientific research and analysis from across government, academia and industry.

Alan is part of SAGE’s Environmental Working Group, which identifies how environmental modelling, sampling and data analysis can play a part in comprehending the transmission of Covid-19, in an aim to understand the routes and factors of transmission.

Alan joins UCL colleagues Professors Russell Viner (UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health) and Susan Michie (UCL Psychology & Language Sciences) as SAGE members. A number of Honorary UCL academics have also been appointed.

The numbers of UCL researchers represented on SAGE and its sub-groups demonstrates the breadth of our academic excellence across many scientific disciplines and the huge number of ways that our community is mobilising to support the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

– Professor Michael Arthur, UCL President and Provost

Alan is former Dean of The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment and Professor of Architectural and Urban Computing at The Bartlett School of Architecture.

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Image: Professor Alan Penn. Photography: Richard Stonehouse.