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23 March 2020

Coronavirus special - The Evidence, BBC

Watch CBC Director Susan Michie take part in the panel discussion on the global science of Covid-19: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3ct0hqz


Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE): Coronavirus (COVID-19) response

The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) provides scientific and technical advice to support government decision makers during emergencies. Professor Susan Michie is a contributing member to the Independent Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Behaviours (SPI-B). Their latest advice to the Government has been published: https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/scientific-advisory-group-for-emergencies-sage-coronavirus-covid-19-response


UCL Social Enterprise Business Case

The CBC is seeking funding to establish a not for profit Social Enterprise to facilitate wider access to, and usage of, the highly respected Behaviour Change Technique (BCT) Taxonomy and supporting tools.

A copy of our business case is available to view here: 


UCL Centre for Behaviour Change reponse to NICE Digital Interventions Consultantion

The CBC has has responded to the NICE guidelines on Behaviour Change: digital and mobile health.

You can download our response here: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/behaviour-change/sites/behaviour-change/files/cbc_response_to_nice_digital_interventions_consultation_final.pdf


Plastics Hub awarded funding for UCL's Grand Challenge of Human Wellbeing

Several researchers from UCL's Plastic Waste Innovation Hub have been awarded funding to undertake research under the 'Wellbeing in a Throw-away Culture' initative, part of UCL Grand Challenges. This is an exciting research project which aims broadly to examine the uptake and use of reuseable coffee cups across UCL's Bloomsbury campus.

For more information on the project visit the Plastic Waste Hub page


Annual Meeting Keynote: Innovators Will Explore Artifical Intelligence - SBM Annual Meeting 2020

  • Date: Friday 03 April
  • Time: 17:00-18:15
  • Session Title: Artificial Intelligence in Medicine: Hope, Hype or Harm?
  • Pol Mac Aonghusa (PhD), Susan Michie (BA, MPhil, DPhil), Robert Wachter (MD)

In 2015, Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, and dozens of the world’s top visionaries in artificial intelligence (AI) signed an open letter declaring “a broad consensus that AI research is progressing steadily, and that its impact on society is likely to increase.” Precisely because these capabilities are now expanding beyond the hypothetical, though, the letter went on to say “it is important to research how to reap its benefits while avoiding potential pitfalls.” The potential for both good and harm from these disruptive technologies is enormous. Understanding the future of these systems requires urgent, cross-disciplinary conversation. This panel will bring together three pioneering voices across the fields of computational science, behavioral medicine, and healthcare to identify the provocative questions that are urgently needed to guide the evolution of “intelligent systems” in medicine.

Information about the session is available here: https://www.sbm.org/meetings/2020/2020-keynote-speakers

To register, visit: https://sbm.execinc.com/edibo/AM20


5th Fuse international conference: on knowledge exchange in public health

  • 22 - 23 September 2020
  • Crown Plaza Hotel, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Follow all the conference updates @fuse_online using #fuseKEC20

More information and to register: https://www.fuseconference.net/


Climate change and public engagement: new report

A report for the Committee on Climate Change: Behaviour change, public engagement and Net Zero (published 10 October 2019)