The Population Research Center (PRC) has organized an Online Panel Discussion in collaboration with the Population Council (PC) Pakistan and the Center for Learning and Teaching (CLT) at Forman Christian College (A Chartered University) on 24 November 2020 from 04:00 pm to 06:00 pm. The panel discussion was open to all FCCU faculty members and graduate students.

The purpose of the panel discussion was to understand: (i) what is the demographic impact of COVID-19 from a cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary perspective? (ii) How can demographic research help us understand the spread of the pandemic across countries and regions and project future trends to inform control and prevention policies? (iii) Can multidisciplinary inquiry facilitate elucidation of the economic, social and political challenges emerging from this ongoing crisis and their impact on the lives of people in different parts of the world? (iv) What challenges does the COVID-19 crisis present to the developing world, where meager resources and inadequate physical and social infrastructure impede reliable scientific inquiry, policy formulation and implementation? (v) Can analytical techniques of public health, economics, sociology and demography help in better developing current and future risk mitigation plans? And (vi) how can this coordination be strengthened to help in the future?

This panel discussion was conducted via Zoom on the 24th of November, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Pakistan Standard Time with 15-20 extra minutes for contingencies. The panel, composed of five experts from different parts of the world, (Dr. Leiwen Jiang, Dr. Feng Qiushi, Dr. L.J.G. (Leo) van Wissen, Dr. Ghulam Mohammad Arif and Dr. Gavin W. Jones), was chaired by Dr. Zeba Sathar (Country Director, Population Council Pakistan) and Co-Chaired by Dr. Jonathan S. Addleton (Rector, FCCU).

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