Health & Environment

Texas A&M To Host 5th Annual Pandemic Policy Summit

The Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs conference on infectious disease outbreaks will result in policy recommendations for addressing pandemics.
By Locky Catron, Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs November 4, 2019

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The Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs will host the 5th annual Pandemic Policy Summit on Nov. 12 on the Texas A&M campus.

Texas A&M Bush School of Government and Public Service

On Tuesday, Nov. 12 the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs at the Bush School of Government and Public Service will host its 5th annual Pandemic Policy Summit: Pandemic and Biosecurity Threats in the 21st Century. The half-day conference will focus on current infectious disease outbreaks and findings from a student simulation.

The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Hagler Auditorium in the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center. Attendees must register online. Also as part of the summit, Texas A&M University graduate students will participate in a disease outbreak simulation from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10 at the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. The exercise, which is part of the Tier-One Program Grant, will allow students to collaborate with some of the world’s leading pandemic experts to formulate a response plan to a disaster situation.

The summit brings together political leaders, researchers, practitioners and the private sector to discuss issues critical to pandemic preparedness and biosecurity. The event will be led by Andrew Natsios, director of the Scowcroft Institute and former USAID administrator, and moderated by Dr. Gerald Parker, director of the Pandemic and Biosecurity Policy Program and former principal deputy assistant secretary for preparedness and response at the Department of Health and Human Services. The keynote speaker will be Catherine Bertini, 2003 World Food Prize Laureate and distinguished fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

This summit is both policy- and practicum-focused, and will result in a white paper to be distributed to key decision makers for further discussion. Past white papers can be found on the Bush School website.

Media contact: Lauren Zajicek, Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs administrative coordinator, 979-845-6510,

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