Professor Salim Abdool Karim, represented the International Science Council in joining 10 eminent speakers at the opening session of the 10th edition of the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) 2022 in a discussion of the theme “Crossing Borders, Engaged Science, Resilient Societies”, held in Leiden Netherlands from 13-16 July. ESOF is the largest biennial interdisciplinary meeting on science and innovation in Europe, for and with Society.
Abdool Karim was also an invited speaker in a session entitled: Rolling the dice or planning ahead with confidence? New COVID-19 Report Maps out our most realistic, pessimistic and optimistic scenarios, held on Friday 15th July. His presentation, Science communication in South Africa during the Covid-19 pandemic, highlighted the challenges of giving scientific advice in the midst of minimal information & uncertainty. Science is no longer confined to ivory towers, he explained. Language and idiom of epidemiology is now in everyday discussions and in the media.