The NSSN COVID-19 Q&A Forum returns on 21 May 2020

Posted 29 April 2020

The virtual NSW Smart Sensing Network (NSSN) COVID-19 Q&A Forum took place on 31 March 2020. The Forum brought together world-renowned scientists and practitioners from across NSW and ACT to inform Australians about how research institutions and thought leaders are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Forum, opened by the Co-Director at NSSN Professor Justin Gooding, and moderated by science journalist and broadcaster Robyn Williams, continued with a Q&A between the audience and the experts. 

The panel of experts participating in the virtual NSSN COVID-19 Forum included:
Prof. Bill Rawlinson, Senior Medical Virologist & Director of Virology, NSW Health
Prof. Justin Gooding, Co-Director, NSW Smart Sensing Network & Co-Director, Australian Centre for NanoMedicine, UNSW
Prof. Sacha Stelzer-Braid, Scientist, School of Medical Sciences, Prince of Wales Hospital
Prof. MaryLouise McLaws, Health Emergencies Program Experts Advisory Panel for Infection Prevention and Control Preparedness, Readiness and Response to COVID-19, World Health Organization
Prof. Pall Thordarson, Acting Head of School of Chemistry, UNSW. 

The Forum also hosted a number of experts from across the NSSN member universities including:
Prof. Nathan Bartlett, Head of Viral Immunology & Respiratory Disease, Hunter Medical Research Institute, University of Newcastle
Prof. Garry Myers, Interim Director, ithree Institute, UTS
Prof. Antonio Tricoli, College of Engineering and Computer Science, ANU
Prof. Subhas Mukhopadhyay, School of Engineering, Macquarie University

Due to the success of the 31 March forum, a follow up event is being planned for 21 May 2020. For more information please contact or visit

To watch the full NSSN COVID-19 Q&A Forum online, please click here.

Text for this announcement was taken from Nowhere near the end with COVID-19 by Shahrzad Abbasi, 01 April 2020. To read the full article, please click here.