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Professor Andrew Curran is the Chief Scientific Adviser and Director of Research at the Health and Safety Executive. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he has been an active participant in SAGE, the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies, which provides advice to support government decision makers, and is co-chair of the SAGE Environmental Modelling Group. He is now leading one of the six large (about £18M) National COVID‑19 Core Projects, which is being delivered by the ‘PROTECT’ Partnership for Research in Occupational, Transport, Environmental COVID Transmission between government, regulators and academia.
Professor Curran will lead this seminar and discuss how science is helping to improve how we can understand the risks of virus transmission in workplaces and other settings, the evidence challenges being tackled through PROTECT, and how scientific evidence is being used to inform decision making by HSE policymakers and wider government. The seminar will include a ‘Q&A’ session.
See HSE's COVID-19 science webpages for an overview of HSE science and research on COVID‑19. For news about HSE science follow Professor Curran on Twitter using @CSA_HSE.
Professor Curran is the Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) and Director of Research at the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). During his 29 year career with HSE he has been a bench scientist, has led a number of teams, and has a significant publication record in the field of occupational health. He has responsibility for ensuring that HSE has access to the evidence it needs to underpin policy and regulatory decision making. He is also Head of Profession for HSE’s scientists, engineers and physicians, and sits on the Government’s GSE Professions Board, where he is also Deputy Head of the Profession under Sir Patrick Vallance. As a Government Chief Scientific Adviser he is part of the Government Chief Scientific Adviser’s CSA network.
During the current pandemic he has been an active participant in SAGE, and is now leading one of six large (approximately £18M) National COVID-19 Core Projects. Andrew has oversight of HSE’s Scientific Advisory Committee on Workplace Health (WHEC), is the Chair of the Sheffield Group (the global network of national health and safety research organisations), a member of the Steering Group of PEROSH, the Partnership for European Research in Occupational Safety and Health, and supports HSE’s role as a Collaborating Centre in Occupational Safety and Health of the World Health Organisation. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, and the Chartered Management Institute, and an Honorary Fellow of the UK Faculty of Occupational Medicine. Andrew is an Honorary Professor at two leading UK Universities, Sheffield and Manchester, where he co-Directs the Centre for Workplace Health and the Thomas Ashton Institute for Risk and Regulatory Research respectively.
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