Pan-European Response to the Impacts of COVID-19 and future Pandemics and Epidemics

PERISCOPE aims to shed light on the broad socio-economic and behavioral impacts of COVID-19. Collaborating with a consortium of 32 partners, FEAM will lead the work package on Training and Education, and co-lead work on health inequalities and indirect health impacts.

The Federation of European Academies of Medicine (FEAM) is a member of a consortium of 32 partners that will implement the Periscope project. PERISCOPE stands for “Pan-European Response to the Impacts of COVID-19 and future Pandemics and Epidemics” - a Horizon 2020 research project that was funded with almost 10 million Euros under the Coronavirus Global Response initiative launched in May 2020 by the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

The goal of PERISCOPE is to shed light on the broad socio-economic and behavioral impacts of COVID-19. A multidisciplinary consortium will bring together experts in all aspects of the current outbreak: clinic and epidemiologic; socio-economic and political; statistical and technological.

The objectives of PERISCOPE are:

  • to gather data on the broad impacts of COVID-19 in order to develop a comprehensive, user-friendly, openly accessible COVID Atlas, which should become a reference tool for researchers and policymakers, and a dynamic source of information to disseminate to the general public;
  • to perform innovative statistical analysis on the collected data, with the help of various methods including machine learning tools;
  • to identify successful practices and approaches adopted at the local level, which could be scaled up at the pan-European level for better containment of the pandemic and its related socio-economic impacts; and
  • to develop guidance for policymakers at all levels of government, in order to enhance Europe’s preparedness for future similar events and proposed reforms in the multi-level governance of health.

FEAM will contribute to nine of the fourteen work packages (WP), and will lead WP 11, focused on Training and Education.

With the help of its partners, FEAM will focus on addressing the evolving educational needs of healthcare professionals, following the organisational and technological changes brought by the pandemic. A wide network of stakeholders will support the development of content and the validation and implementation of teaching modules in online platforms.

Among other activities, FEAM will also contribute to (1) mapping and assessing impacts of COVID-19 on health inequalities and indirect health impacts; (2) identifying best and next practices towards innovative public policies for resilience and sustainability; and (3) drafting holistic policy guidelines for health authorities.

Duration of the project: 36 months (1 November 2020- 30 October 2023).

You can download the PERISCOPE press release here.

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