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CEU Borderless Knowledge: COVID Under the Microscope

Online Event
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Friday, October 9, 2020, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

While some might argue that ‘the new normal’ precludes close interrogation of the ways in which governments and multinational organizations are navigating a way through the pandemic, others might not agree.

In the upcoming edition of the Borderless Knowledge series on October 9, part of the digital Lange Nacht Der Forschung (Long Night of Research), Central European University (CEU) brings together an international panel of experts to discuss what the pandemic has initiated from environmental, economic and historical perspectives. This is the first time that Vienna’s newest university participates in the Lange Nacht Der Forschung.

Addressing the environment is Diana Ürge-Vorsatz, CEU Professor and Director of the Center for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Policy, along with Luis Gómez-Echeverri, Senior Research Scholar at IIASA. Taking on the economic angle is CEU Visiting Professor Dora Piroska and Matthias Thiemann from Sciences Po. This discussion will be moderated by Andrew Solomon, former head of natural history and history at ORF, and editor of UNIVERSUM.

The lecture will be viewable here from 6pm. Join us to go behind the scenes of research in Austria!


Since February 2019, CEU’s Borderless Knowledge series features CEU professors, leading Hungarian experts and well-known public figures discussing recent scientific findings and their direct impact on contemporary life. Previous talks from the series have covered topics of the pandemic’s preventability, imminent financial crisis, archeological mysteries, global warming, networks and research on childhood cognitive development.

The Lange Nacht Der Forschung (Long Night of Research) is a bi-annual event for science and research presenting innovative findings and groundbreaking technologies made accessible to a wide audience in an evening throughout Austria. The Lange Nacht Der Forschung will take place digitally for the first time on October 9, 2020 from 2 pm. Around 200 contributions from all nine federal states will be shown online and the entire program is available for viewing through December 30, 2020.