Health technology

Academies join forces to launch COVID-19 expert database

3 April 2020

Australia’s learned academies have come together to launch a searchable database of leading experts to help tackle COVID-19.

The COVID-19 Expert Database will allow governments, researchers, businesses and others to easily access the expertise they need across a wide range of fields.

“With events developing rapidly, it’s vital that decision-makers have access to targeted, evidence-based advice” said Kylie Walker, CEO of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering.

“We all need to pool our knowledge and skills to help humanity address and recover from this crisis. If you’re an expert who can contribute, we urge you to register on this database.”

The database aims to provide access to expert insights into the COVID-19 pandemic and its scientific, health, social, cultural and economic implications.

Australia’s Chief Scientist and former ATSE President Dr Alan Finkel AO is championing the initiative.

Users of the public database will be able to search for credible expertise in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, health, humanities, arts, and social science.

“This is a complex issue affecting all facets of society, so it’s important that our response is an interdisciplinary one,” Kylie Walker said.

ATSE has also prepared a fact sheet outlining the ways that technology is helping people respond to the coronavirus in Australia and across the world.

The database is a collaborative initiative from the:

  • Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering
  • Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences
  • Australian Academy of the Humanities
  • Australian Academy of Science
  • Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia
  • Australian Council of Learned Academies.