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Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Pandemic Signatures (PandemiX)

Center leader:

Lone Simonsen


June 2023 - May 2029

Application round:

11th Round

Host institution(s)

Roskilde University


47 million DKK

The overall research objective of PandemiX is to investigate the signature features of COVID-19 and pandemics of the past, to better understand both and to better prepare for future pandemics.

Pandemics have afflicted humanity throughout recorded history. When new diseases emerged, acquired immunity in the human population and evolutionary changes in the pathogens brought the ensuing pandemics to an end. As scientific tools to understand and reduce the harms from pandemics have improved, the study of pandemics has expanded from history and demography to also encompass quantitative research in fields such as population biology and applied mathematics.

We are an interdisciplinary research center that studies pandemics in all of their inherent complexity. PandemiX unites studies of the historical and contemporary record of experienced pandemics in a radically interdisciplinary environment. By taking such a wide view, we strive to make breakthroughs not hitherto possible or attempted, ranging from a profound understanding of how to control transmission in the short run, to how best to secure robust population immunity in decades to come.

The PandemiX Center will give rise to a new field, pandemiology, home to a growing cadre of interdisciplinary researchers ready to address the inevitable next pandemic.

Roskilde University (RUC), Department of Science and Environment (DSE), is the host institution of the PandemiX Center. Furthermore, PandemiX has an office suite at Statens Serum Institute (SSI).

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