Government issues call for registrations to COVID-19 Outbreak Expert Database

Over the past few weeks, Parliament has seen a surge in need of access to research expertise as it engages with the COVID-19 outbreak.

In this rapidly evolving situation, Parliament needs quick access to researchers who can provide expert insights relating to both Coronavirus and its impacts.

Parliament and Parliamentarians use these insights to help carry out their function effectively; that is to say, to represent the people, scrutinise the Government, debate important and pressing issues and pass legislation.

To speed up the process of Parliament accessing relevant research expertise, Parliament’s Knowledge Exchange Unit (KEU) are creating a COVID-19 Outbreak Expert Database.

If you feel you have any expertise relating to the COVID-19 outbreak or its impacts, the KEU would be very grateful if you would sign up to the database.

Signing up does not commit you to contribute in any way, it’s simply so that Parliament has your details to hand and can contact you very rapidly; if they contact you and you aren’t able to respond, they will fully understand.

Areas where expertise are required

Staff in Parliament have identified a number of areas where Parliament may need to be able to access research expertise, listed below, and found on the sign-up page. If you identify an area that has not been listed, please do feel free to give detail on the sign-up form in ‘other’:

  • Agriculture and farming
  • Airlines/airports
  • Arts
  • Behavioural science
  • Burial and cremation
  • Brexit
  • Business
  • Charities
  • Children and families
  • Civil contingency planning and management
  • Climate change
  • Communicating uncertainty
  • Consumer protection
  • Coronavirus
  • Coroners
  • Countryside
  • Courts
  • Criminal justice
  • Criminal law
  • Crisis communications
  • Critical national infrastructure
  • Data protection,
  • Death
  • Defence
  • Economics
  • Education – higher and further
  • Education – schools
  • Elections
  • Emergency planning
  • Emergency services
  • Employment
  • Employment law
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • European Union
  • Financial Services
  • Financial systems and institutions
  • Foreign policy
  • Government
  • Health economics
  • Health services
  • Housing
  • Human rights
  • Immigration
  • Immunology/vaccinology
  • Industry
  • Infection control
  • Inflation
  • Insolvency
  • International law
  • IT
  • Law
  • Legal aid
  • Leisure and tourism
  • Local government
  • Medicine
  • National security
  • Package holidays
  • Pandemics
  • Pensions
  • Police powers
  • Ports and maritime
  • Prisons
  • Public expenditure
  • Public finance
  • Public health
  • Public order
  • Railways
  • Registration of deaths
  • Religion
  • Social security and tax credits
  • Social services
  • Sports
  • Surveillance
  • Taxation
  • Trade
  • Transport
  • Unemployment
  • Virology
  • Waste
  • Water
  • Welfare
  • Welfare benefits

Request sent on behalf of Dr Sarah Foxen, Knowledge Exchange Lead, Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology.