Virtual Study Group - Covid-19 safety in Large Events

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Virtual Study Group - Covid-19 safety in Large Events

 13 - 15 Jul 2021
This three-day virtual study group will explore the challenges related to the delivery of Large Events during the COVID-19 pandemic 


Since April 2021, VKEMS (Virtual Forum for Knowledge Exchange in the Mathematical Sciences) has delivered a series of Virtual Study Groups considering minimising risk / impact of COVID-19 in a range of scenarios (including train travel, opening up higher education and the impact on cardiovascular waiting lists).

We have now been tasked by RAMP Continuity Network (a UKRI funded project) to undertake a series of Virtual Study Groups on their behalf.

The first Virtual Study Group has the theme - COVID Safety in Large Events. This will be a three day event, starting on Tuesday 13th July. This three day event will be an intensive session bringing mathematical scientists and other disciplines together to solve end user defined challenges. 

Study Groups work best when a real-world problem / scenario is posed at the start of the three days. This enables the assembled scientists to develop the generic thinking required but also provide some pertinent insight for the particular case considered. We are currently working with a number of stakeholders to identify appropriate problems/scenarios for this study group.   We will provide details of outline problem in due course.   

We anticipate the study group will cover the spectrum of large events from indoor to outdoor, ticketed to un-ticketed, dynamic to static. Some possible areas which we MIGHT be able to look at:

  • How to partition attendees? What effect do bubbles have on probable transmission rates? How does partitioning by age affect the transmission? Are there other partitions which could be used? How can we avoiding risky queuing?

  •  What physical interventions could be made? What is the role of ventilation? Can staircases and other shared spaces be managed to reduce the probability of infection? What about cleaning strategies? Where and how often?

  •  What is the role and impact of testing? Can we model 100 % testing with 20-minute result time and its impact on arena filling? What about longer test times and what is the optimal number of tests to do? Can we envisage how "immunity passports" might help?

  • What about support workers? How do we effectively protect those working in these spaces with shift patterns and rotas?

Expression of Interest

We are looking to hear from Problem Owners and Problem Solvers interested in participating in this event. 

Problem Owners - If you deliver/host/organise ‘Large Events' and have a particular scenario you would like us to consider for this Study Group, please email with preliminary details and we will get in touch to discuss further.

Problem Solvers - If you have the necessary skills/insight/knowledge to work on the anticipated challenges at this Virtual Study Group, please complete this expression of interest form.  We will contact you with further details as problem descriptions are refined.  

This event will be delivered by the V-KEMS team. Please note: expressions of interest info will be shared with V-KEMS team members.