Recipe for Disaster: How to make the perfect pandemic

About The Webinar

​​If a perfect storm is a powerful weather event caused by rare phenomena, can we say the pandemic is just such an extraordinary event? Was it cooked up in a Chinese lab, killing millions and unleashing chaos across the globe? Or does science offer a more predictable answer: that pandemics like HIV are a warning from the future about our fractured relationship with the natural world? 

On Wednesday 28 July at 12pm, join science writer Tiara Walters in conversation with Prof Wolfgang Preiser, SARS authority and head of Stellenbosch University's virology unit, as well as Karl Ammann, wildlife investigator and TIME Environment Hero, as they dissect Covid-19's origins and ask if the next pandemic is, in fact, just around the corner.

  • Prof Wolfgang Preiser heads the Division of Medical Virology in the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences at Stellenbosch University (SU).

  • Karl Ammann is a global authority on wildlife trafficking. He was named TIME ‘Hero of the Environment’ for exposing the 1990s bushmeat trade in great apes, said to have caused the HIV/Aids pandemic via spillover from wild African primates. A former hotelier who helped organise Muhammad Ali’s ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ at Kinshasa’s InterContinental, Karl has lived in Kenya for over 40 years, spending considerable time travelling to Asia’s backstreets to investigate and document wildlife trafficking. His work has been featured by the New York Times Magazine, Newsweek and National Geographic, among others. A winner of the Natural History Museum Wildlife Photographer of the Year, he has also authored bestselling books, including the critically acclaimed Eating Apes with Dale Peterson. The 2020 film Tiger Mafia counts among his latest work.

  • Tiara Walters

    Our Burning Planet journalist

  • Professor Wolfgang Preiser

    SARS authority and head of Stellenbosch University's virology unit

  • Karl Ammann

    Wildlife investigator and TIME Environment Hero

  • Sponsored by ABSA

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