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Pandemic Unmasked is a short series of podcasts by the British Embassy The Hague reflecting on the Covid-19 pandemic that started almost a year ago. Leading scientists and experts from the United Kingdom and the Netherlands give their view on lessons learned and their experience of the exceptional time we are living through. What does the way out of this crisis look like? How can we use these experiences to be better prepared for the future? In addition, the experts reflect on the role of fake news. Host Andy Clark is a journalist and co-founder of production company Studio Lijn 14.
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Pandemic Unmasked is a short series of podcasts by the British Embassy The Hague reflecting on the Covid-19 pandemic that started more than one year ago. This episode, host Andy Clark talks to Jet Bussemaker, chair of the Council for Public Health and Society in the Netherlands and Professor at Leiden University, and Richard Bentall, Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Sheffield. They discuss the impact of the pandemic on young people.   From the research that is available now, we know that young people are amongst the groups who’s mental health is most affected as a consequence of the pandemic. What lessons have we learned so far and what can governments do to support them better during this difficult time? Both guests also reflect on the role of fake news during this crisis.  Since the focus in this episode is on youth, we also hear from students from the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. They share how the pandemic and the measures have affected them.  Jet Bussemaker is chair of the Council for Public Health & Society, an independent advisory body to the Dutch government. She is also a Professor of Science, Policy, Social Impact and Healthcare at Leiden University since 1 July 2018. She has served as Minister of Education, Culture and Science from 5 November 2012 to 26 October 2017. Publications of the Council for Public Health and Society on the Covid-19 pandemic can be found here (in Dutch).      Richard Bentall is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Sheffield and has previously held chairs at Liverpool University, Manchester University and Bangor University. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a Fellow of the British Academy. His research interests have mainly focused on psychosis. Most recently, he has been leading a project measuring the psychological impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the UK population. This study can be found here.  
Pandemic Unmasked is a short series of podcasts by the British Embassy The Hague reflecting on the Covid-19 pandemic that started almost a year ago. This episode host Andy Clark speaks with Rachel Kyte CMG, Dean of The Fletcher School at Tufts University in Massachusetts. She is also an advisor to the UK government in its preparations of the climate talks in 2021 as a Friend of the UN Climate Change Conference COP26. Our Dutch guest is Sander de Bruyn, Environmental Economics Coordinator at CE Delft, an independent research and consultancy organisation specialised in developing innovative solutions to environmental problems. They discuss the need for a green recovery of the economic crisis caused by the pandemic. What needs to be done to make the recovery from this pandemic as sustainable, efficient and inclusive as possible? A great example of a green business model comes from the Dutch company Packaly, a delivery company specialised in CO2 neutral shipping. Their CEO Axel Dekker explains their vision. It is an example of adaptation during the lockdown that can prove beneficial for the post-pandemic world.  Rachel Kyte CMG  served as special representative of the UN Secretary-General and CEO of Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL), prior to joining The Fletcher School at Tufts University.  She previously was the World Bank Group Vice President and Special Envoy for climate change in the run-up to The Paris Agreement. She was also Vice President at the International Finance Corporation and served as co-chair of UN Energy. Kyte is a member of the UN Secretary-General’s high level advisory group on climate action and an advisor to the UK government in its preparations of the climate talks in 2021 as a Friend of COP26. Sander de Bruyn is Environmental Economics Coordinator at CE Delft, specialising in resource and materials policy, cost-effectiveness computation and economic growth and scenario analysis. He graduated as an economist with a major in welfare theory, and gained a PhD in applied environmental economics. By making proper calculations of the costs and expenditures associated with environmental policy, for government as well as industry, means can be sought to reduce those costs and increase the environmental pay-off. In his work De Bruyn often found that by adopting a slightly different policy perspective major savings can be achieved, to the benefit of both government and industry. Axel Dekker is CEO of Packaly, a Dutch delivery company specialised in CO2 neutral shipping. They ship parcels from stores directly to customer by bike couriers.  
Pandemic Unmasked is a short series of podcasts by the British Embassy The Hague reflecting on the Covid-19 pandemic that started almost a year ago. This episode host Andy Clark talks to the Dutch virologist Professor Marion Koopmans, Head of the Department of Viroscience at the Rotterdam Erasmus MC and Professor Carole Mundell, International Science Envoy at the  Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. They discuss lessons learned and what would be needed to avoid, or at least be better prepared for, another pandemic. Would it be possible to develop early warning systems? Why is genomic sequencing to track viruses essential? Professor Koopmans and Professor Mundell also reflect on the role of fake news during this crisis.  Professor Carole Mundell was appointed Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in October 2018 and took up the role of International Science Envoy in January 2021.  She is Professor of Extragalactic Astronomy, Head of Astrophysics at the University of Bath and a Fellow of the Institute of Physics. A world-leading scientist, she is a frequent guest speaker at international conferences. She sits on a number of strategic advisory panels for UK and international groups, is a committed communicator of science, and is an advocate for diversity in science. Professor Marion Koopmans, DVM PhD focuses on global population level impact of rapidly spreading zoonotic virus infections, with special emphasis on food-borne transmission. She is coordinator of the VEO project working towards prediction, detection and tracking of when and where risk of outbreaks is increasing (https://www.veo-europe.eu). She is the director of the WHO collaborating centre for emerging infectious diseases at the Erasmus Medical Centre, and Scientific Director “Emerging infectious diseases” of the Netherlands Centre for One Health (www.ncoh.nl).  
Pandemic Unmasked is a short series of podcasts by the British Embassy The Hague reflecting on the Covid-19 pandemic that started almost a year ago. Leading scientists and experts from the United Kingdom and the Netherlands give their view on lessons learned and their experience of the exceptional time we are living through. What does the way out of this crisis look like? How can we use these experiences to be better prepared for the future? In addition, the experts reflect on the role of fake news.  Host Andy Clark is a journalist and co-founder of production company Studio Lijn 14. The guests on the first episode are the Head of the Department for Viroscience at Erasmus MC, professor Marion Koopmans, and the British Foreign & Development Office's International Science Envoy, professor Carole Mundell.
The Celebrating Connections Podcast is a short series of podcasts celebrating the amazing things happening on either side of the North Sea. The podcast series features a group of exceptional people who are writing a new chapter in Anglo-Dutch relations. Dutch people living and working in the UK and British people making a name for themselves in the Netherlands. The series explores what it takes to move from the countries they grew up in, and thrive in the countries they came to call home. The podcast is hosted by Nick Heath, Britain’s Deputy Ambassador to the Netherlands.  British hockey star, Kate Richardson-Walsh tells Nick about her experiences as a professional hockey player in the UK and in the Netherlands. Kate takes us back to one of her most intense matches of her career, during the London 2012 Olympics. One summer she moved to the Netherlands to play club hockey and train younger Dutch hockey teams. Kate shares what life in the Netherlands was like for her and what why she loved it so much. 
The Celebrating Connections Podcast is a short series of podcasts celebrating the amazing things happening on either side of the North Sea. The podcast series features a group of exceptional people who are writing a new chapter in Anglo-Dutch relations. Dutch people living and working in the UK and British people making a name for themselves in the Netherlands. The series explores what it takes to move from the countries they grew up in, and thrive in the countries they came to call home. The podcast is hosted by Nick Heath, Britain’s Deputy Ambassador to the Netherlands.   Principal ballerina at the Dutch National Ballet, Sasha Mukhamedov, takes Nick and the listener with her into the world of ballet. Sasha was raised in the United Kingdom, by parents who both danced at the highest level. She moved to the Netherlands to join the Dutch National Ballet when she was 18 years old and has since had many incredible performances with this company. Nick learns about what it takes to be a ballerina, physically and mentally, and how Sasha's feels about life in the Netherlands.
The Celebrating Connections Podcast is a short series of podcasts celebrating the amazing things happening on either side of the North Sea. The podcast series features a group of exceptional people who are writing a new chapter in Anglo-Dutch relations. Dutch people living and working in the UK and British people making a name for themselves in the Netherlands. The series explores what it takes to move from the countries they grew up in, and thrive in the countries they came to call home. The podcast is hosted by Nick Heath, Britain’s Deputy Ambassador to the Netherlands.  Writer of the books 'Why The Dutch Are Different' and 'The Rhine: Following Europe’s Greatest River from Amsterdam to the Alps' Ben Coates, tells Nick about how he ended up in the Netherlands in the first place. Now with a wife and a young baby, he has settled fully into the Netherlands. Ben takes us back to the process writing a book that gives a honest look at what makes the Dutch so typical. Through historical and geographical descriptions, this Brit gives shape to the identity of the Dutch. 
The Celebrating Connections Podcast is a short series of podcasts celebrating the amazing things happening on either side of the North Sea. The podcast series features a group of exceptional people who are writing a new chapter in Anglo-Dutch relations. Dutch people living and working in the UK and British people making a name for themselves in the Netherlands. The series explores what it takes to move from the countries they grew up in, and thrive in the countries they came to call home. The podcast is hosted by Nick Heath, Britain’s Deputy Ambassador to the Netherlands.  Sanne Vliegenthart has built her career online, through her YouTube channel 'B'booksandquills', her role as social media manager for publisher Penguin and now as a freelance digital content creator. Sanne started her channel while still studying in the Netherlands, but has since moved to London. Living among a community of 'digital influencers', as they are often called, she makes engaging content on books, lifestyle and travel. Sanne talks to Nick about her experiences in building this impressive career and what life online is really like. 
The Celebrating Connections Podcast is a short series of podcasts celebrating the amazing things happening on either side of the North Sea. The podcast series features a group of exceptional people who are writing a new chapter in Anglo-Dutch relations. Dutch people living and working in the UK and British people making a name for themselves in the Netherlands. The series explores what it takes to move from the countries they grew up in, and thrive in the countries they came to call home. The podcast is hosted by Nick Heath, Britain’s Deputy Ambassador to the Netherlands.  In this first episode of the Celebrating Connections podcast, Nick interviews contrabass player and TV presenter Dominic Seldis. After joining the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Dominic became a judge on the Dutch version of TV programme Maestro. He has since grown to be a familiar face on Dutch television. In conversation with Nick, he tells stories of his colourful career and what the move from the UK to the Netherlands has meant for him personally and professionally. 
The Celebrating Connections Podcast is a short series of podcasts celebrating the amazing things happening on either side of the North Sea. Podcast host Nick Heath is Britain’s Deputy Ambassador to the Netherlands. Whilst preparing a landmark State Visit by King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima to London he became inspired.In this series Nick speaks to a group of exceptional people who are writing a new chapter in Anglo-Dutch relations. Dutch people living and working in the UK and British people making a name for themselves in the Netherlands. The series explores what it takes to move from the countries they grew up in, and thrive in the countries they came to call home.
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