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PHSM Research Outcome Conference

COVID-19 PHSM Network

COVID-19 Public Health and Social Measures (PHSMs) Research Outcome Conference

The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented global health crisis that requires international, transdisciplinary collaboration to address its broadscale societal and public health impacts. In comparison to what was possible during previous pandemics, the information age and rapid advances in data-driven research offer policy makers and scientists tools to identify strategies and policy solutions that can effectively mitigate the health effects of COVID-19 while minimizing their potential corresponding social, economic, and environmental impacts. The validity of any such research or analysis rests on the provision of complete and accurate data on COVID-19 policy interventions at all levels of policy making. 

In the last year, researchers as well as stakeholders from the public and private sector around the world have been collecting an enormous volume of data on public health and social measures (PHSMs) made in response to COVID-19. Trackers all over the place formed the PHSM Network: the COVID-19 PHSMs Data Coverage Network provided the opportunity for different policy trackers to i) network, exchange and share key experiences and takeaways with the aim of inviting different groups to ii) explore and consider possibilities for collaboration and scientific exchange and iii) reflect on how to use lessons learned from current experiences with data collection to respond to future pandemics.


The COVID-19 PHSMs Research Outcome Conference provided an important forum for scholars to share and exchange information on research findings based on the datasets that are produced by PHSM Network members. We covered a diverse spectrum across disciplines from epidemiology over social science to policy and economics and we aim to include voices and views from different backgrounds, both professionally and geographically. The conference also created space for public health scholars to debate future pandemics and preparedness measures.


The conference took place between October 5-6 2021  (7am – 9pm GMT+1). Each day had 7 slots where one slot was 105 minutes (including a 15 minutes break).

The conference was held online. In order to assure maximum inclusiveness of our conference, an optional registration fee of up to 5 USD to cover the IT infrastructure was suggested.


Submit application (August 31)

Decisions communicated to participants (September 6)

Registration Open (September 6)

Program Finalized (September 27)

Registration Closed (October 1)

Have a great conference! (October 5-6)


The CoronaNet Research Project, represented by Cindy Cheng and Luca Messerschmidt, hosted the conference in collaboration with the Chair for International Relations (Tim Büthe) at the Hochschule für Politik (Technical University of Munich).

Co-hosting partners were: 

  • ACAPS: Covid 19 Government Measures Dataset  (represented by Angeliki Nika, Alex Howes and Steve Penson)
  • Health Intervention Tracking for COVID-19 (HIT-COVID)  (represented by Sophia Zweig, Alex Zapf, Qulu Zheng, and Hanmeng Xu)
  • International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA) (represented by Tatjana Buklijas, and Naomi Simon-Kumar)
  • Oxford Coronavirus Government Response Tracker (OxCGRT)  (represented by Thomas Hale, Anna Petherick and Yuxi Zhang)
  • Oxford Supertracker (OxST)  (represented by Bernhard Ebbinghaus and Lukas Lehner)
  • Project Lockdown (PL)  (represented by Jean F. Quéralt)
  • Response2covid19 (R2C19)  (represented by Simon Porcher)