As the Covid-19 outbreak began to roll inexorably across the globe and Europe became its epicentre, the UK’s foremost professor of modern history, Lord Peter Hennessy, commented that this event was a critical moment in modern life. He said that those that lived through it would count their lives by that which was Before Coronavirus and that which was After Coronavirus.
Existential threats, such as that posed by Covid-19, have the power to reshape human societies. It is too early to tell how little or how much this pandemic will reshape our lives, but it is clear that it will do so in many ways that we have yet to understand.
The UK, which is hosting IT²EC this year, has long identified a global pandemic disease as the Number One risk to national security. Other nations have similarly highlighted this risk, but almost all have been caught off-guard by these events.
IT²EC's conference theme is “Are You Ready for Your Digital Twin?”. As we look towards the horizon when we will be free of Covid-19, but not free of the risk of another equally or perhaps more devastating pandemic, we asked our panel of training and simulation experts how training and simulation (and your Digital Twin) can help society and its key institutions better prepare for the reality of another global pandemic.