The Past Plague Pandemics in Light of Modern Molecular Life Science Insights

2-day conference on the history of plague, at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, with summarizing thoughts of Jared Diamond. Please register.

Our current understanding of the three plague pandemics has rapidly expanded in the last decade, largely due to ancient DNA analysis of medieval remains, and the sequencing of a large number of current-day plague strains. Though much progress has been made during the last few decades, much remains to be understood regarding the past plague pandemics: where did they originate from, what processes determined the timing of these pandemics, how did the disease spread? By inviting speakers from a broad spectrum of disciplines we seek new ways of further progress by taking advantage of the new tools of molecular biology which are available today.

This 2-day conference will offer ample opportunities for discussions between scientists, speakers and the public. It is organised by CEES, with funding from Molecular Life Sciences, the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, and the ERC Advanced project MedPlag.

This is an open meeting, but registration is required. Please register by sending an email to both Line Therese Nævestad at and Boris Schmid at

Details of the program and the speakers' list are available at

Published Nov. 13, 2014 3:40 PM - Last modified Nov. 14, 2014 1:34 PM