COVID-19 and the Open Life Science Program

- Yo, Malvika

Like many other organisations, we’ll be posting a few short recommendations in light of the COVID-19 outbreak, sharing advice for people participating in our program and ways we can act to minimise difficulties over the next few months.

Since OLS is an online program, it won’t be directly affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. That said, our participants are from all around the world, including countries that are either already severely affected or are in a state of emergency to act as COVID-19 spreads around the world. Even if your country is not yet locked down, we presume that you are practicing social distancing and may be even working remotely from home already.

Our cohort calls and mentor calls - at this point in time - will go ahead as scheduled with the following recommendations and contingency plans:

Q 1: What happens to the participants who need to take a break due to their illness or carer responsibilities?

Q 2: What happens to the mentors/experts who need to take a break due to their illness or carer responsibilities?

Q 3: Will the program be extended if we are unable to participate?

We hope that you have already informed yourself about the current COVID-19 pandemic situation and taking responsible steps towards the well-being of yourself, your family, and society in general. Here is a document from The World Health Organisation with comprehensive information about the current situation with recommendation and advice for the public regarding COVID-19.

Looking for some lighter or more productive uses of your time? We have a shortlist of links you might want to check out:

In case of any concern - please contact us on with any queries or worries - no question too small!

Stay safe and wash your hands, folks! (and stop touching your face!!)

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