The Society makes grants both to individuals and to organisations in support of cultural and scientific activities which increase innovation, outreach and diversity in Leeds and its immediate area. It also supports local museums and galleries and publications relating to the city.

About the Society

The Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society, founded in 1819, is a charity that promotes interest in science, literature and the arts – in the city of Leeds and beyond. We have meetings, lectures, entertainments, publications and visits.

SARS-CoV-2 variants: how do they arise & do we need to worry about them?

All organisms can change and adapt as they reproduce, so variants arise. Sudden Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the causative agent of Coronavirus Infectious Disease 2019 (COVID-19), is no exception. In this talk, leading microbiologist Professor Kellam will explain how and why such SARS-CoV-2 variants arise and spread and discuss what this may mean for the course of the pandemic and the effectiveness of vaccinations around the world.

Paul Kellam is Professor of Virus Genomics, Department of Medicine, Imperial College London and Vice President, Infectious Disease & Vaccines, Kymab Ltd, UK

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