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Marion Koopmans & Mischa Huijsmans – A Virologist in a Changing World

Marion Koopmans & Mischa Huijsmans – A Virologist in a Changing World


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‘Undiagnosed pneumonia: request for information.’ In the final hours of 2019, Marion Koopmans receives the innocuous news that will turn the world on its head. Almost exactly a year later, she boards a plane to Wuhan, China, as part of the WHO team investigating the origins of the largest pandemic in a century. In A Virologist in a Changing World, Marion Koopmans revisits her experiences with major outbreaks including SARS, Ebola, MERS, H1N1 and of course the COVID-19 pandemic.

Together with her son, Mischa Huijsmans, she reflects on science in times of crisis, on the ever-fascinating nature of viruses and how they work, on her sudden rise to prominence, on kooky conspiracies and pandemic deniers, on global cooperation, fast funding and the sometimes murky lines between politics and science, to ultimately ask the question: will we be ready for the next pandemic?


A world leader in the study of viral transmission. - Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences

Marion Koopmans does not shy away from difficult questions and brings the debate [surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic] back to the scientific facts. With infectious enthusiasm, she is able time and time again to separate opinion from what we actually know about the virus, and does so in clear and understandable language.
- Jury Statement, Iris Medal Juryrapport Irispenning


MARION KOOPMANS (b. 1956) is a professor of virology at the Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam and a leading researcher in the field of infectious diseases. She is a member of the Dutch Outbreak Management Team and advises the World Health Organization on its response to emerging outbreaks. She has been deeply involved in efforts to contain various outbreaks, including of Ebola and Zika virus. In 2021, she received the Iris Medal for excellence in scientific communication.

MISCHA HUIJSMANS (b. 1993) is an artist and a student of anthropology and sociology. He lives in London.

© Stephan Vanfleteren

Additional book information

  • Biography
  • ISBN 9789403177915
  • Number of pages: 368
  • World rights: De Bezige Bij
  • Price: €26,99
  • Full English translation available