Centre events and the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) (last update: 2 April 2020)

12th March 2020 by Thomas Howie

The International Civil Society Centre is carefully watching the situation linked to the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

As event organisers, we have a duty of care for all participants attending our events and to take measures to ensure a safe environment. We wish to reduce the risk of spreading the disease.

Therefore, we have decided that all planned meetings will take place virtually for the forseeable. This impacts two forthcoming events:

We are working hard to adjust our planning. Project managers will communicate with participants on how this will work.

Events after mid-April: we will continue to monitor the situation and inform participants at the latest one month ahead of each meeting about any necessary changes.

If you have any questions concerning our events, please don’t hesitate to contact Ryan Stanton (

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Thomas Howie

Communications Manager

International Civil Society Centre

Thomas joined the Centre in June 2017 as the Communications Coordinator. He is responsible for developing and implementing the Centre’s global communication strategy, as well as the Disrupt & Innovate platform – a place for civil society professionals and activists to discuss current innovations and future trends in the civil society sector. Prior to the Centre, Thomas worked for 5 years in the European Parliament firstly as the Digital and Social Media Coordinator for the Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament, and then, after the 2014 European elections, for Jude Kirton-Darling and Paul Brannen as Head of Communications, where he worked on issues such as the EU-US trade deal, issues around Brexit and as a specialist on the Petitions Committee. Thomas graduated from Bristol University with BSci in Geographical Sciences and holds an MA in Peace Studies from the University of Bradford, where he completed research into the role of civil society in the post war peace settlement in northern Uganda.