Independent Scientific Pandemic Insights Group on Behaviours (SPI-B)

SPI-B provides behavioural science advice aimed at anticipating and helping people adhere to interventions that are recommended by medical or epidemiological experts.


SPI-B provides independent, expert behavioural science advice to the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), which in turn advises ministers and officials across government. Find out more about SAGE.

Terms of reference


Participation includes leading specialists from the fields of academia and industry and meetings are attended by leading experts from within government.

The chair and academic participants attend in a voluntary, unpaid capacity.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

SPI-B advises on a range of issues related to the coronavirus pandemic through consensus conclusions for consideration by SAGE.


In response to the coronavirus pandemic, SPI-B has drawn on expert advice from independent academics, including:

  • behavioural scientists
  • health and social psychologists
  • anthropologists
  • historians

Participation varies as required.

View the current list of participants.

Previous meetings

SAGE has previously drawn upon expert behavioural science advice in response to a number of incidents and emergencies.

Ebola outbreak, 2014

In 2014, SAGE received advice on behavioural issues relating to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Swine Flu pandemic, 2009

In 2009, SAGE convened a sub-group on behavioural science called the Scientific Pandemic Influenza group on Behaviour and Communications (SPI-B&C) to advise on issues arising from the Swine Flu (H1N1) pandemic.

Main Evidence Release Page

View the scientific evidence supporting the government response to COVID-19