Saturday, 30 May 2015

Young Professionals in Global Health Conference - Barcelona 25-26 June

Global Health NGN Conference  - website here
"Ensure the Voice"
Barcelona 2015

Day 1 - Thursday 25 June
08.00 - 09.00

Registration Handout of conference material, guides and schedule.

09.00 - 09.30

Opening ceremony Welcome by GHNGN board, introduction of the conference by the representatives of the organizing committee and conference inauguration.

09.30 - 10.30

Plenary Session I: Global Cooperation in Global Challenges Chaired by a young professional in Global health, this session will discuss the main challenges in global cooperation and the role of young professionals in overcoming these challenges. The senior professionals represent the areas of politics, academia, research and fieldwork in global health. Prior to the conference, Professor Jeffrey Lazarus will engage with the participants through Twitter on a conversation on this subject and bring up your opinions and tweets to the other panelists, Ms. Leire Pajín, Dr. Oriol Mitjá and Ms. Elena Urdaneta. Chair: Dr. Vânia de la Fuente-Nuñez.

Click here to see the biographies of all the speakers

10.30 - 11.00 Coffee Break

11.00 - 14.00

Lectures: The Grand Global Health Challenge: In these lectures, our panelists and other invited senior professionals will give individual talks on the main challenges in global health

L1: Open access to information in Global Health by ScienceOpen
Communication is essential to science. The standard way of sharing ideas and experimental results is to publish them in the form of a research article in a scientific journal. This workshop will give an overview of several important aspects of the publishing process. How to choose a journal? What are the advantages of Open Access over pay-walled journals? What does it mean to transfer “Copyright” to a publisher? What are the alternative Creative Commons licenses? How does peer review work and what are alternatives? The scholarly publishing paradigm is changing fast with the digital generation introducing new forms of sharing and setting new standards. It is therefore essential for the next generation of young scientists to have a good overview of the evolving publishing landscape and make informed decisions. At ScienceOpen we strongly believe that scholarly publishing is not an end in itself, but the beginning of a dialogue to move the whole scientific venture forward.

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L2: One step closer to the eradication of a human disease
Information coming soon.

L3: A New look at Global Health by Elena Urdaneta.
information coming soon.

L4: Climate Change and Health (TBA)
information coming soon.

L5: LivingNepal response to emergencies (TBC)
information coming soon.

Click here to see the biographies of all the speakers

14:00-16:00 Lunch Break


Global Health Skill Workshops I: Senior professionals will impart the first round of skills-based workshops

W1. Global Health Leadership by Magda Rosenmöller

W2. The Sustainable Development Goals by Rafa Vilasanjuán/Gonzálo Fanjul.


Global Health Cinema and reception: Screening of the documentary by medicusmundi and Kanaki Films on the tortuous path that Mozambique is living in the construction of its public health system. Since its independence in 1975, Mozambique is a country in constant change. In this context, governments, foundations, NGOs and companies preach noble intentions that seek to improve the poor health for much of the population. "A Luta Continua" (The fight continues) reviews the progress, challenges and difficulties in building a health system for everyone in a country increasingly uneven and where, sometimes, aid strategies do not always move in the same direction.
This screening will be followed by a discussion on the construction of public health systems based on the strategy of primary health care and the role of international cooperation in the development of a country like Mozambique and it's health services and infrastructure.
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Day 2 - Friday 26th June

09.00 - 10.30

Plenary Session II: Ensure the voice of young professionals in Global Health Challenges: Chaired by a senior proffesional, this session will feature young global health leaders and professionals from different organisations and institutions. They will discuss how to ensure the voice of young professionals, with remarks on the comments and opinions made by the senior professionals on the first plenary session.

Chair: Professor Jeffrey V. Lazarus, University of Copenhagen and LUHS Medical Academy

Simone Mohrs, Germany – Swedish Network for International Health
Miguelhete Lisboa, Mozambique - PhD Student in International Health, NOVA University of Lisbon
Aymen Meddeb, Tunisia - Young Leaders for Health
Caity Jackson, Canada - This Week In Global Health
Abubakar S. Hoza, Tanzania - PhD student, Medical Microbiology, University of Leipzig
Fidel Buddy, Liberia - Union of Liberian Organizations in the UK

Click here to see the biographies of all the speakers

10.30 - 11.00 Coffee Break

11.00 - 14.00

Global Health Skills Workshops II: Young professionals from different institutions and organisations will host the second round of skills-based workshops (Participants will be asked to choose three workshops).

W1. Global Health 101: Multidisciplinarity solving issues by Abubakar hoza.
Through this workshop, it is envisaged that as global health participants, we will be able to develop partnerships skills and networks that will help developing countries design effective and sustainable measures that will help solve an important global health issue.

W2. How to establish a national network in the field of global health by the SNIH.
Within this workshop you will gain practical guide from two co-founders of Swedish Network for International Health (SNIH) on how to establish national and regional networks on your own area to strengthen the role of global health on a local level and to provide support for students and young professionals in the beginning of their career.

W3. Global health, Global network: Using social media to network into your global health career by Caity Jackson from TWIGH
In a time where our phones and technologies seem like extra limbs, it is a natural process that our networking game has moved past personal interaction and into the world of social media. This is great news for a subject that is in its name alone, a global field. This workshop will focus on highlighting the different social media channels and techniques to virtually network yourself in your desired career realm.

W4. Health in all policies: learning how to negotiate for health development by Aymen Meddeb from Young Leaders for Health.
This workshop is designed to be an introduction to negotiation for health development.
After a short theoretical introduction to the strategies and tools, the participants will engage in small groups in intersectorial negociations using different case studies. Finally, we will together analyse the process of negotiating, the outcomes and how strategies could be improved.

W5. Building sustainable research capacity in social determinants of health for LMICs
Lucinda Cash-Gibson, Nelly Salgado de Snyder and German Guerra, National Institute of Public Health (INSP), México. *[On behalf of SDH-Net EU Funded project.
The purpose of this mini- workshop is to:
-Highlight and jointly discuss the role of research to support local action to reduce health inequalities and the on-going challenges;
-Provide an overview of how to build sustainable research capacity in Social Determinants of Health (SDH) for Low and Middle Income Countries (LMIC) settings, based on the SDH-Net experience(;
-Demonstrate the use of the capacity building resources developed and freely available in the SDH-Net virtual learning platform, including how to access and use them and provide an explanation of the usefulness of the material in different settings;
-Briefly pilot together one on-line SDH-Net courses: ‘Essentials of SDH’, and Jointly discuss the sustainability of SDH-Net products and similar actions; the role of South-North Global Health Research Collaborations; on-going challenges faced by LMIC researchers and national research systems; how policies and decisions makers can support the research capacity building process in LMIC.

W6. Find your PhD programme and learn what you need to know for a successful PhD application by PhD students from different programs:
-Xu Wang, China. PhD programme, evidence-based Medicine, Universite Rene Descartes, France
-Sofía Mira, Spain, PhD Transglobalhealth.
-Steven Marcos, Egypt. PhD in Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London (UCL).
-Camila González-Beiras, Spain. PhD Global Public Health, University of Porto and NOVA Unviersity of Lisbon, Portugal.

W7: Sanitation in rural and low-resource settings by MANAVTA
This will be an interactive workshop where participants will learn about sanitation in rural and low-resource settings. This will be done through simulating a community mobilizing intervention. Bring your creativity! We will need your participation!

W8. Ethics in Global Health by Vânia de la Fuente-Nuñez, UCL.

Click here to see the biographies of all the speakers

14.00 - 16.00 Lunch Break

16.00 - 17.30

Final Workshop: Find your way by Jordi del Bas. After last year's success, Jordi is back to help us "find our way" in global health with an updated version of his inspiring career workshop.

17.30 - 19.00 "

Free style" Mingling and drinks with GH professionals: Informal gathering at the university patio with professionals from different backgrounds and institutions.

19.00 - 19.30
GHNGN Projects: Introduction to our Mentorship Programme: The GHNGN upcoming mentorship program in collaboration with the SNIH aims to create multidisciplinary and international groups for advice and research. By Suvi Ristolainen, Finland, SNIH and Olumide Ogundeji, UK, GHNGN.

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19.30-20.00 Conclusions and Good-Bye

21.00 – Sunrise Tapas Dinner at Barceloneta Beach.

-Ensure the Voice of Young Professionals in Global Health-
The Global Health Next Generation Network 2nd Annual Summer Conference.

Conference Fee: 65 Euros* via PayPal or bank transfer
* Registration fees includes: conference materials, lunch, coffee breaks and a drink & tapas on Friday night at Barceloneta

Conference location:

Facultat de Medicina (Faculty of medicine, main entrance)
Carrer de Casanova, 143
08036 Barcelona

Subway station: hospital clinic (blue line)
More directions will be sent to you after registration.

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