1st ISoGH's Conference on Global Health

16-17 November, 2020

Improving representation, fairness and equity in global health research

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Invitation and themes

The International Society of Global Health invites you to the 1st ISoGH’s Conference on Global Health. This year’s conference will feature presentations from global health experts on the topics of COVID-19 pandemic, with 14 presentations with national-level reports. It will bring together researchers, policymakers, programme offices, post-graduate and undergraduate students, donors, industry representatives and other persons interested in global health from every part of the world. As the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic surged in Europe, it prevented us from meeting in person this year. Still, we remain committed to building our society and maintaining our activities even in the times of the pandemic.

This is why we decided to hold 1st ISoGH Forum on Global Health online. We will do it in collaboration with the Usher Institute of the University of Edinburgh. Instead of our meeting in person, we will offer a series of world-class webinars which you can watch in your own time and free of charge.


1st ISoGH’s Conference on Global Health – Final Programme

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Day 1: COVID-19 pandemic - learning from national-level responses

We selected for you a series of webinars that we highly recommend. As is the case with international conferences, you do not need to watch them all, nor in any particular order. We are merely trying to “simulate” a conference with 16 plenary lectures, followed by questions and answers sessions. Here are the webinars for Day 1:

Monday, 16 Nov 2020


1. Professor Tingbo Liang (The First Affiliated Hospital, Zhejiang University School of Medicine):

China: COVID-19 Prevention and treatment: Practical lessons & insights
2. Professor Yik Ying Teo (National University of Singapore):
Singapore: A systems-level approach to COVID-19 outbreak
3. Professor Ben Cowling (Head of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Control, School of Public Health, University of Hong Kong):
Hong Kong: Public health measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 Hong Kong
4. Professor Jerome Kim (Director General, International Vaccine Institute, Seoul, South Korea):
South Korea: Test, track, isolate, and treat: planning for the next round?
5. Professor Stefania Boccia (Professor or Hygiene, Preventive Medicine and Public Health at UCSC, Rome)
Italy: Addressing the COVID-19 pandemic: current approaches and next steps
6. Professor Igor Rudan (Joint Director, Centre for Global Health and WHO Collaborating Centre, University of Edinburgh):
Croatia: Initial Response to COVID-19: How did Eastern Europe get it right?
7. Dr Pham Quang Thai (Vice Head of Epidemiology Department, National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology)
Vietnam: Addressing COVID-19: Progress to date and future priorities

Day 2: COVID-19 pandemic - learning from national-level responses

Our selection of the webinars and recommended time and sequence of viewing are listed below. We provide this content as it resembles our vision for the in-person meetings that should follow as soon as the pandemic is over. We thank our colleagues from the Usher Institute at the University of Edinburgh for organising and filming this informative series of webinars on COVID-19. We wish you pleasant and informative viewing. Next year, we hope to move back from an online conference to a traditional, in-person forum on global health.
Tuesday, 17 Nov 2020
8. Dr Steven J Hoffman (Director of the Global Strategy Lab and a Professor of Global Health, Law, and Political Science at York University in Canada)
Canada: National response to COVID-19
9. Dr María Elisa Quinteros Cáceres (University of Talca, Chile), Dr Expedito José de Albuquerque Luna (University of Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Brazil and Chile: Addressing COVID-19 in Latin America
10. Dr Ayoade Olatunbosun-Alakija (Former Chief Humanitarian Coordinator, Nigeria; Global Advisory Board Member, WomenLift Health):
Africa: COVID-19 – a multidimensional crisis: Strategies & challenges in mitigation for LMICs
11. Professor Michael Baker (Professor of Public Health, University of Otago, Wellington, New Zealand):
New Zealand: Elimination strategy for the Covid-19 pandemic
12. Dr James Wood (Associate Professor and Postgraduate Coordinator, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Australia), Dr Michael Lydeamore (Department of Health and Human Services Victoria and Monash University, Australia)
Australia: COVID-19: the role of modelling and response to the pandemic
13. Dr Rijo John (Senior Fellow, Centre for Public Policy Research, Kerala, India):
India: COVID-19 response
14. Professor Kari Stefansson (Founder and CEO of deCODE genetics, Iceland):
Iceland: Spread of SARS-CoV-2 and the public health response

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Participation fee:

This year’s conference will be free for all ISoGH members, who will only require registration. To register, please write to [email protected] simply declaring your interest in attending and we will send you a link to join the conference. Interested non-members should follow the same procedure.

Those interested in presenting can write to [email protected] and submit their proposed presentations (title, authors, affiliations and 300-word abstracts) by the deadline of 31 Oct, 2023.