International Colloquium on the Social Sciences in Global Health Research

24/11/2014 - 27/11/2014 Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp
Location: Antwerp, Belgium
Address Institute of Tropical Medicine, Rochusstraat 43, Antwerp

The aim of the 2014 colloquium, organised by the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, is to show how the collaboration of the social sciences with other health sciences can improve global health research. The colloquium will feature state-of-the-art social science research in global health, examine its transdisciplinary impact on other health sciences and explore ways towards a more holistic evidence-base for the control and elimination of poverty-related diseases.

Monday 24 November - the academic opening, the focus session on Ebola, as well as the reception are open to members of the press.

14:00-15:30 | Academic Opening session

Bruno Gryseels, Director, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Belgium
Koen Peeters, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Belgium
Jean-Pierre Olivier de Sardan, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, France
Peter Smith, Imperial College, UK
Patricia Kingori, ETHOX Centre, University of Oxford, UK

15:30-16:00 | Coffee break

16:00-17:30 | Focus session - Ebola: The Human Factor in a Dehumanising Disease

Anne Buvé, Institute of Tropical Medecine

Confirmed speakers

Sylvain Faye, Université Cheikh Anta DIOP de Dakar
Jean-Jacques Muyembe-Tamfum, Institut National de Recherche Biomédicale, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo

Global experts with extensive field experience will discuss the importance of the social sciences in dealing with Ebola outbreaks. As Ebola is transmitted exclusively via bodily fluids, understanding human behaviour plays an important role in fighting the disease. The necessary isolation of patients, as well as the painful and often fatal course of the disease, call for social research taking into account the human factor of this dehumanising disease. Lessons learned will contribute to identifying crucial answers in the current and future epidemics.

17:30-18:30 | Opening reception

Conference themes:
Focus session | Ebola: The Human Factor in a Dehumanising Disease

Theme 1 | Towards interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research
Theme 2 | Social science contributions to global health research
Theme 3 | Vantage Points on Disease Elimination Strategies
Theme 4 | Working with Communities: Learning from the Past and Planning for the Future
Theme 5 | Research ethics: In Whose Interest?
Theme 6 | The Social Lives of Medicines

Read more in the preliminary programme: