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Joint Medact Forum and IPPNW World Congress

Health Through Peace 2017

Tackling public health crises in a changing, unstable world

4th – 6th September

This September, Medact and the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) will bring together health professionals and peace activists to debate, educate and advocate for social justice and demilitarisation.

Across a series of expert-led panels, workshops and academic sessions, we will discuss ways to achieve health through peace – exploring topics from war and nuclear weapons, to the refugee crisis and climate change.

It has never been more important for the international health community to come together and fulfill our role in a changing, unstable world. This will be a unique opportunity to:

  • Join hundreds of progressive health professionals, students and peace activists;
  • Network with leading organisations in the fields of peace, health and nuclear abolition;
  • Take steps to put public health at the centre of the most pressing issues of our time;
  • Hear from high-profile speakers, including former LSHTM director Professor Sir Andrew Haines, President-Elect of the World Medical Association Dr. Yoshitake Yokokura, President of the Faculty of Public Health Professor John Middleton, General Secretary at Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament Kate Hudson, and more.

See the full programme below. Tickets available now.



The latest programme for the three-day conference, Monday 4th – Wednesday 6th September 2017, is available below.

The IPPNW will be hosting congressional meetings on Sunday 3rd and Thursday 7th September. This will include meetings for the outgoing and incoming Board of Directors and the International Council. For further information please contact your IPPNW regional affiliate.

Please be aware that our programme is continually developing and may be subject to change.

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Day One – Monday 4th September

1A – Welcome Plenary

0930 – 1100

The Humanitarian Initiative and the Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty

Negotiations on a new treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons will commence in March 2017. By the time we meet in York, we should know much more about the elements of the treaty and its prospects for completion and adoption. How will the ban treaty address the medical and scientific evidence about the consequences of nuclear weapons? Will it fill the “legal gap” identified in the Humanitarian Pledge? How can the treaty be used to place additional pressure on the nuclear-armed states to eliminate their arsenals?

Dr Tilman Ruff Nossal Institute for Global Health, University of Melbourne

Dr Ira Helfand IPPNWBeatrice Fihn ICANDr Rebecca Johnson Acronym InstituteNick Ritchie University of York



1B – Second Plenary

1145 – 1300

From prohibition to elimination of nuclear weapons – strategic next steps

State parties to the ban treaty, in partnership with civil society, will face a number of implementation challenges. What positive steps can non-nuclear-armed States take to advance nuclear disarmament? What strategies can be developed within the nuclear-armed States to enforce the new prohibitions? Is there a separate set of strategies in States that are not themselves nuclear-armed, but that enable the nuclear-armed States to avoid their disarmament obligations? How can IPPNW’s medical message further contribute to these next steps?

John Loretz IPPNWXanthe Hall IPPNW Germany

Dr Robert Dodge IPPNW USADr Anastasia Medvedeva RPPNWKate Hudson CND-UKArun Mitra IPPNW South AsiaDr Alex Rosen IPPNW GermanyAkira Kawasaki IPPNW JapanCarlos Umana IPPNW Latin AmericaKjølv Egeland University of OxfordSue Wareham Medical Association for the Prevention of WarSally Ndung’u IPPNW Africa


1C – Afternoon Plenary

1400 – 1600

The structural drivers of war, conflict and violence

Peace cannot be achieved by merely opposing war. This session examines why the peace movement must also mobilise against the drivers of conflict and violence including rising levels of authoritarianism, nationalism and xenophobia; economic inequality; climate change and ecological degradation.

Professor Sir Andrew Haines London School of Hygiene and Tropical MedicineMax Lawson OxfamDr Alexander Butchart World Health OrganisationProfessor Kate Pickett University of York




1D – IPPNW Regional Meetings

1630 – 1830

IPPNW will host their regional meetings – incorporating governance, elections for choice of Regional Vice-Presidents, and reports. There will be time for non-IPPNW delegates to view posters, stalls and meet each other.

Congress Dinner at the National Railway Museum

There will be a full congress dinner hosted at York’s National Railway Museum.

Day Two – Tuesday 5th September

2A – First Plenary Panel Discussion

0900 – 1030

Preventing war and violence – the democratic and civic challenges of peacebuilding

This session will present the perspectives of leading civic thinkers about the challenges facing civic organisations and the general public in building peace.

Professor Kate Pickett University of York

Dr John Sentamu Archbishop of York Professor Nina Caspersen University of York Karin Olofsson Parliamentary Forum on Small Arms and Light Weapons Professor Paul Rogers Oxford Research Group



2B – Second Plenary Panel Discussion

1100 – 1300

Counter-terrorism and the erosion of ethics and International Humanitarian Law

Fifteen years since a “war on terror” was declared by the United States, we can clearly see evidence of an erosion of international humanitarian law norms in the practice of targeted bombings of hospitals; attacks on humanitarian workers; detention without trial and torture; and extra-judicial killings. This session will examine the flouting of IHL and ethical norms by western democracies, and how this has encouraged other regimes to new levels of repression and corruption. The international health community has an important contribution to make in defending and reasserting the critical role of IHL and ethical norms in the conduct of war, conflict and violence; and strengthening the mandate and agency of the UN in upholding international law.

Andre Heller Perache Médecins Sans Frontières Dr Ghassam Abu-Sittah American University of Beirut Françoise Bouchet-Saulnier Legal Director, Médecins Sans FrontièresVictoria Brittain Author and Journalist



2C/D – Parallel Academic Sessions

1400 – 1730

with break

Healthcare Under Fire

Papers include: ‘Violence against health care in Syria’, ‘Understand, prevent, and mitigate attacks on healthcare in conflict’, ‘Effect of conflict on public health systems’, and ‘Medical education in the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq’.

Politics and Health in Post-Conflict, Post-Earthquake Nepal

Papers include: ‘The strategic non-politicization of health: Politics and health service delivery during Nepal’s civil war, 1996-2006’, ‘Gender politics and the participation of women in Nepal’s post-conflict Local Peace Committees’, ‘Social inclusion in health services use: early changes following fee removal in rural Nepal’, ‘Health system recovery following the 2014 Nepal earthquakes: the politics of reconstruction and resilience’, and ‘Food and nutritional responses following the 2015 earthquakes’.

Militarism and War Systems

Papers include: ‘War – Its Consequences on the Atmosphere and Public Health’, and ‘Healers, Heroines and Heroes’.

The 'Missed Vulnerabilities' of Conflict

The Women, Peace and Security framework (WPS) based on UN Security Resolution 1325 has provided the world’s pre-eminent policy framework for gender-sensitive interventions in conflict settings. However, experience of implementing the approach has proved disappointing, and little has changed for women on the ground. The intense policy attention given to conflict-related sexual violence, and to violence against women, has tended to obscure other vulnerabilities that receive less attention, including women’s vulnerability to domestic violence, sexual violence in conflict and displacement other than that perpetrated by armed men, and the vulnerabilities of LGBTI and of men. Panel papers to be confirmed.

Nuclear Effects and Public Health

Papers include: ‘Nuclear famine’, ‘Pathophysiology and epidemiology of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (all) of childhood – relevance to the military and civil nuclear industries’, and ‘Necessity of health risk assessment in the six years after Fukushima nuclear power plant accident – Our activities against accelerating the return to contaminated areas’.

The climate impacts of the use of the UK's Trident Nuclear Weapons System

Scientists for Global Responsibility will present a UK-based perspective on use of nuclear weapons – based on their research into the potential climate impacts of Trident.

Health and the Migrant / Refugee Crisis

Papers Include: ‘The Conduct and Consequences of War, Conflict and Violence’, and ‘A Glass Half Empty: The Consequences of Unaddressed Crimes Against Boy Refugees’, more TBA.

Data to Action: Translating Hospital-Based Research on Violent Injury to Inform Policy

Papers Include: ‘Assessing the Impact of a Weapons Disposal Programme on Injuries: Bougainville, Papua New Guinea’, ‘The Value of Hospital Data – Understanding and Preventing Intentional Injury in Liberia’, ‘From research to real life: improving care for victims of violence in Lusaka, Zambia’, ‘Hospital based retrospective study of firearm cases in Bathinda, Punjab, India’, and ‘The public health implications of small arms and light weapons (SALWs) injuries in Sokoto State, North West, Nigeria’.

Militarism and Culture

Papers Include: ‘Muslims residing in the UK and their perceptions of British Combat Troops: A mixed-methods study’, ‘Using a Toxic Memory Model to clarify VIOLENCE, PSYCHOPATHY and WAR’, ‘Militarism, the police and the ‘war on crime’ in South Africa’, and ‘Hubris and armed conflict’.

Gender and Health in Conflict

Papers include: ‘Adolescent motherhood as a proxy for gender power differentials’, ‘Building school-level capacities to respond to sexual violence against girls in South African schools through the implementation of the National School Safety Framework’, and ‘Home childbirth an alternative for in-hospital delivery for Syrian Refugees in Lebanon’.

Mitigating Nuclear Violence

Papers Include: ‘Nuclear conflict flash point in South Asia’, and ‘Nuclear norms and progressive change’.

21st Century Nuclear Arsenals: Who's building what? Who will pay the price?

Scientists for Global Responsibility will be presenting their updates on the world’s nuclear arsenals and their current destructive capacity during this panel.

* If you are interested in making a contribution to the academic programme, please see the call for papers
Closing date for submissions: 31st March
The full programme will then be released in May

Evening Film Screening:

The Shadow World – Inside the Global Arms Trade

Followed by a panel Q & A with the book’s author Andrew Feinstein

Day Three – Wednesday 6th September

3A – Morning Plenary

0930 – 1100

Building the progressive health movement

This session will provide a series of examples of how individuals and organisations from the health community can act to build peace and resist the drivers of violence.

Alice Blewitt National Director, Medsin
Dr Chiara Bodini People’s Health Movement, EuropeJohn Middleton Faculty for Public Health Ben Griffin Veterans for Peace UK



3B – First Parallel Workshops

1130 – 1300
3Bi - The Medical Case for Abolition: Moving from Prohibition to Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

As we make the shift from prohibition to elimination, IPPNW’s medical message must continue to underpin and sustain rapid progress toward a nuclear-weapons free world. In this workshop, we will review the evidence-based language we have used to successfully stigmatise and prohibit nuclear weapons.

John Loretz IPPNW
Tilman Ruff Co-President, IPPNWIra Helfand Co-President, IPPNWPeter Buijis NVMPMathabo Hlahane IPPNW South AfricaRuby Chirino IPPNW Mexico

3Biii - Solving the “migrant crisis”: The logics of peace thinking in overcoming the narrow security perspective

The wars in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and several African countries have resulted in more than a million war refugees reaching the borders of Southern and Northern Europe. While trapped in the logic of security thinking, European governments failed to perceive and accept the root causes of this refugee crisis. The workshop will address how the perception of refugees as being a “threat” to society leads into trap of securitisation and militarisation, and explore how the health community can use their expertise and moral authority to change the perspective from defense and security, to peace.

Angelika Claussen IPPNW Germany, Regional Vice President for IPPNW Europe Maria Arvaniti Sotiropoulou IPPNW Greece


3Bii - Campaigning against Trident in Parliament and within Political Parties

Parliament may have voted to replace Trident in 2016, but the issue is by no means closed. There remain a significant number of MPs who oppose the move. The Labour Party and Liberal Democrats have recently undertaken Trident policy reviews, and both parties have strong grass-roots anti-Trident sentiment. This session will explore how to help shift attitudes and policy on Trident.

Kate Hudson Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
Russell Whiting Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament

3Biv - Our nuclear legacy: The toxic inheritance of future generations

Nuclear waste is an important aspect of the nuclear chain, yet it is frequently forgotten by the general public and politicians. The ‘back end’ of the nuclear industry plays an important role in questions of nuclear proliferation, public health, nuclear safety and intergenerational justice. This workshop will look at how big the problem of nuclear waste is, and explore the ecological and public health risks associated with is. We will also look at how different countries deal with these problems, and use the workshop to develop ideas for a new project for IPPNW Germany’s ‘nuclear chain’ series.

Alex Rosen IPPNW Germany
Richard Denton PGS Canada Gordon Edwards PGC Canada Claudio Knüsli PSR Switzerland Martin Vosseler PSR Switzerland Martin Walter PSR Switzerland


3Bv - Gender, Violence and Conflict

This session will present evidence, gathered from the Refugee Law Programme’s caseload of refugees from countries bordering on Uganda, concerning the extent of male-directed sexual violence amongst specific refugee populations, including but not limited to the medical sequelae. Resulting conditions may require specific treatment capacities and facilities, including sometimes advanced surgery. Discussion will be around treatment needs, and how these can be addressed in contexts such as Uganda where facilities are limited.

Chris Dolan Director, Refugee Law Programme


3Bvii - Training for NHS health professionals on the rights and entitlements to health care of migrants

Refugees and undocumented migrants often have multiple health needs, yet research continues to show that they often face barriers when trying to access NHS care, and receive less-effective healthcare when they do. This training module, aimed at healthcare professionals working in the NHS, is also relevant for those with an interest in health policy and human rights. The training covers entitlement to NHS care, barriers to accessing healthcare, the policy implications of restricting access to healthcare, and healthcare professionals as advocates for access to healthcare. Please note this session will be run twice.

Anna Miller Doctors of the World

3Bix - Challenging Military Influence in Universities and Schools

Arms corporations and the armed forces target schools, colleges and universities – to foster a positive image from an early age, to recruit the next generation of engineers and soldiers, and to influence research and technological development. They produce educational materials for the classroom, host exciting tours, undertake recruitment activities, and fund cutting edge scientific research. Yet rarely will these activities touch on the causes and consequences of war, or encourage critical thinking about the ethics of warfare or the arms trade.

This workshop will summarise the influence that military organisations – in particular, arms corporations and the armed forces – have in UK universities and schools. This will draw on research by Scientists for Global Responsibility, ForcesWatch, Campaign Against Arms Trade and others on the different ways in which military organisations exert their influence. It will then discuss the different ways in which peace groups and others are challenging this influence, how you can get involved, and why change is vital for a more just society.

ForcesWatch have a forthcoming report on military involvement in technical education at secondary level and sponsorship of schools and colleges.

Stuart Parkinson Scientists for Global Responsibility Rhianna Louise Forces Watch


3Bvi - Medical Peace Work: Teaching and practising health through peace

Medical Peace Work is a field of study, research and practise which aims to enable health professional to act as agents for peace. The workshop will provide delegates with an opportunity to get involved in teaching and practicing medical peace work – for example, how to recognize signs of torture in patients, identify individuals at risk of domestic violence, and discussing ethical dilemmas faced by health workers when working in areas affected by violent conflict.

Eva-Maria Schwienhorst-Stich IPPNW Germany
Klaus Melf IPPNW Norway Katya Goebbels IPPNW Germany Stephen Kolb Medical Peace Work NetworkAngelika Wilmen IPPNW Germany Louisa Chan Boegli Medical Peace Work Network Hellen Barsosio IPPNW Kenya

3Bviii - The Public Health Impacts of Conflict

This interactive workshop will explore the public health impacts of armed conflict, including the direct (physical & psychological trauma) and indirect (displacement, infectious disease, malnutrition, etc), using both contemporary and historic case studies. We will examine these impacts from a public health perspective and discuss possible prevention strategies to reduce or mitigate their effects on the population.

With speakers from the Global Violence Prevention Special Interest Group, Faculty of Public Health.

with more TBA


3C – Second Parallel Workshops

1400 – 1530
3Ci - Ban Treaty Implementation: Nuclear-Armed States

For the past five years IPPNW and ICAN have focused on achieving a new treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons as a humanitarian-based foundation for their elimination. How can we bring the nuclear-armed states into compliance with the approaching Ban Treaty? What strategies should we pursue to raise awareness of the treaty in nuclear-armed states, and to apply pressure for implementation? This workshop will discuss and identify potential elements for a strategic plan of action.

Ira Hefland IPPNW
Bob Dodge Physicians for Social Responsibility USAAnastasia Medvedeva IPPNW RussiaFrank Boulton Medact, ICANDr Arun Mitra IDPD


3Ciii - Refugee health: Health care for vulnerable groups

Parts of the medical community and social activists in Germany have had extensive experience working with refugees and migrants, and their expertise has been instrumental in managing the health needs of those who have arrived since the 2015 refugee crisis. But were the activities focused and effective? Was health as a human right respected and what did health workers do in the acute situation? In this workshop, we will formulate goals for political work to improve refugee health care, focussing on unaccompanied minors, undocumented migrants, and traumatized refugees.

3Cii - Campaigning against Trident within Trade Unions

The vast majority of trade unions, including the TUC and Scottish TUC, oppose nuclear weapons and want to see the money that’s currently spent on Trident invested in social priority areas such as health and education. There is also strong support for a defence diversification agency and policy to put in place sustainable employment alternatives across the economy. This session will explore current thinking and research on diversification and how the unions can make a difference.

Russell Whiting Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament Kate Hudson Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament

3Civ - Keep Uranium in the Ground


3Cv - The rise of xenophobia in Europe
3Cvii - The rights and entitlements to health care of refugees and undocumented migrants: the picture across Europe

Over one million migrants arrived in Europe by sea in 2015, most of them from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, and 1,255,600 application for international protection were made. Once in Europe, arrivees often face poor living conditions and police brutality. Access to healthcare, determined by national law, varies across Europe, but data collected by Médecins du Monde shows that 67% of migrants lack health coverage. This (panel discussion/workshop) will explore the ways different European countries have responded to the healthcare need of people on the move across Europe.

Anna Miller Doctors of the World

3Cxi - War School: Film Preview and Workshop

War School is a feature length character driven documentary. Through personal testimony, archive and expert witness the film dramatically exposes the reality behind a new stream of government strategies designed to systematically militarise UK society and lure our children into the Armed Forces. Workshop details TBA.

Mic Dixon Film Director

3Cvi - Mobilising against war and conflict (part 2)

Details TBA

3Cviii - Interactive Humanitarian Simulation Experience Part 1

Ever wondered what it would be like to provide humanitarian aid in a warzone? Could you keep vital services running while everything around you falls apart? This immersive and thought-provoking exercise will give you a rare insight into the practical challenges, ethical dilemmas and cultural barriers faced by humanitarian NGOs working in conflict zones. The exercise is set in Darfur in the mid-2000s and is based upon real events. Please note that delegates must attend both parts 1 and 2 of this session, and spaces are limited.

Daniel Flecknoe MSF

with more TBA


3D – Third Parallel Workshops

1545 – 1700
3Di - Ban Treaty Implementation: Nuclear-Dependent States

An intermediate step between prohibiting and eliminating nuclear weapons may well be changing the policies of the nuclear-dependent states—those in extended nuclear deterrence relationships or who otherwise claim to rely on another state’s nuclear weapons for security. What specific educational and political strategies might work to bring members of NATO, Japan, Australia, and others into the Ban Treaty orbit? How can IPPNW’s medical message further contribute to these next steps? The workshop will build upon ideas presented in the Ban Treaty plenary, with introductory remarks from campaigners in Europe, Australia, and Japan. Following an open discussion, we will identify potential elements of a strategic plan for the next two years.


3Diii - The growth of religious fundamentalism as a threat to peace and health

Religion has been a source of value systems in the world. Unfortunately, those at the helm of some religious groups have imposed dogmas that have not changed with time and that contradict and conflict with other beliefs prevalent in society. Often this is done by force, with the goal of maintaining power. Such tendencies have increased worldwide—from South Asia to the Middle East, to Europe, and to the Americas. Religious fundamentalism affects social harmony and, as a result, peace, economic and social development, education, and health. This also leads to the development of a culture of violence and jingoistic tendencies. There is a concerted need to debate the issue and to examine the role of medical professionals in containing such tendencies.

Dr S. S. Soodan President, IDPDDr Satyajit Kumar Singh Senior Vice President, IDPD
Dr Shakeel ur Rahman General Secretary, IDPD Mrs Amarjeet Kaur All India Trade Union Congress

3Dii - Campaigning against Trident in civil society

A wide range of organisations across civil society oppose nuclear weapons and joined CND in campaigning against the replacement of Trident. Faith groups, local authority representatives, trade unions, anti-austerity groups, and many other groups have been campaigning throughout the country. Each group has a unique perspective on how to reach different audiences and make their voice heard. This session will explore how to extend this alliance and reach out into wider sections of society.

Russell Whiting Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament

3Div - A real energy revolution: Phasing out fossil and nuclear energy

Increasingly, the international community is recognising that human-caused climate change is one of the most dangerous threats to our planet, and that a speedy transition to carbon-free, sustainable energy production is a critical task for the coming years. However, in over 20 countries the nuclear industry is lobbying for nuclear energy to remain part of our energy mix. This workshop will scrutinise the promises of the nuclear industry to offer a meaningful contribution alleviating climate change, and will look at the key arguments for a phase-out of both fossil and nuclear energy. We will discuss possibilities for international cooperation between IPPNW affiliates and partner organizations, especially in Europe, to promote a rapid transition from fossil and nuclear to renewable energy generation.

3Dv - National security or human security: what really makes us safe and well?

Are mainstream assumptions and policies on security making us safer, or are they part of the problem? Can we envisage better responses, that build cooperation and solidarity to address current suffering and crises in the world? In this workshop, we will offer some analysis of traditional security responses, as well as proposing some radically different options. It will also be an opportunity for collective thinking that draws on the experience and insights of participants. What do we know about the conditions required to sustain the security and wellbeing of people and the planet? How can we build support for a different approach?

Celia McKeon Ammerdown Group

3Dvii - Training for NHS health professionals on the rights and entitlements to health care of migrants

Refugees and undocumented migrants often have multiple health needs, yet research continues to show that they often face barriers when trying to access NHS care, and receive less-effective healthcare when they do. This training module, aimed at healthcare professionals working in the NHS, is also relevant for those with an interest in health policy and human rights. The training covers entitlement to NHS care, barriers to accessing healthcare, the policy implications of restricting access to healthcare, and healthcare professionals as advocates for access to healthcare. Please note this session will be run twice.

Anna Miller Doctors of the World

3Dxi - The Arms Trade: A Health and Human-Centred Approach to Reducing Armed Violence, Promoting Health, Development.

Every year hundreds of thousands of people are killed and millions more are injured, maimed, raped, or forced to flee from their homes as a result of the poorly regulated global arms trade. The uncontrolled proliferation of arms and ammunition fuels conflicts, increases human rights abuses and exacerbates poverty. Bringing the licit trade under control is the first necessary step toward addressing a reduction in the illicit trade. The Arms Trade Treaty and the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons are two international agreements that can help reduce armed violence and shape States’ actions based on protecting human rights and promoting health and development. This workshop will focus on how civil society and health professionals can and must contribute to the humanitarian implementation of these global commitments. Speakers TBA.


3Dvi - Body Count: A medical peace work approach to the “War on Terror”

The so-called “War on Terror” was proclaimed by US President George W. Bush in September 2001, after the attacks on New York and Washington. It is widely recognized that the military actions conducted mainly by western powers in the Middle East have largely contributed to the disastrous situation the region finds itself in now. In 2015, data about the real casualty figures amongst civilians and the military collected by IPPNW affiliates from the US, Canada, and Germany was published in Body Count. The report has been frequently cited and was the subject of discussion at the German parliament. The immense loss of about 1.3 million lives and the refugee crisis in Europe are clear indications of the humanitarian catastrophe created by the “War on Terror.” The workshop will explore how doctors can use scientific data to demonstrate the magnitude of humanitarian disasters resulting from armed conflict. We will further relate the findings to the geo-political context and learn how fact-driven campaigns can have an impact on politics. We will also see how local protagonists develop their own concept for recovery.

3Dviii - Interactive Humanitarian Simulation Experience Part 2

Ever wondered what it would be like to provide humanitarian aid in a warzone? Could you keep vital services running while everything around you falls apart? This immersive and thought-provoking exercise will give you a rare insight into the practical challenges, ethical dilemmas and cultural barriers faced by humanitarian NGOs working in conflict zones. The exercise is set in Darfur in the mid-2000s and is based upon real events. Please note that delegates must attend both parts 1 and 2 of this session, and spaces are limited.

Daniel Flecknoe MSF

with more TBA

Closing Plenary

Details TBA


The Conference will take place at the University of York, Heslington West Campus.

The full address is:

Central Hall
University of York
North Yorkshire
YO10 5DD

If you are choosing to use public transport, the nearest train station is York Railway Station. Once disembarking at York, the 44 or 66 bus to the University are the most convenient way to get to the campus. Alternatively there is a taxi stand at the station.

The nearest major airports are Leeds Bradford Airport (30 miles away) or Manchester Airport (85 miles away). From Leeds Bradford Airport it is easiest to get a taxi transfer, but from Manchester there is a direct train from Manchester Airport to York railway station.


On-Site Accommodation

On-site accommodation will be located at James College on the Heslington West campus.

This will be available to book during the registration process at a very reasonable cost.

A mixture of ensuite and shared bathroom rooms will be available to book and will include free wifi and tea/coffee making facilities. Your booking will also include a full Deliciously Yorkshire breakfast and evening meal.

Should you wish to dine out and experience the city of York, self catering options are also available.

Other Accommodation Options

If you would prefer not to stay on campus, or if you require a double/twin bedroom, York has a wealth of accommodation options. The Visit York website lists many of these.

Unless you are driving, hotels that are a short walk from the 44 or 66 bus routes to the University are the most convenient.


Open online Wednesday, 19 October 2016  – Friday, 25 August 2017

Conference Fees

Conference fees include all refreshments and lunch. Supporter tickets provide delegates the opportunity to help us subsidise the attendance of people with limited financial means.

RatesGeneralMedact MemberStudentSupporter
Conference – 1 day£70.00£65.00£40.00£150.00
Conference – 2 days£140.00£130.00£80.00£300.00
Conference – 3 days£179.00£166.00£102.00£350.00
IPPNW Council – 2 days£112.00£106.00£64.00  N/A
Conference – 3 days and IPPNW Council –  2 days£291.00£272.00£166.00£600.00

Accommodation Fees

Fees are per person per night. Ensuite and Shared bathroom rates include breakfast and dinner. Lunch, tea and coffee for all delegates is included in the conference fee above.

Catered, Ensuite bathroom (meals included)£80.00£65.00
Catered, Shared bathroom (meals included)£60.00£50.00
Self-catering, Shared bathroom (meals not included)£35.00£30.00

To register, please visit the booking page.


For any enquires related to registration, please contact the registration organisers via:


Tel: (+44) 01904 702165

Medact C/O Mosaic Events Ltd. Tower House Mill Lane, off Askham Fields Lane Askham Bryan York, UK, YO23 3NU

Call for Papers

We are looking for researchers to present work related to the following themes and topics:
Drivers of War and ConflictThe Conduct and Consequences of War, Conflict and ViolencePeacebuilding and Conflict Resolution
Militarism and cultures of violenceThe refugee and migrant crisisArms control and disarmament
Structural violence and neoliberal globalisation as a driver of war and conflictHealth care under fireMediation and conflict resolution
Racism, hate, misogyny and the rise of the rightGender, violence and conflictGender and peacebuilding
The military industrial complex and the arms tradeHealth effectsInstitution-building and sustainable peace
Global governance and mitigating violent conflictEthics and contemporary war, including new weapons and technologiesAtrocity prevention and the future of the ‘responsibility to protect’
Climate change and conflictThe securitisation of healthCivil society and peacebuilding

To apply to be a panelist and present your academic research during our conference, please complete a copy of the following form before 31 May.

Call for Papers Form

Once completed, please email to:

We are also looking for post-graduate students and academic researchers to present research related to the above themes at our exhibition centre during the conference by creating posters of their work. Please apply here if you are interested.

York & North Yorkshire

  • Like stepping back into the middle ages, the overhanging timber-framed houses and traditional shopfronts of The Shambles makes it one of the UK’s most historic (and picturesque) streets.
  • You can’t miss York Minster, one of the largest cathedrals in Northern Europe and also one of the most beautiful Gothic churches in the world.
  • There’s Viking heritage too, as York – then called Jorvik – was once the capital of a Viking territory. You can head back in time to learn more and experience the sights, sounds and smells of the time at the immersive Jorvik Viking Centre.
  • Uncover 300 years of railway history, climb aboard restored locomotives and browse some of the 1 million train-related artefacts at the free National Railway Museum.

With hundreds of things to do and places to visit in and around the historic city of York and North Yorkshire.

Please visit for more information and to plan your trip.

IPPNW Bike Tour

The IPPNW Student body will be organising a bike tour from Faslane in Scotland – where the UK’s Trident Nuclear submarines are based – to the conference in York.

The route includes the famous Coasts & Castles path from Edinburgh to Newcastle – one of the most well-loved routes of the UK’s National Cycle Network.

August 26th – September 2nd

For more details and to register, visit: the IPPNW Student Movement site

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