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Joint Medact Forum and IPPNW World Congress

Health Through Peace 2017

Confronting War, Militarisation and Global Insecurity as an International Health Community

Monday 4th – Wednesday 6th September, 2017

In September 2017, Medact and the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) are bringing together a gathering of people from the health and peace communities to discuss the state of global war and conflict, and promote more effective peace building and demilitarisation as a pre-requisite for social justice, good health and ecological sustainability.

We will be working with a range of partners to create a vibrant opportunity to learn about the roots of war, conflict and violence; and to find ways to reverse the recent upswing in violence, intolerance and tension across the world.

Health Through Peace 2017 will provide unique opportunities to network with key academics, organisations and leaders in the peace, social justice and global health sectors, amongst others.  The university campus setting of York University will also provide many opportunities for informal and intimate interaction and discussion between delegates.


Confirmed speakers include:

Professor Sir Andrew Haines LSHTM & Oxford Research Group, John Loretz IPPNW, Andrew Feinstein Shadow World Author, Dr Frank Boulton Medact, Peter Burt Nuclear Information Service, Victoria Brittain Shadow Lives, Dr Ira Helfand IPPNW, Kate Hudson Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, Frances Hughes International Council of Nurses, Paul Ingram British American Security Service, Tasneem Khalil Independent World Report, Dr David McCoy Medact, Tilman Ruff Co-President, IPPNW, Dr Nick Ritchie International Security, University of York, Professor Paul Rogers University of Bradford & Oxford Research Group, Dr Simon Rushton University of Sheffield, Beatrice Fihn ICAN – International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, Dr John Sentamu Archbishop of York


The latest version of the conference programme is now online here:

More details of sessions and speakers will be added as they are confirmed.


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

Early bird rates end Tuesday, 28 February 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.

Early Bird RatesGeneralMedact MemberStudentSupporter
Conference – 1 day£65.00£60.00£40.00£150.00
Conference – 2 days£130.00£120.00£80.00£300.00
Conference – 3 days£166.00£153.00£102.00£350.00
IPPNW Council – 2 days£104.00£96.00£64.00  N/A
Conference – 3 days and IPPNW Council –  2 days£270.00£249.00£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.

Early Bird RatesGeneralStudent
Ensuite and meals£80.00£65.00
Shared bathroom and meals£60.00£50.00

To register, please visit the booking page.


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

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

Tel: (+44) 01904 702165


Call for Papers

We are now accepting submissions of abstracts for oral and poster presentations relating 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 submit an abstract, or a suggestion for a session theme or topic, please complete a copy of the following form:

Call for Papers Form

Once completed, please email to:

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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