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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.



Now available to download in PDF: Full [29pp]


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 & IPPNW Council –  5 days£291.00£272.00£166.00£600.00

Accommodation Fees

Fees are per person per night. Full board rates include both breakfast & dinner each day. Lunch, tea and coffee for all delegates is included in the conference fee above.

Full board, ensuite bathroom£80.00£65.00
Full board, shared bathroom£60.00£50.00
Bed & breakfast, shared bathroom£40.00£35.00
Self-catering, shared bathroom

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 volunteers

We are looking for volunteers to assist in running the event. Volunteer for two days to support the conference, and be designated one day off to enjoy access to the talks and events.

Health Through Peace Film Festival

A powerful series of films, looking at the arms trade, drone warfare and nuclear weapons waste from the Global Health Film initiative

A one-day film festival on Sunday 3rd September offers conference delegates and the wider community in York an opportunity to learn more about, and engage in issues and solutions relating to war, conflict and violence.

Download our programme here.

There will be 6-8 film screenings, each with an expert panel discussion. Confirmed screenings include Shadow World (global arms trade), National Bird (US drone warfare),  Containment (nuclear weapons waste) and We Are Many (the power of peace activism).

Discounted entry is available to conference delegates – this can be added to your booking on registration.


Conference delegates – £20

General public – £30

If you are already registered, please contact to book your place at the discounted rate.

For non-conference attendees is £30, tickets can be purchased through our Eventbrite page.

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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