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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.

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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

A new treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons was adopted at the UN on July 7. IPPNW and our partners in ICAN campaigned successfully over several years for a treaty that now explicitly stigmatizes and prohibits nuclear weapons and establishes a strong legal, moral, and political foundation for their elimination. Now our work moves into a new phase—implementation of the new norms that have made nuclear weapons illegal. How can IPPNW use its expertise about the medical, environmental, and humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons to press for nuclear-armed and nuclear-dependent state compliance with the ban treaty? With the “legal gap” now filled, how can we fill the political gap that still exists? How can we use the treaty to place additional pressure on the nuclear-armed states to eliminate their arsenals? Is there one common strategy for all abolition campaigners, or do we pursue several strategies simultaneously, based on national/regional political environments? These questions and more will be addressed by a series of experts intimately familiar with the ban treaty process and its implications for nuclear disarmament.

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

States Parties to the ban treaty, in partnership with civil society, will face a number of implementation challenges, not the least of which will be making the treaty universal by bringing the nuclear-armed and nuclear-dependent states into compliance. There are also many “positive obligations” built into the treaty that the states parties can implement immediately to accelerate our progress toward a nuclear-weapons-free world. What 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? A panel of regionally diverse speakers will present some initial ideas about how to use the ban treaty in their own political environments. The conversation will then be open to questions and comments from the floor. A series of workshops on Wednesday will take up these strategy proposals in greater depth.

John Loretz IPPNWXanthe Hall IPPNW Germany

Dr Robert Dodge IPPNW USADr Anastasia Medvedeva RPPNWKate Hudson CND-UKArun Mitra IPPNW South Asia Akira 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. Join hundreds of delegates from around the world for a three-course meal at the historical museum for what promises to be a wonderful evening of networking and celebrating.

Tickets are £50 per head, and can be booked through the registration portal. If you have already bought your conference ticket, please email to book your place for the dinner.

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.

Dr Feryal Awan Medact

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 FrontièresJulian Sheather British Medical AssociationVictoria Brittain Author and Journalist



Open Lunchtime Workshop


Publishing Workshop: Getting your book published on health, peace and development

Zed Books provide an overview of the academic publishing process for PhD students, mid-career and experienced academics. The workshop will advise on how best to structure your book, present your manuscript proposal, choose the right publisher and market your book to the widest possible audience. Focussing on humanities and the social sciences, attendees will gain in-depth knowledge of a book’s life cycle from conception to the shelves, and how academics can use this process to maximise the reach of their research.

Laurence Radford Zed Books Kim Walker Editor of Development, Gender, Asia, Middle East and Environment

2C Parallel Academic Sessions

1400 – 1530
Attacks on Healthcare in Conflict

Chair: Daniel Flecknoe (Medact Trustee)

Violence against health care in Syria
KALLSTRÖM, Agneta (University of Eastern Finland); HÄKKINEN, M; AL-ABDULLA, O; JUUSOLA, H; KAUHANEN, J

Understand, prevent, and mitigate attacks on healthcare in conflict
MULHAUSEN, Michelle (London School of Economics); TUCK, Emma; ZIMMERMAN, Heather

Health care under fire
LIN, Tracy Kuo (London School of Economics)

Nuclear Effects on Public Health

Chair Marion Birch (Medicine Conflict and Survival)

Health risk assessment six years after Fukushima
Hiroshi Ohmae (Physicians Against Nuclear Weapons), Kazuto Hara, Takeo Nakagawa, Tetzuo Lida

Climatic Impacts and Humanitarian Problems from the use of the UK’s Nuclear Weapons
Phil Webber (Scientists for Global Responsibility)

Pathophysiology and epidemiology of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia of childhood
Frank Boulton (Medact)

Health effects from living close to nuclear weapons and nuclear energy facilities
Ian Fairlie (Independent)

The Atomic Olympics: Melbourne 1956
Sue Rabbitt Roff (Independent Researcher)

Gender, Health and Education

Chair Jonathan Cunliffe (Junior Doctor and Medact Trustee)

Adolescent motherhood as a proxy for gender power differentials
Ariana Fernandez (Arias Foundation for Peace and Human Development, Costa Rica) – Live Stream

Building school-level capacities to respond to sexual violence against girls in South African school
Gillian Makota and Lara Leoschut (Centre for Justice and Crime Prevention, South Africa)

Medical education in the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq
Ian Watt (Hull York Medical School), Firya Peryadi, John Bushby, Una Macleod, Alison Pettigrew, Trevor Sheldon

Ethics of Warfare and Intervention

Chair Nina Caspersen (University of York)

Just War Theory and the Duty to Assist Civilian Casualties
Marcus Schulkze (University of York)

Ethics and Contemporary War and Warfighter Enhancement
Dominik Stosik (Wrocław Medical University)

Are allegations of WHO bias during the Syrian Civil War justified?
Jonathan Kennedy (Queen Mary University of London)

Re-thinking the health-security nexus
Joao Terrenas (University of York)

Mental Health

Chair Jeremy Wight (Public Health Doctor and Medact Trustee)

Effect of exposure to conflict on the relationship between IPV, poor mental health and substance abuse within families in the post-conflict period
Rachel Colin-Jones (University of Oxford)

Suicide in transgender populations
Adrienne Milner (Queen Mary University of London)

Globalisation and Neoliberalism: Structural Determinants of Global Mental Health
Matthew Roberts (Independent)

The chronic pain experience and needs of asylum seekers and refugees in Glasgow
Beth Dorrans (Department of General Practice and Primary Care, University of Glasgow)

British Military Recruitment and Marketing: Targeting Disadvantaged Young People (Roundtable)

Chair: Yannis Gourtsoyannis (Junior Doctor and Medact Trustee)

Speakers: Wayne Sharrocks (Peace Pledge Union and Veterans for Peace)
David Gee (Forces Watch)
Rhianna Louise (Forces Watch)
Feryal Awan (Medact)

Deciding to enlist into the military is an important, life-altering decision. Not only can it have social and health implications, it also requires continuous moral and cognitive interrogation. In the UK, children aged 16 and 17 years can be recruited into the armed forces. This panel will present:

  • The 2016 report by Medact, ‘The recruitment of children by the UK armed forces: a critique from health professionals’
  • The 2017 Veterans for Peace report on the mental health impacts of military training, ‘First Ambush’
  • The 2017 ForcesWatch paper ‘Does the military give young people a ‘leg up?’ The armed forces and social mobility’
  • Ongoing research into UK military recruitment marketing campaigns
Data to Action: Translating Hospital-Based Research on Violent Injury to Inform Policy

Chair David Pencheon (NHS Sustainable Development Unit)

Weapons Disposal Programme on Injuries: Papua New Guinea

Small arms and light weapons injuries in Sokoto State, Nigeria
Chukwuemeka Okolo (IPPNW Nigeria)

Preventing International Injury in Liberia

Care for victims of violence in Lusaka, Zambia

Study of firearm cases in Punjab, India
Maria Valenti (IPPNW)

Structural Violence and Environmental Degradation

Chair Andrew Harmer (Queen Mary University London)

Turning a blind eye: Why climate change-associated conflict might not be recognised, and why it matters for health
Devin Bowles (Australian National University) – Live Stream

Inequality as a driver of Climate Change, Climate Change as a driver of armed conflict
Roberto De Vogli (University of Padua, Italy)

2D – Parallel Academic Sessions

1600 – 1730
Click-tivism and Health Campaigning (Workshop)

Chair Sarah al-Hulail (Medact Militarisation Group)

Engaging the health community in the UK on the issue of attacks on hospitals
Andre Heller-Perache (Medecins Sans Frontieres)

Experiences and Perspectives from Campaigning on the Health Impacts of the Arms Trade
Ben Clavey (Medact Arms and Militarisation Group)

Health professionals are often motivated by a desire to improve the lives of people worldwide. They often see their daily work as a reflection of these values. However, campaigns run by or targeted at health professionals often struggle to mobilise this group effectively. This workshop will look at the potential to engage with the health community, and how campaigners can work more effectively with this group.

Mitigating Nuclear Violence

Chair Sophie Neuberg

Nuclear famine
Ira Helfand (IPPNW)

Nuclear conflict flash point in South Asia
Kurvey Balkrishna (Indian Institute for Peace, Disarmament and Environmental Protection)

War – Its Consequences on the Atmosphere and Public Health
Asis Debbarma, Yudhisthir Das, Jhunu Debbarma (IDPD, Agartala Government Medical College, Tripura, India)

The Ban Treaty and Inventing Nuclear Disarmament
Nick Ritchie (The University of York)

Prisoners’ Health in Israel and Palestine

Chair Feryal Awan (Medact)

Dana Moss (Physicians for Human Rights)
Roisin Jacklin (Medical Aid for Palestinians)
Tareq Shrourou (Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights)

Palestinians have been exposed to regular and often deadly violence, engendering direct risks of psychological trauma and negative mental health outcomes among the population.

This discussion will cover various topics including the various political and social conditions endured by Palestinians, including breaches of international humanitarian and human rights law; the psychological impacts and legal aspects of solitary confinement, administrative detention and hunger-strike protests in Israel.

This session will screen Breaking the generations: Palestinian prisoners and medical rights (25 mins)

Drone Warfare: Conflicts, Controversies and Trends

Dr Emma Butcher University of Leicester

Professor Caroline Kennedy-Pipe (University of Hull)
Abigail Watson (Remote Control Project)
Dr James Rogers (University of York)

This panel assesses contemporary issues and possible trends in drone warfare.

The legality of British and American drone strikes will be discussed, changes in drone policy that have taken place under President Trump will be outlined, the impact of strikes on civilians will be analyzed, and emerging trends for future use will be outlined. The panel aims to raise pertinent issues and generate discussion and debate on this important topic.

Health and the Migrant / Refugee Crisis

Chair Neil Arya (Canadian Physicians for Research and Education in Peace)

Going on tahrib: why young Somalians embark on the dangerous journey to Europe
Nimo-Ilhan Ali (Rift Valley Institute)

The Refugee Explosion: Exploring the response of European states to the Refugee Crisis Jennifer Dathan (Action On Armed Violence)

A Glass Half Empty: The Consequences of Unaddressed Crimes Against Boy Refugees
Mariela Goett and Amy West (American Institutes for Research)

Home childbirth an alternative for in-hospital delivery for Syrian Refugees in Lebanon
Mathilda Jabbour and Richard Giordano (University of Southampton)

Militarism and Culture

Chair: TBC

Hubris and armed conflict
Eugene Sadler-Smith (University of Surrey)

The militarisation of science and technology in the UK
Stuart Parkinson (Scientists for Global Responsibility)

Warrior Nation: War, Militarisation and British Democracy
Paul Dixon (Kingston University)

Militarism, the police and the ‘war on crime’ in South Africa
Guy Lamb (University of Cape Town)

Nuclear Weapons Modernisation and Deployment (workshop)

“Emerging Non-Nuclear Technologies on the Stability of Nuclear Deterrence Doctrines”

INGRAM, Paul (British American Security Information Council)
BURT, Peter (Nuclear Information Service)

This participatory session will examine the implications of emerging technologies on the stability of nuclear deterrence in the context of the modernisation of the UK’s Trident nuclear weapon system as a case study. It will consider the the likely evolution of nuclear deterrence, the changing nature of warfare and international politics, and will present an alternative approach to international strategic stability and relate these to current efforts to control and ultimately ban nuclear weapons.

The Psychology of War and Violence

Hubris and armed conflict
SADLER-SMITH, Eugene (University of Surrey)

Using a Toxic Memory Model to clarify Violence, Psychopathy and War
JOHNSON, Bob (Independent)

Exploring Muslim People’s Perceptions of Discrimination in Healthcare Encounters
ROBERTS, Matthew (Independent)

Evening Film Screening:

Shadow World – Inside the Global Arms Trade (2016)

94 mins. Directed by Johan Grominprez.

Shadow World reveals the shocking realities of the global arms trade – the only business that counts its profits in billions and its losses in human lives. The film reveals how the international trade in weapons – with the complicity of governments and intelligence agencies, investigative and prosecutorial bodies, weapons manufacturers, dealers and agents – fosters corruption, determines economic and foreign policies, undermines democracy and creates widespread suffering.

Followed by a panel Q & A with Shadow World 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
Wim de Ceukelaire Third World Health Aid and People’s Health Movement EuropeProfessor John Middleton Faculty for Public Health Ben Griffin Veterans for Peace UK Daniel Bassey IPPNW



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 the UK

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 - Panel Discussion on 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


3Bxi - Peace House—Giving a legacy to our students

We invite all activists in IPPNW, especially the founding and senior generations of our global movement, to open their hearts and purses. Let us invest in a confident future for our successors. Let us collect money for a permanent IPPNW Peace House. It is time to move forwards from tenancy to ownership. To have one’s own feet under one’s own table, as we say in Finnish! Ilkka Taipale: Why this idea of a Peace House? Experiences from Finland. Michael Christ: Locating, purchasing, and financing the Peace House: practical considerations Christoph Kraemer: How we can build IPPNW’s Peace House this year—or at the latest in 2018! Auction: All participants are invited to bring some small items typical of their country or their peace activities, which then will be sold in an auction to raise funds for the Peace House.

Kati Juva IPPNW International Council Ilkka Taipale Physicians for Social Responsibility Finland Christoph Kraemer IPPNW Germany Michael Christ IPPNW Executive Director


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.

3Bx - The Radio as a Tool for Peace Education in Africa

Armed violence is a health crisis in Nigeria, as it is in many African countries. Radio broadcasts can have an impact on violence, as evidenced by their use to inflame the population during the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

As the predominant source of news and information for the African public, radio can also be used for good. In Nigeria, where radio is largely controlled by state broadcasters, there is a need to develop community radio stations and worthwhile content as well as to encourage state-controlled stations to include community-oriented programs. This workshop will explore the question “Is creating public awareness via the radio about the effects of armed violence on health a viable way of educating the public and furthering the goal of achieving peace through health?”

Vappu Taipale Physicians for Social Responsibility Finland Daniel Bassey Society of Nigerian Doctors for the Welfare of Mankind Chukwuemeka Okolo Society of Nigerian Doctors for the Welfare of Mankind Mansur Ramalan Society of Nigerian Doctors for the Welfare of Mankind Kati Juva Physicians for Social Responsibility Finland Antti Junkkari Physicians for Social Responsibility Finland Maria Valenti Aiming for Prevention


3Bxii - The Millennial World

Who are the ‘millennial’ generation and how do they see the world? Global millennials make up 27% of the global population and are gaining a reputation as having a new and unique perspective on the world. University of York students present their research into the mindset of the millennial generation, how they perceive global issues and the implications this may have socially and politically. A new perspective may be brought to how we anticipate the future of nuclear warfare, national identity, climate change and the rise of the right. An interactive presentation with optional live polling of the audience as well as Q&A reflections throughout.

Lindsay Christison University of York Kieran Nash University of YorkBrandon Minichiello University of York Hannah Sackville-Bryant University of York



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.

Katja Goebbels IPPNW GermanyKatharina Thilke IPPNW GermanyEva-Maria Schwienhorst-Stich IPPNW Germany

3Cii - The Health Crisis in Yemen

The first workshop on Yemen’s health crisis was at the Medact Health Through Peace Conference, London, November 2015. It was nine months after the conflict started in Yemen. At that time, it was estimated that 6,000 plus people were killed and more than 26,000 were injured.

Since the collapse of the health system in Yemen, there is a need to look for other alternatives to support individual, community groups and what is left of the health workers network. The emerging difficulties in terms of transport, dry of cash, and the embargo on import/export of medicine make it difficult for health workers to operate. There is also the business of war in Yemen. It’s a growing arm trade which both parties in the conflict benefit from. This will further prolong the war and delay the peace.

Given the complexity of the conflict in Yemen, this workshop will consider alternative support for Yemen’s collapsed health services. How could public health and other health professionals in the UK, interested in Yemen, use existing technologies to support Yemen’s collapsed health services? How could the international health community encourage and build local health networks in Yemen where the war is not as intensive as in other parts of the country?

Taher Qassim MBE Liverpool City Council

3Civ - Keep Uranium in the Ground

IPPNW affiliates in many countries actively oppose uranium mining, educate people about its health effects, and alert the public about the inherent connections between uranium mining, nuclear energy, nuclear weapons, and nuclear waste. At the Basel World Congress, IPPNW issued a call to “keep uranium under ground.” This workshop will present the current body of scientific knowledge about the health impact of uranium mining, showcase recent activities by IPPNW affiliates, especially in Africa, discuss possibilities for local and global activism, and promote the idea of an international campaign to ban uranium mining. The aim of the workshop is to share knowledge and experience amongst activists, identify possibilities for closer cooperation between affiliates, and further the development of a true global campaign, which was started at the uranium mining conference in Quebec in 2015 organized by PGS Canada, and in which IPPNW affiliates can play a major part. We will begin with short kickoff presentations about the situations in several countries, and then open the discussion to all participants.

Dörte Siedentopf IPPNW GermanyRichard Denton PGS CanadaGordon Edwards PGS CanadaRichard Denton PGS CanadaHellen Barsosio IPPNW KenyaSally Ndung’u IPPNW KenyaMathabo Hlahane IPPNW South Africa Claudio Knüsli PSR SwitzerlandMartin Vosseler PSR SwitzerlandMartin Walter PSR SwitzerlandHelmut Lohrer IPPNW GermanySusanne Grabenhorst IPPNW Germany

3Cv - Gender as a Determinant of Health in the Syrian Refugee Crisis

Research over the past two decades has demonstrated an unprecedented causal link between armed conflict and gender-based violence (gbv) which manifests not only as a weapon of war but also amongst civilian populations particularly in the form of intimate partner violence. Around the time the Syrian conflict broke in 2011, Syria was ranked 124 out of 135 countries in the surrounding area on the Global Gender Gap Report, a baseline of gender inequity which has since intensified and also evolved as women and girls flee their country of origin.

It is extremely difficult to determine the prevalence of gender-based violence amongst asylum seeking, refugee and internally displaced populations as there are significant barriers to disclose this information, however NGOs estimate that greater than 50% will face gbv in the form of sexual exploitation, transactional sex, rape, forced early marriage and domestic violence. This interactive workshop aims to explore how pre-existing gender norms and hegemonic definitions of masculinity, reinforced through armed conflict, shape the sexual and reproductive health as well as mental health needs not only of women and girls but also men and boys.

Safiya Dhanani Gender-Based Violence Program Coordinator, the International Federation of Medical Students’ Association

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

3Cix - Campaigning Though Film

Workshop details TBA.

3Cxi - Don't Bank on the Bomb: A Divestment-Worthy Campaign

Don’t Bank on the Bomb, updated annually by PAX, provides details of financial transactions with companies that are heavily involved in the manufacture, maintenance and modernization of US, British, French and Indian nuclear forces. The report provides the basis for coordinated campaigning to discourage financial institutions from investing in nuclear weapons companies.

This workshop will explore exciting ways to use Don’t Bank On The Bomb in your national campaigning, and the ways in which divestment activities can enhance the impact of the Nuclear Ban Treaty. Speakers will give examples of how Swedish campaigners have used the report to influence Swedish investments in the nuclear weapons industry, and the importance of prohibitions on assistance, including a specific prohibition on financing, in the ban treaty. Findings and analysis from a joint project with the International Human Rights Clinic at Harvard Law School will also be described.

Andreas Tolf Swedish Physicians against Nuclear Weapons Elizabeth Minor Article 36

3Cvi - 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 geopolitical 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.

Helmut Lohrer IPPNW Germany Jens Wagner IPPNW Germany Christoph Kraemer IPPNW Germany Tim Takaro Physicians for Social Responsibility Robert Gould Physicians for Social Responsibility Dale Dewar Physicians for Global Survival

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

3Cx - Rethinking Policy: The War on Drugs

The “war on drugs” has been fought for more than 60 years, and it has failed. Most obviously, it has failed on its own terms: people still grow, produce and use illicit drugs around the world. But more importantly, it has failed the poorest communities in the global south who suffer most as a direct result of policies which criminalise, destroy livelihoods and deny people access to their basic health rights. A serious rethink is long overdue to develop new policy responses to illicit drug production and use that reduce harm and promote health, peace and sustainable development for the most vulnerable.
This interactive workshop has been designed to get participants thinking about the ‘war on drugs’ and its alternatives, and how this impacts the lives of people living in situations of poverty, violence and insecurity and on their own day-to-day lives and work. Workshop participants will actively examine the impacts of the ‘war on drugs’, explore different views and dissect some of the common myths. The workshop will use interactive group discussions based around issues raised in Health Poverty Action’s ‘Rethink Drug Policy’ animation. Participants will be invited to actively challenge their assumptions and reflect on how the issues discussed might change their perceptions towards drug policy. The workshop will also include a discussion of how health professionals, students and civil society can join the movement to help challenge the ‘war on drugs’ and its negative impacts for health and peace.

Natasha Horsfield Health Poverty Action Juan Fernandez Ochoa International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC)


3Cxii - Is Fracking Safe?

This workshop will explore the impacts of fracking on health, exploring the evidence already outlined by Medact and others, the limits to understand the impacts of fracking, and the failings to undergo baseline measuring of health of residents and environment close to KM8.

Frack Free York will also discuss campaigning experiences: what works, what doesn’t, and maintaining momentum. They will talk about their multi-faceted approach, heavy legal campaigns and direct action.
The workshop will also discuss community-lead involvement, the success of the ‘Nana’ phenomenon, and how the health community (doctors and allied health professionals, as well as students and academics) can get involved with the anti-fracking movement.

Leigh Coghill Frack Free YorkDr Tim Thornton Frack Free York


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 - 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

3Dv - Feminism and Peace Movements: Making the Links

This workshop will explore how and why feminists have made the links between the movement for gender equality and the movement for peace. It will examine why women have chosen to organise as women for peace, historically and today, both in the UK and in countries currently experiencing violent conflict. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss how gender norms and relations can affect peace, including in relation to militarism and the use and possession of weapons.

The workshop leaders will draw on relevant examples from their work on issues of gender and conflict in the Middle East and in relation to international disarmament or arms control processes. Participants will also explore feminist ideas about how transformation in gender relations might contribute to building a more peaceful world, and what this means for feminism and for the peace movement today. This may include a discussion on how transformations in the culture of militarism and militarised masculinities could affect gender relations, and how changing gender norms could help accomplish this.

Hannah Wright LSE Centre for Women, Peace and SecurityLaila Alodaat Women’s International League for Peace and FreedomRay Acheson Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

3Dii - Details TBA
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.

3Dvi - Barriers to the Development of Palestinian Healthcare

Fifty years of Israeli occupation have devastated the development of the Palestinian health sector. Join Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) to discuss how prolonged occupation has limited Palestinian health workers’ access to training and professional development and how MAP is challenging these barriers through programmes in the occupied training territory and advocacy in the UK.
In October 2017 MAP will be delivering a petition with 10,000 signatures to the UK government which contains a joint call between Palestinian and British people, demanding an end to the occupation and the blockade of Gaza. MAP would like participants to feed into an open letter to be sent with the petition. Participants will be asked to contribute ideas which will be included in the open letter. MAP will then draft a letter after the workshop and send it to participants (who provide an email address) to sign on to.

Roisin Jacklin Medical Aid for Palestinians

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

3Dix - 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 IDPD Dr. Satyajit Kumar Singh IDPD Dr Shakeel ur Rahman IDPD Ms. Amarjeet Kaur All India Trade Union Congress

3Dxi - Pay it Forward: Engaging A new Generation of IPPNW Activists

Engaging medical students and young health professionals in meaningful IPPNW programs and actions is one key to achieving the goals of the organization and its ongoing success through generations. A robust succession strategy is also critical to developing and maintaining strong affiliates. Now more than ever we need to cultivate and mobilize IPPNW’s cadre of active health professionals and build affiliate resilience. This workshop will focus on both affiliate capacity building and the development of a new federation-wide mentoring program that will bring together experienced IPPNW leaders and activists with the next generation of peace through health advocates. We will use results of surveys from affiliates on self-described strengths and weaknesses to discuss success strategies as well as challenges to the capacity of affiliates. We will invite ideas on how affiliates can recruit students to participate in governance and programs, and how we can energize and activate mentees and mentors throughout the IPPNW federation, foster leadership capabilities, develop individual skills related to IPPNW’s mission, and strengthen affiliates, and; we will seek input on a new IPPNW orientation package for new/potential members.

Maria Valenti Aiming For Prevention Hellen Barsosio IPPNW Africa Sally Ndung’u IPPNW Kenya Daniel Bassey IPPNW co-presidentDr Alex Rosen IPPNW Germany

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

3Dx - Tackling The Arms Trade

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.

Robert Perkins Control Arms

3Dxii - Radiation Health Effects: Science and Beyond

Scientific understanding of the effects of radiation on human health has accumulated in the 70 years since the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Ironically, a large proportion of such science came from epidemiological follow‐up of the victims and their children. Public perception of radiation effects is often based less on science than on awareness of the suffering of people from the atomic bombings, the Chernobyl disaster, and the events at Fukushima. This workshop will discuss the latest data on radiation and health and present varying perspectives on its meaning and significance. We should think back to the past when the atomic bombs were dropped in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 and try to understand the suffering of the survivors. Six years after the Fukushima disaster, some people are finally regaining their confidence. The science of radiation health effects is their precious contribution to humankind. However, this science came at great cost. We must remember the suffering of those exposed to radiation as we use the science for the benefit of all.

Professor Katsuko Kataoka JPPNW Ohtsura Niwa Radiation Medical Science Center, Fukushima Medical University Professor Masao Tomonaga JPPNW Professor Katsuko Kataoka IPPNW Professor Keith Baverstock Docent Department of Environmental Science, University of Eastern Finland Dr. Ryoma Kayano JPPNW

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In addition to the main conference programme, Global Health Film initiative will be hosting a one-day film festival on the Sunday.


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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