Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


AMH Conference 2023

Fevers, Frets, and Futures: uncertainty and new ecologies for post-Covid healthcare. 4-7th July 2023.
Banner image by Onya McCausland  ©

Association for Medical Humanities Annual International Conference, in collaboration with the IAS, UCL. Contact conference@amh.ac.uk with queries.

The last two and a half years have exposed points of encounter between existing anxieties about climate change and environmental collapse and new crises of health and well-being in the face of the Covid pandemic. What are the lessons we can learn from the frets and fevers of a global pandemic, to think and create new futures and a new sustainability in our work, our lives, and the environments on which they precariously depend? Creating a dialogue between the SHAPE (arts, humanities and social sciences) and STEM (biomedical, science, engineering and technology) disciplines this hybrid conference brings together global and local perspectives on practice, in a community of trust.

Recordings from Tuesday 4th July 2023

Nature, sustainability and the future of the NHS

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Dr Nick Watts, (Chief Sustainability Officer, NHS England

Panel discussion in response to the keynote

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Chair: Prof James Wilson, (Professor of Philosophy, UCL) Luke O’Shea (Director of Innovation, UCLH) Dr Emily Baker (Lecturer in Comparative Literature and Latin American Studies, UCL) Dr Anand Bhopal (PhD Research Fellow, Bergen Centre for Ethics and Priority Setting (BCEPS)

Planetary Health Alliance workshop

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Olwenn Martin (scholar in environmental health and decision-making, lead for the Health and Environment pathway of the BASc UCL); Jennifer Cole (Biological Anthropologist, RHUL and co-chair of the Planetary Health Alliance European Hub Working Group); Enrique Castro-Sanchez (Clinician; Planetary Health Educator (Brunel University London))

Creating our way through crises: How can the arts and creativity address sustainability and tackle health and
environmental inequalities?

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Chair: Dr Rochelle Burgess (Associate Professor in Global Health, Deputy Director of the UCL Centre for Global Non-Communicable Diseases, at the Institute for Global Health at UCL and Director of UCL’s Global Network on Mental Health); Dr Sarah Fortais (Visual Artist); Dr Harold Offeh (Visual Artist)

Everything is in Relationship: Arts, Humanities, Health, Anti-Colonialism, and Reckoning with the Climate Catastrophe

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Keynote panel discussion. Lisa Boivin (member of the Deninu Kue First Nation, interdisciplinary artist and scholar at University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine); Sarah de Leeuw (Canada Research Chair (Humanities and Health Inequities), poet and professor with University of British Columbia’s Northern Medical Program); Margo Greenwood (Cree scholar and Scientific Director of National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health (NCCIH) and Institute for Indigenous Peoples’ Health with the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR)); Kung Jaadee (Haida storyteller and author); Margot Parkes (former physician, former Canada Research Chair in Health, Ecosystems and Society, now co-leads the Environment, Community, Health Observatory (ECHO) Network out of Lheidli T’enneh territory)

Recordings from Wednesday 5th July 2023

Land Trauma: the Soil holds the Soul

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Keynote lecture by Dr Ayesha Ahmad (Reader in Global Health Humanities, St George’s, University of London)

Sustainability and Healthcare

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Transdisciplinary Panel Discussion chaired by AMHH Student Leads Lorna Bo and Ananya Sood. With panellists: Hannah Fletcher (Visual Artist); India Mayhook-Walker (Medical Student, University of Sheffield); Edward Christie (History of Art, UCL); Richard Alderslade (Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London (FRCP) and the Faculty of Public Health (FFPH))

A future for our children?

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Keynote lecture by Prof Anthony Costello (Professor of Global Health and Sustainable Development, Vice-Provost Research, Innovation and Global Engagement, UCL)

Recordings from Thursday 6th July 2023 

Plastics - in me and around me

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Keynote address with artist Dr Christine Wertheim

'Plastics' panel discussion

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Chair: Dr Bridget McDonald (Consultant Neurologist Croydon University Hospital and St George’s Trust). With panellists: Dr Dhruv Gupta (Junior Doctor at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust); Daniel Wilson (PhD Student, Centre for Geography and Environmental Science, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter)


Recordings from Friday 7th July 2023

The highs and lows of developing a disruptive technology for improving global health

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Keynote lecture with Prof Julian Ma (Hotung Chair of Molecular Immunology. Director of the Institute for Infection and Immunity at St George’s, University of London)

Breathe: 2022 and panel discussion

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Keynote lecture with Prof Dryden Goodwin (Visual Artist and Professor of Fine Art, Slade School of Fine Art, UCL)
Panel discussion in response to keynote with Dr Anne Dunleavey (Consultant in respiratory Medicine, St George’s)

Climate Hope and Eco-Inspiration

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Keynote lecture with Prof Ilan Kelman (Professor of Disasters and Health at University College London, England and a Professor II at the University of Agder, Kristiansand,
Norway); Meg Hodgson (Actor, Artist, Performer)

Closing comments

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Dr Bridget McDonald (Consultant Neurologist Croydon University Hospital and St George’s Trust).

Poetry reading

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Prof Sharon Morris (poet, artist and Professor of Fine Art, Slade School of Fine Art, UCL)


Programme and abstracts

Key-note/plenary contributors

Dr Ayesha Ahmad, Dr Richard Alderslade, Dr Emily Baker, Dr Anand Bhopal, Angie Brew, Dr Enrique Castro-Sanchez, Dr Jennifer Cole, Edward Christie, Prof Anthony Costello, Dr. Christina Della Giustina, Dr Anne Dunleavey, Dr Dhruv Gupta, Dr Angela Hodgson-Teall, Prof Ilan Kelman, Prof Julian Ma, Dr Nick Watts (Chief Sustainability Officer, NHS England), Dr Luke O’Shea, Prof James Wilson, Daniel Wilson, Dr Dhruv Gupta, Dr Rochelle Burgess, Dr Sarah de Leeuw, Dr Olwenn Martin, Dr Margaret Greenwood, Kung Jaadee, Dr Bridget McDonald, Dr Margot Parkes, Dr. Cathy Smith, Daniel Wilson and artists Lisa Boivin, Prof Dryden Goodwin, Dr Sarah Fortais, Hannah Fletcher, Dr Edwina Fitzpatrick, Dr Harold Offeh, Svetlana Sequeira Costa, Dr Christine Wertheim, Lucie Winterson, film-maker Mattijs Van de Port, performer Meg Hodgson, poet Prof Sharon Morris, musician  Dhanraj Persaud and dancer Anusha Subramanyam (Beeja.com). 

Organiser: Dr Deborah Padfield with the AMHH 
Conference Administrators: Cyrus Hung & Sara Borga 
Student organisers: Ananya Sood & Lorna Bo 
Additional conference support for the IAS: Marthe Lisson and Lucy Stagg 

Conference Fees

Full conference, 3 - 4 days (FC) Half conference, 1 - 2 days (HC)

  • Free: UCL Students and staff
  • £35 (FC): AMH members
  • £25 (HC) AMH members
  • £75 (FC) Non AMH members
  • £40 (HC) Non AMH members
  • £20.00 (FC) Students external to UCL/Unwaged/low-income countries
  • £10.00 (HC) Students external to UCL/Unwaged/low-income countries

Join the AMH community - for an annual fee of £55 - to enjoy the benefits of membership (including 4 x BMJ Med Hums journals) as well as the lower conference rates.

Add-ons for onsite events

  • £8.00 extra: Student Poster and Networking Event (Wed 5th July, 2 - 7pm)
  • £15.00 extra: Networking Event at IAS, UCL, Live Talk & Workshop with refreshments (Thursday 6th July, 5 - 8pm)

AMH is a registered charity 1183975
Header image: Onya McCausland, Saltburn Mine Water Treatment Scheme, 2015

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