Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


AMH Conference - 4-7th July 2023

Due to the death of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, this conference was postponed. Tickets purchased previously are valid for the new date in July 2023. We hope that you will be able to join us then. However, if this is not possible, please contact conference@amh.ac.uk
Banner image by Onya McCausland  ©

Organiser: Dr Deborah Padfield
Conference Administrator: Triona Waters

Event curator: Marthe Lisson
Student organisers: Ananya Sood & Lorna Bo

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.

Confirmed key-note/plenary contributors/artists and workshop facilitators:

Dr Nick Watts (Chief Sustainability Officer at NHS), Professor Anthony Costello (Professor of Global Health and Sustainable Development, UCL, co-chair of the international Lancet Countdown for Climate Action and Health), Dr Ayesha Ahmad (Senior Lecturer in Global Health, St George's, University of London), Professor Julian Ma (Hotung Chair of Molecular Immunology & Director of the Institute for Infection and Immunity at St George's, University of London), Professor Dryden Goodwin (Visual Artist and Professor of Fine Art, Slade School of Fine Art, UCL), Professor Christine Wertheim (Visual Artist and Faculty Member California Institute of the Arts), Sylvia Kokunda (CEO of Action for Batwa Empowerment Group (ABEG), an NGO advocating for the rights of the Batwa community in Uganda) and Sheila Ghelani (independent and collaborative artist based in the UK) from Land Body Ecologies (LBE is an interdisciplinary network of hubs across the world. In London, the project is anchored by Invisible Flock and Minority Rights Group International, and is currently a resident of the Wellcome Hub, a dynamic research space within Wellcome Collection), Onya McCausland (Visual artist, Lecturer in Fine Art (Painting) Slade School of Fine Art), Professor Ilan Kelman (Professor of Disasters and Health, UCL and a Professor II at the University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway), Meg Hodgson (Actor, Artist, Performer)

Professor James Wilson (Professor of Philosophy, UCL and co-director of the UCL Health Humanities Group), Professor Helen Chatterjee MBE (Professor of Human and Ecological Health, UCL), Luke O’Shea (Director of Innovation, UCLH), Dr Emily Baker (Lecturer in Comparative Literature and Latin American Studies, UCL), Dr Sarah de Leeuw (Canada Research Chair (Humanities and Health Inequities), a poet and professor with the University of British Columbia’s Northern Medical Program), Dr Margo Greenwood (Cree scholar and Scientific Director of the National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health (NCCIH) and the Institute for Indigenous Peoples’ Health with the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR), Kung Jaadee (Haida storyteller and the author of numerous children’s books about Haida people, places, and cultures), Dr Margot Parkes (former physician from Aoteaora/New Zealand, co-leads the Environment, Community, Health Observatory (ECHO) Network out of Lheidli T’enneh territory), Dr Mary Wickenden (Research Fellow, the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex), Dr Bridget McDonald (Consultant Neurologist Croydon University Hospital and St George's Trust), Dr Rochelle Burgess (Associate Professor in Global Health and Deputy Director of the UCL Centre for Global Non-Communicable Diseases, Institute for Global Health at UCL), Sylvia Kokunda & Sheila Ghelani (Land Body Ecologies), Dr Anne Dunleavey (Consultant in Respiratory Medicine, St George's, University of London), Dr William Parker (NIHR Clinical Lecturer in Cardiology, University of Sheffield and Deputy President of the Faculty of the History & Philosophy of Medicine & Pharmacy at the Society of Apothecaries of London), Dr David Jefferys (Member of the Court of the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries of London and elected Governor of Kings College NHS Foundation Trust and chair of Bromley Health and Well Being Board), Selina Aziz (final year Medical Student studying in the University of Liverpool and member of Centre for Sustainable Healthcare) and Dr Dhruv Gupta (Junior Doctor, Medical Student Liaison Officer at Eco Medics, and Scientific Content Writer at The Climate Club).

Sheila Ghelani (independent and collaborative artist based in the UK, member of Land Body Ecologies), Sylvia Kokunda (CEO of Action for Batwa Empowerment Group (ABEG), an NGO advocating for the rights of the Batwa community in Uganda), Lisa Boivin (member of the Deninu Kue First Nation, an interdisciplinary artist, and a scholar at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine), Dr Jennifer Patterson (Associate Professor Associate Professor of Sustainable Health Practices and Discourses, University of Greenwich), Anusha Subramanyam (dancer, choreographer, teacher and dance movement therapist, founder of Beeja.com), Dhanraj Pandev (Indian Classical Musician: Tabla Player and Vocalist), Lucie Winterson (Visual Artist), Professor Sharon Morris (Writer, Visual Artist and Professor of Fine Art, the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL), Dr Sarah Fortais (Visual Artist, Specialist Casting Technician, Central Saint Martins and Artist In Residence at the Centre for Outer Space Studies, UCL), Hannah Fletcher (Visual Artist), Dr Edwina Fitzpatrick (senior lecturer research, University of the Arts, London) and Robert Golden (independent photographer and film maker).

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 and 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
  • £15.00 extra: Networking Event at IAS, UCL, Live Talk & Workshop with refreshments

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