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Explore Past Conferences

Take a look at our previous events from 2018 - 2023.
Each year has a specific theme guide for you to read about the overall theme and sub-themes of the event in detail.

Life in Transit: Providing Healthcare in a Migrating World

10-12 MARCH

Displacement and migration affect not only refugees and migrants but also populations in host countries. Although varied, the health needs of refugees and migrants are often distinct; stemming from traumatic and long journeys. Moreover, vulnerability and marginalisation can characterise the settlement journey if tailored support is not available. Health represents one of the core human rights, and therefore, the provision of health services to refugees and migrants needs to remain a top priority.


One Health: Facing the Fire of Climate Change

11-13 MARCH

The definition of One Health is the approach to “designing and implementing programs, policies, legislation and research, during which multiple sectors communicate and work together, to succeed in better public health outcomes” (Collignon et al., 2018; WHO, 2017). This term has become more important in recent years because many factors have changed interactions between people, animals, plants, and our environment. It is this interaction between the changing environment and one health that we explored in this conference.


Building Back Better: Strengthening Health Systems

19 - 21 MARCH

Strong, resilient health systems are imperative to the health and wellbeing of people in any country. A health system consists of multiple layers of institutions and individuals, a complex interplay between stakeholders in academia, healthcare, public health, politics and economics, working together to cater for the health needs of their community. Health systems globally face various challenges, from lack of access to medicines and vaccines to emerging health inequalities.



Health in the Digital World

27 - 29 MARCH

In the age of rapid technological development, our life greatly depends on and benefits from the technologies around us, from household appliances and transportation vehicles to communicative platforms and healthcare. Artificial intelligence (AI), for example, is not only used in self-driving cars or voice recognition smartphones but it also plays a key role towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations.

In the AI for Good Global Summit, the UN Secretary General António Guterres (2017) stated that: “Artificial Intelligence has the potential to accelerate progress towards a dignified life, in peace and prosperity, for all people […] The time has arrived for all of us – governments, industry and civil society – to consider how AI will affect our future.” – United Nations Development Programme 2020, ‘Sustainable Development Goals’



Non-Communicable Diseases

8 - 10 MARCH

Non-communicable diseases, often referred to as ‘lifestyle diseases’ are those which progress slowly over a long period of time and cannot be passed from one individual to another like communicable diseases. They include cardiovascular disease, cancer, obesity, diabetes, mental health illnesses, dementia, road traffic or violent injuries and respiratory diseases.



Outbreaks and Pandemics: Addressing the Next Crisis

27 - 29 APRIL

This simulation aims to address important topics, such as:

  • National and global community responses to communicable disease outbreaks

  • Coping with the transition into a new era of high incidence of non-communicable diseases, while ensuring adequate support for infectious disease and outbreak control

  • Regulations to address outbreaks and epidemics

  • Strengthening governance and financing in the health sector to cope with outbreaks and pandemics

  • Supporting interdisciplinary approaches to address outbreaks and pandemics

  • Roles of non-state actors in addressing outbreaks and pandemics

  • Utilising technology and encouraging transparency in addressing outbreaks and pandemics

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