Coronavirus (1292) WHO global conference on communicating science during health emergencies, 7 June (2)

5 June, 2021

Dear HIFA colleagues,

On 2 June Richard Fitton informed us about this very relevant webinar. Would anyone on HIFA be willing to represent HIFA at the event and share your learning with us afterwards? (The event is 3 hours long, so it would be great to have two or three HIFA members present.) If appropriate, please feel free to extend an invitation to all to join: "I would like to invite all participants to join - we are a global social movement working to improve the communication of reliable healthcare information worldwide: "

If you can help, please contact me:

Monday 7 June 2021

1300-1600 Geneva; 0700-1000 New York; 1630-1930 Delhi, India

Join the public opening plenary on 7 June 2021 and engage with experts who will give 5 inspiring talks illustrating the challenges of communicating science during the pandemic and how to make science accessible to all. Let's trust science, not rumors!


Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization

Sylvie Briand, Director, Global Infectious Hazard Preparedness Department, World Health Organization

Shamila Nair-Bedouelle, Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences, UNESCO

Kasisomayajula Viswanath, Lee Kum Kee Professor of Health Communication, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, USA

Siouxsie Wiles, Associate Professor, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, The University of Auckland - Te Whare Wānanga o Tāmaki Makaurau, New Zealand

Alexandra Freeman, Executive Director, Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Atila Lamarino, Social Media Science Communicator and Biologist, Brazil

Moderated by:

Melinda Frost, Technical Officer, World Health Organization


Participants will be able to submit questions during the webinar by using Zoom's "Q&A" feature. You may also submit them in advance by sending them to:

Register for the webinar

Our mailing address is:

Neil Pakenham-Walsh, HIFA Coordinator,