Coronavirus (1306) WHO global conference on communicating science during health emergencies (3)

21 June, 2021

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WHO global conference on communicating science during health emergencies

Closing Plenary

Friday 25 June 2021

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

Join us for the public closing plenary on 25 June and engage with our speakers sharing innovative science communication concepts. The session will feature 5 keynote presentations illustrating how the science behind the COVID-19 pandemic can be made relevant and accessible to all. A panel discussion will report back on the insights of the thematic discussions held over the past three weeks.

Keynote speakers:

Elizabeth (Lizz) Ntonjira, Global Communication Director, Amref Health Africa, Kenya

Mikhail (Doctor Mike) Varshavski, Board Certified Family Medicine Physician and Content Creator, USA

Radhika Patnala, Founder and Director, Sci-Illustrate, Germany

Malia Jones, Researcher, University of Wisconsin-Madison's Applied Population Laboratory and Founding Member, Dear Pandemic, USA / Lindsey Leininger, Public Health Scientist, Dartmouth College Tuck School of Business and Founding Member, Dear Pandemic, USA

Fahmy Hanna, Technical Officer, Department of Mental Health and Substance Use, World Health Organization / Zeinab Hijazi, Senior Mental Health Technical Advisor, Programme Division Director's Office, UNICEF

Panel discussion by:

Charles Ebikeme, London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom

Mohamed Elsonbaty, Freelance Science Journalist and Science Communication Consultant, Egypt

Francesca Hartley, Intensive Care Nurse, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, United Kingdom

Mirjam Jenny, Head of Science Communication Unit, Robert Koch Institute, Germany

Moderated by:

Melinda Frost, Technical Officer, World Health Organization


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Neil Pakenham-Walsh, HIFA Coordinator,