Annual Meeting 2020: Emerging diseases and outbreaks

13-14 Oct 2020
Woburn House, Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9HQ

We continue to plan for this event, whilst closely monitoring the situation with COVID-19. We are currently exploring alternatives to an in-person meeting should this become necessary and will make this decision when we know more.

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Emerging disease is one of RSTMH’s strategic priority areas

Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer for England speaking at ECTMIH 2019

As we are seeing, this is an extremely current issue. The COVID-19 outbreak has shown how managing emerging diseases and outbreaks encompasses a wide range of professions and specialisms, from policy makers to mathematical modellers and journalists. Only with a multidisciplinary approach can we manage these diseases effectively. With countries and cities going into lockdown with huge economic consequences, and worries for citizens mental health, there is no doubt that we will continue to see the ramifications from this outbreak globally for some time.

This meeting will cover specific emerging diseases such as COVID-19 as well as cross cutting themes including misinformation and infodemics, climate change, One Health, zoonoses and migration. Sessions will take the form of abstract presentations, turbo talks, keynotes and panel discussions with an emphasis on audience interaction.

There will be specific breakout sessions for students and those early in their career, including advice sessions on getting published, mentoring opportunities and speed networking.


  • Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer for England, Chief Medical Adviser to the UK Government, Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) at the Department of Health And Social Care and Head of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)
  • Professor Dan Bausch, Director, UK Public Health Rapid Support Team (UK-PHRST), Scientific chair of the RSTMH Annual Meeting
  • Professor Jimmy Whitworth, Professor of International Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, RSTMH trustee
  • Dr Matshidiso Moeti, Regional Director for Africa, World Health Organisation (WHO)
  • Professor Peter Hotez, Dean for National School of Tropical Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Professor Rosanna Peeling, Chair of Diagnostics Research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and Director of the International Diagnostics Centre (IDC).
  • Dr Santosh Vijaykumar, Senior Lecturer, health and communication risk scientist, Northumbria University.
  • Dr Sylvie Briand, Director, Infectious Hazards Managment Department at World Health Organisation
  • Professor George Gao, Director-General of the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention

Who should attend?

  • Anyone with an interest in tropical medicine and global health, particularly emerging diseases and outbreaks.
  • Students and those early in their career (special rate available).
  • RSTMH members and supporters

Why attend?

  • Learn from senior experts from across the globe on a range of subjects around the theme
  • Hear the latest research and lessons from the field
  • Have the chance to ask questions and discuss in plenary
  • Meet others working in the field and attend networking sessions
  • Feed into a panel developing ideas, views and evidence for RSTMH to take forward in the coming year.

We will also be presenting the Emerging Leaders Award as well as the Chalmers, Donald Mackay and George Macdonald medals.

During the meeting we will hold our AGM for members and host a Presidents' Reception and Presidential address from our new President. Any updates on the meeting due to COVID-19 will be added below.

Abstract call

You are invited to submit abstracts for any research or lessons from the field relating to emerging diseases and outbreaks. The deadline is 17 July. We encourage those early in their career in particular to submit an abstract.

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Lessons from the field

Travel scholarship

RSTMH members are invited to apply to receive a travel scholarship to attend the RSTMH Annual Meeting, held 13 – 14 October 2020.

Any RSTMH member who has not received a scholarship in the previous two years can apply. Priority will be given too:

  • Early career professionals and students
  • Residents of a low or middle income country (LMIC)
  • Individuals who have not attended an international conference before.

There are a limited number of travel scholarships, please apply only if you can otherwise not afford to attend.

For more information and to apply

Please note: at the moment there is a two week quarantine requirement imposed by the British government on arrival in the UK. We hope that this will be lifted by the date of the Annual Meeting. If this is not the case and the quarantine period remains, we will ask all travel scholarships not to attend the event in person and to attend virtually. Your scholarship will be carried forward to our Annual Meeting the following year.


Mwele Malecela speaking at ECTMIH 2019

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(until 31 May)


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£200 £240
Non-member £250 £330
Student / retired LMIC Member n/a £160
Student / retired LMIC Non-member n/a £200
Early Careers Member n/a £200

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Woburn House

The venue for both days is Woburn House, Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9HQ. Woburn House is in the heart of Bloomsbury, a rich cultural, intellectual and educational hub in London. It is home to British Museum and several educational institutions including the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and University College London (UCL).  It is also home to the famous Bloomsbury Publishing, publishers of the Harry Potter books, as well as in the first half of the 20th century – the Bloomsbury Set, a group of intellectuals which included writer Virginia Woolf and economist John Maynard Keynes.



The Eurostar hub is located in St Pancras station, 15 minutes walk from the venue and nearby hotels.  Rail Europe is a useful website to book pan-European trains.

King’s Cross, St Pancras and Euston are well located from trains from the north. Paddington, Victoria, Waterloo, Liverpool Street and London Bridge are all easily accessible by tube.

The closest tube stations are Russell Square, Euston and Kings Cross.


Bloomsbury is easily located with train and bus connections from all London airports – Heathrow, Stansted, Luton and Gatwick.


Details of hotels will be posted here shortly. If you have any questions please contact Adriana [dot] thursby [at] rstmh [dot] org (Adriana Thursby-Pelham).

Venue facilities

The venue is fully accessible for delegates using wheelchairs, there are also hearing loops available. Please contact Adriana [dot] thursby [at] rstmh [dot] org (Adriana Thursby-Pelham) if you have any particular questions about this.

New parents are welcome to bring their children, a breastfeeding room will be provided.

Break out space for specific meetings during lunch is available, please contact Adriana [dot] thursby [at] rstmh [dot] org (Adriana Thursby-Pelham) to enquire.

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