Friends of MSF: Sustainability and Climate Change Conference

25th January 2020 (Saturday)
Harris Lecture Theatre, Guy’s Campus, King's College London, Great Maze Pond, London, SE1 1UL


Climate change is one of the biggest threats to humanity; a four-degree increase in temperature will result in the displacement of 760 million people due to the rising of sea levels. Other catastrophic effects, if not addressed in time, could include water shortage, crop failure, extreme weather, biodiversity loss, and desertification.

“Given the enormity of human impacts and political obstacles, adaptation and enhancement of resilience are essential but fundamentally insufficient, as anticipated needs will far exceed the response capabilities of relief actors.” - The Lancet Countdown with MSF.

From a field worker’s experience to policymakers’ standpoint, Friends of MSF’s Sustainability and Climate Change Conference aims to address how climate change will affect humanitarian aid. With a focus on advocacy and climate migration, this conference aims to discuss how students can become more involved.

Aims and Objectives

To bring together humanitarians, policymakers, scientists, and researchers to exchange and share knowledge concerning sustainability in the humanitarian aid field.

To place an emphasis on research, climate migration and advocacy.

Fee, Date and Venue

  • Date : 25th January 2020 (Saturday)
  • Time : 0930 – 1715 hours
  • Venue : Harris Lecture Theatre, Guy’s Campus, King's College London, Great Maze Pond, London, SE1 1UL
  • Event Fee : £12.00 (Friends of MSF Members); £15.00 (Non-Members)
  • No. of Places Available : 200
  • Suitable for : University Students with an interest in Sustainability in the Humanitarian Aid Field
  • Closing Date : Friday 24th January 2020 at 1200 hours


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Dr Amiera Sawas, BSc, MSc, PhD
Senior Research and Policy Specialist
ActionAid, London, United Kingdom

Dr Emmanouil Athanasiou, MSc, PhD
Advocacy Manager and Humanitarian Affairs Officer
Medecins Sans Frontieres, France

Professor Ilan Kellman, BSc, MSc, PhD
Professor of Disasters and Health
University College London, London, United Kingdom

Dr Lynne Jones, OBE, FRCPsych, PhD
Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
Harvard University, USA

Dr Marie Monaghan, MBBS, BSc (Hons), MRCPCH
Paediatric Registrar
London Deanery, United Kingdom

Dr Robert Verrecchia, MBChB, BSc, MSc
Board of Directors, Medecins Sans Frontieres
Public Health Registrar at University College London, London, United Kingdom

Dr Sarah Walpole, MBChB
Infectious Diseases Registrar and MSF Medical Activities Manager
Medecins Sans Frontieres, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Small - Group Sessions

  • “Climate Change and Health: An Urgent New Frontier for Humanitarianism” A Publication by Lancet and MSF – Dr Robert Verrecchia
  • How to Be an MSF Worker – Dr Marie Monaghan
  • Training to Advocate – Dr Emmanouil Athanasiou
  • What Do Tomorrow’s Health Care Workers Need to Learn About Ecosystems? – Dr Sarah Walpole
  • Can You Diagnose Patients in French? – University College London Friends of MSF
  • Frugal Innovation Hackathon – Imperial College London Friends of MSF