ISNTD Festival brings together the creative arts and global health communities to explore the issues, challenges, opportunities and solutions that are needed to transform research into actual change.


ISNTD Festival will aim to open the black box between informative research and policy and use science communication to oxygenate the issues around community cohesion, disease awareness, behavioural insight, behavioural intervention, stigma allievation, programme development, mental health, education, advocacy, fundraising and many, many more.


ISNTD Festival will have....


• plenary SPEAKERS to guide thought leadership

• PANEL DEBATES to stimulate cross talk and cross pollination of ideas between the panels and the audience

informative and practical interactive WORKSHOPS to educate and develop solutions

• WORKSHOPS for detailed and hands on engagement with a variety of communication modalities


to shape discourse acoss the following themes....

Please get in touch to discuss speaking slots, panel and workshops aswell as any submissions  for the showcase - please contact Kaman Rafiq [email protected] or Marianne Comparet [email protected]

• Creative strategies for patient engagement and patient centricity


• Communication challenges & global health


• From Science to People: Projects, Tools & Production Strategies


• Creativity, science & public health messaging


• Workshops (gaming, theatre, virtual reality, animation... )


• Lessons Learned and the Road Ahead




DAY 1: March 11th 2019 


8.30 // Welcome coffee


9.00 // Introduction by the ISNTD


9.15 // Session 1 - Highlights of communication challenges for tropical and global health & panel discussion



11.15 // Coffee break



11.45 // Session 2 - Creative examples to tackle health challenges in tropical diseases



13.00 // Lunch



14.00 // Breakout Sessions & Public Engagement Session



• Henry Wellcome Theatre & Williams Lounge - Session for the public & schools: Screening, panel discussion & exhibition


• Breakout A - Shaping the global health agenda: creativity in advocacy for diseases of poverty


• Breakout B - Harnessing technology and creative tools in research and tropical disease control programmes: from science to people




16.00 // Coffee break



16.30 // Panel discussion

DAY 2: March 12th 2019 


8.30 // Welcome coffee


9.00 // Introduction - Media and communication tools and strategies in global health research



9.15 // From pipeline to patients: engagement and access




11.15 // Coffee break



11.45 // Session 2 - Disease focus: creative strategies and disease-specific challenges  




13.00 // Lunch




14.00 // Workshops



Workshop A: Social media


Workshop B: Storytelling in global health


Workshop C: Theatre and tropical diseases: reaching communities worldwide


Workshop D: Vaccine hesitancy



16.00 // Coffee break



16.30 // Panel discussion - Arts, science and partnerships: the road ahead