Plenary Programme

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Monday, March 15th, Conference Opening

14:00 Opening and Welcome 

14:10 Plenary Session 1: Setting the Scene


  • Dr Otto Cars, Professor, Uppsala University, Founder and Senior Advisor, ReAct, Former member of the UN  interagency  group on Antimicrobial resistance
  • Dr  Keith Sumption Chief Veterinary Officer, FAO
  • Dr Dame Sally Davies, Professor, UK Special Envoy on Antimicrobial Resistance, Former Chief Medical Officer, UK

15:10 Break

15:25 Plenary Session 2: 

Understanding the bounderies for individual change: Addressing AMR in a social, economic, and political context - possibilities for new approaches in research and action


  • Dr Koen Peeters, Professor, Dept. of Medical Anthropology, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp
  • Dr Franck Cesar Berthe, Senior Live Stock Specialist, World Bank: How to address the misuse and lack of access in low-income countries

16:10 - 16:20  Wrap-up of day 1

Tuesday, March 16th

14:00 Welcome back 

14:05 Plenary Session 3: Communicating the value and safety of vaccines

  • Dr Julie Leask, Professor, Sydney Nursing School, Faculty of Medicine and Health Adjunct Professor, School of Public Health "How to improve vaccination rates using behavioural science"
  • Dr Michel Dione, Scientist, Animal and Human Health Program, International Livestock Research Institute “Behavioral obstacles to vaccinations in livestock – examples from Sub-Saharan Africa”.

14:55 - 15:00 Wrap-up of day 2

15:05 - 17:30 Workshops in parallel (separate programme)

Wednesday, March 17

14:00 Welcome Back Day 3

14:05 Plenary Session 4: Communicating the complexity of AMR


  • Denesha Brar, Communications Lead, Wellcome Trust, UK 
  • Dr Thomas Abraham, Associate Professor, Director Public Health Communication Program, Hong Kong University
  • Dr Hathairat Kosiyaporn, International Health Policy Program, Ministry of Public Health, Thailand. "A national monitoring tool to measure AMR knowledge among the general public. 

14:55-15:00 Wrap-up of Day 3

15:05 - 17:30 Workshops in parallell (separate programme)

​Thursday, March 18th 

14:00 Plenary Session 5: Closing Session 

Report back from workshops and the road ahead.  

Closing Remarks by Dr Hanan Balkhy, Assistant Director-General for Antimicrobial Resistance WHO

16:00 End of event