Submit Abstracts and Apply for Travel Grants

This Call for Abstracts is open for the Planetary Health Conference 2020 in The Gambia. The conference will focus on the impacts of current and projected environmental change on health and human wellbeing in West Africa. The conference aims to create a platform for the exchange of ideas, identify solutions for research and evidence gaps, showcase emerging research agendas among early career researchers and promote interaction with policy makers.



Abstracts are requested on the major theme of the conference and on any of the sub-themes listed below. Research on potential “solutions” is particularly welcomed.


  • Infectious disease – for example, the impact of environmental change on the spread of vector-borne diseases

  • Sustainable cities – for example, the design of healthy and sustainable cities that are resilient to future projected climate change

  • Direct heat impacts – for example, an understanding of the impact of heat stress on health outcomes especially among vulnerable populations

  • Air pollution – for example, the impact of environmental change on air pollution especially in urban environments

  • Food security – for example, the ability of national governments to ensure food and nutrition


Abstracts should be submitted in English.


Submission of abstracts is open until 17:00 on 15th November 2019. Successful abstracts will be announced in December 2019.







We are pleased to also announce that travel grants are available to participants from low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) whose abstracts have been accepted, to facilitate their travel to The Gambia for the Conference. The grant will cover travel costs, lodging, and subsistence only (per diems will not be paid). Applications (brief explanation of why you want to be considered) should be 150 words maximum. Participants are encouraged to fill out the travel grant section of the form when submitting abstracts. 


Important Dates: 

Last Day to submit Abstract / Paper / Presentation – 8th November, 2019 
Last date to Issue Notification of acceptance – Early December 2019 


MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM

Atlantic Boulevard, Fajara

P. O. Box 273 Banjul, The Gambia 


Tel: +220 773 6076

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