MSF Scientific Day will take place on 7 & 8 May 2015 and will be streamed live online.  Read the agenda for 7 May below.  Click here to view the agenda for 8 May.  All timings are in UK time. 


MSF Scientific Day - innovative approaches and technology in humanitarian action

9.20 - 9.30 Welcome and Introduction - Arjan Hehenkamp, General Director, MSF Operational Centre Amsterdam

Session 1

9.30 - 10.00 Keynote Speech

Data...big and small
Keynote: Kenneth Cukier, Data Editor at The Economist

10.00 - 11.05 Uncharted territory: mapping for humanitarian responses
Liz Hughes, Chief Executive, MapAction

11.05 - 11.30 Morning Break

Session 2

11.30 - 13.00 The long view: innovation in meeting chronic health needs
Chair: Fouad M. Fouad, Assistant Research Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Population Health, American University of Beirut, Lebanon

13.00 - 14.00  Lunch

Session 3

14.00 - 14.30 Demonstration session
 Marpe Tanaka, Innovation Lead, MSF Sweden Innovation Unit

14.30 - 15.00 Panel Discussion

You have 1 million euros: how would you use it to foster a culture of innovation in MSF?

Chair: Marpe Tanaka, Innovation Lead, MSF Sweden Innovation Unit
Speakers: Tarun Sarwal (Head of Innovation, ICRC), Xisco Villalonga (Deputy Director of Operations, MSF, Barcelona, Spain), Denis Gillet (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne [EPFL]), Josiah Kaplan (Humanitarian Innovation Project, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford), Nigel Snoad (Product Manager, Google Crisis Response)

15.00 - 15.30 Afternoon break

Session 4

15.30 - 17.00 Innovation in extreme environments
Robin Vincent-Smith, Programme, Change & Knowledge Manager, MSF, Brussels, Belgium

17.00 - 17.15 Closing remarks - Kiran Jobanputra, Deputy Head of Manson Unit, MSF UK

17.15 Drinks in the atrium


Editorial Commitee

We are very grateful to our MSF Scientific Day editorial committee drawn from across MSF and Google

Isaac Chikwanha (MSF), Steve Crossan (Google), Ivan Gayton (MSF), Jorge Mazuze (MSF), Megan McGuire (MSF),  Guillermo Martínez Pérez (MSF),  Oswaldo Saumet (MSF), Maya Shah (MSF), Ruby Siddiqui (MSF), Marpe Tanaka (MSF), Marta Vila (MSF), Robin Vincent-Smith (MSF)

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