The annual NVTG Symposium 2019 is scheduled for the 6th of November in the Rode Hoed, Amsterdam. This year’s symposium titled 'Climate Emergency: Understanding the impact of climate change on global health' is about climate change and its impact on our health and wellbeing. The program is versatile with lectures of prominent scientists and professionals in the morning. The speakers will pay attention to the impacts of climate change for health and facts will presented and discussed with us about possible solutions to counteract the negative consequences.


    Register here



    Presentation Session


    During the afternoon program parallel sessions will be reserved for oral presentations selected from submitted abstracts. Researchers of all seniority, including (PhD) students, were invited to submit abstracts in English describing original field research in any subject of global health, including but not limited to: sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), poverty- related diseases (malaria, HIV, TB, etc.), neglected tropical diseases, medical sociology / anthropology, entomology, health economics, health policy and health systems research.



    Uniting streams is proud to host two parallel sessions

    during the Climate Emergency symposium.


    Session 1

    Environmental Health, Climate Change & Health Outcomes

    Time: 13:30 - 14:45

    Location: Oostenhuiszaal (Rode Hoed)

    Chair: Dr. Maiza Campos Ponce



    Session 2

    Maternal and Child Health

    Time: 15:15 - 16:30

    Location: Oostenhuiszaal (Rode Hoed)

    Chair: Dr. Joyce Browne



    Uniting Streams is the working group for early career Global Health researchers within the Dutch Society for Tropical Medicine & International Health (NVTG).


    We aim to


    (multidisciplinary) scientific interaction in the field of Global Health, both between researchers in the Netherlands and with their colleagues abroad.



    planning, execution and output of Global Health-related field research through a peer-to-peer network aimed at exchanging mutual experience and expertise, as well as shared resources.



    a platform for the dissemination of scientific results of field research in Tropical Medicine and Global Health.


    We still have vacancies for: Amsterdam UMC, Leiden/LUMC, Maastricht University/MUMC+, VU/VuMC, Tilburg University, Wageningen University, KIT - Royal Tropical Institute





    The 2019 board consists of:


    Puck Pelzer


    Puck Pelzer is Epidemiologist at KNCV Tuberculosis foundation, a Dutch NGO for Tuberculosis control. Here she provides technical assistance on TB epidemiology and advises on implementation of TB surveillance on several international projects. At US she served as vice-chair in 2018 and became chair in 2019. She has field research experience in Cambodia, Bangladesh and Vietnam, and has done extensive qualitative field work in Kyrgyzstan.


    Suzanne Smit

    Vice Chair

    Suzanne Smit is Assistant Professor Infectious Diseases and Public Health at the Department of Health Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and serves as US vice chair since 2019. She worked at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp during which she was granted a Public Health PhD fellowship in 2014. During her PhD, she worked on several international projects (Vietnam and Zambia), conducted consultancy, and joined the scientific committee of the European Congenital Cytomegalovirus Initiative (ECCI).

    Daniel Boateng

    Daniel Boateng, PhD, is Assistant Professor Global Health at UMC Utrecht. He has been member of the US board since 2016, served as vice-chair and chair in 2017 and 2018, respectively .He is an experienced Researcher with a demonstrated history of working in the health care industry. Skilled in Epidemiology and Research .

    Strong research professional with a PhD in Epidemiology from the Utrecht University

    Kimriek de Wilde-Schutten

    Kimriek focused her studies on international public health research, part of it in Surabaya, Indonesia. Being involved in Uniting Streams inspires her to continue her interest in this dynamic work field of Global Health and stay active in connecting with others about it. "With global health there is no ‘them’ there is only ‘us’" - Nils Daulaire.


    Uniting Streams members are early career global health researchers (PhD, postdoc) in a wide variety of fields including: medicine, biomedical science, public health, sociology, medical anthropology, health systems research, health economics, and entomology. Most are based in the Netherlands, but some are (parttime) abroad. Almost all are involved with fieldwork.


    Would you like to become involved? Membership is free and non-committal. Send us an email or sign up to our newsletter.


    We're always looking for new members to support these activities.
    If you're interested, let us know!


    A network of early career researchers in global health in the Netherlands

    Uniting Steams is a network for young global health researchers to meet, exchange experiences and share ideas.


    In addition to various events throughout the year (see below), we also publish an annual overview of successfully defended PhD theses in the field of Global Health in the Netherlands.


    The most recent overviews can be found here:
    - 2014

    - 2015 

    - 2016

    - 2017



    Annual event: scientific sessions at the annual NVTG symposium

    Uniting Steams organises scientific sessions at the Netherlands Society of Tropical Medicine and International Health (NVTG)'s annual conference.


    These sessions provide an opportunity for researchers to present their global health research to an interested audience consisting of tropical doctors (in training), policy makers, NGOs and other academics.



  • 3.

    Bi-monthly newsletter on global health research in the Netherlands


    Through our newsletter, we keep global health researchers in the Netherlands up to date about our activities and opportunities.



    Sign up to our newsletter here.


    Annual event: Fieldwork in Global Health


    Annually an evening on fieldwork in Global Health for BSc, MSc and PhD students is organized by Uniting Streams.


    During this evening researchers employing various research approaches (antropological/social/medical) will shared their experiences and provided insights in the conduct of fieldwork in Global Health. They shared their experiences including the social and cultural differences, intercultural communication, pitfalls and practical aspects of research projects in the tropics.

  • 5

    Annual event: TropQuiz

    Want to get to know other researchers in the field of global health? The TropQuiz will take place every year in February or March!


    So brush up your library of facts about global health, tropical medicine and research, music, movies and geography, and join us!

    This event is organized by Uniting Streams in collaboration with TROIE.


    Global Health Research Nights

    These evenings allows global health researchers to share their research in an intimate setting followed by drinks, bites, mustic and good conversation.


    Stay tuned for an update about this year's (2019) event!


    Global Health PhD & Postdocs writing retreat

    The Global Health PhD & Postdocs writing retreat will offer participants the opportunity to work on their manuscript, join workshops to improve their academic writing and communication skills, and meet other global health PhD students and postdocs to share experience.

    The workshops will be directed by senior researchers and will be targeted to explicitly cover the major concerns of young researchers.


    More info is available here.


    Global Health Symposium

    Expert presentations on Global Health related topic.


    2019 Symposium on Novel Strategies in Healthcare:

    Technology has the potential to transform healthcare, placing the patient at the center of the healthcare system, increasing security and resolving inefficiencies. “novel strategies”, “blockchain” and “innovations” have become buzzwords in healthcare. But what do these words mean in the context of global health?


    More info: here


    Global Health Film Festival


    The Dutch Society for Tropical Medicine and International Health (NVTG), TROIE, and Uniting Streams are proud to present the Dutch Global Health Film Festival, hosted in multiple cities across The Netherlands.


    This film festival aims to bring people with either a general or professional interest in global health together to think, discuss and debate about global health related issues.

    All sessions will be held in English.


    More info is available here.



    stay updated

All Posts