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


    Our goals are:

    • To promote (multidisciplinary) scientific interaction in the field of Global Health, both between researchers in the Netherlands and with their colleagues abroad.
    • To facilitate the 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.
    • To create a platform for the dissemination of scientific results of field research in Tropical Medicine and Global Health.


    The 2017 board consists of:
    Groningen UMC:
    - Janine de Zeeuw (department of Medical Sciences), chair

    Amsterdam Institute of Global Health and Development (AIGHD)/AMC:
    - Ragna Boerma (AMC)

    Radboudumc Nijmegen:
    - Annelies Post (Department of Internal Medicine)

    - Saskia van der Boor (From sept 2017: Department of Medical Microbiology)

    Utrecht UMC:
    - Joyce Browne (Julius Center/Maternal health)
    - Alinda Vos (Julius Center/HIV and chronic disease)

    - Daniel Boateng (Julius Center/Migration and chronic disease)

    - Natalie Mazur (Wilhelmina Kinderziekenhuis/RSV group)


    Vrije Universiteit

    - Puck Pelzer (Department of Health Sciences/Infectious disease)


    Erasmus Universiteit:

    - Robert Borst (Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management/Health Care Governance)


    Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
    - Menno Smit (KEMRI/CDC)


    Vacancy: Leiden/LUMC, Maastricht University/MUMC+, Tilburg University, Wageningen University, KIT


    Our members are young global health researchers (PhD, postdoc) in a wide variety of fields including: medicine, biomedical science, public health, sociology, medical anthropology, health systems, health economics, entomology, etc. 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 e-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!

    1. 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

    2. 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.


    We expect to announce a next call for abstracts for the 2017 symposium Spring 2017.

  • 3. 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. 



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    4. Annual event: Fieldwork in Global Health for master students and starting PhD students


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


    Next Global Health Fieldwork Evening: October 11th. Click here for more information and here for the Facebook page of the event.


    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 (young) 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.

    6. 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 next year's (2018) event!







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