Join us on November 17th in celebrating the book launch of Biological Threats in the 21st Century!

When: Thursday 17 November 2016 6pm

Where: Small Committee Room K0.31, Strand Campus, King’s College London

Biological Threats in the 21st Century introduces readers to the politics, people, science and historical roots of contemporary biological threats through rigorous and accessible chapters written by leading scholars and supplemented by expert point-of-view contributions and interviews. The book launch will feature a panel discussion on the threat of biological weapons and the role of scientists in bioweapons non-proliferation and disarmament.

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Welcome by Dr Susan Martin, Centre for Science & Security Studies and the Department of War Studies, King’s College London

Introduction by Book Editor Dr Filippa Lentzos , Department of Global Health & Social Medicine, King’s College London.

Panel discussion on the role of scientists in bioweapons non-proliferation and disarmament, featuring:

  • Brian Balmer Department of Science & Technology Studies, University College London
  • Steven Rose Department of Life Health & Chemical Sciences, The Open University
  • Nicholas Sims Department of International Relations, London School of Economics
  • Caitriona McLeish Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex

The book launch will be followed by a reception.

This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to

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Wellcome Trust Collaborative Award for innovative partnership ‘Mental Health and Justice’ awarded to Dr hanna Kienzler and colleagues

Hanna Kienzler and colleagues have won a £2.5M Wellcome Trust Collaborative Award in Humanities and Social Science entitled “Mental Health and Justice”.

To promote the collaboration and give a voice to those who were unable to be at the Wellcome Trust interview the team created this video to highlight the key elements of the research.


Dr Hanna Kienzler

Mental Health and Justice is a unique collaboration between the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), The Dickson Poon School of Law, Global Health and Social Medicine, The Essex Autonomy Project, King’s Policy Institute, and public engagement partner Bethlem Gallery and Museum. The PI on the project is Dr. Gareth Owen (IoPPN) and co-applicants include Dr Hanna Kienzler (Department of Global Health & Social medicine), Professor Tony David (IoPPN), Dr Jill Craigie (Dickson Poon School of Law), and Professor Wayne Martin (School of Philosophy, University of Essex).

Dr. Gareth Owen says: ‘This award from the Wellcome Trust opens up hugely exciting possibilities in interdisciplinary research. We have been building research collaborations with the Law School over some years and they have come to wonderful fruition with this award which also adds new collaborators in experimental psychology, anthropology and philosophy. I’m delighted and looking forward enormously to leading on this project.

The research will address the central dilemma in mental health, ethics and law: the tension between protecting and respecting a person’s decision making. As law in this area commits to human rights and as the international dimension presses, sharp new challenges are arising. The project focuses on two fundamental concepts – support in decision-making and decision-making ability. Within this framework, Hanna Kienzler’s work stream will investigate what it means for persons with mental health problems to live independently and being included in the community in Ghana, the occupied Palestinian territories and the UK. This will involve the application of ethnographic, philosophical and legal approaches to examine concepts such as “independence”, “community” and “support” across socio-cultural contexts and examine how barriers and resources impact on the ability of individuals to access adequate support and to live in their communities. The emerging data will form the basis for innovative outcomes including the development of research methods and actions to advance inclusion of persons with mental disorders in the community and sophisticated application of ethnographic research methods to a significant question in public health and policy, creating a precedent for future research directions.

Overall, the collaboration involves leading clinical experts, lawyers, philosophers, neuroscientists and social scientists in a research network that will be delivering practical guidelines, enhancing policy engagement, advancing interdisciplinary working and developing innovation in service-user involvement in research and public engagement.

Mental Health and Justice will build an outstanding network in the field of mental health, ethics and law for the next decade, and will provide new solutions to a vexed dilemma facing society, healthcare and law.


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GHSM Career Event: Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) Wednesday 26th October 2-3 pm S-2.08

On Weds 26th October Caroline Middlecote, the Associate Director, Country Support, HIV Programs and two of Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI)’s Talent Acquisition Managers, Sydney Leroy and Ndunge Mwangi, will be on campus at King’s College to speak about the organization, spotlight the HIV program and address the recruitment process. This will be a short presentation followed by Q&A.

Wednesday 26th October 2-3pm S-2.08  Strand Campus

The event is open to all GHSM UG and PG students. That’s a great opportunity for you so do go if you can!

You can  sign-up here

If you have any problems signing up write to our GHSM Career Consultant.

The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) was founded in 2002 with a transformational goal: help save the lives of millions of people living with HIV/AIDS in the developing world by dramatically scaling up antiretroviral treatment. Since our foundation, CHAI has pursued several similarly ambitious goals, from scaling up pediatric AIDS treatment in order to achieve equity with adults in a time frame few thought possible, to rapidly accelerating the rollout of new vaccines. CHAI has achieved many of its most important successes when seeking to fundamentally change the way the world approaches an issue and pushing the boundaries of what is considered feasible in global health. CHAI’s focus is transformational work that creates a change in the way actors approach and realize goals. Today, CHAI operates in 33 countries across the developing world and more than 70 countries are able to access CHAI-negotiated price reductions, vaccines, medical devices, and diagnostics.


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Sci-fi and robotics event Bristol Festival of Literature, 29 October 2016

Researchers Michael Reinsborough and Christine Aicardi from the Foresight laboratory of the Human Brain Project and SciFi authors Sarah LeFanu, Stephen Oram, Allen Ashley and Jule Owen have worked with Professor Alan Winfield and the Bristol Robotics Laboratory to bring you three fictional versions of the future. Come along to hear their short stories and then use them as a springboard for what is bound to be a lively discussion between the authors, the scientists – and you.

Please register at:

Sarah LeFanu is the author of two books on science fiction and fantasy, one of which, ‘In the Chinks of the World Machine: Feminism and Science Fiction’, won the prestigious MLA award. She was Senior Editor at The Women’s Press, responsible for their innovative and highly-regarded science fiction list.

Stephen Oram writes near-future fiction intended to provoke debate. As a teenager he was heavily influenced by the ethos of punk. He is the Author in Residence at Virtual Futures and has published two novels and several shorter pieces of work.

Allen Ashley is a British Fantasy Award winning editor, writer, poet, creative writing tutor and critical reader. He is sole judge for the British Fantasy Society Short Story Competition. As a tutor, he currently has five groups running across north London , including the advanced science fiction and fantasy group Clockhouse London Writers.

Jule Owen is the author of three published science fiction novels for young adults, ‘The Boy Who Fell from the Sky’, ‘Silverwood’ and ‘The Moon at Noon’. Jule is a member of SCBWI and the British Science Fiction and Fantasy Association. Her illustrations have appeared in popular children’s books, and her art has been exhibited at the Village West Gallery in New York. Jule is currently working on a new science fiction series, which will be published in the new year.


Alan Winfield is Professor of Robot Ethics at the University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol, UK. He is also visiting Professor at the University of York. Alan co-founded the Bristol Robotics Laboratory in 1993, where he conducts research on cognitive robotics and robot ethics. Alan is a vocal advocate for responsible research and innovation, and is involved in several national and international initiatives developing ethical standards for robotics and AI. Alan blogs on robotics and related subjects at

Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL) is the most comprehensive academic centre for multi-disciplinary robotics research in the UK. It is a collaborative partnership between the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) and the University of Bristol, and home to a vibrant community of over 150 academics, researchers and industry practitioners. Together, they are world leaders in current thinking on service robotics, intelligent autonomous systems and bio-engineering. An internationally recognised Centre of Excellence in Robotics, BRL’s state-of-the-art facilities cover an area of over 4,600 sq. metres (50,000 sq. feet).

The Human Brain Project (HBP) is one of the Future and Emerging Technology Flagship initiatives funded by the European Commission. It is a ten-year project which aims to build a cutting-edge research infrastructure allowing scientific and industrial researchers to advance our knowledge in the fields of neuroscience, computing, and brain-related medicine. It brings together scientists and institutions from 20 nations across Europe. The Foresight Lab at King’s College London is part of the integrated Ethics and Society programme of the HBP. Its mission is to conduct systematic foresight exercises to identify and evaluate the potential social and ethical impacts of the knowledge and technology produced by the HBP.


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Health & Society’ podcast series – launch is November 8th with Nigel Warburton

When: 6pm Tuesday November 8th

Where: Pyramid Room (K4U.04, King’s Building, Strand Campus)


podcast-header1You are invited to the launch of “Health & Society”, a new podcast series featuring early career researchers in the Department of Global Health & Social Medicine at King’s College London. Each podcast features one researcher discussing their work with Philosophy Bites well known interviewer and author Nigel Warburton.

This podcast series is produced thanks to the support of the King’s College London School of Social Science and Public Policy Education Fund (2015/2016).

Our researchers cover subjects across a broad range of the most important health-related issues facing the world today, ranging from reproductive technologies through to population ageing, psychiatric care, epigenetics and many areas in between. The podcasts are informative and accessible, aiming to support improved understanding of pertinent issues while remaining entertaining.

nigelwarburtonJoin us in the Pyramid Room (King’s College London, Strand Campus, Department of Geography) to celebrate the series release, where we’ll be hearing from KCL Radio producers Aidan Judd and Ellie Clifford, as well as interviewer Nigel Warburton, British philosopher, author and interviewer for Philosophy Bites.

The launch will be followed by a drinks reception.

Please be aware that the event will be videoed and live streamed via Facebook Live Stream.

Please direct any queries to and


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