ENRGHI 2010 conference: Report

This years ENRGHI conference took place in the fabulous setting of Paris at the Geography Institute of Paris on the 10th – 11th June 2010. The event was extremely well attended with over 80 delegates in attendance representing a very diverse range of countries including as far away as the US and Canada. In total the conference consisted of 10 sessions running in two streams throughout the two days with session topics ranging from health policies, healthcare and accessibility and the geographies of disability and ageing to global health issues and infectious diseases. Also in the programme were three extremely engaging and inspiring keynote speeches. The first of these was from the GHRG’s own Tim Brown from Queen Mary University of London who spoke enthusiastically about the continued health and vibrancy of ENRGHI and the unified postgraduate community in health geography that the conference brings together. Following Tim’s talk Gerard Salem of Paris 10 University provided a thought provoking historical critical account of the discipline of health geography in France and finally, on the second day, Eric Daude of the University of Rouen gave a fascinating talk on multi-agent modelling in health research.

In addition to the academic programme the organisers are to be thanked generously for the organisation of the social aspects of the programme which included a stunning evening dinner cruise along the River Seine on the Thursday and a lunchtime picnic in the Jardin Du Luxembourg on the Friday. I know that I speak for all of the delegates when I say that these two events really were a fabulous addition to the conference programme and, together with the absorbing discussions and presentations, made for a thoroughly enjoyable couple of days. On behalf of the GHRG and attending delegates I would like to thank the organising committee for their tremendous efforts over the past year and congratulate them on putting together a truly great event. We look forward to forthcoming instalments of ENRGHI!

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