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Seminar Series (Part II): Public Health in Times of War
When: 19 Oct 2022 - 30 Nov 2022
Organiser: Organisers: Prof Dr Oliver Razum, Lisa Wandschneider, Dr Yudit Namer

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War in Europe was widely perceived as a problem of the past. Consequently, European Schools Public Health have taught little about war and its consequences for population health. This has changed with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the accompanying war crimes against civilians. 

In this second edition of the seminar series, we invite you to learn from and continue the exchange with international lecturers to resume filling gaps in public health curricula which have become obvious since the start of Russia’s war. When relating to the situation in Ukraine and its neighbours, and when assessing health risks, lecturers will draw explicit parallels to relevant public health challenges in other world regions, but also to relevant non-war settings.

The seminar series is organised by Bielefeld School of Public Health and the PH-LENS research group, in association with the Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER). The lectures will take place on Wednesdays 18:00-19:00 hrs CEST by Zoom. Students of all ASPHER member schools are invited to participate.


  • Oct 19: Attacks on Hospitals in the Russia-Ukraine War during the First Phase of the Invasion (February 24-April 7, 2022)

  Volodymyr Lotushko, Ukrainian Healthcare Center, Ukraine

  • Oct 26: Conceptualising public health as a moral third

  Dr Yudit Namer, School of Public Health, Bielefeld University, Germany

  • Nov 2: An international law perspective on war with special focus on the war of aggression against Ukraine and attacks on public health infrastructur

  Prof Dr Angelika Siehr, Faculty of Law, Bielefeld University, Germany


  • Nov 16: Resilience and hope to overcome war experiences

Prof Dr Izzeldin Abuelaish, Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, Canada


  • Nov 30: Public Health and Militarism

  Prof Dr John Middleton, Association of Schools of Public Health, Belgium


The seminars are held on Wednesdays from 18:00 to 19:00 (CEST) via Zoom. 

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