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Stanford Global Health Research Convening

Learn about Stanford’s annual Global Health Research Convening, which draws hundreds of global health researchers to foster discussion, learning, and collaboration.

About the Stanford Global Health Research Convening

The 10th Annual Stanford Global Health Research Convening took place Wednesday, January 31, 2024 at the Arrillaga Alumni Center on Stanford University campus. The theme was Partnerships and Collaborations.

The Annual Global Health Research Convening fosters discussion among researchers across a variety of disciplines whose work impacts global health. We welcome participants to share their ideas and experiences with global health research and to explore new collaborations and opportunities for student engagement in global health. Prior convenings have attracted broad participation from physician-scientists, engineers, economists, earth scientists ecologists, and mathematical modelers.

Save the date for the 2025 Global Health Research Convening: Wednesday, January 29, 2025!

Event Resources

Access the keynote recording, oral presentation slides, and select posters at our Research Convening Resources page.

Access convening resources

Event Schedule and Program

View the day’s run-of-show and learn more about the speakers.

View the event schedule


Our Commitment to Sustainability

Human health is inextricably connected to the health of our planet. We believe doctors and others in the medical profession can play a leadership role in modeling a more sustainable way to work and live.

For these reasons, the Stanford Global Health Research Convening strives to be as sustainable as possible. This includes offering a digital version of our printed program, providing a vegetarian, plant-forward lunch, utilizing compostable utensils, and donating leftover food.

Sustainable Healthcare

The global healthcare industry creates a large environmental footprint due to the supplies, water, and energy it requires, as well as the waste it produces. Thankfully, there are many ways at both the individual and system level to reduce carbon emissions and environmental impact without sacrificing quality. An online resource guide to greening health care practice and advocating for more sustainable medicine was created in partnership between the Center for Innovation in Global Health and Dr. Barbara Erny, a Global Health Faculty Fellow and leader in healthcare sustainability.

Learn more at the Stanford Health Care Office of Sustainability.

Sustainable Research

While academic research is essential for improving our understanding of complex issues and developing solutions to global challenges, laboratories themselves are significant contributors to greenhouse gas emissions and waste generation. Globally, academic laboratories generate roughly 12 billion pounds of plastic waste each year, while also using 4x more water and 10x more electricity than office spaces of equal size. As scientists, we understand our responsibility to educate others on environmental awareness and action, but we must also strive to embody sustainability in our everyday work. Check out Stanford’s Cardinal Green Labs program to find resources on sustainability practices and to learn how your lab can cut back on its plastic, water, and energy demand. Look for more information and resources related to sustainability in labs at the Research Convening!

Transforming Global Health Partnerships: Book Preview

Research Convening attendees are invited to learn more about a forthcoming, open-access book about global health partnerships during the event.

“Transforming Global Health Partnerships: Critical Reflections and Visions of Equity at the Research-Practice Interface” was edited by keynote speaker Anna Stewart-Ibarra and Stanford Global Health Core Leader Desiree LaBeaud. It will be published by Springer Nature in April, 2024.

Those interested in learning more or gaining early online access to the book once it is published are encouraged to visit the table near the registration booth at the convening.

Learn more about the book