Contagion. It’s more than the spread of infectious disease.

On Saturday 30th September 2017, TEDxLSHTM will investigate the transmission of contagious ideas. The diffusion of solutions from the local to the global. The repurposing of knowledge from distinct fields and sectors. The transferal of information, inspiration and hope from one human being to the next.

Through casting its gaze from the minutia to the gargantuan, TEDxLSHTM speaks to the idea that whilst ‘one size fits all’ is definitely not a universal truth when combating complex issues, much can be gained from repurposing, reconfiguring and remodelling solutions from other settings, sectors and situations. Problems, solutions and indeed ideas, do not exist in isolation. They are connected. They are contagious. It is through adjusting our approach in recognition of this, that we may make real progress in the pursuit of a more just, equitable and healthy society.

TEDxLSHTM is rooted in the notion that individuals, their health and their wellbeing, are connected and co-dependent. The 2017 event will celebrate those who, through embracing these connections, have taken a share of the responsibility for the wellbeing of others, be that at local, national or international level. Through harnessing and catalysing this vibrantly diverse community of change-makers, TEDxLSHTM hopes to inspire and empower those tackling some of the biggest environmental, economic and societal challenges of our time.




This year, in the newly refurbished library, TEDxLSHTM will hear from a diverse mix of speakers. The first four speakers to be released are as follows: Tammam Aloudat, Syrian medical doctor and deputy medical director of Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) Switzerland; Sophie Bostock sleep expert at pioneering digital medicine company Big Health; Bisi Alimi, sexual health and LGBT rights activist who has been involved in HIV/AIDS advocacy since the 1990’s, and Ivana Schnur, co-founder and chief medical officer at Sense.ly, San Francisco-based ‘virtual nurse’ company. More speakers will be announced in the coming weeks. 

The event will be held at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, an innovative and pioneering school in the field of global and public health. Situated at a nexus of disciplines, the school brings together a diverse range of specialists and students with the intention of improving health worldwide.

This is the second TEDx event to be held at the school. TEDxLSHTM: Emerging… was held at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine on the 15th September 2015. The event brought together emerging ideas from fifteen speakers at the forefront of their respective disciplines, including Vikram Patel, Karl Blanchet, Will Nutland, Jean Smith and Sophia Walker. Find out more via the speakers tabs!