Swiss TPH Symposia

Each year the Institute organises both, a Spring and an Autumn Symposium. To bring a variety of current issues and topics to the forefront, and tap the magnitude of knowledge at the Swiss TPH, the theme of each Symposium, as well as the hosting department or unit, always differs.

Drug Resistance: From Mechanism to Management

Swiss TPH Winter Symposium 2015

December 10-11

Basel, Switzerland


Drug resistance is emerging globally as a major public health and economic problem. It is both urgent and highly complex, affecting key aspects of human and animal health as well as agriculture and the environment in many interconnected ways. Whether they target pathogens such as viruses, bacteria, parasites or their vectors, few drugs exist today, for which resistance has not already been documented. Join health professionals, researchers and students in a two-day multidisciplinary symposium bringing together national and international experts from a variety of fields to examine and discuss the central aspects of drug resistance, ranging from the molecular and evolutionary mechanisms of resistance to the clinical, epidemiological and economic implications.

Medical Anthropology Switzerland Symposium 2015

June 4-5, 2015, University of Basel, Switzerland


The scope of social anthropology has expanded dramatically in the last 100 years, stretching out beyond the traditional areas of museums, ethnographic exploration or descriptive studies. Social anthropology does not occupy a distinctly defined space of work in today’s working world. Social anthropology – medical anthropology included – claims to prepare its students for a broad and diverse scope of work including, for instance, marketing, social work, development cooperation, journalism or work in the biomedical or public health field. Hence, this conference focuses in particular on the juxtaposition of medical anthropology and of both, biomedicine and public health. Thereby, we examine medical anthropologists’ work within biomedical or public health institutions. More...