The impact of climate change on disease and what can be done to tackle the challenges

Wednesday 8 November, from 09.55 to 14.00 

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This year's International Pathology Day (IPD) theme is 'The impact of climate change on disease and what can be done to tackle the challenges'.

Join us for our virtual event sponsored by, The British Society for Haematology (BSH) and The Pathologist.  on Wednesday, 8 November, from 10:00 – 14:00 GMT.

Climate change has been identified as a leading health threat, with the power to reverse decades of advances in global health, placing increased pressures on already fragile health systems. IPD will concentrate on the impact of climate change on disease, focusing on ways to tackle the challenges faced by pathologists, scientists, and the wider population. The event will also discuss extreme weather events, such as flooding, wildfires, and scorching temperatures, which contribute to the burden of disease and the evolution of existing diseases.

Keynote speaker Professor Virginia Murray, Head of Global Disaster Risk Reduction for the UK Health and Security Agency Centre for Climate and Health Security, will open the conference, sharing experiences and insights.

You will also hear from speakers discussing climate change and its impact on health care in India, the expanding range of dengue fever cases in Muscat due to climate change and applying sustainability principles in pathology practice. The contribution and achievements of pathology and laboratory medicine services that address global health challenges and improve the health outcomes of global communities have been recognised and celebrated worldwide on International Pathology Day since it launched in 2014. We hope you can join us for this year's event on 8 November.


  • Professor Virginia Murray, Head of Global Disaster Risk Reduction for the UK Health and Security Agency Centre for Climate and Health Security - UK
  • Dr Sudha Ranganathan, Consultant Transfusion Medicine, Apollo Hospitals & Health City, Hyderabad - India
  • Sheri Scott, Senior Lecturer and Clinical Lab Sustainability Consultant, Nottingham Trent University – UK
  • Dr Jorge Abarca, Consultant in Infectious Diseases, Head Of Infectious Diseases Division, Sultan Qaboos Comprehensive Cancer Centre – Oman

Dr Jorge Abarca

International Pathology Day highlights the relentless pursuit of knowledge, innovation, and collaboration that empowers us to better understand, diagnose, and combat diseases worldwide.

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Dr Jorge Abarca Infectious Diseases Consultant

The roundtable – planetary health

What can be done to encourage evidence-based environmentally sustainable policies to promote human health, well-being and prosperity? The roundtable discussion will highlight food security and nutrition risks, AMR and the challenges posed by climate change for world populations.

Roundtable chair and panellists

  • Professor Mike Osborn, President of the Royal College of Pathologists - UK
  • Dr Claire Gordon, Consultant in Infection UKHSA Rare and Imported Pathogens Laboratory - UK
  • Dr Shireen Kassam, Consultant Haematologist and Honorary Senior Lecturer at King’s College Hospital - UK
  • Professor Sergei Shubin, Professor in Human Geography Swansea University - Wales

Dr Claire Gordon

Infectious organisms are living things, and they can evolve and change much more quickly than any other organisms on the planet.  Changes in the environment may affect how infections change.  We need microbiology laboratories and scientists to monitor the effects of environmental and climate changes on infectious organisms, to see if they change their behaviour and geographic spread, and to provide data on what we need to do to make sure treatment and preventative measures remain effective.

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Dr Claire Gordon Consultant in Infection

The poster competition: Pathology in a changing climate

The poster competition is now closed to entries

Showcase your lab work either individually or in a team whether you're based in the UK or overseas. Highlight research ideas across pathology specialties; your inspiration might come from this year’s IPD theme or the pathology-related work you are particularly proud of and want to spotlight.

The first prize is £150, with the poster published in the College's Bulletin magazine. The second prize winner will receive £50, and the poster will feature in our post-event blog – celebrating International Pathology Day 2023.

Posters will be displayed digitally on the College website, and the winners will be announced at the International Pathology Day conference on Wednesday, 8 November.

You can also take a look at poster entries of years gone-by

Poster competition rules

We highly recommend taking time to read the competition's terms and conditions. To get you started we have selected a few points from the full terms and conditions which can be found below along with a guide to creating a poster and IPD branded poster templates.

  1. There can be more than one author of the poster that is submitted, but one person must be nominated as main point of contact and to take receipt of the prize.
  2. Only one submission per author/s is allowed.
  3. Resubmission of a poster that has previously been entered into an IPD poster competition is not allowed.
  4. The competition is open to UK and international entrants.
  5. The theme is open to individual interpretation, but entries must have pathology at their heart or be inspired by the overall theme of International Pathology Day. Information on the disciplines which encompass pathology can be found in the careers section of the website.
  6. Posters should be created using the branded poster templates, which can be found below.

Each entry should be accompanied by the following information:

  • The corresponding author/s name/s, and email address/es and contact phone numbers. However, if it is a submission of work created by multiple authors, one person must be nominated to be main point of contact and to take receipt of the prize should the entry win.
  • The title of the poster.
  • A 2-3-minute selfie-style video describing:
    • what work is described in the poster
    • why you undertook this work
    • how do the findings influence future practice
    • what was special about this work.