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Seminar Series 20: Seminar 1

12 Oct 2023

University of Strathclyde, Technology & Innovation Centre, 99 George Street, Glasgow, G1 1RD, United Kingdom


Glasgow 2003 to Glasgow 2023: What's changed and what now?

Since 2003, our annual Seminar Series has been curated to share perspectives from internationally renowned speakers on issues pertinent to contemporary population health. Our hope being, to bring fresh perspectives unlikely otherwise to be heard in Glasgow, and in Scotland, but which we considered important as we sought to understand and respond to population health challenges.

Twenty-years on, attendees have heard from over 100 speakers on topics as diverse as neuroscience, the economy, epidemiology, and psychology, and from leading thinkers in what have at times been new and emerging areas, seeking innovative responses to health inequalities (including early years, resilience, racism, complexity and systems thinking). Subsequently, many of these have become mainstays of our approaches.

We are using our 20th series as an opportunity to take collective stock of how the world, the city, economy and society have changed over the years. What are the new sources of challenge, hope and response and where to next for improving health and tackling inequality?

This opening seminar in series 20, Glasgow 2003 to Glasgow 2023, heard perspectives from across key city sectors. Professor Chik Collins asked the following contributors, ‘what’s changed and what now?’

Speakers included:

Colin Edgar, Director of Communication and Corporate Governance, Glasgow City Council

Anna Fowlie, Chief Executive, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

Stuart Patrick, Chief Executive, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce

Manira Ahmad, Chief Officer, Public Health Scotland

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