Lisbon, Portugal

Date of the event: 2-5 September 2015

Poverty has its nefarious roots embedded in social, political and economic disadvantages and inequalities. It differentially affects various segments of populations, intensifies negative outcomes of growth and development, creates ill-health in terms of infectious and  non-communicable diseases, and furthers discrimination in all spheres of life.  The complex effects of poverty on individuals and societies vary throughout the lifespan. These outcomes are more often seen among ethnic minorities, migrants, and women and girls. Poverty also strikes differently between developed and developing countries. In extreme situations, such as war and other catastrophes, people are forcefully displaced. These refugees are disproportionately affected if they already live in poverty.

The aim of this international symposium is to bring together an interdisciplinary team of researchers, academics, practitioners, and community leaders to discuss the effects of poverty on human biological outcomes.


Main Sessions

– Human biology of poverty among minorities and migrants
– The biological effects of war and forced displacement
– Human biology of poverty among girls and women
– Human biology of poverty in developed and developing countries

Plenary poster session

– Human biology of poverty in past populations: Current views and limitations

Satellite Session

– Human biology of poverty in Portugal and Spain – The 2007 economic crisis


We are proud to endorse and put into practice the principles defended by the Athena Swan Equality Challenge Unit , the Not There Yet Initiative and the #HeForShe Movement.
The list of our plenary speakers is gender balanced.

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