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“Snakebite - from science to society”

Thursday 21 June 2018 - Friday 22 June 2018
Breestraat 60

Naturalis and Leiden University organise a 2-day international conference ‘Venomous Snakes: from science to society’ to ask attention for a devastating, neglected tropical disease and ignite international action on snakebite prevention and treatment. By bringing together science, government, industry and societal & humanitarian aid organisations, we want to take the first steps in developing solutions for the issues concerning snakebites in the tropics.

Why you

You might be working with snakes, venom or in the field of medical care and first aid. But it could also be that you don’t have anything to do with snakes or (anti)venom, but we want you to join because of your expertise on e.g. ICT, data-mining, intercultural interaction, innovative technologies, policy making or education. We are not organizing a regular scientific conference. We want to exchange scientific innovative ideas and want to come up with instant solutions and impact for the issues concerning snakebites in the tropics. We want to bring together science, humanities, government, industry and societal & humanitarian aid organisations.

Problem setting

Every year, more than 125,000 people die as a result of a venomous snakebite, over 400.000 people survive but suffer from serious permanent injury or disability. Globally, the greatest burden is experienced in the poor African and Asian countryside. Permanent injury is not all victims have to deal with; psychological problems, inability to work, debts and social outcasting influences the individuals as well as their families and community. Remarkably, snakebite is not a disease without a treatment. But, due to the lack of data, infrastructure and an effective, affordable and safe antivenom (serum), but also because of political or social conflicts, many hundreds of thousands of victims go untreated.

More information about the conference can be found on snakebite.naturalis.nl. In order to ensure that as many professionals and students as possible can attend, we do not require registration fees, only a small contribution of € 35 per day for food and drinks.

More information and registration

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