8-9 November 2002, EMBL Heidelberg, Germany

Session I



North-South: the political economy of affliction
Chair: Rainer Sauerborn, Medical Faculty, Heidelberg University, Germany


Infections and Inequalities: examples from Haiti and Peru
Paul Farmer, Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, USA


New challenges for research partnerships to alleviate disease burden and poverty
Marcel Tanner, Director, Swiss Tropical Institute, Basel, Switzerland


The embodiment of inequality: political anthropology of AIDS in southern Africa
Didier Fassin, School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences (EHESS), University of Paris North/Inserm, France


Neglected diseases, underfunded research, poor health interventions: can we change this reality?
Carlos Morel, Tropical Disease Research, WHO, Geneva, Switzerland

Session IV


Biological weapons: uses and abuses of infectious agents
Chair: Friedrich Frischknecht, Laboratoire de Biologie et Genetique du Paludisme, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France


Advances in science and technology: risks, perspectives and responsibilities
Volker Beck, Advisor to the German Foreign Office, Berlin, Germany


The role of the 'Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention' in combating infectious disease
John Walker, Arms Control and Disarmament Research Unit, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London, UK


Bioweapons and genetic engineering: the dual-use problem in the biomedical sciences
Jan van Aken, Sunshine Projekts, Hamburg, Germany