Global Forum for Health Research and The Lancet

Young voices in Research for Health:

Climate change and health:

Research challenges for vulnerable populations

Application deadline: April 30th, 2008

The Global Forum for Health Research and The Lancet announce their third joint essay competition for under 30s on the topic Climate change and health: Research challenges for vulnerable populations.

Rules and guidelines

- Authors must have been born on or after January 1st,1978.

- Each author may submit one essay only.

- Essays may be submitted in English or French and should be 1500 words

- Essays must be based on the author's own ideas and not be derived from
any other source.

- Essays must not have been previously published.

- Entries are individual (i.e., the work of a single author).

- They should include original, even provocative ideas and not be
technical or academic texts; tables, charts and figures are probably not
necessary; references should be limited.

- Authors are free to be idealistic, passionate, to take established
practices to task, albeit in a constructive fashion.

- Within the context of research for health, the theme allows authors to
include any aspect that interests them particularly - for instance,
extreme weather, natural disasters, fuels and energy, transport, water
management, vectors, food production, demographics, urban planning and


- The deadline for reception of entries is April 30th, 2008.

- A shortlist will be announced by the end of June. Shortlisted authors
will be asked to provide a high quality photograph and to confirm
original authorship and date of birth.

- All winners will be notified by the beginning of August 2008. The
judges' decision will be final.


- A selection of shortlisted essays will be published in an anthology as
well as on the Global Forum and Lancet websites.

- Winners will be invited to take part (with all expenses paid) in the
Global Ministerial Forum on Research for Health, which will take place
in Bamako, Mali, from November 17 to 19, 2008.

Staff members of the Global Forum, the Lancet or their immediate
families are ineligible to enter the competition, as are authors of
shortlisted essays published in 2006 and 2007.

For full details and submission of entries, see