The SSPH+ ScienceFlashTalk promotes exciting and engaging speed-talks about public health research of SSPH+ PhD students. The aim is strengthening students’ skills to communicate their research to a broad audience. Highlight of the training is the production of a video and the public competition for a SSPH+ ScienceFlashTalk award.

ScienceFlashTalk 2022

13 PhD students were trained in speed-talking and produced a video which was studied by a jury consisting of journalists and PR people. Watch the best eight videos!

The best eight videos were selected by the ScienceFlashTalk-Jury. The top two ScienceFlashTalks will be presented online in June and in September 2022.


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SSPH+ ScienceFlashTalk Winners

  • Winner 2021

    Ogonna Nwankwo

    Ogonna Nwankwo, PhD student at the Swiss TPH and supervised by Xavier Bosch-Capblanch (Swiss TPH), is one of the winner of the 2021 SSPH+ ScienceFlashTalk with his video "Innovations in ridging the gap in quality of care in Low and Middle Income Countries using Frontline Health Workers".

    Watch his flash talk

  • Winner 2021

    Magda Gamba

    Magda Gamba, PhD student at the ISPM Bern and supervised by Oscar Franko (ISPM Bern) is one of the winner of the 2021 SSPH+ ScienceFlashTalk with her video "Role of diet and lifestyle indices/scores in cardiometabolic health and all-cause mortality: a systematic review".

    Watch her flash talk

  • Temitope convinced the audience with her 3-minute flash talk on "Air pollution as a public health problem in South Africa". In her PhD research, she aims to fill in the gap and provide scientific evidence to encourage the South African government to update and strengthen the air quality policy and make air pollution a priority research area. Temitope is also one of the GlobalP3HS students.

  • Apolline convinced the audience with her 3-minute flash talk on cardiovascular effects of aircraft noise. In her PhD she investigates the triggering effects of night-time aircraft noise exposure on cardiovascular mortality by using a case-crossover design.

  • Serra convinced the audience with her 3-minute flash talk on Fighting the 'female cancer'. In her PhD project, Serra identifies and evaluates monitoring indicators from international guidelines and those currently in use in Southern Africa for cervical screening through a systematic review and site survey.

  • Lianne convinced the audience with her 3-minute flash talk on "Pharmacies: the fast, non-judgmental and needed source of emergency contraception and condoms among young people in Kenya". In her PhD project Lianne investigates the role of pharmacies as resources to access sexual and reproductive health services for a young population in Kenya and around the world.

  • Machteld convinced the audience with her 3-minute flash talk on "Addressing human realities in large scale clinical trials". In her PhD project Machteld explores the ethical implications of malaria vaccine development in three selected African countries. She uses empirical evidence gathered from 78 semi-structured interviews in Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda with parents of children who were enrolled in a pediatric malaria vaccine clinical trial. By integrating these human realities into research design, large scale clinical trial research can be strengthened.

  • Giulia convinced the audience with her 3-minute flash talk on "What does the Swiss population eat? Characterization of food consumption and dietary patterns in the Swiss language regions". In 2014/2015, the first National Nutrition Survey (menuCH) aiming to assess the food consumption of the Swiss population was conducted allowing the analysis of dietary patters by language region as well as the finding of major determinants of a healthy diet. Giulia's study may help to further
    understand differences in the prevalence of chronic diseases morbidity and mortality in Switzerland.
    Furthermore, it will allow to identify population groups that are currently not meeting general dietary
    recommendations and to develop more targeted public health interventions.

  • Bonaventure convinced the GHF audience with his 3-minute flash talk on "Does Sickle Cell Disease Knowledge deficits influence reported painful episodes in adolescents and adults with Sickle Cell Disease?" Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is a common form of blood disorder predominantly found in Africa, India and people of African descent. People with SCD often suffer from different complications such as gall stones and painful episodes leading to frequent hospital admissions. Recent findings suggest that knowledge deficit in SCD is an important indicator of health outcomes. Bonaventure's study seeks to assess levels of knowledge deficit in parents of children, identify factors that influence knowledge and whether knowledge levels influence reported painful crises episodes.

  • Winner 2017

    Kateryna Chepynoga

    Kateryna Chepynoga, PhD student at HEC Lausanne and supervised by SSPH+ Fellow Jürgen Maurer (HEC Lausanne) and Gabriela Flores (WHO), has won the 1st SSPH+ ScienceFlashTalk Award in Lugano on 9 June 2017. The award has been sponsored by the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences.

    Watch her flash talk

  • Kateryna convinced the SSPH+ faculty with her 3-minute flash talk on "Drivers of not affordable medication for chronic diseases in low- and lower-middle-income countries". Patients of low- and lower-middle-income countries are often not financially protected from health expenditures and purchase medicines out-of-pocket. By decomposing prices of drugs into components (cost of the procurement and mark-ups) Kateryna identifies what makes medicine prices to be not affordable. In particular, she detects price components, which most frequently push patients with chronic diseases into poverty, and estimates to what extent the price regulation policy, applied to these components, may improve the affordability of medicines.