2015 SSHB Symposium | 2-5 September 2015 | Lisbon, Portugal

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Poverty has its nefarious roots embedded in social, political and economic disadvantages and inequalities. It differently affects various segments of the populations, intensifies negative outcomes for 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, women & girls, and among people with disabilities. Poverty also strikes differently between developed and developing countries.  In extreme situations, such as war and climate change 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.


  1. Human biology of poverty among minorities, migrants, and people with disabilities
  2. The biological effects of war, forced displacement and climate change
  3. Human biology of poverty among girls and women
  4. Human biology of poverty in developed and developing countries

Satellite Section: Human Biology of Poverty in Portugal and Spain – The 2007 economic crisis

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