The INAMRSS/CeBIL Copenhagen AMR Workshop: Solutions to AMR from the Social Sciences

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As recently detailed in the The Lancet, drug-resistant bacteria kill 1.27m people annually, more than HIV and malaria combined. Deaths are disproportionately concentrated in low- and middle-income countries, especially in children under 5 years old. Sustainable Development Goals are threatened by this ongoing toll. It is evident that determined and well-coordinated international actions are needed to tackle this global health threat from a One Health perspective. While antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is often seen as a technical issue of drug development, solutions to this problem will require serious engagement with those working in the social sciences. Hence, this Workshop.

Two key international developments could help to meet this grand challenge: (1) negotiations for a Pandemic Treaty that includes policies to manage AMR; and (2) establishing the Independent Panel on Evidence for Action on AMR (IPEA). Both stand to address the clear need for international and interdisciplinary collaboration on AMR policy and action. To maximise early success, we propose collective orientation of the scholarly community – in particular the social sciences – towards establishing a coherent evidence base to guide international and national efforts to stem AMR and its impact.

The Workshop will take place in the beautiful city of Copenhagen at the University of Copenhagen from October 5th - 6th 2022.


We seek presentations that offer insightful guidance into either the AMR aspects of the Pandemic Treaty or IPEA.  Key questions include:

  1. What evidence is lacking in different domains?;
  2. What would need to be done to gather the relevant data and allow for a proper analysis?; and
  3. Where do we see the main challenges and opportunities for moving forward?

The Workshop will take place in the beautiful city of Copenhagen at the University of Copenhagen from October 5th - 6th 2022.

Presenters will be selected based on submitted abstracts (limit: 500 words, deadline May 1st), which should focus on the novel contributions the author(s) will make, including sketches of the supporting arguments. The abstract should include (but not be limited to) a paragraph summarizing the issue that will be addressed and any currently contending views about its resolution. Successful abstracts will explicitly address how the presentation will advance the three key questions described above by proposing or outlining an argument/position, rather than merely stating a topic. Full papers are NOT required prior to this meeting, as we hope for fruitful interdisciplinary discussions that will 

improve our ongoing scholarly and policy work. While we may organize publication related to the conference, participants are free to publish wherever they see fit. 

We welcome submissions on both broad conceptual questions and more specific policy issues related to either IPEA or the AMR aspects of the Pandemic Treaty. Broad categories include:

  • Surveillance
  • Infection Prevention & Control
  • Innovation and R&D
  • Stewardship / Conservation
  • Access

Abstracts may be written from any relevant disciplinary perspective, including - but not limited to - politics, history, anthropology, public health, law, economics, ethics, philosophy, and public policy. In keeping with the remit of INAMRSS, we welcome any social science discipline to this Workshop.

 We welcome submissions from academia, advocacy organizations, policy institutes, and actors outside academia, but emphasize that this is a scholarly Workshop, and will be held to academic standards of argument and support. If multiple submissions are made on similar topics, we may suggest that some of the authors consider working together. We welcome submissions from around the world and will offer travel support for some authors from low- and medium-income countries.

 If you have any questions, please contact: Timo Minssen

Abstract should be submitted here



Participation in the workshop is free of charge and open for all.

Please use this registration form no later than 29 September 2022, 11:00 (CEST).

For registration queries please contact