By Prima Alam (PhD Candidate, Faculty of Public Health and Policy)
Over one hundred enthusiastic students joined MARCH Centre’s Senior Leadership Team at this year’s Annual Student Christmas Event. The occasion gave attendees an opportunity to find out more about the Centre as well as network and discuss research ideas with staff and fellow students.
Professor Joy Lawn, Director of the Centre for Maternal, Adolescent, Reproductive and Child Health (MARCH), started the Christmas event providing an overview of the Centre and introduced and congratulated the newly appointed Student Liaisons: Nisso Nurova, MSc Public Health: Environmental Health Stream (Theme A); Sonya Prasad, MSc Health Policy, Planning & Financing (Theme B); and Yasir Arafat, MSc Nutrition for Global Health (Theme C).
Professor Lawn also encouraged students to be open to thinking differently by interacting with ‘unlike-minded’ peers: “The best ideas that will really transform health are more likely to come from unlike minds.” She continued reiterating the Centre’s underlying principle of bringing people together across various disciplines such as anthropology, social sciences, epidemiology and nutrition.
Since its inception in 2010, MARCH Centre’s membership has grown to include over 200 academics across all three faculties at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Notably, its members are involved in more than 200 studies across 100 countries. The Centre works on three specific themes: Adolescents and young people (Theme A), Births (Theme B), and Children (Theme C). The audience heard from theme leaders who introduced their respective themes and invited students to get involved by attending, and helping to organise, future events at the MARCH Centre.
As we say farewell to Term 1, Marko Kerac – co-lead of Theme C – provided students with plenty of food for thought for what’s to come with an animated presentation on ‘What makes a good summer project’. The Senior Leadership Team then disseminated a much-anticipated list of 30 potential summer projects available at the MARCH Centre. The complete list of summer projects can be found here: http://bit.ly/MARCHProjects
The festive cheer and camaraderie continued as staff and students had the opportunity to network over drinks and nibbles at the South Courtyard.