Stefi Barna

Education director, The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare

Stefi designs curricula for workforce training and CPD in sustainable healthcare. Before joining CSH she was a lecturer in global public health at Queen Mary University of London and Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia. She also taught sustainability and development at Azim Premji University in Bangalore, India; and the Medical Peace Work Partnership, University of Bergen, Norway. She co-founded the Sustainable Healthcare Education network with Frances Mortimer to integrate sustainability and health into medical, nursing and allied health professional education. She has degrees in medical history (UC Berkeley, Universite de Montpelier, Universite de Lome) and international public health (UCLA) and has worked on public health projects in India, Bangladesh, The Netherlands and the United States.

Her talk during EADPH 2023: 

"Sustainable Healthcare and Quality Improvement: The Role of Education"

Sustainable dentistry delivers high quality care while minimising damage to the environment. How can we prepare dental care professionals in primary and secondary care to implement changes that reduce cost and pollution while improving dental health? This presentation will discuss core learning outcomes, teaching methods and how to assess learning.  Teaching resources and frameworks such as the principles of sustainable healthcare and sustainability in quality improvement will be reviewed.

David Conway

David Conway is Professor of Dental Public Health - School of Medicine, Dentistry, and Nursing, University of Glasgow and Honorary Consultant in Dental Public Health - Public Health Scotland. He is the current Director of Research University of Glasgow Dental School and Oral and Dental Specialty Group Co-Lead for NHS Research Scotland.  David's research interests focus on health inequalities, cancer epidemiology, child oral health, and global health; involving multiple methods including: cohort studies, big data / data-linkage, community trials, and systematic reviews / meta-analyses. Major ongoing studies include: head and neck cancer in South America and Europe (HEADSpAcE) with the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC); and leading the evaluation of the national child oral health improvement programme for Scotland (Childsmile).  

Prof. Conway's talk during EADPH2023:

"Sustainability in Childsmile - the national child oral health improvement programme for Scotland"

Svante Twetman

Svante Twetman is a specialized pediatric dentist and professor emeritus in Cariology at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. The research focus is oral microbial ecology and caries prevention in childhood. In recent years, he has conducted several laboratory studies and clinical trials on the effect of preventive measures in children. He has authored over 300 peer-reviewed papers and numerous book-chapters, and received several prestigious international research awards over the years. He currently serves as chair of the scientific board of the Swedish Agency for Health Technology Assessment and Assessment of Social Services and is co-chairing the Pan-European chapter of Alliance for a Cavity-free Future. 

Prof. Twetman's talk during EADPH2023:  

"Sustainability through Corporate Social Responsibility: Experience from the Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future (ACFF)"

Tit Albreht

Prof. Tit Albreht, M.D., Ph.D. in Health Services Research at the University of Amsterdam, Head of the Centre for Health Care at the National Institute of Public Health of Slovenia, Senior Researcher in the field of health services research, health policy and health systems research, member of the Scientific Committee of EUPHA. He served as President of the Slovenian Preventive Medicine Society between 2016 and 2022 and was elected President-elect of the European Public Health Association for the term 2024-2026. His research and policy work has predominantly been on national and EU policies in health workforce, patient mobility, cancer control and cancer care (the latter two since 2006). He was the scientific coordinator of three EU cancer policy projects, Joint Actions. He is assistant professor of public health at both Slovenian medical faculties as well as at the Faculties of Nursing in Maribor and Jesenice.

Prof. Albreht's talk during EADPH2023:  

"Challenges for health systems in the post-Covid and sustainable development era"

Brett Duane

Brett Duane graduated from the University of Otago, New Zealand with a degree in dentistry. He has a Masters in Management in health management, a Masters in Public Health and a PHD in Dentistry From 2001-2005 he worked as Senior Dental Officer in an Aboriginal health service. In  2006-2010 he was Assistant Clinical Director (Oral Health Improvement), Scotland. After training as a Specialist in Dental Public Health he worked briefly for Public Health England and since 2015 has been Associate Professor in Dental Public Health, at Trinity College, Dublin. His main interests and research are the delivery of cost-effective high quality oral health services,  inequities in oral health, and ensuring that the delivery of oral health services are environmentally sustainable.  He collaborates with the Centre for Sustainable Health Care, has published 38 papers on sustainable healthcare, and 8 book chapters. He has presented at around 12 international/UK conferences and collaborates/works with researchers across Ireland, Bogota, the UK, Denmark, Sweden, Canada, Australia, Spain and Turkey. He is joint lead for the Sustainability Special interest group at ADEE.

Prof. Duane's talk during EADPH2023:

"Sustainable Dentistry in the clinic: A Ranking of Sustainable Practices"

Ilze Aizsilniece

Ilze Aizsilniece is a general practitioner with international experience and expertise. She is currently the President of the Latvian Medical Association. She is actively involved in World Health Organisation projects and has gained international medical knowledge and experience. Ilze Aizsilniece has studied public health in Sweden, Switzerland and the USA and has a Master's degree in Health Sciences from the University of London.

Dr. Ilze Aizsilniece will participate in the panel discussion on 16 September during EADPH2023

Sandijs Semjonovs

Since 1997 Sandijs has worked as a journalist, scriptwriter and director for films and television programmes on important social and environmental issues. He produces programmes on environmental issues for VFS Films, a production company based in Riga, based on the programme "Environmental Facts", a weekly 28-minute television programme on nature and the environment. In parallel, as a journalist for Latvian Television, he travels to various "hot spots" around the world - Georgia, Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan - reporting on events and developments in these countries. Sandijs is a film director and producer of "SKUBA Films".

Sandijs Semjonovs will participate in the panel discussion on 16 September during EADPH2023

Kristīne Romanovska

DDS, President of the Latvian Dental Students Association, Vice President for Public Relations of the International Dental Students Association.

Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis 

Outstanding Lithuanian politician, EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety (2014-2019). V.P. Andriukaitis was born on 9th August 1951 in Kyusyur, Siberia. His parents were deported in 1941 and he returned to Lithuania in 1957. He is co-author and a signatory of the Independence Act of Lithuania (March 1990), also one of the co-authors of the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania adopted in 1992. V. Andriukaitis is one of the founders of the Lithuanian Social Democratic Party and later on Chairman of the party (1999-2001), currently having the position of honorable chairman of LSDP. Member of the Lithuanian Parliament for six terms, from 1990 to 2004 and from 2008 to 2012. During that time he served as a Chairman of the Committee on European Affairs, including during the accession to the EU in 2004; as a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee; as a Deputy Speaker of the Parliament (2001- 2004). The same years he served as the Head of the Lithuanian Delegation to the European Convention. Having background of professional doctor, V. Andriukaitis had been a practicing surgeon with specialization in cardiovascular surgery (more than 20 years). He also holds a degree in History from Vilnius University acquired in 1984. From 2012 to 2014 Vytenis Andriukaitis was a Minister for Health in the Lithuanian Government. From 2014 to 2019 he served as European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety. From 2020 - Special Envoy of the WHO for Universal Health Coverage for the European region and Member of the Political Advisory Panel of the UHC 2030 Movement. V.P. Andriukaitis is an author of multiple articles and books, more than 140 legislative proposals and amendments on national and the EU level; among them Amendments to European Treaties.

Talk during EADPH2023 

"Raising awareness on how to talk with policymakers to influence their decisions"

Baiba Ziemele

Baiba Ziemele is a passionate patient advocate from Latvia. Living with inherited bleeding disorder, von Willebrand disease, she has been heavily involved in patient advocacy, becoming president of Latvia Hemophilia Society in 2009, representing European community with bleeding disorders as ePAG in EuroBloodNet, European Reference Network for rare hematological diseases, engaging in various committees at World Federation of Hemophilia and European Haemophilia Consortium. She has helped shaping rare disease field nationally and internationally. Since 2018, Baiba is also building Latvian Network of Patient Organisations to bring united patient voice and represent patient interests at various tables. In 2022, Baiba received Human Development award for outstanding contribution to health from Civic Alliance Latvia and US Embassy in Latvia.

Baiba Ziemele will participate in the panel discussion on 16 September during EADPH2023

Irina Zastenskaya

Dr. Zastenskaya, MD, PhD, is Chemical Safety Technical Officer in the WHO European Region, WHO European Centre for Environment and Health. She worked with countries on the topic of chemical exposure and risks, human biomonitoring, endocrine disrupting chemicals, chemical emergences, implementation of multilateral environmental agreements in health sector, poison centres, use of chemicals in health care practice and its impact on the environment. She is involved in the discussion and implementation of projects in the framework of the Minamata Convention on Mercury including dental amalgam, phasing-out mercury-added products from the health sector, evaluation of effectiveness of risk reduction measures. She organized a number of workshop and trainings for public health professionals to strengthen of capacity in countries national experts in relation to chemical safety and led development of a number of training modules for professionals in public health and healthcare including on mercury and health. She has authored 150 publications.

Talk during EADPH2023

"Health and Sustainability - Implications to Oral Health Delivery"

Lauma Spriņģe

  • Public health specialist, Lauma Spriņģe,,
  • Researcher, Institute of Public Health, Riga Stradiņš University
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health and Epidemiology, Riga Stradiņš University

Lauma Spriņģe, is an assistant professor and researcher at the Department of Public Health and Epidemiology and the Institute of Public Health of Riga Stradiņš University. With over a decade of academic experience, she is recognized for her expertise in teaching research methodology, epidemiology and public health study courses and in supervising students' scientific works. Previous work experience was in the public administration sector and related to public health data analysis.

Lauma Spriņģe has participated in public health and epidemiology research projects in diverse roles as a researcher, head of the projects and as a project internal quality control specialist. The research projects were related to wide spectrum of important to public health, including child and youth health, violence, mental health, trauma and injuries, antimicrobial resistance, infections and intersectoral cooperation for health promotion.

Lauma Spriņģe is the author and co-author of several scientific publications. She has regularly participated in scientific conferences both as a participant and as an expert, as well as acted as a reviewer of scientific publications. Lauma Spriņģe has participated as a World Health Organization consultant in the development of a national report on mental health in Latvia. Additionally, she has been involved in creating informational materials related to health and has been a speaker at educational seminars for industry professionals on public health issues.

Lauma Spriņģe will participate in the panel discussion on 16 September during EADPH2023

Līva Aumeistere

Līva Aumeistere works at the Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, leading the Disease Prevention Unit. She coordinates and implements various health promotion and disease prevention activities (organising public awareness campaigns, conducting educational activities, developing information materials, etc.). Together with other colleagues from the Health Promotion Department, coordinates the National Network of Healthy Municipalities, the National Network of Health Promoting Schools and the Network of HIV Prevention Points.

Līva Aumeistere will participate in the panel discussion on 16 September during EADPH2023