International World Extreme Medicine Conference & Expo Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh, United Kingdom 25 - 27 November 2017
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Welcome to International World Extreme Medicine Conference & Expo

Now in its sixth year, the World Extreme Medicine conference* is a platform for inspiring medical minds to meet, share experiences and promote cross-disciplinary working. We are dedicated to sharing and spreading best practice for the world’s medical professionals, willing to risk themselves to help others. The conference stimulates new thinking, extends professional relationships and shares new and more effective approaches to medical practice in challenging environments.

The World Extreme Medicine Conference is organised as ‘Not for Profit’ activity by WEM.

The Extreme Medicine conference focuses on a number of interrelated medical fields: Pre-Hospital, Disaster & Humanitarian, Expedition, Endurance and Extreme Sport, Space and Extreme Medicine. We work with a range of multi-disciplinary partners and together, we offer a programme of fascinating talks from world-renowned experts in their field – from Arctic explorers to vascular surgeons, remote medics to NASA & ESA personnel. We host practical sessions on field-proven techniques and ‘hacks’ to inspire and enhance your skills, helping you to become a more effective and highly valued practitioner of remote medicine.

Astronaut Tim Peake recently back from the extreme highlights why he feels ‘extreme medicine’ is different and relevant..

Each day is distinct but shares hands on experience, new research and best practice whilst the amazing worldwide gathering of eclectic medical minds gives you access to one of the worlds most energetic medical networks.

When she isn’t sequencing DNA aboard the International Space Station, astronaut Kate Rubins found time to welcome people to the 2016 World Extreme Medicine conference.

Extreme Medicine; where humanity goes, medicine must follow. Read more about us on our Profile page, here


Mark Hannaford Mark Hannaford, Conference Founder
David Weil David Weil, Conference Co Founder
Sean Hudson Dr Sean Hudson FAWM, Content Director
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New this year...

New this year are presentations on nanotechnology, remote diagnosis tools, extreme physiology and endurance sports medicine. We will also be considering the impact of climate change on global health, and of conflict on civilians.


A development unique to World Extreme Medicine Conference & Expo, and sure to stimulate debate, is the Innovation Platform, which sees ambitious young medics pitch their research ideas to an expert panel in a bid to gain funding. Read More >

Sponsored by:
Featuring: Medecins Sans Frontieres NASA Society for Experimental Biology Medical News Today Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists European Space Agency University of Exeter
In support of:
Medecins Sans Frontieres Logo

Proudly supporting Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) as our conference charity of choice for 2016.

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Humanitarian Aid: Wh...

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Kate Rubins, one of three astronauts aboard the International Space...

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