Since 1907, the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (RSTMH) has been dedicated to improving tropical medicine and global health. Through our network of members across the world, we facilitate research, share knowledge, guide lifelong careers, and drive impact.
As a respected Society at the heart of the tropical medicine and global health community, we connect people and organisations who work, or are interested in, these areas. We’re an independent organisation and have a unique role in convening diverse stakeholders from many sectors and disciplines.
We play a role in all stages of global health practice from initial research and development, publication and showcasing, implementation, debate, and impact.
Our work includes funding and disseminating multidisciplinary research through peer-reviewed journals and a calendar of meetings and events. We provide grants for UK and international research and travel scholarships, as well as awarding medals for excellence in practice and to recognise emerging talent.
RSTMH and Venoms and Toxins 2022: Snakebite Photo Competition
RSTMH is delighted to launch a photo competition in collaboration with Venoms and Toxins 2022, which is the 9th international toxinology conference at Oxford (UK), to be held on 23rd-25th August 2022. The photo competition is aimed at finding the most engaging photographic representation of work in snakebite.
The topics for the photo competition include, but are not limited to:
- The lives of patients, health workers and communities affected by snakebite
- Community programmes and organisations working on snakebite
- Prevention, diagnosis and treatment of snakebite
- Research, programme work or policy work on snakebite
- Environments of snakebite and the human/snake interaction
- Successes in snakebite work
- Challenges of working in the field of snakebite
- Venomous snakes
The photo competition is an opportunity to highlight the people, communities, activities, successes and challenges of snakebite and snakebite research.
Terms and conditions
The competition is open to all. Entrants need to be aware and abide by rules and best practice around gaining permissions of subjects and respecting their privacy and circumstances. The entrant must be the sole owner of the copyright of any material entered and have the correct permissions to use the images from the image subjects. RSTMH and Venoms and Toxins 2022 (Oxford) do not accept any liability for the publication of unlawfully reproduced material. The contest is open to all, other than paid employees (or families) of RSTMH and Venoms and Toxins 2022 (Oxford). Maximum of one entry per person. The top ten contestants will be personally notified within a month of the competition closing and the winner will be publicly announced at the Venoms and Toxins 2022. The ten best images will be featured in a photo exhibition on the RSTMH website.
The winning image will win RSTMH membership for one year and have the potential to feature on the cover of an issue of RSTMH’s journal, International Health (to be decided by RSTMH). Images should be submitted as high-quality JPEGs or PNGs. Each image should be a minimum of 300dpi and 2MB. Heavily edited/Photoshopped images will not be accepted. Neither RSTMH nor Venoms and Toxins 2022 (Oxford) take any responsibility for corrupted or late entries. By entering any material to the competition, you grant RSTMH and Venoms and Toxins 2022 (Oxford) royalty- and copyright-free permission to hold, use, edit, and reproduce it in any print or electronic media, including the Internet, throughout the world for any lawful purpose, in perpetuity. The nominees consent to the use of their images, name and/or photograph in any publicity carried out by the RSTMH and by Venoms and Toxins 2022 (Oxford), without any further compensation. All entries will be shortlisted by a panel of esteemed tropical medicine and global health professionals. The winning image will be selected by attendees of Venoms and Toxins 2022. The deadline for submissions is Monday 11th July 16:00 BST.
RSTMH members are invited to apply to receive a travel scholarship to attend the RSTMH Annual Meeting 2022, held 11th to 12th October 2022 in Liverpool, UK
Any RSTMH member who has not received a scholarship or a grant in the previous four years can apply (unless selected to present an abstract at the RSTMH Annual Meeting 2022). Priority will be given too:
- Early career professionals and students
-Residents of a low or middle income country (LMIC)
- Individuals who have not attended an international conference before.
There are a limited number of travel scholarships, please apply only if you can otherwise not afford to attend.
Applicants should meet the above profile and the applicant’s referee should comment on this as part of the application process.
A travel scholarship is an award of a maximum of £2,000 and we would expect this to cover:
- Round-trip economy airfare (booked by RSTMH)
- Visa costs (not including fast track or agency fees)
- Two nights hotel (booked by RSTMH)
- Two days meal expenses (within a pre-established limit)
- Travel expenses (public transport only)
What is expected of a travel scholarship recipient?
- Full attendance of the RSTMH Annual Meeting on both days
- Writing a blog on a specific theme throughout the conference
- Feeding back on your experiences through a survey after the event
All applicants need to be RSTMH members to be considered. Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss joining today.
Applications close at 17:00 BST on the 24 June 2022 , applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.
Our 2022 Annual Meeting will bring together members, Fellows and supporters from around the world to share knowledge and encourage new collaborations.
The theme of this year's Annual Meeting is 'Topical issues in malaria and resistance'. The event will be held on Tuesday 11 October and Wednesday 12 October 2022 in Liverpool, UK.
Poster presentations and 3 minute “turbo talks” will be selected from abstracts submitted by early career researchers* and will complete a programme of talks by invited speakers.
Early career researchers are therefore invited to submit an abstract for any research relating to topical areas in malaria and in resistance, with a focus on (but not limited to):
- Malaria drug resistance
- Resistance to antibiotics, antivirals, antifungals and antiparasitics
- Insecticide resistance
- New drugs for malaria
- Vaccines for malaria
- Surveillance of resistance
- Innovations in diagnostics and therapeutics to address resistance
- Other topical issues in malaria or resistance
These presentations should contain new knowledge in the field of tropical medicine and global health. All selected abstracts will appear in the conference booklet.
- The abstract should be submitted in English
- Maximum number of words: 250
- The abstract should follow the structure:
*Early career researcher definition: anyone who gained a first or second degree, a postdoctoral qualification or approved university diploma course up to ten years ago, not including career breaks’
Submission deadline: 24th June, 17:00 BST. Submissions after the deadline will not be considered. We regret that due to the number of applications we expect to receive we are not able to provide detailed feedback to applicants who are unsuccessful.
Thanks so much for deciding to apply for this role, to support RSTMH and our work. The job description is below.
Job description – Managing Editor
Job title: Managing editor
Reports to: Chief Executive, RSTMH
Hours of work: Full time, office based
Salary: £36k – 40k, depending on experience
Job type: Permanent
The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (RSTMH) is a society of over 1,500 members from more than 90 countries, who work in, or are interested in tropical medicine and global health.
RSTMH publishes two peer-reviewed scientific journals. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (Transactions) was launched in 1908, is published monthly and is a hybrid journal. International Health was launched in 2009, is published every two months. International Health flipped to being fully open access in 2020. Both journals are published by Oxford University Press, and we currently work with an external editorial office to support the peer review process. Both titles have high profile Editors in Chief (EIC) - Professor Sir Brian Greenwood is EIC for Transactions, and Professor David Molyneux for International Health as well as excellent editorial boards of Associate Editors and Editorial Advisers who oversee the peer review process. Following a restructure 3 years ago the journals have been steadily improving in terms of Impact Factor, submissions and special content. Supported by the Editors in Chief and other partners, an exciting programme of special issues and supplements is in place and also being developed for the future.
We’re looking for an experienced Managing Editor who will relish the opportunity to oversee these two growing journals, and help us achieve our ambitious goals. RSTMH is a small team so the ideal candidate needs to be happy to work independently and also be an effective team player. They should be equally comfortable writing a new strategy for the journals, networking to identify great researchers and professionals, and answering day to day queries from authors or reviewers. The candidate needs to be responsible for the budget for the journals and have excellent project management and relationship building skills.
Summary of the role
· Taking ultimate responsibility for the quality and balance of content from the selection and commissioning of articles, special issues and supplements
· Developing and overseeing Editorial Board networks of the highest calibre and managing/maximising their contributions through effective regular communications
· Maintaining timeliness and a high impact for the journals in the international scientific and global health communities
· Ensuring that the journals are an integral part of RSTMH, reflecting and complementing wider organisational activity and strategy, and working with the publisher to promote RSTMH and its journal content to a wider audience
Key external contacts
Editors in chief
Editorial Board members
Authors and reviewers
External peer review management suppliers
Publisher (publishing partner)
Marketing Manager (publishing partner)
Production Editor (publishing partner)
Typesetters (with publishing partner)
Contact with others including for technical support, supplements and membership discussions (publishing partner)
- Finalise and implement a detailed 12-month strategic plan and work plan that cascades from and complements wider RSTMH strategy and goals
- Work with the Editors in Chief, and editorial boards to develop, communicate and implement editorial policy, holding regular conference calls with individual members
- Manage Editorial Board activity; to include annual skills gap analysis, levels of engagement, quarterly reports, annual meetings. Recruit additional Board members as appropriate, rotating off those who have either completed their terms or who do not contribute
- Regularly commission reviews, opinion pieces, editorials, special issues and supplements
- Work with Editors in Chief to communicate policy changes and other author-related developments via editorial pieces
- Citation analysis, analysing the reports produced by publishing partner or internally, and using those to inform commissioning strategy, calls for papers for the journals and drive Editorial Board recruitment
- Updating and rolling the strategic plan and work plan forward every quarter
- Work with Oxford University Press (OUP) to implement the journal development plan, ensuring milestones and goals are met
- Demonstrate consistent improvements (eg. impact factor, turnaround times) in the journals over a period of time.
- Leading and supporting the work of our suppliers and OUP editorial team to ensure efficient journal workflow, ensuring journal issues are produced on time and with an appropriate balance of content
- Lead regular status meetings with our suppliers and Publisher, ensuring action points are followed up
- Take responsibility for monitoring of page budgets and turnaround times
- Work with the Marketing Manager (OUP), Publisher (OUP) and Chief Executive to determine journals marketing strategy, ensuring it complements RSTMH marketing efforts
- Provide the Chief Executive with monthly reports on journal workflow and key outcomes and performance of the journals
- Manage the journal print stock, ensuring the required number of copies are ordered in for RSTMH events, in addition to maintaining a rolling stock
- In collaboration with the Chief Executive, oversee the journal budget and monitor/report on finances throughout the year
Business development of journals
- Monitor and report reception/perception of RSTMH journal content through networking (e.g. at scientific meetings), organising author and reader surveys in association with the publisher
- Collaborate with Chief Executive and rest of RSTMH team on all matters concerning promotion of RSTMH journals
- Lead on the process of sharing information from the journals with the rest of the society, where relevant
- Actively seek out opportunities for, and commission, manuscripts and special projects to promote and maximise income from the journals and their content (e.g. online collections, themed issues, themed article series and supplements)
- Ensure that relevant journal content is promoted on the RSTMH website and other communication channels
- Manage the relationship with our publishing partner, OUP, and our suppliers who are managing parts of the peer review process, including oversight of the contractual side of these relationships
- Establishing plans to meet, monitor and evaluate the performance of key contacts, producing quarterly status reports
- Significant editorial experience on scientific journals
- Science background, ideally with PhD in an allied area of medical research
- Experience of open access publishing
- Knowledge of major publishing trends
- Experience in using online submission and peer review management systems
- Strong project management skills and numeracy
- Ability to network effectively with a range of external scientific and non-scientific contacts
- Self motivated
- Results oriented
- High level of communication skills: articulate, clear, concise, accurate
- Ability to prioritise and manage workload
- Demonstrated networking skills: able to form effective new relationships with a wide range of internal and external contacts
Thanks so much for deciding to apply for this role, to support RSTMH and our work. The job description is below.
Job description – Grants Manager
Job title: Grants Manager
Reports to: Chief Executive, RSTMH
Hours of work: Full time, based at the RSTMH offices, High Holborn
Job type: Permanent
The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (RSTMH) is a charity and society of over 1,800 members from 94 countries, who work in, or are interested in tropical medicine and global health.
We aim to save lives, alleviate diseases and improve equity and access to health through improving our members careers and combining their skills and experience with our own knowledge to call for change in policy, funding and research.
Every year RSTMH provides small grants of up to £5,000 each to early career researchers and global health professionals around the world, to try and ensure that the pipeline of research, translation, implementation and policy work on global health is full of innovative plans and projects. We want to inspire the next generation of tropical medicine and global health discoveries as much as we can. In the last 4 years the programme has grown by a factor of 4 in terms of submissions and by a factor of 6 in terms of awards, so it is an exciting time to be leading this area of work.
To help us manage this programme we’re looking for an experienced Grants Manager who can manage all aspects of the programme from marketing through assessment, to award, ongoing communications and monitoring and evaluation.
RSTMH is a small team so the candidate needs to be happy to work alone, and also be an effective team player. They should be equally comfortable leading partner relationships, developing marketing information, writing a communications strategy, advising potential grantees on terms and conditions, and running reports on the online submissions platform. The candidate needs to be responsible for the programme budget on behalf of RSTMH and our funding partners, and have excellent project management and relationship building skills.
Summary of the role
· Taking ultimate responsibility for the delivery of the RSTMH small grants programme, including managing relationships with our grant funding partners, volunteer assessors and awardees
· Developing and overseeing processes to streamline the marketing, assessment and delivery of grants to successful applicants
· Improve communications, monitoring and evaluation strategies to optimise the programme and its longer term outcomes
· Ensuring the grants are an integral part of RSTMH, reflecting and complementing wider organisational activity and strategy
- To manage the international RSTMH small grants programme, working with the Chief Executive, including-
- Develop marketing information for the small grants programme and help disseminate this to our existing and new networks
- Provide support and advice to potential grantees, managing their expectations where necessary
- Efficiently administer the grants application process through
- Carry out an initial assessments of grant applications
- Assign the applications to global assessors and managing that process through to finalising assessments and producing a shortlisting report
- Work with the Chief Executive to make recommendations to the Grants and Awards Committee
- Produce shortlisting reports for RSTMH funding partners according to their criteria
- Finalise grantees and working with the RSTMH to make awards
- Evaluate the project reports as part of the wider review of the Programme
- To manage relationships with our global network of voluntary assessors and also past and current awardees including
- Establish relationships with global assessors and grantees including phone calls, webinars and face to face meetings where possible
- Work with global assessors and grantees to ensure compliance with our grant processes including reporting and evaluation
- Draft reports about the programme for the Chief Executive, Grants and Awards Committee, Board of Trustees and funding partners
- Maintain quality data records on grant activity, through the RSTMH resources
- Ensure we meet our obligations under our agreements with our funding partners
- Carry out such other tasks as the Chief Executive may from time to time deem necessary
- At least 3 years experience of working in grant management, overseeing grants being given out
- Understanding and experience of developing a monitoring and evaluation process
- Ability to juggle multiple priorities and manage own time
- Excellent verbal and written communication and skills
- Excellent at building relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders
- Accuracy and attention to detail
- Strong organisational and project management skills with the ability to meet challenging deadlines and targets
- Strategic thinker, happy to undertake operational work
- Strong IT skills, including MS Office applications and database management
- A demonstrable commitment to the aims and objectives of RSTMH
- Diplomacy and the ability to manage sensitive data in a confidential and appropriate manner
- Methodical and able to meet agreed deadlines
- Flexible approach to changing circumstances, prepared to re-order priorities when required
- An understanding of the environment for grant making for charities
- Experience of working in a small team
- Experience of writing grant applications
Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Global Assessors Application
Thank you for your interest in becoming an assessor for the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (RSTMH). This role will assess entries to our small grants programme, and abstracts for our events.
Since 1907, RSTMH has been dedicated to improving tropical medicine and global health, working with and through our members based in over 80 countries. We do this through funding and disseminating multidisciplinary research through grants awards programmes, peer-reviewed journals and a calendar of meetings and events.
We are currently looking to extend our global network of assessors to represent all areas of knowledge and experience of tropical medicine and global health required to assess such a broad range of potential research.
Main duties and responsibilities
As a global assessor for RSTMH, you would be asked to review submissions for our small grants, travel scholarships, event abstracts and possibly other RSTMH activities.
We would provide all resources needed to carry out assessments using our online platform Submittable and would support assessors with other resources needed. We would hopefully also try and provide a platform for assessors to network with one another, making new contacts.
We would like global assessors to:
· Have sufficient knowledge to be able to provide a robust review of applications
· Have a good understanding of RSTMH and our work
Being a global assessor will hopefully strengthen your own personal development and we will look into ways to formalise this. You will be seeing research ideas and concepts at the start of their journeys and be able to help improve research practice. Your work will help encourage and inspire the next generation of researchers and professionals in global health. RSTMH would provide references for global assessors and would recognise their work and support whenever possible.
Fellows and members of RSTMH are invited to nominate an RSTMH fellow or member to be awarded the Donald Mackay Medal 2022. This medal is jointly held by the RSTMH and the American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene (ASTMH). It is given out annually, in alternating years by RSTMH and ASTMH, and in 2022 this honour falls to RSTMH.
Dr Donald Mackay, who was Deputy Director of the Ross Institute at the London School of Hygiene and tropical Medicine, died in 1981, after many years of outstanding work in tropical occupational health, especially on the tea plantations of South Asia. He was an outstanding physician, brilliant teacher, and man of the greatest integrity and commitment.
The Medal is for outstanding work in tropical health, especially relating to improvements in the health of rural or urban workers in the tropics. Preference is given to suitable medically qualified candidates, but those in other disciplines are eligible. By completing this form you are providing RSTMH, ASTMH and its agents permission to view and use the information provided for the purposes of reviewing entries, making the award and announcing the winner.
Deadline for submissions is Thursday 30th June 2022, 17:00 BST (British Summer Time). Complete submissions received after the deadline will not be considered.
Members and Fellows of RSTMH can nominate another member or Fellow, or themselves, for the RSTMH Emerging Leaders Award 2022.
This award was established specifically for early-career professionals or researchers from, and based in, low- and middle-income countries.
The purpose of the Award is to recognise significant contributions in leadership and service, including mentorship and other forms of capacity-building, to the fields of tropical medicine and global health.
For the purpose of this award we define early career as a maximum of 10 years active employment post-training, discounting career breaks.
The award will comprise:
- A £5,000 personal cash award
- A certificate
- Access to mentorship through the RSTMH Board of Trustees and wider network
- A platform to make a keynote speech at a RSTMH meeting
Self-nominations must be accompanied by a supporting statement from an RSTMH member or Fellow.
Deadline for submissions Thursday 30th June, 17:00 (5pm) GMT.
Complete submissions received after the deadline will not be considered. Self-nominations without a supporting statement by the deadline will not be considered.
Fellows and members of RSTMH are invited to nominate themselves or another Fellow or member for the Sir Patrick Manson Medal 2022.
At the outset of the twentieth century, Sir Patrick Manson, GCMG, FRS, was the most eminent figure in the field of tropical medicine. Distinguished by his own research, and with a reputation as an outstanding teacher and administrator, he established the scientific basis of tropical medicine.
In his own lifetime, he was hailed by Raphael Blanchard of Paris as the "Father of Tropical Medicine".
Sir Patrick was the first President of RSTMH and remained closely associated with the Society until the end of his life.
The bronze medal bears the likeness of Sir Patrick in profile on the obverse, and on the reverse a garland of oak leaves surrounds the words "Tropical Medicine. A.D. 1922", the year in which Sir Patrick died.
The Sir Patrick Manson Medal is awarded triennially. It is the Society's highest mark of distinction, and will be awarded to the living person whose contribution to any branch of tropical medicine or hygiene is considered by the Board of Trustees to merit the honour most.
Only RSTMH Fellows or members are eligible to nominate and be nominated for this award.
It was last awarded in 2019 to Professors David Warrell and Janet Hemingway.
Deadline for submissions is Thursday 30 June, 17:00 (5pm) BST (British Summer Time). Complete submissions received after the deadline will not be considered.
Fellows or members of RSTMH can nominate another Fellow or member, or themselves, for the RSTMH Chalmers Medal 2022.
The Medal is awarded to researchers who demonstrate evidence of mentoring and professional development of junior investigators, and other forms of capacity-building in line with Dr Chalmers’ own values.
The Medal is awarded to those who obtained their last relevant qualification between 15 and 20 years ago, allowing for career breaks. There will also be a question on the application form for those who consider themselves as mid-career, but who don’t fit this category so they can state their case.
He took a great interest in the work of younger researchers, and was always ready to help and encourage Dr Albert John Chalmers, MD, FRCS, DPH was born in Manchester in 1870 and began his distinguished tropical career in Ghana where he worked from 1897 to 1901.
He spent the following ten years in Sri Lanka before becoming a Holt Fellow of University College, Liverpool. From 1913 to 1920 he was Director of the Wellcome Research Laboratories in the Sudan.
Only RSTMH Fellows or members are eligible to nominate and be nominated for this award. Self-nominations must be accompanied by a supporting statement from an RSTMH Fellow or member.
Deadline for submissions is Thursday 30th June, 17:00 BST (British Summer Time). Submissions received after the deadline will not be considered.
As a Student Ambassador for the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, you could be involved in a range of activities that help raise the profile of RSTMH at your university/institution and potentially with your wider networks.
RSTMH expectations of Student Ambassadors
- Be a member existing RSTMH member for a minimum of 3-months
- Be a full-time student in a subject related to global health, though part-time students will also be considered.
- Have good networks and be confident and willing to represent RSTMH at events and meetings.
- Provide feedback and ideas, thoughts or comments concerning Society activities to help with the process of continuous improvement.
- Always treat RSTMH staff, supporters, partners and members with respect, consideration and appreciation.
- Be friendly and professional at all times when representing RSTMH and engaging your networks about RSTMH.
- Help disseminate announcements to relevant students and staff on an ongoing basis, for instance, via departmental mailing lists, Noticeboards, or social media; via online resource portals and/or via the course convener for the relevant degree programmes.
- Provide as much notice as possible if you are unable to fulfil your Student Ambassador commitment.
- Have a good understanding of RSTMH and our work: our events, grants, journals and other plans.
- Be able to communicate clearly about RSTMH and our work, staying within RSTMH’s brand guidelines.
- Be familiar with the aims and scope of our two journals.
- Act in a way that doesn’t discriminate against or exclude anyone.
- Respect different opinions and be sensitive to different cultures.
- Have a strong social media presence.
- Donate as much time to the role as you can.
How to apply
Student Ambassadors are recruited throughout the year.
We are now open for applications. If you would like to apply to become a RSTMH Student Ambassador, please complete the application form.
Please give as much information as possible about your experiences, interests and availability.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Amelia Fincham, email@example.com.