Public engagement and dissemination

International Toxin Talks (ITT) 

is a speaker series dedicated to promoting and sharing the work of early career researchers (ECRs) in toxinology from around the globe. ITT began in the summer of 2020 by volunteer scientists from the Centre for Snakebite Research and Interventions (Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine), who saw there was a need for a dedicated platform for toxinology ECRs to share their work and network with other scientists, particularly for those completing research in lower- to middle-income countries (LMICs). Traditional in-person conferences are often prohibitively expensive for researchers from LMICs; therefore, ITT was set up to be a free online platform to enable as many researchers as possible to access it, regardless of their location or finances. The online setting also brings with it a high degree of flexibility so that all time zones can be included.

Instead of one large annual conference, ITT’s approach is to hold a series of hour-long seminars throughout the year comprised of short presentations by toxinology ECRs. While the organisation is still young, we have managed to host talks from presenters from South America to Australia, with talk topics including developing new drugs from spider venoms, developing new treatments for snakebite, or increasing our understanding of how jellyfish venom works. We are also very happy with how readily our small organisation has been accepted into the greater toxinology community, having accrued hundreds of followers on our social media accounts and being asked by the International Society on Toxinology (IST) to help with future IST events for ECRs.

If you are interested in all things toxin and would like to keep up to date on what is happening with ITT or the toxinology community, please follow our Twitter account (@ToxinTalks), and if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us ( 

Snakebite Awareness day 19th September 2020

Read more at the RSTMH website and watch this film produced by RSTMH featuring CSRISnakebite Awareness Day aims to raise awareness of the huge, yet mostly unrecognised, global impact of snakebite. A coalition of organisations working on global health and tropical medicine around the world, including LSTM, launched the first-ever International Snakebite Awareness Day.

Professor Rob Harrison's presentation on Tropical snakebite.

In The Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection, Henry Stewart Talks.

Retrieved May 15, 2020, from

BBC World Service with Tulip Mazumdar



‘Snakebitten’: Tale of the serpent | Prof Nick Casewell | TEDxLSTM
This talk was given at a TEDx event 2019 using the TED conference format but independently organized.

Scenes from “Minutes to Die”

The following footage, filmed in seven countries, is part of a larger documentary. For more information on the film, visit

BBC News: Victoria Derbyshire Show featuring Prof Nick Casewell.
Just how potent is snake venom? Watch Victoria’s blood be mixed with venom from a viper to show the effect of a snake bite.
It turns into a jelly-like clot.

September 2019