Public health futures in a changing world
Abstract submission for the virtual 14th EPH Conference 2021 closes 1 May, 18:00 pm CET. Abstracts are invited for workshops, oral presentations and E-posters. Prizes will be awarded for the best oral, poster and early career professional’s presentation. Abstracts do not have to be confined to the conference theme but can cover any aspect of public health. Check the submission topics here.
Accepted abstracts are published in the Abstract Supplement of the European Journal of Public Health (5y impact factor 3,134).
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Registration benefits for EUPHA members
Registration for the virtual 14th EPH Conference is open. You can benefit from early bird registration fees until 1 September. We are expecting over 1,500 delegates. Meet your colleagues virtually at the largest public health event in Europe during three fully packed conference days. Registration fees for the virtual edition have been substantially reduced: EUPHA members pay €210 before 1 September, non-members €270, Students, trainees and colleagues from low- and middle-income countries only €140 (all including VAT). More information here
Plenary session organised by EUPHA
Learning from the pandemic and getting ready for the next one
Thursday 11 November 2021, 16:20 – 17:20 CET.
In this ‘learning from the pandemic’, organised by EUPHA and the European Commission, we ask panellists from different professional fields to reflect on the successes and failures in handling the Covid-19 pandemic. The pandemic has shown us that most countries were not focusing their emergency preparedness plans in the correct direction. Covid-19 is a long-term health event, with serious impact on so many different sectors. Governments of a wide range of levels of competency, and covering much of the political spectrum, all failed to address the pandemic effectively, both from the health point of view and from the social point of view. So, what can we learn from our successes and from our failures? Moderators are Isabel de la Mata, European Commision and Dineke Zeegers Paget, EUPHA. Panellists will be announced shortly.
Plenary programme
Public health has changed a lot in the last thirty years. New subdisciplines have grown up in that time. Has the core practice of public health changed? In a series of plenary sessions we will look for answers how we need to identify futures for our discipline.
Opening session: Public health futures in a changing world
Wednesday 10 November 14:00 CET
Leaders from politics and academia will introduce the main theme of the conference. Moderator: Anthony Staines, Chair 14th EPH Conference. Speakers: Stephen Donnelly, Minister of Health, Ireland, Robin Swann, Minister of Health, Northern Ireland.
Plenary 1: Public health practice, training and workforces for the future
Organisers: European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, ASPHER, EUPHA Health workforce research section. Wednesday 10 November, 14:50 CET
What is it that distinguishes us? Future public health, as at present, will have people doing many roles, communication, policy design and evaluation, service planning, monitoring, health protection, environmental health and more. In all of these areas we work with people from different backgrounds. What skills do we need for now and for the future?
Plenary 2: Communications and public health
Organisers: EUPHA, ECDC. Thursday 11 November, 10:10 CET
Communications have always been a key part of public health. Communications about the benefits and safety of vaccines date back to the first organised opposition to Jenner’s vaccination in 1805. Public health needs to look back at some of the tools used by our founders, and bring these to a new media market, led by social media, but still reliant on high quality journalism.
Plenary 3: Learning from the pandemic, and getting ready for the next one
Organisers: European Commission, EUPHA. Thursday 11 November, 16:20 CET
While the COVID-19 pandemic made it a serious public health challenge, it could have been much worse. No reasonable observer could argue that Europe dealt with this well. Governments of a wide range of levels of competency, and covering much of the political spectrum, failed to respond effectively to the pandemic. What can we learn from what went well, and from our failures?
Plenary 4: Digital health – person centred?
Organisers: WHO Regional Office for Europe, EUPHA. Friday 12 November, 10:10 CET
Digital health has promised health system transformation, and largely failed to deliver. One key issue is that the data are usually organisation centred, and not person centred. A range of challenges have inhibited this. A combination of the smarter use of standards and GDPR rules has the potential to change all of this. Is public health going to be at this table?
Plenary 5: Climate change, justice and public health – a triple role
Organiser: EuroHealthNet. Friday 12 November, 16:20 CET
The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed structural gaps in our economies and social structures, as well as the need to ‘build back better’. This is particularly crucial to ensure that we achieve a net zero carbon society while simultaneously addressing the social crisis and promoting greater health and wellbeing for all: achieving a green, healthy and just transition, leaving no one behind regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, and income and education levels.
Closing session of the 14th EPH Conference
Friday 12 November, 17:30 CET.
Awards ceremony: Best Poster and Abstract Prizes, Ferenc Bojan Award and welcome to next year's 15th EPH Conference, Berlin, Germany. 
Parallel programme
As with in-person EPH Conferences, the virtual edition will have a vast programme with more than 150 parallel sessions (workshops and oral sessions) and twenty E-poster sessions. All sessions will be 60 minutes and live streamed through the virtual platform. All sessions will be recorded for delegates to view at a later stage. There will be network sessions to meet your colleagues. EUPHA Sections are organizing their annual Join-the-Network meetings and pre-conferences.