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Winds of change:
towards new ways of improving public health in Europe

Ljubljana, Slovenia
28 November - 1 December 2018


Austria Center Vienna (ACV)


Core competencies for strengthened public health system preparedness 


Organised by

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), EUPHA Section on Infectious diseases control and the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), The Netherlands 


The aim of the session is to discuss how we can build on evidence around the contribution that staff competencies have in shaping a better prepared public health system – build on experiences from past emergencies in order to be better prepared for the future ones.

The key questions to be answered are:

Estimated results/ outputs:
By the end of the session the participants will have discussed:

The session report will be used for a) informing ECDC in the development of a comprehensive set of competencies for PHEP , b) identifying synergies in the European preparedness landscape, and c) for advocacy among key stakeholders, e.g. UNISDR, WHO, European Commission, EUPHA, ASPHER etc.

Preliminary programme

Welcome by the Chairs - Massimo Ciotti (ECDC) and Aura Timen (EUPHA and RIVM)

Keynote speakers - Michael Stoto (United States) and Silvio Brusaferro (Italy)

Moderated panel discussion and interaction with participants
Panelists: Silvio Brusaferro (Italy), Massimo Ciotti (ECDC), Thomas Hofman (WHO), Robert Otok (ASPHER), Carmen Varela Santos (ECDC), Giacomo Scaioli (EUPHAnxt), Michael Stoto (United States), Aura Timen (EUPHA), Frank Van Loock (European Commission, DG SANTE), Chadia Wannous (UNISDR)

Moderator - Karl Ekdahl (ECDC)

Conclusions. Next steps. Closure

Registration fee

This pre-conference is free of charge and includes buffet lunch and refreshments.