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Sustaining resilient and
healthy communities

Stockholm, Sweden
1 - 4 November 2017

Plenary Programme


The theme for the 10th EPH Conference is Sustaining resilient and healthy communities. Many European communities face new challenges in the provision of preventive and curative services. Migration, ageing populations, climate change, political upheavals and austerity measures all threaten the provision of high quality and equitable services. People’s opportunities for a healthy life are closely linked to the socio-economic conditions in which they live. Resilient and empowered communities respond better to economic, social and environmental change. Communities that remain disadvantaged also remain behind in health outcomes and other social determinants. People need to be empowered to manage their health more pro-actively, chose healthy lifestyles and make informed choices. Read more.


Plenary 1 - Sharing our common wealth: the need to strengthen the social dimension of the EU

Thursday 2 November, 11:00 - 12:00

Organised by: EuroHealthNet

Moderator: Caroline Costongs, EuroHealthNet 

Keynote speaker: Karl Falkenberg, Senior Advisor to the European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC) European Commission 


Gaetan Lafortune, Senior Economist at the Health Division OECD 

Clare Bambra, Professor of Public Health at the Institute of Health & Society, Newcastle University, United Kingdom

Taru Koivisto, Department for Promotion of Welfare and Health, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health


Plenary 2 - Winds of Change: from public to private, from collective to individual. How can public health systems adapt to a changing world?

Thursday 2 November, 13:15 – 14:15

Organised by: EUPHA

Moderator: Natasha Azzopardi Muscat, EUPHA President


Aaron Reeves, London School of Economics, United Kingdom

Holly Jarman, School of Public Health, University of Michigan, USA

Erio Ziglio, former WHO Regional Office for Europe

Anna Sarkadi, Swedish Association of Social Medicine, Sweden

Dineke Zeegers Paget, EUPHA


Opening Ceremony of the 10th European Public Health Conference

Thursday 2 November, 17:15 – 18:00

This session is setting the scene for the whole conference. Ola Rosling will commemorate the late Hans Rosling, inspiring advocate for a fact-based worldview. Claudia Stein will introduce the main theme of the conference.

Moderator - Birger Forsberg, Chair of the 10th European Public Health Conference

Keynote speakers:

Ola Rosling, Gapminder, Sweden, in commemoration of Hans Rosling

Claudia Stein, WHO Regional Office for Europe 


Plenary 3 - A paradox of public health leadership: towards resilience in the context of vulnerability

Friday 3 November, 9:40 – 10:40

Organised by: ASPHER and WHO Regional Office for Europe

Moderators: Katarzyna Czabanowska, ASPHER and Anna Cichowska, WHO Regional Office for Europe


Elina Hemminki, National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), Finland 

Darren Shickle, Leeds Institute of Health Sciences, United Kingdom

Caity Jackson, Women for Global Health

Natasha Azzopardi Muscat, President EUPHA

André van der Zande, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), The Netherlands 


Plenary 4 - Health systems under pressure

Friday 3 November, 13:40 – 14:40

Organised by: European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies and TO-REACH consortium

Moderator: To be announced


Walter Ricciardi, National Institute of Health, Italy

Others to be announced


Plenary 5 - Preparing communities for public health emergencies

Saturday 4 November, 13:10 – 14:10

Organised by: European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and EUPHA Section on Infectious diseases control

Moderators: Karl Ekdahl, ECDC and Aura Timen, President EUPHA Section on Infectious diseases control


Margareta Wahlström, former Special Representative of the U.N. Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, Sweden 

Dominique Monnet, Antimicrobial Resistance & Healthcare-Associated Infections (ARHAI) Programme, ECDC

Jaap van Dissel, Centre for Infectious Disease Control, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), The Netherlands

Others to be announced 


Closing Ceremony of the 10th European Public Health Conference

Saturday 4 November, 15:10 – 16:00

Moderator: Birger Forsberg, Chair of the 10th European Public Health Conference

Awards ceremony - Best Poster Prize, Best Abstract Prize, Ferenc Bojan Award

Welcome to Ljubljana 2018 - Ivan Erzen, Chair of the 11th European Public Health Conference