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Marseille 2019 - Plenary sessions

Opening Ceremony of the 12th European Public Health Conference

Thursday 21 November 2019, 11:40 – 12:25

Moderator: Yves Charpak, Chair of the 12th European Public Health Conference


  • Agnès Buzyn, Minister of Solidarity and Health, France
  • Sophie Beau, Co-founder and General Director of the European Civil Rescue Association SOS Méditerranée, France
  • Representative of City of Marseille and/or Région Sud, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur


Plenary 1 - Building bridges between different professions and communities as a means to implement the Social Development Goals (SDGs)

Thursday 21 November, 13:40 – 14:40

Organisers: WHO Regional Office for Europe, EUPHA

Moderators: Natasha Azzopardi Muscat, President EUPHA, and Anna Cichowska Myrup, Programme Manager Public Health Services, WHO Regional Office for Europe

Keynote speakers/Panellists:

  • C. Otto Scharmer, Senior Lecturer, MIT Management Sloan School, Cambridge, United States
  • Miklós Szócska, Director Health Services Management Training Center, Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary
  • Paula Vassalo, (incoming) President European Dental Public Health Association (EADPH)
  • Ricardo Baptista Leite, Member of Parliament and Deputy Mayor and City Councillor of Cascais, Portugal
  • Speaker to be confirmed


Plenary 2 – Building bridges for migration in a planetary context

Thursday 21 November, 16:50 – 17:50

Organisers: European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), EUPHA Section Infectious diseases control (IDC)

Moderators: Karl Ekdahl, ECDC, and Michael Edelstein, EUPHA IDC

Keynote speaker

  • Khalid Koser, Executive Director Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF)


  • Nada Ghosn, Head of Epidemiological Surveillance Unit, Ministry of Public Health, Lebanon
  • Sally Hargreaves , Honorary Research Fellow, Imperial College London, United Kingdom
  • Abal Moindazde, France
  • Speaker to be confirmed


Plenary 3 - Bridging towards the future of public health in Europe

Friday 22 November, 09:40 – 10:40

Organisers: European Commission, EUPHA

Moderators:  Isabel de la Mata, Principal Adviser for Health and Crisis Management, DG SANTE, European Commission, and Natasha Azzopardi Muscat, President EUPHA


  • Anne Bucher, Director-General, Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE), European Commission
  • Liisa-Maria Voipio-Pulkki, Director General Strategic Affairs and Chief Medical Officer, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Finland
  • Dineke Zeegers Paget, Executive Director EUPHA
  • Panellist to be confirmed


Plenary 4 – Assessment and analysis of country reports

Friday 22 November, 13:40 – 14:40

Organisers: European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, ASPHER

Moderators: tbc

Keynote speaker/Panellists: tbc


Plenary 5 -  Migrant inequalities in urban settings and changing public health practice

Saturday 23 November, 09:40 – 10:40

Organiser: EuroHealthNet

Moderator: Caroline Costongs, EuroHealthNet


  • Santino Severoni, Coordinator Health and Migration, Division of Policy and Governance for Health and Well-being, WHO Regional Office for Europe
  • Jean-Paul Moatti, Director Institut de Recherche pour le Developpement (IRD), France
  • Lucinda Hiam, Honorary Research Fellow, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom


Closing Ceremony of the 12th European Public Health Conference

Saturday 23 November, 15:15 – 16:00

Moderator: Yves Charpak, Chair of the 12th European Public Health Conference

Keynote speakers:

  • Tbc [Presentation on the use of language in public health]
  • Tbc [Reflections on the 12th EPH Conference]

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

Welcome to the 13th EPH Conference/16th World Congress on Public Health, 12 -17 October 2020, Rome, Italy