Cookies are used for the functionality of our web site. For more information
please see our Privacy policy or Ok thanks

Pre-conference: Health Promotion principles as foundations for solidarity and public health

Wednesday 20 November, 09:00 - 17:00

Organised by:

EUPHA Section on Health promotion, UNESCO chair Global Health & Education, European Forum of Health Promotion Research, IUHPE Europe, Bielefeld University, Interdisciplinary Centre for Health Literacy Research, Germany, The German Prevention RESEarch NeTwork (PRESENT), French Network of WHO Healthy Cities , UNIRES, SFSP, France, and MIWOCA, Switzerland


Focussing on global health and education, (1) the UNESCO Global Health and Education Chair aim is to promote research and training, to contribute to building, interpreting and disseminating the knowledge base in the field of health promotion, including health education, in schools and communities for children and young people. It will contribute to give visibility and recognition to the work done by research teams in Asia, Africa, Oceania, Americas and Europe. This UNESCO Chair is sought to act as “driving force” for the existing international networks, “think tanks”, “knowledge-hubs” and “bridge builders” between academia, institutions, the professional communities, unions, and local communities. By the session focussing on the UNESCO Global Health and Education Chair we aim at discussing the ways in which genuine intersectoral work could contribute to:

  • creating the conditions for an optimal development through action on the life ecosystem of the children, i.e. the living conditions such as the physical and social environment and access to appropriate services;
  • providing education to all children that fits with their needs whatever their personal or social circumstances. The objective is to give everyone the means to take charge of their own health in an autonomous and responsible way.

Focussing on coordinating and supporting health promotion and primary prevention research on the national level in Germany, the aim of thePRESENT (Prevention RESEarch NeTwork) Consortium, an initiative set in place by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), is to support the activities of the five national research consortia: HCLA, Capital4Health, PartKommPlus, SMARTACT und AEQUIPA, and streamline their networking, communication and dissemination activities. By the session of the PRESENT (Prevention RESEarch NeTwork) aims at exemplifying how the coordination of the national research consortia in the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) funding framework on health promotion and primary prevention enable setting in place sound, effective and sustainable approaches for research knowledge transfer to health promotion practice and policy. While PRESENT applies a three-tier strategy comprising of (1) coordinating the German research and public communication of their findings, (2) networking and promotion of early stage and career researchers, and (3) evaluating and disseminating health promotion research, this session will introduce into the consortia`s work by focussing on:

  • Technology in primary prevention and health promotion
  • Participation in primary prevention and health promotion
  • Primary prevention and health promotion: young researcher’s topics


09:00 - 09:15 Introduction
Opening remarks and welcome: Luis Saboga Nunes, President EUPHA Health Promotion Section; Bjarne Bruun Jenssen, European Vice President of IUHPE Europe; Orkan Okan, Bielefeld University
09:15 - 12:30

Session 1: UNESCO Global Health and Education chair

European Health Promotion Research Network: Overarching principles for health promotion in practice?

The factors that influence children’s and young people’s health are numerous and interact at different levels, from the individual to the global environment and the immediate environment. With regard to the immediate environment, it is mainly the family (socio-economic characteristics of the family, type and composition of the family, attitudes and values of parents/caregivers, parent-child relationship, educational practices of parents/caregivers, etc.); the school (school climate, (inclusion policies, discrimination and bullying policies etc), pedagogical and leadership practices, characteristics of the school population, openness of the school to the community, etc.); other living environments (accessibility to other quality living environments, etc.): (e.g., neighbourhoods, sports clubs, cultural associations, popular education, etc.), social support (support from parents/caregivers, teachers, other adults, peers, etc.); the physical environment (safe and healthy housing, schools, absence of toxic materials and contaminants in the air or water, environmental safety, etc.) that affect children's health. In fact, all these factors have an impact on children’s general development. Obviously, all determinants have a long-term impact because childhood and adolescence are specific periods. It is not only their physical growth, but also their ability to learn the social, emotional, behaviour, thinking and communication skills they need for life.

09:15 - 09:45 Introduction
Didier Jourdan, UNESCO Global Health and Education chair|
Presenting the activities and objectives of the UNESCO Global Health and Education chair
09:45 - 10:30

Intersectorality « next generation ». A real way to tackle health inequalities?

Moderator: Bjarne Bruun Jensen - European Vice President of IUHPE Europe, Head of Research, Health Promotion, Steno Diabetes Center - Copenhagen, Denmark

Objective: open new perspectives of intersectoral work & intersectorality as a mantra to intersectorality as a practice. By the end of this session we aim to have:

  1. identified a range of intersectoral practices
  2. identified gaps between discourse and practice
  3. identified 3 priorities for moving ahead genuine intersectorality
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 - 12:30 Programme to follow
12:30 - 13:30  Lunch break
13:30 - 17:00

Session 2: Interdisciplinary approaches to health promotion: examples from Germany: PRESENT Consortium 

Keynote 1: Introducing German research networks for primary prevention and health promotion 
A presentation from each research consortia (AEQUIPA, CAPITAL4HEALTH, HLCA, PartKommPlus, SMARTACT):

Keynote 2: Technology in primary prevention and health promotion 
TBA (from the above consortia)

Keynote 3: Participation in primary prevention and health promotion 
TBA (from the above consortia)

15:00 - 15:30 Coffee break
15:40 - 16:45

Keynote 4: Primary prevention and health promotion: young researcher’s topics
TBA (from the above consortia)

16:45 - 17:00 Closing remarks - Moderator: Luis Saboga-Nunes, EUPHA Health Promotion Section; Institute of Sociology University of Education Freiburg - Germany; CISP-National School of Public Health, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa


Registration fee

The pre-conference is free of charge but registration is required. Networking lunch and refreshments are included. Number of registrations is limited.