Conference themes Dublin 2023


The main theme of Dublin 2023 is:

Our Food, Our Health, Our Earth : A Sustainable Future for Humanity

The subthemes are:

  • Gender health at the margins or the centre?
  • Digital health
  • Workforce and skills
  • Climate emergency
  • Food policy, global health and the Sustainable Development Goals

Over the next decade we will all make choices which will determine the future of our advanced technological civilization. The COVID-19 pandemic, which we recently lived through, has been a classic example of the instability of our model of life, and the need for action on One Health. In Europe, we have paid a huge price for our belief that we were safe from infection, that we could dismantle our public health systems, and get away with it.

At the same time, we have now run out of road on climate emergency. The global climate is changing rapidly. Building a future, any kind of future, for us and for our children, demands a new attention to sustainability.

It’s tempting to despair, to give up. Let’s not. This conference hopes to open up part of this discussion, with a focus on health, and health care. We will look specifically at gender and health, at health care delivery generally, the use of digital tools, and the necessary staffing and skills to provide good care. We will, in line with the overall conference theme, look in depth at the climate emergency, and very specifically at the human food supply.

We look forward to seeing you all in Dublin [in 2023]. Dublin is well known as a literary city, but its long history of public health in Ireland is less well known. Literature and public health intersect strikingly in one man: William Wilde, society doctor, hospital founder, better known as ‘Speranza’, the poet of revolution, father to Oscar Wilde, who needs no introduction. Sir William, as he became, wrote extensively on eye surgery, Irish antiquities and folklore, and on the health of the Irish population.

You may yet have a chance to discover his city, in all its brightness and darkness, as well as learning something more about making our futures.