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Plenary programme

Plenary 1 - The realities of a digital world, what it means for young people’s health

Thursday 29 November, 11:00 – 12:00

Organiser: EuroHealthNet

Moderator: Mojca Gabrijelčič Blenkuš, NIJZ, Slovenia and President EuroHealthNet

Keynote speakers:  

  • Jeff Chester, Executive Director at the Center for Digital Democracy, Washington, USA
  • Anne Longfield, Children's Commissioner for England, United Kingdom
  • João Breda, WHO European Office for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases, Moscow, Russian Federation



Opening Ceremony of the 11th European Public Health Conference

Thursday 29 November, 13:15 – 14:00

This session is the official opening session of the conference. Prominent opinion leaders and policy makers from Slovenia will introduce the main themes of the conference.

Moderator: Ivan Erzen, Chair of the 11th European Public Health Conference

Keynote speakers:

  • Violeta Bulc, Commissioner for Transport, European Commission
  • Vytenis Andriukaitis, Commissioner for Health, European Commission
  • Tomo Kriznar, human rights activist, documentary filmmaker, journalist, worldwide traveller, Slovenia


Plenary 2 – Sustainable Development Goals - how can we address them through public health action?

Thursday 29 November, 16:50 – 17:50

Organiser: WHO Regional Office for Europe

Moderator: to be announced


  • Nancy Fullman, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, Seattle, USA
  • Charlotte Marchandise, Elected member of the City Council of Rennes, France
  • Speakers/panellists to be announced


Plenary 3 - Public health resources - core capacities to address the threat of communicable diseases

Friday 30 November, 9:40 – 10:40

Organisers: ASPHER, ECDC, EHMA

Moderators: Katarzyna Czabanowska, ASPHER, Karl Ekdahl, ECDC 

Keynote speaker:

  • Dame Anne Johnson, Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, University College London, United Kingdom, Andrija Štampar Medallist 2018


  • Jeanette de Boer, ASPHER
  • Usman Khan, Executive Director EHMA
  • Oliver Morgan, Director Health Emergency Information and Risk Assessment, WHO Health Emergencies Programme
  • Wolfgang Philipp, Head of Unit Crisis Management and Preparedness in Health, DG SANTE, European Commission
  • Svetla Tsolova, Senior Expert Monitoring and Evaluation, ECDC


Plenary 4 – Public’s awareness of public health challenges: How to get our public health messages heard?

Friday 30 November, 13:40 – 14:40

Organisers: European Commission, EUPHA

Moderators: Natasha Azzopardi Muscat, President EUPHA, and Isabel de la Mata, European Commission

Keynote speaker:

  • Aljoša Bagola, Pristop, Slovenia


  • Carlo Signorelli, Italian Society of Hygiene, Preventive Medicine and Public Health, Italy
  • Benedicte Carlsen, University of Bergen, Norway
  • Christina Berndt, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Germany
  • Jan Eyckmans, Ministry of Health, Belgium


Plenary 5 - Health systems under pressure: how can we help?

Saturday 1 December, 10:10 – 11:10

Organisers: European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies

Moderator: Josep Figueras, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies


  • Rifat Atun, Professor Global Health Systems, Harvard University, USA
  • Speakers/panellists to be announced


Closing Ceremony of the 11th European Public Health Conference

Saturday 1 December, 14:15 – 15:00

Moderator: Ivan Erzen, Chair of the 11th European Public Health Conference

Keynote speakers:

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

Welcome to Marseille 2019: Yves Charpak, Chair of the 12th European Public Health Conference


The Plenary Programme is organised by:

  • National Institute of Public Health, Slovenia
  • EuroHealthNet
  • EHMA
  • European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies
  • European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control
  • European Commission
  • WHO Regional Office for Europe