Pre-conference: How participation strengthens health research: current developments in Participatory Health Research in Germany, Austria and Switzerland

Wednesday 9 November, 13:30 – 17:00 CET in Beta 8 (starting with network lunch at 12:30)


Organised by:

PartNet (Participatory Health Research Network and PRESENT (German Prevention RESEarch NeTwork). Supported by: Berlin School of Public Health; Austrian Public Health Association (participation competence group); Research Group on Community Health, University of Bern, Switzerland.


Participatory Health Research (PHR) enables health inequalities to be consistently researched from the perspective of those who are affected by inequality. The pre-conference workshops’ goal is to provide an overview of the current developments in PHR in German-speaking countries. The key questions are:

  1. Which participatory research approaches are currently implemented?
  2. How are social inequalities taken into account in research projects?
  3. How exactly are differences in power dealt within the projects?

In the introductory keynote, different participatory approaches are examined with regard to those involved and their opportunities to participate in all research phases. The first session focuses on participatory research in projects from the BMBF-funded German research networks, while the second session narrows on power differences. A subsequent round table discussion with international experts will deepen selected topics and discuss future prospects of participatory research and the necessary framework conditions.


The detailed programme is available here.


The registration fee is € 75 which includes networking lunch and refreshments.