Pre-conference / Skills building workshop: Applying strategic foresight methods in public health and policy making  

Wednesday 8 November, 9:00 – 12:30 Dublin time (followed by network lunch)

Organised by:

EUPHA Foresight section 


Strategic foresight studies provide valuable information for policy-making. They provide insights into the most important future trends and challenges, which is essential for well-informed policy-making. Though, application of foresight studies in the field of Public Health is increasing, the number of studies is still limited. Given the relatively early stage of development of foresight studies in the field of Public health, a proper application, understanding and interpretation of the future studies might need some further guidance. How to deal with an (uncertain) future in the policy making process is one of the issues that needs to be addressed. In this skills building workshop, the basics of strategic foresight methods will be explained. For example dealing with different types of uncertainty, developing scenarios and the translation of these scenarios to policy makers will be elaborated on.


Workshop participants will be informed about both the theoretical basis of strategic foresight as the practical applications by using existing foresight studies such as the Dutch Public Health Foresight study, FRESHER and others.

9:00-9:15 Welcome, scope and objective of the preconference
9:15-9:45 An introduction to foresight studies and scenario building, why are we doing public health foresight? 
9:45-10:15 Interactive session 1: Identification of most important driving forces for future Public Health, and ranking them  by relevance and uncertainty
10:15-10:45 Stakeholder participation in Public health Foresight
10:45-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-11:30 Interactive session 2: how to select and engage stakeholders
11:30-12:15 Examples of Public health foresight studies: EURO Healthy and the Dutch Public health foresight study
12:15-12:30 Feedback round
12:30 Closing


This interactive and energetic workshop will be led by:

  • Dr Henk Hilderink, Top expert Public Health Foresight at the National Institute for Public Health (Netherlands)
  • Dr Ana Vieira, Senior researcher at the Instituto Superior Técnico Lisbon (Portugal)
  • Dr Daniela Moye Holz, Senior researcher at the National Institute for Public Health (Netherlands)


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