World Health Summit 2016

Date: October 9-11


Federal Foreign Office
Werderscher Markt 1

Summit Entrance: Unterwasserstraße 10, 10117 Berlin

Central Topics

  • Migration and Refugee Health
  • Technological Innovation for Health
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Sustainable Development Goals
  • Translational Research
  • Women, Empowerment and Health
  • Precision Medicine and Oncology
  • Biologics' Contribution to Global Health

Printed Program (pdf)

Program Planner


Excerpt from the 2016 Welcome Message:

"Whether we are talking about institutional factors or other global health issues such as a joint approach to tackling antimicrobial resistance, we can only be effective in overcoming the challenges they present if scientists, policymakers and society work together side by side."

Excerpt from the 2016 Welcome Message:

"This Summit is a forum for discussion and dialogue, bringing together men and women “of good will”. That means it is a place of peace."

Excerpt from the 2016 Welcome Message:

"It is impossible to talk about health issues in the past year in Europe without reflecting on the refugee crisis, and the challenges and opportunities that it has presented for Europe. Over one million children, women and men arrived at our shores and borders last year."

Held under the high patronage of:

Hermann Gröhe
Federal Minister of Health Germany

Almost 80 startups from 22 countries applied for the WHS Startup Track - 10 pitched their ideas live on stage - 1 was awarded by German Federal Minister of Health Hermann Gröhe as winner: iFeel Labs from Israel.

iFeel Labs helps asthma sufferers improve lung function through popular games (such as Candy Crush) converted into biosense games.

These use HRV (heart rate variability) breathing measurements to signal when users should inhale and exhale. Users only progress in the game when they are breathing properly and healthily.

The idea convinced the jury: "With its focus on asthma, iFeel Health takes a revolutionary approach to one of the biggest global health problems today. It combines medical insight with computational expertise. Most importantly it manages the actual cause of asthma, maladaptation to stress, rather than just masking symptoms.

With over 300 million asthma sufferers worldwide, iFeel Health has the potential to make a major impact on one of the most common debilitating chronic deseases today."

Pitches at the WHS 2016

Care AcrossGreece
Cold PlasmatechGermany
iFeel HealthyIsrael
midge medical UGGermany

Startups invited to the WHS 2016 as participants

imito AGSwitzerland
Hypnocore IncIsrael
Meo LimitedHongkong
Mint Medical GmbHGermany
Smoke WatchersFrance
Teckel MedicalSpain
HappyMed GmbHAustria
Burundi 3.0Burundi
Consure MedicalIndia



Abrunhosa, Ana
Adegnika, Ayola Akim
Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Tedros
Adshead, Fiona
Aerts, Ann
Åkerman, Christina Rångemark
Allmendinger, Jutta
Amano, Yukiya
Amuasi, John
Avaliani, Zaza


Baffi, Michael
Baldoz, Rosalinda
Bärnighausen, Till
Bartz, Holger
Belorgey, Chantal
Bendhaou, Karim
Berger, Dietmar P.
Bergström, Richard
Bernat, Janis
Berset, Alain
Bertram, Katri
Beyer, Peter
Bicking, Andreas
Binder, Elisabeth
Biswas, Seema
Blackburn, Elizabeth
Boisjoly, Hélène
Bosolo, Yoursen
Böttiger, Bernd W.
Böttinger, Erwin Paul
Bou.ord, Jo Ivey
Boyce, Niall
Braun, Helge
Bréchot, Christian
Brill, Klaus
Bristol, Nellie


Calov, Annika
Campana, Dario
Campos Fernandes, Adalberto
Canny, Ben
Capon, Anthony
Carter, Adrian
Casel, Gertrud
Chakraborty, Sarbani
Chan, Chang-Chuan
Charpentier, Emmanuelle
Chestnov, Oleg
Chibanda, Dixon
Chrétien, Michel
Colucci, Erminia
Comolli, Virginia
Cou_nhal, Agnès


Daccord, Yves
Dalil, Suraya
Daniels, Andrew
Declerck, Paul
de la Peza, Lourdes
de Swardt, Cobus
Dhatt, Roopa
Diallo, Alpha Ahmadou
Dietel, Manfred
Dzau, Victor J.


Eckardt, Kai-Uwe
Eddes, Eric Hans
Edwards, Danny
Eggert, Angelika
Ehrenfreund, Pascale
Eils, Roland
El Aouad, Rajae
Engels, Dirk
Eschenhagen, Thomas


Falk, Volkmar
Feinberg, Mark
Fietje, Nils
Fisher, Dale
Fisher, Julian
Flahault, Antoine
Fleckenstein, Bernhard
Freund, Paul
Fukuhara, Shunichi


Ganten, Detlev
Göhde, Roland
Goto, Rei
Goudou Coffie, Raymonde
Grasselli, Nora Ilona
Greitemann, Eva
Gröhe, Hermann
Guerreiro Baptista Leite,  Ricardo Augustus


Haines, Sir Andrew
Hammann, Peter
Hanefeld, Johanna
Haufiku, Bernard S.
Hauser, Norbert
Hedberg, Niklas
Heepe, Judith
Heinz, Andreas
Herbinger, Wolfgang
Hill, Suzanne
Hoeffler, Anke
Horvath, Ildiko
Hotez, Peter J.
Hrabé de Angelis, Martin
Huang, Sheng-Jean
Hudson, Paul
Hughes, Frances A.


Iddawela, Asela
Iemmi, Valentina
Ifafore-Calfee, Temitayo
Ilkilic, Ilhan
Ischinger, Wolfgang
Iyer, Jayasree


Jafarian, Ali
Jane, Stephen M.
Jenne, Andreas
Jha, Ashish K.


Kang, Gagandeep
Kaufmann, Stefan
Kickbusch, Ilona
Kimpen, Jan
Kipele, Maria
Kirchgatter, Johannes
Kizilhan, Jan Ilhan
Klag, Michael J.
Köhler, Bernhard
Köhler, Carsten
Krause, Johannes
Krieger, Eduardo Moacyr
Kroll, Christian
Krumeich, Anja
Kumar, Hon. Suresh
Kuria, George M.
Kurth, Tobias


Lackland, Daniel T.
Larsson, Stefan
Ledgard, Jonathan
Leendertz, Fabian
Leroux-La Pierre, Maxime
Levy, Yves
Lichtenstein, Désirée
Lim, Keith
Linehan, Karen
Littler, Katherine
Loewenberg, Sam
Lopez, Oriol
Loures, Luiz
Lunze, Karsten
Lynskey, Michael T.


Mailu, Cleopa
Mall, Marcus
Marchandise, Charlotte
Marckmann, Georg
Martinez, Esperanza
Matlin, Stephen
Matthiessen-Guyader, Line
Maurmann, Sven
McCarthy, Justin P.
McGrath, Peter
Meghreblian, Ben
Melesse, Tewodros
Merten, Martina
Minghui, Ren
Minor, Lloyd B.
Misquith, Lorraine
Mitchell, Christina
Mlaki, Wilson
Mochly-Rosen, Daria
Moeti, Matshidiso Rebecca
Montagni, Ilaria
Möröy, Tarik
Mühlbacher, Axel C.
Müller, Thomas
Myers, Samuel S.


Napier, David
Nauck, Matthias
Ng, Shi Hui
Nutt, David


O’Neill, Jim
Osterhaus, Albert
Oullier, Olivier
Özoguz, Aydan


Panawela, Sachie
Parzinger, Hermann
Philipps, Dorothea
Phumaphi, Joy
Piebalgs, Andris
Pisupati, Balakrishna
Pongsiri, Montira
Pott, Elisabeth
Pries, Axel Radlach
Prokosch, Hans-Ulrich


Quek, Swee Chye


Rabbow, Michael
Ranasinghe, Asanga
Resende de Oliveira, Catarina
Rockson, Gregory
Røttingen, John-Arne
Rühli, Frank
Ruiz de Castaneda, Rafael


Sargsyan, Viktoria
Saso, Luciano
Schäfers, Reinhard
Schmutz, Daniel H.
Schnyder, Ulrich
Schulz, Stefan M.
Schwienhorst-Stich, Eva-Maria
Sebbag, Robert
Seeger, Werner
Sehouli, Jalid
Shah, Niyati
Shaw, Brendan
Shaw, Reuben
Shea, Jaqueline
Shekhalage, Elisabeth
Shoukimas, Daniel
Sié, Ali
Singh, Steve
Sipido, Karin R.
Smit, Francis E.
Smith, Neal
Sprenger, Marc
Stock, Günter
Stolk, Pieter
Sultana, Victoria
Sutter, Gerd
Swing, William Lacey


Takian, Amirhossein
Tano, Jean-Yves K.
Tarakji, Ahmad
Taylor, Peter
Tenhagen, Bernd-Alois
Theis, Fabian
Theobald, Sally
Thölken, Hinrich
Thorning-Schmidt, Helle
Told, Michaela
Tsi, Sean
Türk, Silvia


Ulrichs, Timo


Valentine, Nicole
van den Boom, Martin
van Houten, Frans
Vehreschild, Jörg Janne
Verdejo-Garcia, Antonio
Vogel, Johannes


Warinner, Christina
Warnken, Heiko
Watal, Jayashree
Westphal, Florian
Wieczorek-Zeul, Heidemarie
Wieler, Lothar
Wienold, Matthias
Wong-Rieger, Durhane
Wuliji, Tana


Yankah, Charles


Zeltner, Thomas
Zink, Albert
Zinkernagel, Rolf
Zipfel, Stephan

Satellite / Partner Events 2016

(in chronological order)

Refugee Migration and Health – Challenges for Germany and Europe

Open to all, registration is mandatory
October 12-14, 2016
Host: University of Bielefeld
Location:  Center for Interdisciplinary Research, Bielefeld

Europe faces several societal and political challenges due to the global migration. The current movement to Western Europe is a sign and symptom of the recent globalization process and the increasing political unrest. This migration is massive, unprecedented, extremely diverse, and mostly unregulated. Migration to Europe will become a routine for which Germany and other European countries ought to be prepared. This conference aims to highlight and discuss the main challenges for Germany and Europe and the necessities in the management of migrant populations in terms of medical care and health system adaptations.

3rd German-African Healthcare Symposium

Open to all - prior ticket reservation is mandatory
October 12, 2016, 08:30 - 19:00
Host: Afrika-Verein,
Location: Ellington Hotel, Nürnberger Str. 50-55, 10789 Berlin

The focal points of this year's German-African Health Symposium will be "Systemic Strategies", "Infrastructure Development", "Health Insurance Models", and "Universal Health Coverage". Furthermore, "Innovative Examples of the African Healthcare Business" will be introduced.

OpenTrials Hack Day

Open to all, registration is mandatory
October 08, 2016
Host: OpenTrials / Open Knowledge International
Location:  Wikimedia Deutschland - Tempelhofer Ufer 23-24, 10963 Berlin, Germany

OpenTrials is an open database of information about the world’s clinical trials. It draws together information from multiple sources, inviting crowdsourced additions, and presenting the information in various formats to various communities. The overall aim of the project is to improve access to information about trials, and to increase transparency.

People from a range of backgrounds are invited to the OpenTrials Hack Day. Developer, data scientist, health technologist, open data advocate, or people otherwise interested in health, medicine, and clinical trials, will learn more about the data that powers OpenTrials, how it’s structured, and how to use the API for searches or to build applications using the data.

27th European Students' Conference: Facing Antimicrobial Resistance - Research Revolution wanted!

Open to all, registration is mandatory
September 28 - October 01, 2016
Host: ESC Berlin
Location:  Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Four thematically clustered conference days will address the conference's main topic: Antimicrobial Resistance:

  • A Global and Interdisciplinary Problem
  • Consequences and Sepsis-Treatment
  • Customized Drug Design and Alternatives for Antibiotics
  • Economic Incentives and Approval

enpact fishbowl: can digitalization disrupt healthcare industry?

Open to all, registration is requested
June 15, 2016
Host: enpact, Impact Hub, World Health Summit
Location: Impact Hub Berlin, Friedrichstraße 246, 10969 Berlin, Deutschland

The healthcare sector is one of the last to be disrupted by technology. Not much had changed when you compare the scenario 20 years ago to what was three years ago. We wait longer for a doctor’s appointment than it lasts, treat diseases instead of promoting health, lack knowledge of a patient’s full background, and even suffer from diseases that we already have the cure for. Can startups revolutionize healthcare systems? What is the role of big data and smartphones in bringing about change?

Policy Dialogue on "Polio Legacy and Transition"

Open to all, registration is requested
June 02, 2016
Host: Global Health Centre and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Berlin Medical Society, World Health Summit
Location: Langenbeck-Virchow-Haus, Luisenstrasse 58/59, Berlin, Germany

The implementation of the SDGs demands a global commitment and a more holistic approach towards health: to act at the interface of health, foreign policy, development and security is essential to ensure healthy lives and promoting well-being for all.

A transition process is now underway from the more narrowly defined MDGs towards a broader sustainable development agenda. In this regard, much can and must be learnt from the polio eradication efforts of the last three decades while recognising and overcoming the remaining challenges in the polio ‘endgame’ as the international community expects to live in a world free of polio in 2019.

In this policy dialogue, the discussion will focus on ensuring the polio legacy is captured and a smooth transition enabled from the current polio eradication assets to developing strong health systems.

10th International Tuberculosis Symposium

Open to all, registration is mandatory
March 09-10, 2016
Host: Koch Metschnikow Forum
Location:  Akkon University for Human Sciences, Colditzstraße 36-38, 12099 Berlin, Germany

In 2015, more than 1 million refugees arrived in Germany, many of them without sufficient medical care. The risk of tuberculosis cases in refugee shelters increases with incomplete medical coverage. Tuberculosis care and control facilities in Germany do their best in screening and assisting in prevention programs. Many Eastern European partners of Koch-Metchnikov-Forum also have many refugees in their countries and much experience in how to control tuberculosis in this context. Hence, the scientific focus of this symposium will be “Tuberculosis and migration”.


Media Report 2016
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M8 Declaration
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WHS 2016 Information
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