World Health Summit 2020


Participation will be possible in person on-site and remote but active via Internet

In this very special year of the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Summit will take place as an on-site conference in Berlin and at the same time as a fully digital, interactive conference with cost-free availability of all sessions of the program. For participation online, a registration is not required. Each session can be accessed via a link in the program:

Due to the pandemic-induced regulations regarding distancing and hygiene, we will host the on-site conference on a smaller scale and by invitation only: no free ticket sale is available this year. Instead, we will distribute the conference tickets through our partner organizations from all sectors. Digital participation will be organized in the usual World Health Summit manner despite the virtual format: With the possibility of taking part in lively, fruitful, and constructive discussions. 

On site:

  • We will comply with all official stipulations established by federal and state governments and implement necessary measures
  • We will follow all applicable rules regarding hygiene, protective gear, distancing and number of participants etc.


  • Digital participation of the entire program (all sessions)
  • Possibility of worldwide participation via internet
  • Widely used standard video conferencing software with intuitive features
  • High reliability through load-balancing features for low-bandwidth situations
  • One proper entry link per session available in the program planner:
  • No registration needed
  • Access possible via PC, tablet, smartphone
  • Interactive formats through chat, Q&A function, screen and document sharing

At the World Health Summit, leading international experts from science, politics, business, and civil society will come together.
The spread of COVID-19 this year shows how essential the improvement of global health is and how crucial the strengthening of international and interdisciplinary cooperation remains. 
A meeting like the World Health Summit with its central topics like Pandemic Preparedness, Universal Health Coverage, Health Systems Strengthening, and Universal Access to Health couldn't be more important. We and our academic backbone, the M8 Alliance, are confident that only with collaboration and mutual assistance beyond borders this global health crisis can be tackled. 

We look forward to your participation at the World Health Summit - in Berlin or via internet!


Angela Merkel
Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany

Emmanuel Macron
President of the French Republic

Ursula von der Leyen
President of the European Commission

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Director-General of the World Health Organization

World Health Summit Presidents

Charles Ibingira 
International President 2020 & 2021
Principal, Makerere University College of Health Sciences, Uganda

Detlev Ganten
Founding President,
Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany

Central Topics

  • Pandemic Preparedness in the Age of COVID-19: Global Cooperation not Competition
  • Strengthening the Role of the European Union in Global Health
  • Climate Change and Global Health: Risks and Response
  • Partnership for the Goals: United Nations' 75th Anniversary
  • Accelerating the SDG3 Global Action Plan for Health and Well-being
  • Translational Research: Advancing Innovative Treatments
  • ​​​​​​​Digital Health & AI for Pandemic Preparedness

See Details​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ 


Our interactive program planner provides all information on each individual session, including speakers and topics. There you will also find links for online participation.

If you wish to download the program in PDF format, please find the most recent version below.