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Newsletter 08/2021: #WHS2021 Program News, WHO-Hub Opens

Dear friends,

This autumn, Germany focuses on global health: The World Health Summit, as you all know, will take place from October 24-26. Just some weeks before, the new WHO Hub for Pandemic and Epidemic Intelligence, Data, Surveillance and Analytics Innovation in Berlin opens its doors: On September 1st, the hub will officially and prominently be launched with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), both high patrons of the World Health Summit.

The hub is established in collaboration between the WHO and the German government, with World Health Summit and Charité being close partners. Launching this new powerhouse is a tremendously important signal for global health and for international and multilateral cooperation.

These are core values the World Health Summit shares and promotes. We are convinced, that international and multi-stakeholder collaboration is the only way to tackle the many global health challenges in a sustainable fashion. Threats like COVID-19 or climate change require a broad multinational and societal approach.

It is more obvious than ever that we must act together, in global cooperation and solidarity. To foster this cooperation, the World Health Summit and the M8 Alliance provide and develop an ever more important multi-stakeholder forum. Here, global health challenges are analyzed and interpreted, catalyzing possible activities and measures.

For the World Health Summit 2021 we are again looking forward to welcoming many diverse experts from science, politics, industry, and civil society – in Berlin and online: All sessions will be available digitally.

As we continue to prepare this hybrid World Health Summit 2021, we will continue to provide you with updates, particularly via TwitterFacebookLinkedIn, and Instagram  – and of course, via this newsletter. 

Let us work together and try to make a real difference for global health – and see you all at the World Health Summit 2021!

With kind regards,


Axel R. Pries
World Health Summit

Charles Ibingira
International President 2021


#WHS2021 Online Program 

The Online Program featuring all sessions, times, speakers, and the Zoom links for free online participation is now available.

Click here for the detailed online program


#WHS2021 Latest Confirmed Speakers

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Digital Participation (via Internet, Worldwide):

Digital participation will be free and possible without prior registration. 
All keynote sessions, panel discussions and workshops are available online with Q&A function to join the discussion.
The individual Zoom links can be accessed directly in the respective session in the online program

All World Health Summit sessions are available as video recordings on our YouTube channel

On-Site Participation (Kosmos, Berlin, Germany):

On-site participation will be possible by invitation only.
Due to COVID-19, the number of participants at the venue is limited and hygiene and distancing rules apply.
Please note: Access to the venue can only be granted with proof of EU-vaccination, recovery or negative test.

Register here

More Information on #WHS2021

Comprehensive and detailed info on program, topics, speakers, and participation is just one click away: here


Leading up to the World Health Summit 2021, we introduce many of this year's incredible speakers on Twitter, FacebookLinkedIn and Instagram.


M8 Alliance Webinar Series on Migrant and Refugee Health

Register for the webinar on "The Need for Integration of Migration Health Aspects in the Education of Health Professionals" on September 7, 3:00 PM CET.

The sixth M8 Alliance Expert Meeting webinar is organized by Sapienza University of Rome together with UNICA

Get all information on registration, speakers and program here

Migrant and Refugee Health has been a focus topic of the M8 Alliance since 2016 with regular expert meetings and sessions at the World Health Summit.

Get all information on the webinar series, expert meetings, and the focus topic here
Recordings of all webinars are available on the World Health Summit YouTube channel


WHO and Germany Launch New Global Hub for Pandemic and Epidemic Intelligence

On September 1st, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus will inaugurate the new global WHO Hub in Berlin, which will bring together partners worldwide to collaborate and create the tools and data needed for all countries to prepare, detect and respond to pandemic and epidemic risks. This special event will also include a ceremony to recognize Chancellor Merkel’s outstanding leadership in global public health. 

The goal of the WHO Hub for Pandemic and Epidemic Intelligence is to detect and prevent future pandemic outbreaks at an early stage. One of the partners of the hub is Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin. The inauguration is co-organized by the World Health Summit. 

If you want to follow the ceremony on September 1st from 3:00-4:30 PM CET: There will be a livestream on

Read more here


In the last World Health Summit Newsletter 07/21, we introduced the latest edition of ZEIT GERMANY Study & Research, a magazine published annually for international high-school graduates, university students and young scientists around the globe who want to study or research in Germany. Unfortunately, the link was missing.
Enjoy reading ZEIT GERMANY here

International Vaccination Institute's 20th Vaccinology Course 

The International Vaccination Institute is offering its five-day course on a virtual platform and free of charge starting on September 6. Participants will gain a comprehensive overview of vaccinology with a focus on COVID-19, featuring lectures from distinguished experts across global health and vaccine organizations including WHO, Gavi, CEPI, U.S. National Institute of Health, National Vaccine Institute Thailand, Wellcome Trust, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Harvard University, IVI and many more. 


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World Health Summit 2021

October 24-26, 2021

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