January 2016

Bringing you updates on these topics:

WHS Geneva Meeting 2016
- Speakers
- Program Outline
- Registraion

World Health Summit 2016

- Save the Date
- WHS Yearbook

Central Dates from our Network
- re:publica – Call for Papers on “Health”
- 9th Charité Entrepreneurship Summit
- 2016 International Society for Evolution, Medicine & Public Health Meeting

Happy New Year

Thanks to our partners and wonderful speakers and participants the year 2015 was very prosperous for the World Health Summit. More than 1,500 participants from around 90 countries attended the seventh World Health Summit from October 11-13 at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin and more than 3,000 people worldwide attended the meeting via online live-stream.

More than 260 international experts from academia, politics, the private sector, and civil society held active discussions in six keynotes, four panel discussions and 27 workshops on key topics such as refugee health, antimicrobial resistance, big data, and the effects of climate change on health (in preparation for the December 2015 UN Climate Change Conference in Paris).

(For further facts and figures: "WHS Information 2016")

With around 100,000 visitors from 195 countries in 2015, our homepage www.worldhealthsummit.org was a strong source of information concerning our topics and speakers.

Still, a lot remains to be done to sustainably improve health worldwide. We will continue to address the most challenging topics in 2016! Therefore, we look forward to welcome you to the:

WHS Geneva Meeting in April 2016 and the World Health Summit in October 2016 in Berlin!

WHS Geneva Meeting 2016

Date: April 19-21, 2016
Theme: “Global Health: Sustainable and Affordable Innovation in Healthcare”
Venue: Geneva International Conference Centre (CICG), Switzerland

Since its first edition 10 years ago, the Geneva Health Forum (GHF) has become a space for dialogue and major exchanges between field practitioners, university hospitals, public and private sector, international organizations and non-governmental organizations.

In 2016, several sessions of the GHF will be designed in collaboration with the World Health Summit and the M8 Alliance of Academic Health Centers, Universities and National Academies. Faithful to the GHF spirit, the WHS Geneva Meeting will offer the opportunity to have an open and constructive debate on innovation in healthcare.

All the sessions will be simultaneously translated in French and English.

Speakers include

Dinesh Bhugra
President, World Psychiatric Association

Shu-Ti Chiou
Director-General, Health Promotion Administration, Ministry of Health and Welfare, Taiwan

Bertrand Levrat
CEO Geneva University Hospital

Denis Mukwege
Founder and Director, Panzi Hospital, Democratic Republic of Congo

Sally Stansfield
Director, Social Impact Consulting Practice, Deloitte

Annelies Wilder-Smith
Director, Global Health and Vaccinology Programme Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine

Program Outline

(preliminary - January 2016)

(Day 1 - please click on the image above to see the full preliminary program structure.)


Several interesting ticket offers for the WHS Geneva Meeting 2016 are available, including specials for Low/Middle Income Countries participants (according to the "World Bank List") and students.  Until February 29, 2016, an additional "early bird" service will be offered.

Follow this link for all information on prices and registration >>>

World Health Summit 2016

Date: October 9-11, 2016
City: Berlin

The World Health Summit (WHS) brings together stakeholders and decision makers from every field in the healthcare spectrum, providing the perfect forum for exchange with experts from academia, industry, politics, and civil society.

It is the world’s foremost strategic forum for global health, and promotes thought leadership in the scientific and global health agenda.

We look forward to seeing you at the 8th World Health Summit!

Follow this link for further information on the World Health Summit 2016 >>>

WHS Yearbook 2015

The WHS Yearbook continues on topics and initiatives raised at the highly successful World Health Summit 2015. It features in-depth interviews and exclusive essays by some of the most prominent speakers of the WHS 2015.

Please enjoy 100 pages on these central themes:

- The Digital Health Revolution
- Climate Change & Health
- Refugee Health & Mega Disasters
- Health In The Post-2015 Development Agenda

Download the whole WHS Yearbook 2015 >>>

Central Dates from our Network

re:publica – Call for Papers on “Health”

We are very happy to announce our new partnership with re:publica - one of the largest and most exciting conferences about digital culture. On this occasion, re:publica decided to further develop their health track sessions and extend its Call for Papers deadline until 31 January, 2016!

Topics the organizers would like to cover include digital health, nutrition, healthy working environments, medical education, refugee assistance, and disaster relief. Apply today if you are developing gadgets, hardware or software for the health sector:

re:publica 2016: Calls for Papers >>>

(c) Juhan Sonin, illustration by Sarah Kaiser (CC BY 2.0)

9th Charité Entrepreneurship Summit

Rethink & Transform Healthcare
Berlin, May 26-27, 2016

Every year in May, over 400 global leaders in healthcare innovation convene at the Charité Entrepreneurship Summit. This year’s agenda will feature topics like the digitalization of health care, the role of open innovation in dramatically improving drug discovery, the prospects of genome editing and healthy ageing, the influence of women in changing the healthcare ecosystem, and the importance of delivering value-based medicine. 

Learn more about the 9th Charité Entrepreneurship Summit >>>

Registration and Abstract Submission:
2016 International Society for Evolution, Medicine & Public Health Meeting

The International Society for Evolution, Medicine & Public Health 2nd Annual Meeting will be held in Durham, North Carolina. ISEMPH 2016 brings together scientists, teachers, clinicians, and students in the evolution and medicine community to share ideas and create new connections that will advance the field.

The meeting is designed to bridge different disciplines where relevant research takes place, including infectious disease, public health, genetics, anthropology, psychology, oncology, ecology, and veterinary medicine.

Abstracts for oral or poster presentations on topics related to evolution, medicine and public health are welcome until January 31, 2016. Terms of application >>>


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