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Monday 12 October 2020 - Saturday 17 October 2020

In October 2020, over 4,000 public health professionals, policy makers and students will meet in Rome, Italy, for the 16th World Congress on Public Health. It is organized by the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) in collaboration with the Italian Society of Hygiene, Preventive Medicine and Public Health (SItI) and the European Public Health Association (EUPHA).
The 2020 World Congress on Public Health comes at a critical time for our planet. Several commentators, looking ahead over the next few decades, have warned that the very survival of humanity is at risk. This year, temperatures in the Arctic and Antarctic are far beyond what has been seen since records began, and there are real fears that we are reaching a tipping point. Threats to food and water supply, biodiversity, and in some parts of the world, the ability to survive in extreme temperatures, are leading to mass migration and conflict. Political structures, at national, regional, and global level, are struggling to respond. International agreements, on climate change, nuclear weapons, and much else, are being torn up.
The theme of the Congress, Public Health for the Future of Humanity: Analysis, Advocacy, and Action, reflects our firm commitment that we, in the global public health community, have an obligation to respond to these new circumstances. We must make visible the threats to health, some of which are already emerging. We must challenge and hold to account those with the power to make a difference. And we must act, making real our commitment to health in all policies.
Partners and supporting organizations include European Commission, WHO Regional Office for Europe, the Italian Ministry of Health, the National Institute of Health (ISS), the Italian Medicines Agency (AIFA), the Municipality of Rome, the Regional Government of Lazio, La Sapienza University of Rome, the Catholic University of Rome, Farmindustria, EuroHealthNet, ASPHER, EHMA, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

Co-chairs of the 16th World Congress on Public Health:

  • Prof Walter Ricciardi - President National Institute of Health, Italy; Vice-President World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA)
  • Prof Carlo Signorelli - Professor of Hygiene and Public Health at the University of Parma and Vita-Salute San Raffaele of Milan, Italy; Past-President Italian Society for Hygiene, Preventive Medicine and Public Health (SItI)

Co-chairs of the International Conference Council (ICC):

  • Prof Martin McKee – Professor of European Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom; Past-President European Public Health Association (EUPHA)
  • Prof Laetitia Rispel – Professor of Public Health at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa; President World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA)



Registration for the event is now open! Be among the first to register and receive a low cost rate before 30 November 2019!

Abrstract Submissions are open form 1 December 2019 to 1 March 2020!

World Leadership Dialogue submissions are open from 1 August 2019 to 31 December 2019! Click here for more information. 

For more information, visit the website.

Location Rome, Italy



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