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Online Event, 12 – 16 October 2020

Public Health for the Future of Humanity: Analysis, Advocacy and Action


The 16th World Congress on Public Health goes virtual. We are ready for the challenge: Over 3,000 abstracts from 112 countries accepted, special congress track on COVID-19. Daily sessions from 6 am - 11 pm for all time zones. Live plenary sessions, live workshops, exhibition area, reduced registration fees. 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 theme of the Congress remains Public Health for the Future of Humanity: Analysis, Advocacy, and Action, reflecting our firm commitment that we, in the global public health community, have an obligation to respond to the current Corona crisis and other emerging global challenges. As the world confronts the coronavirus, the sharing of science – especially the latest public health science – becomes ever more important, and the virtual WCPH 2020 is the event to do it. A dedicated COVID-19 track will be featured, covering the latest on the efficacy of policy measures, impact on health systems, etc.


Abstract Submission Results

On 8 March 2020, the deadline for submitting the abstracts is closed. In total 3,798 abstracts for single presentation and 260 workshop proposals were submitted. Abstracts were all reviewed and you can access the decision on your abstract by logging onto your personal account.


Next Steps for Accepted Abstracts

If your abstract is accepted, these are your next steps:
1. Corrections: Check your abstract by logging into your personal account. The system accepts your corrections until 1 July, midnight CET.
2. Registration and confirmation: Register for the Congress and confirm by 1 July that you will be presenting your abstract. If you do not register and confirm, your abstract will not be included in the programme and the Abstract Supplement of the European Journal of Public Health. If you are organizing a workshop, all your presenters have to register. Read More Here.



Registration for the virtual WCPH 2020 is open. Registration fees have been substantially reduced, ranging from EUR 130 (students) to EUR 240 (non-members) for the full congress. Special discount is offered to attendees from emerging countries. Low rates apply until 5 August. Read More Here.


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)

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).



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