The 11th European Public Health Conference (EPH) “Winds of change: towards new ways of improving public health in Europe” will take place in Cankarjev Dom, Ljubljana, (Slovenia) from the 28th of November to the 1st of December 2018.


Today’s societies are faced with challenges that have an important impact on population health in Europe. On the other hand, there are also new opportunities to improve health and wellbeing of European population. The annual EPH conferences are considered the premier European gatherings of public health professionals. Delegates include researchers, policymakers, practitioners and educators in public health and many other related fields. Over 1,500 delegates are expected to attend the Ljubljana conference. It is co-organized by by EUPHA – European Public Health Association and National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ), Slovenia, leader of WP6 in ADVANTAGE JA.

The 11th EPH Conference offers excellent opportunities to learn from the latest research and practice, to network with experts and colleagues and to expand professional horizons. European public health systems are varied, reflecting different societal choices. Despite organisational and financial differences, they are built on common values: universality, access to good quality care, equity and solidarity. The need to make health systems financially sustainable in a way which safeguards these values into the future is also widely recognised.

The themes of the conference are the main challenges facing public health include inequalities, the economic crisis, globalization, migration and urbanization, environmental degradation and climate change. These factors all influence the lifestyles and health of the European population, resulting in changing disease patterns and new public health emergencies.
As societies and countries change, so do the public health challenges. This requires a strong public health sector that adapts and responds to societal changes and provides adequate answers to questions like:
Are public health systems adequately prepared for changing disease patterns?
How can public health practitioners be more effective in today’s societal systems?
Which models of public health systems work best and at which levels?
What public health leadership is required to deal with these challenges?

Abstracts can be submitted from 1 February until 1 May 2018.