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COVID-19 Updates


Update 14 July 2020

Dear colleagues,

Since we announced that the WCPH 2020 will be held as an entirely virtual and online congress we have worked hard on revising the programme of plenary and parallel sessions, networking opportunities and exhibition areas.

The virtual WCPH 2020 will be an exciting and engaging event with live streams of eight plenary sessions, 30 World Leadership Dialogues and 150 workshops. We will bring all accepted oral papers in pre-recorded sessions to life on our virtual platform with options for attendees to interact through chat boxes. Posters are clustered in congress tracks and viewable at all times. WCPH 2020 will offer an incredibly full and varied programme from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm CET to accommodate attendees living in different time zones across the globe.

Dedicated Covid-19 Track

When the WCPH actually takes place in October it is more relevant than ever. As the world confronts the coronavirus, the sharing of knowledge becomes ever more important, and the WCPH is the place to do it. A dedicated Covid-19 track will be featured, covering the latest on corona control policies, the efficacy of control measures, the impact on health systems and community services and the lessons to be learned from it. 

Click for the Covid-19 programme here

On behalf of the Congress Management Committee,

Prof Walter Ricciardi
Co-Chair World Congress on Public Health

Prof Carlo Signorelli
Co-Chair World Congress on Public Health

 
 

Update 29 April 2020

Dear colleagues,

These are unprecedented times that require unprecedented measures. The coronavirus pandemic is having its repercussions on the way the international scientific community is organizing its meetings as well. The nationwide lockdowns imposed on many countries have already required the cancellation or postponement of several global congresses. It is in this light that the Congress Management Committee (CMC) has decided to move the World Congress on Public Health (WCPH), held from 12 to 17 October in Rome, into a virtual congress. What this entails for all planned congress activities will be discussed in the coming weeks. We will inform you as soon as we have more information.

As a leading public health event, we cannot risk spreading the Covid-19 virus further by physically bringing people together in one congress venue in October. The CMC sees the virtual congress not as a limited event of webinars but as an engaging event with integrated live streams and pre-recorded sessions, Q&As, live polling, and networking. It will make the virtual event come to life, offering a virtual exhibition area, interactive e-learning classrooms, interaction with other participants through chat boxes, and social events.

As the world confronts the coronavirus, the sharing of science – especially the latest public health science – becomes ever more important, and the WCPH is the place to do it. A dedicated Covid-19 track will also be featured, covering the latest on epidemiology, surveillance, policies and impact of control measures.

We will inform our abstract submitters by mid-May about the format of the congress and their presentation. We remain committed to publish accepted abstracts in the Abstract Supplement of the European Journal of Public Health.

A virtual congress also offers us the opportunity to further increase our global relevance as even more people can attend sessions than at an in-person congress, especially from countries with less budgets for travel and accommodation.

 

Update 2 April 2020

Dear colleagues,

The organizers of the 16th World Congress on Public Health - WFPHA, SItI and EUPHA - are fully aware of the challenges that everyone is facing with the Covid-19 pandemic. The coronacrisis is rapidly escalating and putting an enormous strain on health and community services worldwide. The current situation is that in many countries people confined to their homes or having severe travel restrictions. It is unclear how long this situation will last. Some experts are hopeful that the situation will improve over the summer period, others say that it could be around for six more months - that takes us until October - until things are returning to normal. It may be quicker than that - it may take longer.

It is therefore that the Congress Management Committee is exploring all possible options as to whether the congress can be held as planned in October 2020, has to be postponed or has to be moved into a digital format. Now more than ever it is important the public health community to be meeting, in person or virtually. When the Congress actually takes place, it is more relevant than ever. We will be dealing extensively with the coronacrisis, the impact on health systems and community services and the lessons to be learned from it. But there is more, we will also focus on other pressing challenges: climate change, food and water supply, poverty and inequalities. The theme of the Congress: Public Health for the Future of Humanity: Analysis, Advocacy, and Action, shows that we, in the global public health community, have an obligation to respond to these challenges.

We hope you understand that further commitments are difficult to make in the current climate of uncertainty. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will post updates regularly on our website. We encourage you to stay in touch during these critical times. Be assured that the health and safety of all conference attendees are our priority.

We want to express our solidarity to colleagues around the world who work tirelessly to fight the pandemic.

On behalf of the Congress Management Committee,

Prof Walter Ricciardi
Co-Chair World Congress on Public Health

Prof Carlo Signorelli
Co-Chair World Congress on Public Health


Update 11 March 2020

Last Sunday the deadline for submitting the abstracts for the WCPH closed with an exceptional result which was beyond all expectations. In total 3,798 abstracts for single presentation and 260 workshop proposals were submitted. This is the result not only of the good work by the members of the Congress Management Committee (CMC), International Congress Committee (ICC) and the three organizing associations but also by the national public health associations.

The last few weeks has seen an expansion of the coronavirus epidemic, not only in Italy but also in other countries worldwide. The CMC believes that the World Congress provides the best possible platform for discussion and sharing of data and experiences, especially in the rapidly-evolving situation of the crisis.

We remain hopeful that the crisis will resolve itself before the summer and that the situation will have returned to normal by October. The CMC will analyse alternatives should any changes to the programme become necessary. The decisions of organizers of scientific events prior to our World Congress on Public Health will be carefully taken into account. The organizers of the WCPH will work within the rules of the relevant health authorities, and keep the health and safety of our delegates as our utmost priority. We will keep you informed of the situation when it changes.

It is our hope that the COVID-19 virus will be contained as soon as possible and our thoughts go out to those families that have been affected.