From evidence to action in public health – ECDC Summer School 2016

From my experience, people that choose public health research are driven by two things: (i) to “solve the puzzle”- advance science or bring about an innovation and (ii) to have an impact, to produce a change that will address a public health emergency or correct some of the heath inequities that we experience or witness. However, it can be difficult once you are embedded in a scientific environment to understand the complexities of translating evidence into action. This can already be complex when operating in a national context, but increasingly so when dealing with an international structure with complicated governance arrangements. Therefore, as a public health researcher, in order to make sure that the objective evidence you produce informs the relevant people, one should strive to understand the policy professionals’ decision making process.

Being a Young Gasteiner…

Being a part of the Young Gastein programme over the last few years has been a hugely rewarding experience and one which has been extremely beneficial as an early career researcher. I joined this European network of young researchers in 2014, when I received a scholarship to attend the European Health Forum Gastein (EHFG) conference in Bad Hofgastein, Austria in October of that year. Weiterlesen

#EHFG2016: Second Programme Announcement

What are the chances of several Ministers of Health, a Nobel Prize Laureate, a number of European Commission officials, and other high-ranking decision makers and experts meeting in an Austrian valley to discuss EU health policy?

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Sounds unlikely – but we make it happen. Join us for the #EHFG2016!

Our 2nd Programme Announcement is available now, in order to register click here.

Early bird fees available until 15 July.



19th European Health Forum Gastein
Demographics and Diversity in Europe – New Solutions for Health
28-30 September, Bad Hofgastein, Austria


Epidemiology in summer – from evidence to action, from economy to anthropology

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) Summer School 2016 gathers over 100 health professionals from the European countries and beyond the continent (Public Health Agency of Canada and representatives from partner countries from the Mediterranean Programme for Intervention Epidemiology Training (MediPIET) – Georgia, Egypt, Jordan, Moldova, etc.). Experts from the national public health institutes spend a week in beautiful Stockholm to strengthen the technical and the mentoring skills in applied epidemiology.

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A rich programme of the ECDC Summer School with three tracks to choose poses a dilemma where to go, or… can I attend everything? Weiterlesen

Can numeracy and literacy fill the health gaps of Europe?

Europe is undergoing a period of profound demographic change. Populations are ageing, fertility patterns are changing, modern living has impacted our habits, and consequently, there is an increasing prevalence of people living with one or more chronic disease. Cases of diabetes, for example, are expected to rise from 58.9 million cases in 2015 to 71.1 million by 2040. Today over 10 million people are living with dementia in Europe and it is set to double by 2050. All the while, governments struggle to manage health care spending as much of the continent recovers from the damaging global recession and faces a rising cost of treatments.

With so many potential stumbling blocks for European health systems, can we all truly access quality care?

This blog was written by Helmut Brand, President of the EHFG, and first published on OECD Insights. Weiterlesen