30 September - 2 October 2020 | Going DigitalEuropean Health Forum Gastein

EHFG 2020: Dancing with elephants

New partnerships for health, democracy, business

EHFG 2020: Going Digital

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the world in unprecedented ways, we are currently facing the need and opportunity to redefine how we can meet to work on our joint challenges in a way that prioritises public health and the well-being of our participants.

In light of the latest available information and considering ongoing uncertainties around the risks of physical gatherings this autumn, the EHFG board has decided to adapt this year's format:

  • The EHFG 2020 will take place as a digital event.
  • The EHFG 2021 will take place again as a physical conference in autumn 2021.
  • EHFG satellite events and webinars will help us stay connected as a global community throughout the year.

Under the main theme, ‘Dancing with elephants - New partnerships for health, democracy, business’, the EHFG 2020 will address the relevant relationships between health and commercial, economic and political agendas. We will place particular emphasis on topics which are crucial in the COVID-19 context, such as health systems’ emergency preparedness and response, European collaboration and solidarity, the ‘infodemic’ during the COVID-19 period, and the impact of this crisis on our societies and constitutional democracies as a whole.

The EHFG 2020 digital edition will bring to life the Gastein spirit in a virtual environment, and offer a mix of live sessions and streams, recorded materials, and opportunities to digitally network and brainstorm with other participants as well as actively contribute to live discussions.

We are excited to take you on this new journey! Details about the programme and registration will be announced soon.

EHFG 2020 Main Theme
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