Public Health 2050

Thursday, 04.10.2012 | 14:30 - 17:30 | Plenary Hall

Organised by DG Research & Innovation, European Commission

Identifying tomorrow's challenges and opportunities to health allows for investing in the right public health research now in Europe and getting prepared for the future:

  • What will be the main health challenges to be addressed in 2050? 
  • Which external factors will influence these developments, e.g. demographic changes, climate change, lifestyle? 
  • Which scientific and technological developments will shape the future? 
  • How to get prepared to address these problems? 
  • What is the role of public health research? 
  • How to structure and prioritize public health research in Europe to face up to these challenges?

This session will discuss what the European society will look like in 2050: which external factors will influence our health challenges in Europe, e.g. demographic changes, climate change and lifestyle? Each presentation will be followed by questions from the panel and the audience.

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L Matthiessen, Head of Unit Infectious Diseases and Public Health, DG RTD, European Commission

What will our society look like in 2050?

SJ Olshansky, Professor, School of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA

Impacts of global environmental change on health

A Haines, Professor of Public Health & Primary Care, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK

Lifestyle, population and individual actions to promote health

S Sans, Director, Institute for Health Studies of Barcelona, Institut d’Estudis de la Salut, Spain

What will we be able to afford by 2050?

M Borowitz, Senior Policy Analyst, Health Division, OECD

The chair and the panel will comment and summarize the discussion of this session

P Lange, former Director General, Life Sciences Research for Health, Berlin, Germany

K Lamiraud, Associate Professor, Department of Economics, ESSEC Business School, France

M Wysocki, Director, National Institute of Public Health, Poland

M Kosinska, Secretary General, European Public Health Alliance

A Olauson, Chairman, AGRENSKA, Sweden

SG Scintee, Deputy General Director, National School of Public Health Management and Professional Development, Romania

Chaired by

TIA Sørensen, Professor of Metabolic Epidemiology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

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