The project combines two key stages:

Background research, centred around a set of semi-structured interviews with expert contributors of a wide range of different backgrounds, with the aim to identify the factors that are likely to have greatest influence on the health of people in the EU. The outputs from the interviews and supplementary research were summarised in a series of mind maps.
We then highlighted three glimpses of what the future of health might look like, based around four areas of unsustainability: health systems, environment, disjointed investment in health technology and inequalities in health and wealth.

A workshop that brought together a different set of experts - the scenario builders, whose task it was to draw on their own experience and judgement to expand and refine each glimpse into a fuller picture of health in 20 years' time, exploring how their scenario might affect different interest groups.

Participants - Experts
Participants - Scenario builders
Mind Maps - Future Developments



First results of the project were presented at the European Health Forum Gastein 2017 during a forum session on Health Futures in a post-truth world.

Health Futures at the EHFG 2017


The project was carried out by the European Health Forum Gastein in collaboration with the realisation collaborative and acumen public affairs.

We thank all involved experts for their valuable input!


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