What is Young Forum Gastein (YFG)?

Since 2007 the YFG initiative enables promising young health professionals to become part of an inspiring network which nowadays offers support to over 600 members (Young Gasteiners) working in various health-related fields in Europe and beyond - covering all fours pillars of the EHFG: public and private sectors, civil society, and science & academia. Besides coming together at the annual EHFG conference, the YFG offers unique opportunities year-round to participate in workshops, webinars and other events.

How to join?

Each year a number of YFG scholarships are awarded to promising young professionals working in the field of health. The call for 2024 scholarship applications is closed now, and we are currently reviewing the applications. The outcomes will be communicated by mid-June 2024. 

If you would like to learn more about the network, please watch the video below, or get in touch with us.



The YFG initiative was established in 2007 as a collaboration between the EHFG and DG SANTE (at the time DG SANCO), with a vision to introduce young, promising, health researchers and officials to the Gastein way – bridging the gap between research and policy-making and facilitating cross-sectoral learning and networking. Over the years the network has developed further, now providing Young Gasteiners opportunities to shape the EHFG conference programme by undertaking active speaking and rapporteur roles.

In the framework of an engaging YFG programme, the scholarship offers a unique opportunity to:

  • Learn about the latest health developments in Europe and beyond;
  • Develop important public health competencies such as the ability to build alliances and partnerships, learn advocacy and persuasion skills and develop presentation and communication skills;
  • Network and make new contacts with an enthusiastic, young, international and cross-sectoral peer group, as well as senior experts in the sphere of health;
  • Have closed discussions with senior policymakers and academics;
  • Participate in tasks related to the EHFG, such as undertaking interviews, compiling EHFG conference outcomes, perform social media activities, and acting as a speaker or newsroom rapporteur.

To engage the YFG network throughout the year, various activities are organised. Some examples of the recent activities include:

  • Career Talks on current issues defined by young professionals;
  • YFG City Hubs to deliberate (thematic) conversations;
  • Speaking opportunities in webinars and other health-related events;
  • Participation in various skills-building and institutional workshops.


get in touch

If you would like to know more about the Young Forum Gastein Network, please contact:


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