In 2017, 70 young professionals working in the field of health from EU Member States and beyond have been awarded the scholarship. They will participate in the #EHFG2017 conference as Young Forum Gastein scholars and will be introduced to the YFG Network.

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The scholars have a busy schedule during the EHFG conference which includes participating in the general conference programme as well as attending specific Young Forum Gastein meetings and working groups.

This year Young Gasteiners can expand their knowledge in a health advocacy workshop and a skills-building session. Mentoring sessions with senior EHFG delegates representing our four pillars and a career talk are again in the programme. Additionally, Young Gasteiners will collaborate in diverse inter-professional and inter-cultural groups, facilitate networking and encourage thinking about the inherent issues of important European healthcare topics such as health diplomacy and policy and practice.

Young Gasteiners are playing an increasingly important role both in the organisation of the conference and in increasing the visibility of the YFG initiative. At this year's EHFG they will also join as speakers, panellists or moderators in a number of sessions:

  • Environment & health: Building the evidence base for policy (Forum 9)
  • Exploring the needs and future developments of immunisation records in the EU (Forum 6)
  • Health inequalities: threats and opportunities (Forum 8)
  • Investing in healthier cities: "insuring prevention" (Workshop 1)
  • Medicines; new game, new rules (Forum 5)
  • Power to the people - Re-imagining health systems with people at their centre (Workshop 4)
  • Social inclusion, work & health (Workshop 8)
  • The right health workforce - a matter of planning? (Workshop 2)
  • Transformative approaches for equity and resilience (Forum 10).

Two Young Gasteiners have evaluated the applications for the European Health Award 2017 and will be moderating the Award Ceremony.

Programme duration

The Young Forum Gastein programme at #EHFG2017 commences one day before the official start of the EHFG conference, on Tuesday 3 October 2017. Activities will take place up to and including the evening of Friday 6 October, with travel home on Saturday 7 October. Depending on flight availability some participants may need to arrive on Monday, 2 October 2017.

This year's Young Forum Gastein was made possible by funding from the Robert Bosch Stiftung.

Poster Exhibition 2017

Please find below posters that were submitted for the Young Forum Gastein Poster Exhibition at the 20th European Health Forum Gastein 2017.

Tackling Europe’s major burdens of non-communicable diseases
View Poster #2

CAIC Franjo
Vaccine Hesitancy in Europe: Facts, opinions and the way forward
View Poster #3

What is public trust in healthcare systems? – Implications for health policy making
View Poster #4

IVANKOVIC Damir, VINKO Matej and MATEO Alberto
Introduction to the European Network of Medical Residents in Public Health
View Poster #5

Facilitators and barriers to the use of economic evaluations in nutrition and public health
View Poster #6

Signs of Patient-Centeredness? A Comparative Photovoice Assessment of the Linguistic Landscapes in Austrian and Canadian Hospitals
View Poster #7

SCHMITT Tugce and TILLE Florian
Health Literacy in Germany: From Research to Action
View Poster #8

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Application criteria

Each year the European Health Forum Gastein offers a limited number of scholarships. Scholars are invited to participate in the the EHFG conference, the tailored-made YFG programme and are introduce to the YFG Network.

Call for newcomer applications starts in March and is open for about two months. Each application is carefully evaluated. By the end of June the list with YFG scholars is announced.

Scholarship applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • citizenship of one of the 28 EU Member States or candidate countries or EFTA countries;
  • 35 years of age or under (on 03 October 2017);
  • proficiency in English (oral & written);
  • Master’s degree in a health-related subject;
  • relevant work experience of at least 2 years (full-time) in the field of health/public health (policy or research);
  • proof of current work in the field of public health (for public sector applicants) – proof of current work in a health role (for industry/private sector applicants).

By applying the applicant confirms his/her availability to undertake an active role in the YFG programme, before and during the EHFG conference. This is a pre-condition for being accepted. Activities may include participation in presentations, panel discussions, reporting on the event, contributing to the conference blog, conducting interviews etc.

get in touch

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

Rafaela Tripalo, MA
E: rafaela.tripalo[at]ehfg.org
T: +43 662 4224 0011
M: +43 664 2444 998

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