16 - 20 OCTOBER 2017
ECTMIH congresses bring together professionals in tropical medicine and global health
European Congress on tropical medicine and international health
The 10th edition of the “European Congress on Tropical Medicine and International Health” – ECTMIH2017 – took place in Antwerp from October 16-20, 2017. A biennial event, this year’s edition focused on translating scientific progress into societal impact and promoting evidence-based practices and policies, especially for poor and neglected communities.
It also acted as a forum for reflecting on the role and position of tropical medicine, global health and international cooperation in the 21st century. ITM proudly organized ECTMIH2017 together with Be-cause Health and the Federation of European Societies for Tropical Medicine and International Health (FESTMIH).
Take a look at the conference videos.
A WORD OF THANKS from Bruno Gruyseels Congress Chair ECTMIH 2017
On behalf of the organising teams I wish to thank you all for your contributions to the 10th European Congress on Tropical Medicine and International Health in Antwerp, 16-20 October 2017. It was an astounding success.
The gathering of 1.500 scientists and experts from all over the world in Antwerp showed that tropical medicine and international health is very much alive and kicking in Europe. More than 30% came from Africa, Asia and Latin America, illustrating its close connection to the realities of the field and its deep commitment to universal health equity.
The exceptional breadth and depth of our field was highlighted in thought-provoking interactions between disciplines ranging from computational biology to planetary health, between generations ranging from graduate students to venerable emeriti, between experts ranging from curiosity-driven academia to needs-oriented implementers. In spite of this amazing diversity, the coherence of the programme remained strong throughout the congress, by virtue of the common goals and values of all participants. Scientific excellence, societal relevance, global equity, social justice and moral integrity indeed bonded friends and colleagues from all over the world in a passionate week of truly moving forward towards better, evidence-based health for all.
Speakers, organisers, chairs and participants alike had their share in this wonderful event. The keynote speakers in the state-of-the art plenaries set the morning stage for the eight topical tracks, which were further unravelled until sunset in over hundred oral and poster sessions. The ’emerging voices’, the journalists in residence, the film programme and the institutional booths added even more spice to the menu. The Elisabeth Centre surpassed the expectations as a stylish, yet easy-going venue. Copious catering, free zoo access and gracious staff greatly contributed to the high spirits that marked the gathering.
ECTMIH2017 had it all: scientific and societal progress, international collegiality and solidarity, spirited friendship and hospitality. Infinite thanks go to the scientific and logistical organising teams, who made the chairmanship all but an honourable title. And an honour it was.
We now pass the torch to the British Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, and hope to see you all back in Liverpool at an equally amazing ECTMIH2019.
With warmest regards,
Congress Chair ECTMIH2017
FESTMIH at the congress
During the Congress FESTMIH organised its General Assembly meeting and held a networking meeting with networks. Our members organised sessions on:
- New Clinical Developments of Antimalarials (German Society)
- Patient Centred Care (Belgian platform)
- Health cooperation beyond aid (Belgian platform)
- Antimicrobial Resistance (Italian and the French Society)
- Human resources for health needs in low resource settings (Netherlands Society)
- The secrets of effective networks (Belgian platform and the Irish Forum of Global Health)
- Asset management in LMICs: a challenge with multiple answers (Belgian Platform)
ECTMIH featured the world premiere of ‘No time to lose’, a film focusing on Peter Piot’s research.
Abstract books of previous conferences are available here: the 4th edition of the congress in Marseille (2005), the 5th in Amsterdam (2007), the 6th in Verona (2009), the 7th in Barcelona (2011), and the 9th in Basel (2015).