16th World Congress on Public Health Monday, 12 October 2020

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Public Health for the Future of Humanity: Analysis, Advocacy and Action

We will be meeting in Rome over 12-17 October 2020 at a critical time for our planet. Global temperatures lie far beyond historical records and threats to food and water supply, poverty and inequalities are leading to mass migration and conflict. International agreements, on climate change, nuclear weapons, and much else, are being torn up. Some leading politicians are rejecting the Enlightenment view that policy should be shaped by evidence. At a time when global solidarity is required, populist politicians are exploiting divisions.

The theme of the Congress,Public Health for the Future of Humanity: Analysis, Advocacy, and Action, reflects our firm commitment that we, in the global public health community, have an obligation to respond to these new circumstances. We must make visible the threats to health, some of which are already emerging. We must challenge and hold to account those with the power to make a difference. And we must act, making real our commitment to health in all policies.

We, as public health community, have much to contribute and much to learn. As always, we will have many opportunities to share ideas among ourselves, but this year we can enrich our experiences even further, bringing a global perspective to our thinking. We look forward to seeing you in Rome. More about the plenary programme here.


World Leadership Dialogues

World Leadership Dialogues (WLD) are high-level sessions on current topics in public health intended to complement the plenary sessions. The purpose is to provide in-depth perspectives on key issues in public health. WLDs can be organised by health organisations, NGOs, commercial organisations but not by individuals. Detailed information on how to submit a proposal to organise a WLD, click here.



Abstractsfor workshops and single presentations can be submitted via the website until 1 March 2020. Do not miss the opportunity to be recognised for your hard work. If you wish to receive feedback on your abstract before submitting, the Abstract Mentor Programme offers guidance on your proposed abstract. Experienced reviewers provide one-time, anonymous feedback on the writing and format of an abstract. More information on submitting abstracts and the mentor programme is available here


Media Toolkit WCPH 2020

A media toolkit has been prepared which can be used by (public) health associations and organizations worldwide to promote the 16th World Congress on Public Health (WCPH) within your network. We provide ready-to-use promotional materials and other resources to help your efforts in communicating with your audiences, particularly through social media, newsletters and websites. Find the Media Toolkit here.



Early bird registration rates expire 6 May. Don't miss the largest global public health event in 2020. Registration here.


WCPH Organisation

The 16th World Congress on Public Health is organised by the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) in collaboration with the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) and the Italian Society of Hygiene, Preventive Medicine and Public Health (SItI).


Conference Venue

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The 16th World Congress on Public Health will be held in La Nuvola, Viale Asia, 00144 Rome, Italy.

La Nuvola is easy to access. From Termini Station take the Metro Line B towards Laurentina.

From Leonardo Da Vinci Airport take the train line FL1 towards Fara-Sabina-Orte. Get off at Eur Magliana.