2023 IANPHI Europe Annual Meeting

The 2023 IANPHI Europe Annual Meeting took place on April 20-21, 2023 in Lisbon, Portugal, hosted by the Instituto Nacional de Saúde Dr. Ricardo Jorge (INSA). This year's theme was "Public Health and Wellbeing in the Next 10 Years: New Challenges, New Responses?"

The IANPHI Europe Annual Meeting is an invitation-only meeting, open to national public health institutes of the IANPHI European Network. Participants were encouraged to attend the meeting in person. A virtual option was also offered to those who are unable to travel.

Read the joint IANPHI-INSA press release

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2023 IANPHI Europe Annual Meeting participants

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Meeting Highlights

Opening Session Highlights

Session 1 Highlights

Session 2 Highlights

Session 3 Highlights

Session 4 Highlights

Session 5 Highlights

Session 6 Highlights


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Day 1 - Thursday, April 20



Welcoming participants / Registration

Opening session

  • Welcome from host institute president, Dr. Fernando Almeida
  • Welcome from Portuguese Secretary of State of Health Promotion, Dr. Margarida Tavares
  • Welcome from IANPHI President, Prof. Duncan Selbie
  • IANPHI Europe update, Dr. Trygve Ottersen, Chair of the IANPHI European Network
  • Keynote: Public Health and wellbeing in the next 10 years: How do we address the new challenges and responses as a European family of institutions and organizations? Caroline Costongs, Director of EuroHealthNet, and Prof. Dr. Martin Dietrich, Acting Director of Germany's Federal Centre for Health Education (BzGA) and President of EurohealthNet


Coffee Break

11h30- 12h30

Session 1. The new and emerging challenges in Europe

Moderated by Dr. Markku Tervahauta, Director General of the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), this session aims to set the scene by providing an updated overview of the new and emerging challenges before diving into the main challenges.

  • Keynote: The broad spectrum of challenges facing by Europe Region members, Joao Breda, Head of the Athens Quality of Care Office, WHO European Office
  • Presentation of the main challenges faced by the Norwegian Public Health Institute, Dr. Camilla Stoltenberg, Director General of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (FHI) 
  • Presentation of the main challenges faced by the Public Health Institute of Montenegro, Dr. Igor Galić, Director of the Institute of Public Health Montenegro
  • Round table discussion with all participants


Group photo followed by lunch


Session 2. Climate and environment: the No. 1 challenge, but what can we as NPHIs do?

Moderated by Dr. Marith Volp, Director of Public Health and Health Services at the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), this session will update and look ahead at the environmental public health challenges while questioning the role of NPHIs in addressing these challenges.

  • Presentation on the current situation on Climate Change and challenges ahead, Dr. Diarmid Campbell-Lendrum, Head of the Climate Change and Health Unit at the World Health Organization
  • Presentation of the IANPHI Roadmap for Climate Change, Dr. Mathilde Pascal, Epidemiologist and Climate change and health project manager at Santé Publique France 


Coffee Break


Session 3. The transformational potential of health promotion and prevention of NCDs: where are we and where will we go?

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) represent 80% of the disease burden in Europe, while 70% of NCDs are preventable. To turn the tide, NPHIs need to extensively utilise the tools they have, as well as develop new ones that are fit for the future. Moderated by Prof. Ivan Erzen, Scientific Director of the Slovenia National Institute of Public Health, this session will explore old and new approaches and discuss how we should move forward together to improve population’s health.

  • Health impact assessment as a health promoting strategy: towards capacity building in public health institutes, Dr. Liz Green, Consultant in Public Health, Policy and International Health and Programme Director for Health Impact Assessment, Public Health Wales
  • Connecting patients to their communities: the potential of social prescribing and the role of public health institutes, Prof. Ivan Erzen, Scientific Director, Slovenia National Institute of Public Health
  • Best practice portals in the prevention of NCDs, Dr. Djoeke Van Dale, Senior Advisor for Health Promotion, Joint Action on Chronic Diseases and Healthy Aging, at the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM)


IANPHI Europe Focal Point Network meeting


Transportation to social dinner

20h00- 22h00

Social dinner

Day 2 - Friday, April 21


Session 4. Health security: Ever new crises amidst fatigue, and how can we keep improving?

Moderated by Prof. Theoklis Zaoutis, President of National Public Health Organization, Greece, this session will address the opportunities for national health institutions to maintain the momentum of improving health security as the context has changed and need now to deal with the consequences of the war in Ukraine while preparing for economic recovery.

  • Global state of pandemic preparedness and response, Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand and former Co-Chair of The Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response
  • Pandemics and health security, Dr. Jennifer Harries, UKHSA Chief Executive.
  • New development in Europe on health security, Dr. Andrea Ammon, ECDC Director.
  • Public health priority needs in a war-torn country, Dr. Oleksandr Matskov, Deputy Director, Public Health Centre, Ukraine (TBC)


Coffee Break


Session 5. Health data: a lot of data but little use

Moderated by Annika Veimer, Director of National Institute of Public Health of Estonia (TAI), this session aims to exchange experiences from EU countries and debate the constraints and solutions that NPHI face across Europe regarding access and use of health data.

  • The European health data space: opportunities and challenges for NPHIs, Prof. Sofie De Broe, Scientific coordinator, Sciensano
  • Health data for public health monitoring, Dr. Hanna Tolonen, Programme Director, Research, Development and Innovation, Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL)




Session 6. What now for NPHIs? The choices made for us and by us

Moderated by Dr. Trygve Ottersen, Chair of the IANPHI European Network, this session will offer a presentation of preliminary results from the recent network survey, and then an interactive session with discussions and voting.


Closing remarks

Dr. Fernando Almeida, President, Instituto Nacional de Saúde Dr. Ricardo Jorge (INSA)

Dr. Claudia Habl, Head of International Affairs and Consultancy Department, Austrian National Public Health Institute (GÖG) (TBC)

Dr. Igor Galić, Director of the Institute of Public Health Montenegro

Dr. Trygve Ottersen, Chair of the IANPHI European Network


Farewell reception

Practical Information

Airport Transfers

By taxi: it's possible to take a taxi at the airport arrivals. It takes 20 minutes to reach the hotel depending on traffic.

By Uber: it's possible to take a uber at the airport departures (outside). All Uber cars are identified with the TVDE badge. It takes 20 minutes to reach the hotel depending on traffic.

By metro: take the red metro line at the airport to the "São Sebastião" station, where you should change to the blue line and get off at the "Praça de Espanha" station. The distance to the SANA Malhoa Hotel from this metro station is 600m (7-minute walk). This route will take approximately 40 minutes.

About the Host Institute

The Instituto Nacional de Saúde Dr. Ricardo Jorge is a state laboratory in the health sector, a national reference laboratory and a national health observatory. Its mission is to contribute to health gains, to define health policies and to increase the quality of life of the population.

Visit the host institute's website