Global Health Conference 2018

The next national global health conference takes place in Oslo, Norway 10-11 April 2018. We are currently accepting submissions for abstracts and symposia.

Call for Symposium Proposals

The deadline for submission of proposals for symposia for the conference is January 20, 2018.

Submit symposium proposal

The 2018 Norwegian global health conference will take place at the University of Oslo, 10-11 April 2018. The overarching theme is “Health system strengthening: Health for all revisited”.

  • Join the conferenceClick here to register for the conference. 
  • Submit a symposium proposalClick here to submit a proposal for a symposium during the conference (more details below). Deadline: January 20, 2018.
  • Submit an abstractClick here to submit an abstract for posters for the conference. Deadline: January 20, 2018.

Keynote speakers

Richard Horton is editor-in-chief of The Lancet, which he joined in 1990. He is honorary professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University College London, and the University of Oslo. He has a longstanding interest in global health, and has co-chaired the independent Expert Review Group on Women’s and Children’s Health, reporting to the UN Secretary-General, and was member of the External Reference Group for WHO’s Research Strategy.

Göran Tomson is Senior Professor of International Health Systems Research at Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, and Visiting Professor at Shandong University, China. His extensive research and policy work focuses on universal health coverage. Recent appointments include chairing the WHO Scientific Advisory Committee’s Alliance for Health Policy Systems Research and the Board of the GLOBVAC programme of the Norwegian Research Council. In 2017 he co-founded SIGHT, the Swedish Institute for Global Health Transformation.

Core topics

The conference will be the 12th since the start of the GLOBVAC program of the Norwegian Research Council. This year, the overarching theme is “Health system strengthening: Health for all revisited”. We encourage proposals that can be associated with these four emerging topics:


  • To register, click here
  • The University of Bergen handles the registration and payment for the conference. This is why there is a field asking whether you are a UiB-employee when you register.
  • Fees: Two day Conference and Conference dinner on the first first day: NOK 800. Two day Conference with no dinner on the first day: NOK 500.
  • Conference dates: April 10-11, 2018
  • Venue: Professorboligen, Karl Johans gate 47, Oslo
  • Note that we do not offer travel grants for this conference, but PhD students may join the Global Health Student Conference immediately afterwards.

Symposium proposals

  • The Program Committee is now soliciting suggestions for symposia. Symposia will include 3-4 speakers and be one or one and a half hour in length.
  • We accept abstracts for a full symposium only (one hour or 90 min duration).
  • We want you to send abstracts containing title, a small introduction of the topic, a session leader (also corresponding leader) and a few shorter, named presentations that will either cover the field,  or raise interesting debates around our themes.
  • A scientific committee will review the proposals and chose the program finally.

Abstract submission for posters

  • The posters can be on any subject of relevance to global health research, but of particular interest are abstracts related to this years’ theme which is “Health system strengthening: Health for all revisited”
  • Research on global health aims at improving health and health care for marginalized populations in low- and middle income countries. This includes epidemiological studies, the development and evaluation of new methods for prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care, more efficient and equitable use of existing methods as well as innovation, implementation, and health systems and health policy Research.
  • Students, researchers and health practitioners are invited to submit an abstract.
  • For submission of poster abstracts: Click here
  • Deadline for submission: January 20 2018.
  • We will provide feedback to accepted submissions before mid-March