Fifth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research: Advancing health systems for all in the SDG era

The Fifth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research will take place in Liverpool on 8 - 12 October 2018

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Fourth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research

Vancouver, 14 - 18 November 2016

Resilient and responsive health systems in a changing world

Website Read the Vancouver Statement

Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research

Cape Town, 30 September - 3 October 2014

Science and practice of people-centred health systems

Website Read the Cape Town Statement

Second Global Symposium on Health Systems Research

Beijing, 31 October - 3 November 2012

Inclusion and innovation towards universal health coverage

Website Read the Beijing Statement

First Global Symposium on Health Systems Research

Montreux, 16-19 November 2010

Science to accelerate universal health coverage

Website Read the Montreux Statement

About the Global Symposia

Health Systems Global organizes a symposium every two years to bring together its members with the full range of players involved in health systems and policy research. There is currently no other international gathering that serves the needs of this community.

The venue chosen for each meeting will facilitate inclusion of participants from a specific part of the world and a focus on that region, although each will be a global meeting in terms of content and representation. Each symposium will:

  • Share new state-of-the-art evidence;
  • Review the progress and challenges towards implementation of the global agenda of priority research;
  • Identify and discuss the approaches to strengthen the scientific rigour of health systems research including concepts, frameworks, measures and methods;
  • Facilitate greater research collaboration and learning communities across disciplines, sectors, initiatives and countries.

Participants will include researchers, policy-makers, funders, implementers, civil society and other stakeholders from relevant national and regional associations and professional organizations.

The programme will include plenary addresses from world experts, concurrent sessions made up from abstracts and other proposals, poster presentations, a marketplace and many other networking opportunities. Details on the developing programme, including speakers and pre- and post-Symposium satellite sessions, will be regularly communicated on the website and via social media where input and comments will be encouraged.

The elected, 11-member board of Health Systems Global, chaired by Kabir Sheikh, will oversee the organization of the Fifth Global Symposium. The board will strive to ensure that the membership of Health Systems Global is consulted on important organizational issues, such as the overall Symposium, its sub-themes and invited speakers.