IAP Sessions at the World Health Summit

Join us in Berlin from 27 to 29 October at one of the world’s leading strategic forums for global health

From 27 to 29 October, Berlin will again be the capital of global health. The World Health Summit (WHS), one of the world’s leading strategic forums for global health, will draw 300 speakers and 2,500 participants from 100 countries, including over 10 ministers from around the world and the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO).

The M8 Alliance of Academic Health Centers, Universities and National Academies is the academic think-tank behind the WHS, and the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) is part of this unique network of 25 leading international academic health centers, universities and research institutions.

The WHS will welcome a cohort of 24 new IAP Young Physician Leaders (YPLs), who will participate in the tailored workshop on leadership that since 2011 has provided 191 outstanding young health professionals with the skills they need to promote health and strengthen health systems around the world.

Furthermore, IAP will present the following sessions:


Respect and Dialogue

Overcoming Barriers between Sectors, Disciplines, and Cultures

Oct. 27, 2019, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Panel Discussion (PD 09) - Saal 2 - America

Sustaining peace is the central aim of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and a necessary basis for all other SDGs, including “Good Health and Well-being”. The initiative “Respect and Dialogue” by the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) intends to give science a stronger voice and take more responsibility in this regard. Many global crises are born or grow deeper due to the lack of comprehension or limited interest and courage to reach out across borders. Using health as an entry point, the session will explore barriers – between sectors, disciplines and cultures – and how they can be overcome to achieve progress towards the SDGs.


InterAcademy Partnership (IAP)

M8 Alliance

Tehran University of Medical Sciences (TUMS)


Dr. h.c. Edelgard Bulmahn

German Bundestag | former Federal Minister and former Vice President of the German Bundestag | Germany

Roberto Francesco Monti

Respect and Dialogue | Senior Advisor | Italy


Dr. Rana A. Hajjeh

World Health Organization (WHO) | WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean | Director of Programme Management | Egypt

Prof. Dr. Ali Jafarian

Tehran University of Medical Sciences (TUMS) | Former Chancellor | Iran

World Health Summit | International President 2019

Prof. Dr. Mohammad Hossein Nicknam

Iranian Academy of Medical Sciences | Permanent Member | Iran

Prof. Dr. Tolullah Oni

University of Cambridge | MRC Epidemiology Unit | Clinical Senior Research Associate | United Kingdom

University of Cape Town | Honorary Associate Professor


Climate Change and Health

Science Guiding Policy and Practice

Oct. 29, 2019, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Panel Discussion (PD 19) - Saal 10 - Asia

Impacts of climate change on human health have begun to attract greater attention. However, there is much still to be done to use the current evidence base to inform policy development broadly across sectors, and to fill gaps in the knowledge base by new research. Pathways of health effects are complex with many factors interacting, and climate change will intersect with other major trajectories e.g. in urbanization, population ageing and human behavioral change.

Academies of science worldwide have significant interest in the issues for understanding and addressing the impacts of climate change. Recently, the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) completed a report analyzing evidence on climate change and health in Europe: covering both direct and indirect risks in terms of hazards, exposure and vulnerabilities. Project work clarifying options for adaptation and mitigation and the implications for overcoming barriers to implementation led to a range of recommendations for generating and using science to guide policy and practice.

This World Health Summit session will discuss key points relating to the impacts of climate change for health, stimulated by this recent work with particular regard to identifying policy needs and actions and to extending academies’ analysis worldwide.


German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina e. V.

InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) for Health


Prof. Dr. Volker ter Meulen

InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) | President | Germany


Dr. Robin Fears

European Academies Science Advisory Council | Bioscience Programme Secretary | United Kingdom

Prof. Dr. Andrew Haines

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) | Professor of Environmental Change and Public Health | United Kingdom

Dr. Johannes Klumpers

European Commission | Directorate-General for Research and Innovation | Head of Unit - Chief Scientific Adviser - SAM, EGE | Belgium

Prof. Dr. Maria Nilsson

Umeå University | Department of Epidemiology and Global Health | Researcher | Sweden


Better Leadership: Improved Health

Young Physician Leaders: "The Leadership We Want"

Oct. 29, 2019, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Workshop (WS 19) - Saal 4 - Africa

Successful institutions need good leaders. And whether they are in high income countries or poorer countries, institutions providing healthcare, educating future physicians or promoting the public’s health are no different. Yet decision-makers in such institutions are often appointed from among people trained in medicine, with little formal training in leadership to prepare them for these roles.

The InterAcademy Partnership (IAP for Health) Young Physician Leaders (YPL) program aims to bridge this gap. Launched in 2011, to date some 155 young physicians from some 45 countries have participated in six international and one regional editions of this personalized leadership training program (a dedicated IAP for Health YPL Directory is available here:


ESMT European School of Management and Technology GmbH

InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) for Health


Prof. Jo Ivey Boufford

International Society for Urban Health (ISUH) | President | United States of America

Dr. Nora Ilona Grasselli

ESMT European School of Management and Technology GmbH | Program Director | Germany

Dr. Peter McGrath

InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) for Health | Program Officer | Italy


2019 YPL programme participants