This year’s EPH conference, titled ‘Winds of change: towards new ways of improving public health in Europe’ that was held in Ljubljana’s Cankarjev dom – Cultural and Congress Centre gathered around 1650 delegates and was, thus, considered to be on of the largest conferences in Slovenia 2018. At the same time, this was the first European Health conference that Slovenia hosted and was a huge success for Slovenia to host such a prominent international meeting that included nearly 1000 presented contributions at the plenary sessions and workshops from various fields of public health.
The event was attended by 1650 delegates from 61 different countries around the world and it is considered to be one of the biggest events that Cankarjev dom has ever hosted. The Slovenian counterpart of the organisation, the Slovenian National Institute of Public Health, emphasized how Cankarjev dom despite the huge event it hosted, did its job flawlessly.
The key topics of the conference addressed the challenges of modern healthcare, such as raising awareness of the impact of the technological development and digitisation and digital media on young people’s lives, challenges in regards to society and its active aging, health in the face of increasingly frequent migrations, and mental health through a lifetime. The National Institute of Public Health also prepared the so-called Ljubljana Declaration which encourages decision-makers to accept commitments to health-care measures in various areas.
The European Public Health Conference provides a place for representatives of public health associations to learn from the latest research and practice and to network with colleagues. The 11th EPH conference, organised by the European Public Health Conference Foundation, the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) and the Slovenian National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ), was held under the honorary patronage of His Excellency Mr Borut Pahor, President of the Republic of Slovenia.
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