The 12th  European Congress on Tropical Medicine and International Health (ECTMIH) is being held in Bergen, Norway in 2021. The first ECTMIH was held in Hamburg in 1995 speared by a group of experts in tropical medicine and international health. The aim of ECTMIH is to provide a platform for experts, scientists and researchers to present state of the arts updates,  scientific developments and breakthroughs in tropical medicine and global health. The conference strengthens networks and create new partnerships.

The congress has evolved over the years from mainly focusing on tropical diseases to also include challenges in global health. The first congress to incorporate global health in its program was the 5th in Amsterdam in 2007. Since then ECTMIH has turned into a leading forum for global challenges and tropical medicine.

In 2021 ECTMIH will focus on global challenges in health, migration and equity. UNHCR reports the highest levels of displacement on record, with an unprecedented 70,8 million people around the world who have been forced from home. Furthermore, the top five killers of displaced children under the age of five are malaria, malnutrition, measles, diarrhoea and respiratory tract infections. We hope that your contributions to the conference shed light on the issues displaced people face.  

Climate change affects the social and environmental determinants of health – clean air, safe drinking water, sufficient food and secure shelter. According to WHO between 2030 and 2050, climate change is expected to cause approximately 250 000 additional deaths per year, from malnutrition, malaria, diarrhoea and heat stress. Migration and climate are important global challenges from an economic, social and health perspective. We hope that ECTMIH 2021 will be able to create interdisciplinary partnerships to meet these global challenges on health and migration.   

Previous congresses:

  • 1st in Hamburg (1995)
  • 2nd in Liverpool (1998)
  • 3rd in Lisbon (2002)
  • 4th in Marseille (2005): "Medicine and Health in the Tropics"
  • 5th in Amsterdam (2007): "Partnership and Innovation in Global He@lth"
  • 6th in Verona (2009): "Equity, Human Rights and Access to Care"
  • 7th in Barcelona (2011): "Global Change. Migration and Health"
  • 8th in Copenhagen (2013)
  • 9th in Basel (2015): "Driving the Best Science to Meet Global Health Challenges"
  • 10th in Antwerp (2017): "Health in (r)evolution. Environment - migration - technology - empowerment"
  • 11th in Liverpool (2019): "25 years: investigation, innovation and implementation"