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Implementation Research in Global Health

Hotel Scandic Bergen City, Bergen
16.10.2013 09:00 CET
17.10.2013 16:30 CET
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The 8th Conference on Global Health and Vaccination Research and the 25th Anniversary of the Centre for International Health at The University of Bergen will take place at Hotel Scandic in the middle of beautiful Bergen 16-17 October 2013.



The conference will present Norwegian and international implementation- and Global health Global health health systems research. The key question at the conference is how we can improve health service delivery in low and middle-income countries?

Based on evidence-based implementation strategies and lessons learnt, Norwegian and international researchers shall outline possible ways to improve health services.

Recent developments in other Norwegian global health research, as well as new potential partners for international collaboration, will also be given substantial space in the programme.

The programme is organized in three main columns:

  • Implementation research: methodology, lessons learnt and future perspectives
  • Norwegian Global Health Research and New international collaborations
  • Researcher led symposia (various categories)

The conference aims at bringing together Norwegian and international researchers, students, health professionals, policy makers, representatives from biotech, and others with an interest in global health.

It is an arena for presentations and discussions on current subjects on research for improved health in low- and middle-income countries and of relevance for Norwegian research environments.

Registration for the Conference is closed

The conference will be at Scandic Bergen City.

Accomodation is at Scandic Bergen City or Scandic Neptun.


Foto: Bryggen (Norwegian for the Wharf) is a series of Hanseatic commercial buildings lining the eastern side of the fjord coming into Bergen. Bryggen has since 1979 been on the UNESCO list for World Cultural Heritage sites. (Photo:  

Student happening Students at work (Illustrative photo: University of Bergen)  

We are proud to announce that students from Bergen will arrange a pre-conference happening in the afternoon 15 October as a follow up of the successful student conference in Trondheim last year. See the latest update on the student pre-conference here PDF - 170 KB  .



We are honoured to announce that , Executive Director for the the Dr Abdul Ghaffar Dr Abdul Ghaffar Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research in the WHO will give the first opening plenary. Dr Abdul Ghaffar has worked for over 25 years in low- and middle-income countries managing research for health; planning, designing and evaluating national health systems; and teaching health policy and management. He has played a leading role in establishing and managing policy and research fora involving civil society, policy-makers and development partners, both at the national and international levels. His desire and interest is to trigger a global movement to generate and use research evidence for improved policy and management decisions at the country level.


Several prominent speakers from Africa, Asia, Europe and theUS have been invited. See the preliminary programme  here PDF - 138 KB .

Ill: Kirkwood, Sommerfeldt, Irene Agyepong and Fukuda-Parr

Betty Kirkwood is Professor of Epidemiology & International Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a member of the GLOBVAC programme board.

Halvor Sommerfelt is Professor at the Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care, The University of Bergen and the leader of the Centre for Intervention Science in Maternal and Child Health.

Professor Irene Akua Agyepong has currently moved to the School of Public Health of the University of Ghana and is the newly elected chair of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Group (STAC) of the Alliance for Health Policy and System Research, WHO.

Sakido Fukuda-Parr is a development economist and was the lead author and director of the UNDP Human Development Reports from 1995 to 2004. She is a member of the Lancet - University of Oslo Commission on Global Governance for Health.

Ill: Nordheim, Godal, Atun og Cravioto

Ole Frithjof Norheim is a Professor of Medical Ethics in the Section for Medical Ethics, in the Department of Public Health and Primary Health Care, at the University of Bergen, Norway, and Consultant physician in the Department of Medicine, Haukeland University Hospital.

Tore Godal is Special Adviser Office of the Prime Minister of Norway. Godal was instrumental in initiating the UNICEF-UNDP-World Bank-WHO Special Programme for research and training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) and has been Executive Secretary for the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI). Godal act as observer in the GLOBVAC programme board.

Rifat Atun is Professor of International Health Management at Imperial College London and Head of the Health Management Group and an Honorary Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Atun is the joint lead for the innovation work steam at the National Centre for Infection Prevention and Management and a member of the GLOBVAC programme board.

Dr Alejandro Cravioto is the Chief Scientific Officer at the International Vaccine Institute, The Republic of Korea. Cravioto is the former executive director of International Centre for Diarrheal Disease Research (ICDDR, B).

Researcher symposia/workshops

The deadline for submitting applications for symposia/workshop expired 1 May 2013.

Poster abstracts

Guidelines for posters PDF - 35 KB  .

Read more about Bergen here and here.

Foto: CN Innovation Norway Bergen is surrounded by seven mountains, here is the view over Bergen from Mount Ulriken, the highest of the seven. (Photo: CN Innovation Norway)

The conference is a joint initiative between seven actors involved with Global Health Research in Norway:

  The Research Council of Norway (The Globvac Programme) The Research Council of Norway (The Globvac Programme)   University of Bergen University of Bergen  





The Norwegian Directorate of Health The Norwegian Directorate of Health   




The Norwegian Agency of Development Cooperation (Norad) The Norwegian Agency of Development Cooperation (Norad)

  The Norwegian Forum for Global Health Research The Norwegian Forum for Global Health Research  




  The Norwegian Medical Association The Norwegian Medical Association  





  The Norwegian Medical Students`s Association The Norwegian Medical Students`s Association