Sixteenth World Congress on Public Health, Rome, Italy, 12 – 17 October 2020

16th World Congress on Public Health 202016th World Congress on Public Health
12 – 17 October 2020
La Nuvola, Rome, Italy

Public health for the future of humanity: analysis, advocacy and action

The theme of the Congress, Public Health for the Future of Humanity: Analysis, Advocacy, and Action, reflects our firm commitment that we, in the global public health community, have an obligation to respond to these new circumstances. We must make visible the threats to health, some of which are already emerging. We must challenge and hold to account those with the power to make a difference. And we must act, making real our commitment to health in all policies.
We, as public health community, have much to contribute and much to learn. As always, we will have many opportunities to share ideas among ourselves, but this year we can enrich our experiences even further, bringing a global perspective to our thinking. We look forward to seeing you in Rome.

More about the plenary programme

Abstract submission opens 1 December

Share your work with colleagues and learn from each other. The World Congress offers excellent opportunities to learn from the latest research and practice, to network with experts and colleagues and to expand your professional horizons. Abstracts are invited for workshops and single presentations in all areas of public health research, education, practice and policy. Abstracts and workshops can be submitted via the website from 1 December 2019 until 1 March 2020. Detailed instructions can be found on Do not miss the opportunity to be recognised for your hard work.

World leadership dialogues

World Leadership Dialogues (WLD) can be organised by health organisations, NGOs, and commercial organisations. WLDs are high-level sessions on current topics in public health intended to complement the plenary sessions.

More details on how to submit a proposal to organise a WLD


You can benefit from low cost registration fees until 1 December. We are expecting over 3,000 delegates. Don’t miss the largest global public health event in 2020 and register early to benefit from the reduced rates. Low cost fees EUR 399. Delegates from emerging countries pay EUR 349, students EUR 319 (all fees inclusive of VAT).

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WCPH 2020 at the APHA Annual Meeting

WCPH 2020 co-chairs Walter Ricciardi and Carlo Signorelli officially presented the World Congress on Public Health during the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA) in Philadelphia, USA. With thanks to Mr Pier Forlano, General Consul of Italy in Philadelphia, for hosting the event in the famous Lincoln Memorial Hall.

Other promotional tours were made to the meeting of the Association of Schools of Public Health in Africa in Uganda and the ASPPH Academic Regional Meeting in Asia, Taipei, Taiwan. Presentations were met with enthusiasm and interest and we look forward to the realization of a true ‘World’ congress in Rome in 2020.

Plenary programme

The plenary programme will follow the theme of the Congress and will include inspiring sessions with experts from around the globe on:

  • What happened to the Enlightenment?
  • The Earth: a strategy for survival
  • Leading the way to a healthier world
  • The Information Revolution
  • Health systems fit for the future
  • Revolutionizing the public health workforce as Agents of Change
  • Moving out of the silos
  • Making a difference

Media toolkit WCPH 2020

We have prepared a media toolkit that can be used by (public) health associations and organizations worldwide to promote the World Congress within your network. We provide ready-to-use promotional materials and other resources to help your efforts in communicating with your audiences, particularly through social media, newsletters and websites.

Download the Media Toolkit

WCPH 2020 organisation

The 16th World Congress on Public Health is organized by the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) in collaboration with the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) and the Italian Society of Hygiene, Preventive Medicine and Public Health (SItI).

Conference venue

The 16th World Congress on Public Health will be held in La Nuvola, Viale Asia, 00144 Rome, Italy.

La Nuvola is easy to access. From Termini Station take the Metro Line B towards Laurentina. From Leonardo Da Vinci Airport take the train line FL1 towards Fara-Sabina-Orte. Get off at Eur Magliana.