Thu, May. 11 '23 - Fri, May. 12 '23
All day
Bartholins Allé 4, 8000 Aarhus

The conference features: 8 workshops with academic speakers, flash talks by PhD students and practitioners' view on the four main themes. During the coffee breaks you can meet Health Innovation Aarhus, Doctors Without Borders, The AIDS Foundation, Danish Life Science Cluster and mingle with all the other guests at the conference.

Get tickets here: Matchpoints Conference 2023: Global Health Challenges and Solutions.

The conference is divided into four overall tracks. Read more about them below.

1. Mental health conditions and chronic disease

Non-infectious health conditions such as depression, heart disease and diabetes are presenting an ever-increasing challenge to global health.
On Thursday 11 May, this track will focus on mental health, which is a pressing issue worldwide. How can we improve the mental health of the world’s populations?
On Friday 12 May, it will focus on chronic diseases, including heart disease and diabetes, which are leading causes of death worldwide and which require an international perspective to treat and prevent.

2. Pandemics

What will the next pandemic be, and how can we prepare for it? What role does mistrust in the health authorities play in the spread of infectious disease?
Pandemics such as Covid-19 and Ebola and endemic diseases like tuberculosis, HIV and malaria threaten global health, and we need to collaborate across nations and disciplines if we wish to manage these threats and their implications for society. This track will explore the challenges associated with managing infectious diseases – and the impact that pandemics have on our societal structure and economy.

3. Sustainability and health

What impact is climate change having on global health? How can we create healthy and sustainable cities? And how can we learn from each other’s approaches to health – across the globe?
‘Healthy lives for all’ is one of the UN’s sustainable development goals, yet climate change and the pollution of air and water are threatening global health. This track will bring together experts from different parts of the world, who, alongside politicians, NGOs, and representatives from business and industry, will attempt to find new ways to combine global health and sustainable development.

4. Global health inequality

What creates global health inequality? And how can we create more equal access to healthcare around the world? What impact will increasing migration flows have on global health?

Unequal access to healthcare is a growing and serious global problem, which has major social and economic costs for both the individual and society. This track will investigate why health inequality emerges, what implications it may have locally and globally, and how we can work to ensure that underserved populations get better access to healthcare services.