Workshops & Conferences


A mutual awareness of the strategies and priorities that exist in various countries in the area of global health are the prerequisite for joint activities. The Centre Virchow-Villermé  organizes regularly workshops and conferences that seek to compare and contrast Germany and France in terms of their strategies and priorities in various areas of global health. The participants include staff members from government ministries and authorities in Germany, France and the EU, in addition to non-governmental organizations, scientists and students.

Upcoming event:

24.03.2017, Berlin
“Putting Outbreaks into perspective”

Download Program: Putting outbreaks into perspective


10.06.2016: Conference “Climate Migration & Health”

Download report :Climate migration and health

On June 10, 2016, around 80 participants came together at the French embassy in Berlin to attend the conference “Climate Migration and Health”, co-organized by the Centre Virchow Villermé and  the science department of the Embassy.Climate change and health - 011

The aim of the conference was to highlight the links between climate change, the consequences for living conditions and the impact on health and health systems in the countries of origin and in Europe. The impact of climate change related migratory movements on public health were addressed.

The opening speeches were given by His Excellency, the French Ambassador Philippe Etienne and Antoine Flahault, co-director of the Centre Virchow Villermé. The detailed program of the conference can be found here.

It is undisputed that climate change causes extreme weather events that pose a real threat to populations and contributes to long-term changes in temperature or precipitation that have consequences for the living conditions of people. European countries and health sectors might be affected by heat waves and the spread of vector-borne infectious diseases.  The health experts emphasized during the panel discussion that migrants who fled to Germany and France do not pose a threat to the health systems, they rather need continuing efforts to enable them to access to medical and psycho-social treatment.

In general climate-induced migration takes place mainly within countries and also a look back into history shows that extreme weather events have resulted only sporadically  in significant migratory movements. Women are, as examples of areas in Sub-Sahara show, the most vulnerable and the most affected group. Programs and offers of help from non-profit and governmental organizations were presented.

In the field of research as well as in the media, the issues of climate change, migration and health are rarely linked. The Centre Virchow Villermé wants to encourage interdisciplinarity with MOOCs on climate change and health. Click here for an overview of MOOCs.

2014-2015: Four-part Workshop series

World-Health-Summit 2014

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For each of the workshops you will find a report below and a printed brochure (available for download) gives a comprehensive overview of the key arguments and recommendations from all four workshops:

Download report :Global Health Challenges: How are France and Germany responding?


The first two workshops were linked to the World Health Summit held in October of 2014 in Berlin. The first workshop looked at how the countries are dealing with the POST-2015 debate, the second examined national strategies and priorities with respect to global health. Existing forms of cooperation between Germany and France, the EU and the World Health Organisation were examined in particular. Both Workshops were well attended and lively discussion ensued.


Download report : Workshop 1- French and German position in the Post-2015 development debate

Download report : Workshop 2 – French and German Agendas of Global Health


The third workshop of the Centre Virchow-Villermé was be held on 12 May 2015 in the German Historical Institute in Paris (DHI); the participants compared approaches in both countries to communicable (e.g. AIDS) and non-communicable diseases (e.g. diabetes).


Download report : Workshop 3



The fourth Workshop was held on 03 July 2015 in the French Embassy in Berlin and examined how research and teaching in the global health sector are organized in Germany and France.

Comparison of Research and Education in Global Health Workshop No 4, Virchow-Villermé

Download program : Workshop 4 Education & Research

Download report : Workshop 4