As a French-German center, the CVV promotes bilateral research activities and strive to strengthen the French-German dialogue in public health research.
The CVV is developing an online database of Public Health institutions and research teams in France and Germany, classified according to research topics. The aim is to strengthen the French-German cooperation in public health. This tool can indeed help researchers identify potential partners for research cooperation or for the organization of scientific conferences, but also allow students interested in mobility to learn more about French and German institutions.
A mapping of French research teams of Université Sorbonne Paris Cité (USPC) has already been carried out in partnership with the Institut de Recherche en Santé Publique (IReSP), and is available online: http://virchowvillerme.eu/uspc-mapping-of-research-in-public-health/
A mapping of German institutions of public health as well as of existing French-German partnerships in this field is planned.
From October 2014 to July 2015, the Centre Virchow Villermé organized a series of 4 workshops aimed at comparing the national global health strategies of France and Germany, i.e.: their position in the post-2015 development debate; their agendas of global health; their position on communicable diseases and non-communicable diseases; and their strategies in global health research and education.
Two bilateral conferences were also organized at the French Embassy in Berlin in 2016 and 2017: the first one was entitled “Climate Migration and Health“, the second one “Putting Outbreaks into perspective“.
The Centre Virchow-Villermé launched two calls for projects in 2014 and 2015 to support joint research activities between France and Germany in the field of Public Health.
In 2014, nine projects were submitted by candidates from Université Sorbonne Paris Cité (USPC) or Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin and were evaluated by the CVV’s steering committees in Berlin and Paris and by USPC. The International Advisory Board selected four projects for funding by the CVV. In 2015, one additional project was selected.
In June 2016 the participants presented their projects’ findings in a “wrap-up session” in Berlin.
|Researcher||Institution||Partner Institution||Project Title|
|Development of a Comparable Health Status Assessment in French and German Populations|
|Judith Mueller||EHESP||Charité &
|The Value of Indirect Protection by Vaccination: A Tool for Evaluation of Population-level Preferences in France and Germany|
|Jérémy Geeraert||Université Paris 13||Centre Marc Bloch Berlin||Le social à l’hôpital au XXIe siècle – L’accès aux soins des populations démunies et sans couverture sociale en France et Allemagne|
|Matthias Brunn||Université Paris Diderot||TU Berlin||Pay-for-performance in France and Germany: Learning from others, why not from each other?|
Jérémy Geeraert and Matthias Brunn each organized a one-day workshop in 2016 in the framework of their projects: “L’accès aux soins des populations démunies en France et en Allemagne” (report available in FR) and “Reforming the payment of health care providers: Experiences in France and Germany” (report available in EN) respectively.
In 2015, the CVV provided grants to enable students from German universities to travel to Paris to participate in the first annual Paris World Health Organization Simulation (ParisWHO). ParisWHO is a 3-day student-led conference organized by masters students from the École des Hautes Études en Santé Publique (EHESP). It aims to introduce the structure and functions of a WHO World Health Assembly meeting through a simulation model. In 2015, the theme of the conference was “health and innovation”. Over 150 students from 28 countries attended the event.