Bilateral Research

As a French-German center, the CVV promotes bilateral research activities and  strive to strengthen the French-German dialogue in public health research.

Mapping of French and German Public Health Institutions

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:

A mapping of German institutions of public health as well as of existing French-German partnerships in this field is planned.

Bilateral workshops and conferences

Since 2014 the Centre Virchow Villermé is organizing bilateral and international workshops and conferences, for examples a series of 4 workshops in 2014 and 2015 in which the national global health strategies of France and Germany were compared. Since 2016 the conferences are hosted by the French Embassy in Berlin.Topics included Climate Migration and Health, Outbreaks of infectiounal diseases and Urban Health.

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More information on these conferences as well as on the other CVV events are available here. 

Joint calls for projects

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 CVVIn 2015, one additional project was selected.

In June 2016 the participants presented their projects’ findings in a “wrap-up session” in Berlin.

2014 funded projects


Researcher  Institution Partner Institution  Project Title
ffischerFelix Fischer Charité Université
Paris Diderot
Development of a Comparable Health Status Assessment in French and German Populations
Judith Mueller Judith Mueller EHESP Charité &
LMU Munich
The Value of Indirect Protection by Vaccination: A Tool for Evaluation of Population-level Preferences in France and Germany
Jeremy GeeraertJérémy 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 BrunnMatthias 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.

2015 funded project

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.