Second Global Symposium on Health Systems Research

Second Global Symposium

Members of the HSR community will again meet, from 31 October to 3 November 2012, in Beijing. The Second Symposium will be hosted by Peking University, and dedicated to evaluating progress, sharing insights and recalibrating the agenda of science to accelerate universal health coverage (UHC).

A primary theme for the symposium will be on innovation and inclusion -- casting a spotlight on 'neglected' themes in HSR including, for example: health systems and noncommunicable diseases or the elderly; technological advances including e-health and m-health; the application of research methodologies to study complex systems; new models of engaging communities in the delivery of primary health care; and innovative approaches to build HSR capacity.

The symposium will draw on the use of innovative conferencing techniques using dynamic presentation methods, interactive sessions and the strong engagement of policy-makers and key stakeholders interested in universal health coverage.
The symposium will also build on the diversity of Montreux by ensuring the engagement of young people from around the globe.
During the Symposium, the Global Health Systems Research Strategy and the member-based Society for HSR will be launched. Additional outcomes will also include the establishment of a Beijing Agenda for further advancing the HSR and in particular the initiation of a process to construct and agree on measures to monitor UHC.

The Second Global Symposium will be a three-day event, preceded by a full day of satellite sessions and an evening plenary (on 31 October). In the following three days, the programme will include:

  • Three thematic plenary sessions
  • Concurrent sessions selected from proposed, externally reviewed organized sessions and individual abstracts around the main themes
  • Lunch time sessions, including innovative or late-breaking sessions;
  • Poster presentations
  • Satellite sessions organized outside of the official programme.