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When: Wednesday, January 10, 2018

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Closing Date for Next Round of Special Interest Group Proposals January 10th, 2018

iHEA has called for proposals to establish Special Interest Groups (SIGs) that would provide a platform for professional interaction between iHEA members. To date, the Economics of Obesity SIG has been established, and a proposal to establish a Teaching Health Economics SIG has been received. Proposals to establish SIGs can be submitted at any stage and the iHEA Board will consider proposals at regular intervals and at least every six months. The next round of proposals will be reviewed at the January 2018 Board meeting; they must be sent to by January 10th, 2018 to be considered in the next round.

SIGs may focus on specific health economics research issues, methodological approaches and/or capacity development initiatives. We particularly encourage proposals to establish SIGs that focus on issues of relevance to low- and middle-income countries.

SIGs approved by the iHEA Board will be offered:

  • a page on the iHEA website to advertise SIG activities to all;
  • a moderated blog or discussion list for iHEA members who join the SIG (summarized updates would be available to anyone interested);
  • support in communicating via the iHEA mailing lists and social media channels;
  • support for webinars for iHEA  members; and
  • a special organized session at the biennial iHEA congress, after review via the Scientific Committee process.

Proposals should include the following information:

  • Proposed name of the SIG;
  • Background: Explain the focus of the proposed SIG, why the area of focus is of particular importance and why it is likely to be of interest to iHEA members;
  • Aim and objectives of the proposed SIG;
  • Proposed activities of the SIG;
  • List of iHEA members willing to contribute to SIG activities: A basic requirement for consideration of an SIG proposal is at least 10 iHEA members expressing a willingness to participate in the SIG, preferably from different regions with at least some from high-income countries and some from low- and middle-income countries; and
  • Names and brief biographies of proposed convener(s) of SIG who would take responsibility for developing the program of work and its implementation.

If you would like to discuss your ideas for a SIG proposal, please contact the Executive Director ( 

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