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When: Friday, December 14, 2018

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Call for pre-congress session proposals

Pre-congress sessions will take place on Saturday 13th July and Sunday 14th July 2019 at the University of Basel campus in the rooms where the congress will be held. The sessions provide an opportunity to take advantage of health economists coming together from around the world. These sessions are organized and coordinated by the person or organization submitting the proposal, after review by iHEA and the Local Organizing Committee. Sessions may be open or closed depending on the nature of the meeting, but the majority will be open for congress delegates to join.

All rooms will have lecture theatre style seating and are equipped with a computer, projector and screen, as well as a whiteboard or chalkboard. Rooms with a range of seating capacity are available and sessions can be scheduled for 2 hours, half day, or full day. The cost to session organizers is as presented below. Two-day sessions are also possible; the cost is double that for a single day. Mid-morning and afternoon beverages will be provided for all pre-congress session participants; lunch is only included for delegates attending full day sessions. These prices are based on the custodial, IT support and catering costs associated with holding these sessions. Any surplus generated from the pre-congress sessions will be used to assist in covering the costs of the core congress and to keep registration fees for the congress as low as possible.

Pre-congress session costs (US Dollars)
Venue capacity
2 hours
1/2 day
Full day*
* Includes lunch


Proposals for pre-congress sessions should be submitted using this online form at any stage before 14 January 2019, but acceptance of proposals may close before that date as available space will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Proposals should provide the following information:

  • Name, institutional affiliation and contact details of session organizer
  • Session title
  • A description of the intended audience for the session
  • Session length (2 hours, ½ day or full day, or two-days)
  • Required room size
  • Preferred session date (13thor 14thJuly, noting that scheduling will be done on a first come, first served basis)
  • Description of session format (e.g. training workshop, mini-conference with open call for peer-review of abstracts, organized session, meeting, etc.) and whether the session will be open to all delegates or by invitation only
  • Description of the session content (up to 500 words), indicating the aim of the session, a brief description of the content of the session (either the names of presenters and their presentation topics if an organized session, or the topics on which abstracts will be elicited if a mini-conference) and the structure of the session, including how participation from attendees will be promoted
  • A 50 word overview of the session that will be posted on the Congress website and in the program
  • Billing details (name, organization and contact details for invoice)

iHEA encourages pre-congress session organizers to seek sponsorship to cover the costs of their session to facilitate access to these sessions, particularly for congress delegates with limited financial resources such as delegates from low- and middle-income countries, students and early career researchers. Sponsors of pre-congress sessions will be listed on the congress website, electronic program/mobile app and acknowledged in the session. However, organizers may charge a cost-recovery fee to those who register for their pre-congress session if they so choose.

Overviews of accepted sessions will be listed on the congress website, included in informational emails sent to congress participants and the congress program. Session organizers are encouraged to advertise their session through other websites, and listservs. Congress delegates will have an opportunity to register for these sessions in advance.

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