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2021 Congress

2021 iHEA Congress

Update on plans for the 2021 Congress

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and uncertainties, about the feasibility and affordability of international travel and hosting large gatherings, which will continue well into 2021, the iHEA Board has taken the decision that the 2021 iHEA Congress will be held virtually.  Cape Town will now be the location for an onsite congress in 2023.  We have taken this decision at an early stage to enable us to organize an outstanding global virtual event, retaining the emphasis on presentation of quality scientific research and providing many opportunities for rich discussion and engagement with colleagues.  We will engage with members as we design the virtual congress and plans unfold.

We are excited about the opportunity to explore digital approaches to engaging a wider audience than is able to participate in onsite congresses, and hope that you will be equally excited and engaged with the virtual congress.  We encourage you to submit an abstract for consideration by the Scientific Committee.

The broad timeline for abstract submissions, review and program development is as follows (exact dates will be included as plans are finalized):

September 2020

Abstract submissions open

Early December 2020

Abstract submission closes

January 2021

Abstract review process

February 2021

Program chairs finalize decisions on abstracts

Early March 2021

Abstract submitters informed of Scientific Committee decision

Early April 2021

Deadline for registration of those with accepted abstracts

April 2021

Program scheduling

Early May 2021

Program released and presenters informed of date & time of session

June 2021

Submission of presentations and e-posters

In addition to the congress going virtual, there are some other important changes from previous congresses, so please read through the information here to assist you in preparing your abstracts well in advance of the submission system opening.


Scientific Committee

Joanna Coast

University of Bristol


Ana Balsa

    Universidad de Montevideo


Program Chairs

Hareth Al-Janabi

University of Birmingham

Carl Asche

University of Illinois

Stefan Boes

University of Lucerne

Jane Chuma

World Bank & Kenya Medical Research Institute

Susan Cleary

University of Cape Town

John Cullinan

National University of Ireland, Galway

Apostolos Davillas

University of East Anglia

Omar Galarraga

Brown University

Brenda Gannon

University of Queensland

Karen Grepin

University of Hong Kong

Bruce Hollingsworth

Lancaster University

Stephen Jan

The George Institute for Global health

Izabela Jelovac

CNRS (GATE Lyon-St Etienne)

Paula Lorgelly

University College London

Jui-fen Rachel Lu

Chang Gung University

Céu Mateus

Lancaster University

Manos Mentzakis

University of Southhampton

Rachael Morton

University of Sydney

Richard Norman

Curtin University

Tracey Sach

University of East Anglia

Sally Stearns

University of North Carolina

Marcia Weaver

University of Washington

Joachim Winter

University of Munich

Yuting Zhang

University of Melbourne

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