Participate in the Sixth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research, Dubai, Nov 2020

10 January, 2020

Participate in the Sixth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research


Ten years after the first Global Symposium in Montreux, the Sixth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research (HSR2020) – the world’s largest gathering on health systems – will for the first time be hosted in the Eastern Mediterranean region.

Ten years since Montreux, health systems around the world are still far from achieving the Sustainable Development Goal to “Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages”.

They remain predominantly sick care systems - disconnected from the broader upstream forces influencing health. A fundamental paradigm shift is needed if health systems are to be equipped to address complex and interconnected health and development challenges.

Re-imaging health systems for better health and social justice

HSR2020 will seek to break old silos and reorient health systems to address public health and engage the political, social, and environmental forces that perpetuate health inequities and social injustices. It will also explore how technological, data and social innovations can address these challenges.

Read more about the themes of HSR2020

HSR2020 will bring over 2,000 policymakers, practitioners and researchers from more than 100 countries to Dubai in November 2020. It will provide a catalyzing platform for awareness, capacity, support and partnerships for health systems within and far beyond the region.

Building such a platform will require engagement from a diversity of policymakers, practitioners, researchers, advocates, educators and citizens concerned with the multiplicity of issues and disciplines that shape human health, including health systems, humanitarian health, social protection, environmental sustainability and climate change, data science, ethics, political economy, social science, media, and many more.

Be a part of HSR2020

Contribute to HSR2020 by submitting:

individual abstracts for the scientific programme (deadline 6 February);

proposals for skills building sessions to develop the expertise of participants (deadline 6 February);

and/or multimedia abstracts, including short films, animations, photo essays, virtual reality experiences, or other forms of multimedia (deadline 6 March).

See HSR2020’s abstracts page for further information about how to submit.

Be part of the conversation and follow the latest Global Symposium news via #HSR2020.

Now is the time to re-imagine health systems.

Tom Barker

Communications Manager

Health Systems Global

Tel: +44 (0)1273 915717


Twitter: @H_S_Global

Health Systems Global is the first international membership organization fully dedicated to promoting health systems research and knowledge translation.

The Sixth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research (HSR2020) takes place in Dubai, UAE, 8th to 12th November 2020.

HIFA profile: Tom Barker is Communications Manager, Health Systems Global at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS). Tom has 15 years’ experience working in knowledge brokering, research communication, policy engagement, and parliamentary influencing in the UK health and international development policy arenas. Tom manages a portfolio of health and nutrition projects working in Sub- Saharan Africa and Asia, including Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, China, India and Bangladesh, including Future Health Systems, and is currently Communications Manager for Health Systems Global. Previously Tom managed a research knowledge brokering network for the UK National Institute for Health Research Health Services and Delivery Research Programme; facilitated engagements with the UK Parliament for the NHS Confederation, a membership body for NHS organisations; and ran the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Primary Care and Public Health. Tom has an MSc Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.