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IUHPE 70: Celebrating 70 years of advancing global health promotion


IUHPE commemorates an important anniversary in 2021, marking 70 years since its foundation. We will celebrate the leadership role played by IUHPE in shaping global developments through strategic actions on progressing health promotion policy, practice and research in collaboration with our global network of members and partners. We invite you to join us in this celebration!

This is a significant milestone in the life of the organization. It affords an important opportunity to reflect on the advances made in health promotion globally over the last 70 years and to advance debate and dialogue on future directions. The 70th anniversary also provides a strategic space to consider how we can expand the reach of the organization and ensure that it is well positioned to provide strategic leadership in advancing health promotion over the next 70 years. We will continue to advocate for the strengthening of health promotion systems that lead to enabling structures, processes and enhanced capacity for the implementation of health promotion.

In celebrating the 70th anniversary, there are a range of activities planned over this year, including a webinar series, regional celebratory events and conferences, and a special publication of Global Health Promotion. Learn more about the 11th IUHPE European Regional Conference “Health Promotion: Transformative action in a changing Europe” (15-16 June 2021), the special anniversary event taking place on its second day (see below), and the 6th International Conference on Salutogenesis “Advancing Salutogenesis towards thriving Societies” (17-18 June 2021).

Information on all the anniversary activities is available below. Click on the title of the event!


IUHPE 70 - Share your message!

IUHPE would like to invite you to send us a message in whatever format you wish: a short reflection, a photo of an event, a video testimonial, or a happy birthday song! 

Share with us your memories of IUHPE or your wishes for our future together advancing health promotion by posting on our collaborative space. Click here and learn more on how to participate.


WEBINAR SERIES: Participate in discussions with IUHPE board members, IUHPE Global Working groups, networks and regions

The IUHPE 70 webinar series aims to celebrate this significant milestone for our organisation by sharing timely and relevant knowledge for the global health promotion community and the rest of society, and to both draw attention and call for collective and individual action on current global challenges.



Register now for this webinar

Places are limited. We will accept participants on a first come, first served basis on the day of the webinar. All webinars will be available for later viewing on our YouTube channel.


This webinar aims to engage participants in an interactive discussion on how health promotion policy, research and practice can be strengthened in order to advance human health and wellbeing. Critical insights will be exchanged on how to bring a renewed focus on health promotion as a key transformative strategy for advancing human wellbeing development. The webinar will critically consider what mechanisms are needed for strengthening health promoting policies, implementation processes and structures, capacities and research, to advance population health and wellbeing and a healthier future for all.


Moderator: Prof. Margaret Barry, IUHPE President, NUI Galway

Margaret M. Barry, Ph.D., was elected President of the International Union for Health Promotion and Education in 2019, having previously served as Vice President for Capacity Building, Education and Training (2007-2010). Professor Barry holds the Established Chair in Health Promotion and Public Health at the National University of Ireland Galway, where she is also Head of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Health Promotion Research. Having published widely in health promotion, she works closely with policymakers and practitioners on the development, implementation and evaluation of health promotion interventions and policies at national and international level. Professor Barry has extensive experience of coordinating international and European collaborative projects, serving as project leader on WHO projects and European Union funded research initiatives. She also serves on a number of international and European steering groups and scientific committees and has acted as expert adviser on mental health promotion policy and research development in a number of countries around the world.  Professor Barry served two terms as a member of the European Commission Expert Panel on Effective Ways of Investing in Health (2013-2016; 2016-2019).



Prof. Louise Potvin, Chair of the IUHPE 2022 Global Organising Committee, University of Montréal

Louise Potvin is currently professor at the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, School of Public Health (ESPUM), Université de Montréal. She is the Scientific Director of the Centre de recherche en santé publique, Université de Montréal and CIUSSS Centre-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal (Regional Health Authority). She holds the Canada Research Chair in Community Approaches and Health Inequalities. Her main research interests are Population Health Intervention Research and the role of social environments in the local production of health and health equity. In addition to having edited and co-edited 8 books, she has published more than 300 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, editorials and comments. She is a globally elected member of the Executive Board of the International Union for Health Promotion and Education and the Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Journal of Public Health. She is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. She received the 2017 Pierre-Dansereau Award from the Association canadienne française pour l’avancement des sciences (ACFAS) and the 2019 Canadian Institute of Health Research - Institute of Public and Population Health Trailblazer Award in the Senior research category.


Prof. Stephan Van den Broucke, IUHPE Vice-president for Scientific Affairs, Catholic University of Louvain

Stephan Van den Broucke is professor and Vice-dean of psychology at the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium). He formerly held positions at the Flemish Institute for Health Promotion, the European Commission, and Maastricht University. In his current and previous positions, he combines academic research with building health promotion capacity and policy advice. He coordinated and supervised various international projects on health promotion planning, evaluation, patient education, health inequalities, capacity building and health literacy and authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications. As an educator, he taught students and health professionals in Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia, and as a policy advisor he has collaborated with the European Commission, the World Health Organisation, and the Open Science Foundation. He is an elected Executive Board Member of the International Union for Health promotion and Education (IUHPE) in charge of Scientific Affairs, as well as scientific advisor for the Asian Health Literacy Association (AHLA) and associate editor of Health Promotion International.



22 April 2021, 8 a.m. EST | 2 p.m. CET
Applying Salutogenesis for Health Promotion – sharing principles and experiences of positive action, org. by IUHPE Global Working Group on Salutogenesis
Moderator: Dr. ir. Laura Bouwman. Speakers: Prof. Georg Bauer, Dr. Ady Mana, Prof. Paolo Contu, Dr. Ruca Maass

28 April 2021, TBA
La Promotion de la Santé en temps de crise, org. by Réseau francophone international pour la promotion de la santé (RÉFIPS)
Moderator: Ms Sarah Chaput. Speakers: Dr. Mathieu Roy, Dr. Mélissa Généreux

20 May 2021, 11 a.m. EST | 5 p.m. CET
The Way Forward for Health Promotion: the case of Health Literacy and Covid-19, org. by IUHPE Global Working Group on Health Literacy
Moderator: Dr. Andrew Pleasant. Speakers: Prof. Gill Rowlands, Prof Diane Levin-Zamir, Dr. Susie Sykes, Dr. Orkan Okan

16 June 2021, 8 a.m. EST | 2 p.m. CET
IUHPE as a Catalyst for Transformative Health Promotion Action (Event at IUHPE Euro Conference). Click here to learn more [link to event page].

July 2021
TBA, org. by IUHPE Global Working Group on Social Determinants of Health

2 September 2021, 8 a.m. EST | 2 p.m. CET
How Healthy Settings Provide Opportunities for Collective and Individual Responses to Current Global Challenges, org. by IUHPE Global Working Group on Healthy Settings
Moderator: Ms. Marilyn Rice. Speakers: Prof. Marc Dooris; Prof. Albert Lee, Mrs Irma Brito, Dr. Michelle Baybutt

7 October 2021, 10 a.m. EST | 4 p.m. CET
Promoting population mental health and wellbeing, org. by IUHPE Global Working Group on Mental Health Promotion
Moderator: Prof. Margaret Barry. Speakers: Prof. Janet Fanslow, Dr Aleisha Clarke, Dr Miranda Novak

November 2021
TBA, org. by IUHPE Global Working Group Health Impact Assessment

6 December 2021, 8:30 p.m. EST | 7 December 2021, 12:30 p.m. AEDT
A 70-70 vision for health promotion and the health of the planet and humanity, org. by IUHPE Global Working Group on Waiora Planetary Health
Moderator: Sione Tu'itahi. Speakers: Professor Tony Capon, Dr Trevor Hancock


IUHPE 70 Celebratory Event: IUHPE as a catalyst for transformative health promotion action, 16th June 2021 


11th IUHPE European Conference on Health Promotion and 6th International Conference on SalutogenesiS, 15-18 june 2021


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