10th European Conference


10th IUHPE European Conference and 4th International Forum for Health Promotion Research took place during 24-26 September 2018, in Trondheim, Norway. 

 Six years after the last European Conference in Tallinn, more than 200 health promoters gathered to share ideas, experiences and challenges. The conference privileged participative sessions and featured symposiums, workshops, communications and an “Euro Café” session.

IUHPE Global Working Groups (GWG) were heavily involved in this conference, particularly during the second day which was dedicated to discussing how the Health Literacy, Salutogenesis and Healthy Settings approaches contribute to health promotion, including how to tackle NCDs. You can access the presentations here.

The IUHPE European Conference and International Forum was also a health-promoting conference: pauses included music and dance to relax the spirit between highly engaged periods.


(Re)connecting also promotes health and IUHPE conferences are the perfect opportunity to finally meet in person or see again kindred colleagues. The IUHPE GWG on Health Literacy even seized the opportunity for a group photo.

If sadly you were not able to attend this conference, you can access some of the keynote presentations: Young People's Reflections on Health Promotion, Ellen Ersfjord; Health Promotion, Version 2.0 - Key Principles and Challenges, Bjarne Bruun Jensen; and Sustainable Implementation of Public Health Initiatives, Monica Lillefjell. Abstracts are still available here.


There is also a digital trace of this event. Read all the messages and photos shared under the #HealthPromotionEurope Twitter hashtag to have a sense of what happened in Trondheim.

“The entire conference was very well organised, extremely interesting and engaging. Hence, I took a lot of interesting news, contacts and inspirations back home which I will share with my colleagues at the Austrian Health Promotion Fund,” Gert Lang, Austrian Health Promotion Fund, IUHPE Institutional Member

Finally, this event would not have been possible without the dedication of a hardworking team:

HP Forum


The idea to establish a European Forum for Health Promotion Research (HP Forum) has been developed by IUHPE, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and Steno Diabetes Center, Copenhagen, with the support of EuroHealthNet, WHO/Europe, EUPHA and the UNESCO Chair Global Health & Education.

The HP Forum is intent on gathering researchers across Europe to thoroughly discuss challenges in concepts, theoretical foundations and methods in health promotion research. It also aims to become a platform to communicate with European research funders, like the European Union, and to put Health Promotion Research firmly on their agenda.

After its launch last September during the 10th IUHPE European Conference and 4th International Forum for Health Promotion Research, the HP Forum is up to a successful start. By the end of 2018, it brought together over 30 institutions representing more than 20 countries. The HP Forum held its first meeting in Ljubljana, at the time of the European Public Health Conference. One of the working groups formed during this meeting is busy planning a series of activities for the first year. The next full-day seminar will be 16 May 2019 in Copenhagen, home city of IUHPE’s regional European Vice-president, Bjarne Bruun Jensen, and the Steno Diabetes Center Copenhagen, one of the organizations behind this initiative. 

How to sign up for the HP Forum? Send an e-mail to representatives from the Center for Health Promotion Research, NTNU, Geir Arild Espnes, Professor and Director (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Siw Tone Innstrand, Professor and Deputy Director (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

UNESCO Chair Global Health and Education

IUHPE joined the new initiative of a UNESCO Chair and UNITWIN network on “Global Health and Education.” The initiative had its kick off meeting in Paris at UNESCO’s headquarters on 26-27 February 2018 with IUHPE as one of the co-sponsors. The formal launch took place in October 2018 in Paris.

In line with current strategies from UNESCO, WHO and IUHPE, the “Global Health and Education” UNESCO chair and the UNITWIN network aim to contribute to creating the conditions for schools to make a difference for health and well-being of all pupils, teaching and non-teaching staff by strengthening schools’ capacity as a healthy place to live, learn and work.

There are two chair holders: professor Didier Jourdan, University of Clermont Auvergne (France), and professor Beverley Yamamoto, Osaka University (Japan). Together with academic institutions, learning societies, professional organisations, communities and private sector partners from across the world, they form a truly global network.

IUHPE is proud to have played a leading role in propelling this initiative and to be part of the global community supporting the Chair. It looks forward to the joint projects to come.