The European Congress on Tropical Medicine and International Health is our flagship activity.

The inaugural edition of the Congress took place in Hamburg in 1995. Since that time, the patron of the congress, the Federation of European Societies of Tropical Medicine and International Health has co-organised a further twelve editions including the November 2023 presentation, taking place in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

From tropical disease to global health

ECTMIH continues to stimulate the active participation of researchers from LMICs, global thinkers, policy and decision makers in the programme, and to include debates on the role of cooperation agencies and of scientific institutes in the field of global health. Crosscutting themes at the congresses include diagnostic innovation, drug resistance and development, global research ethics and the role of social sciences in global health research.

Over the last 15 years, successive Congress committees have repositioned the original core tropical medicine priorities within a wider context of cross-cutting global health issues and disciplines. This transition was first reflected in the 2007 Amsterdam 'Partnership and Innovation in Global Health' edition.

The Verona 2009 'Equity, Human Rights and Access to Care' edition, continued this trend, engaging a wider community in discussing human rights dynamics in global health, as did each edition that followed, including the Antwerp 2017 'Health in (r)evolution. Environment – migration – technology – empowerment' meeting which centred on providing a forum for reflection on the role and position of tropical medicine, global health and international cooperation in the 21st century, taking into consideration disruptive changes such as human migration, environmental evolution, technological innovation and political power shifts.

With its most recent editions in Bergen, Norway in 2021, and Utrecht, Netherlands in 2023  the number of participants has averaged 1,300-1,500  participants.

Warm welcome to ECTMIH 2025 

ECTMIH returns to Hamburg after having been held there for the first time 30 years ago. The Bernhard Nocht Institute celebrates its anniversary at the same time. 

The Chair of ECTMIH 2025 will be Prof. Jürgen May from the Bernhard-Nocht Institution in Hamburg, Germany. 

Watch Prof. May's warm welcome video below.

FESTMIH is a not-for-profit network of European-based societies working in tropical medicine and global health Registered address: Nationalestraat 155, Antwerp, Belgium
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