International Forum Gastein calls for applications for the 2015 European Health Award
Bad Hofgastein, March 6, 2015 – In advance of the eighteenth European Health Forum Gastein conference, this year themed “Securing Health in Europe. Balancing priorities, sharing responsibilities” which will take place in Austria´s Gastein Valley from 30th September to 2nd October 2015, the International Forum Gastein has announced its annual search for a winner of its European Health Award. The award of EUR10,000 will be sponsored by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Health and FOPI, the association of research-based pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies in Austria.
The International Forum Gastein initiated the European Health Award on the occasion of the European Health Forum Gastein´s tenth anniversary in 2007. The Award is intended to celebrate achievements in initiatives addressing European health challenges.
“The purpose of the European Health Award is to promote cross-border working and celebrate European initiatives that tackle today´s health challenges which are more complex and multi-faceted than ever,” says EHFG President Professor Helmut Brand. “Promoting multi-country working and the development of innovative and sustainable initiatives will help us to meet our vision of a healthy, social and prosperous Europe.”
In 2014 the Award was won by the EpiSouth Plus Project. This Project is aimed at increasing health security in the Mediterranean Area and Balkans by enhancing preparedness to threats, which can affect health security, and to bio-security risks at national/regional levels in the framework of International Health Regulation implementation. Building upon the Network of 27 EU and non-EU Countries established by the previous project EpiSouth (2006-2010), the whole initiative has lasted more than seven years (2006-2014). The project has strengthened countries’ capacity to cope with health threats through several concerted and coordinated capacity building activities.
Submitted applications will be evaluated by a renowned jury consisting of representatives from the fields of health care, science, politics and economics. Applications to be considered for the award must be submitted by midnight on Friday, 29 May 2015. Information and an application form can be found at European Health Award Gastein.
The EHFG is the leading health policy event in the EU and takes place annually. It provides a major platform for decision-makers in various fields of public health & health care. With its wide-ranging three-day programme, the EHFG offers an unparalleled opportunity to exchange information about a broad spectrum of contemporary health issues.