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Connecting the Dots

60th Colloquium of the Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp


9 - 10 October 2019
Starting at 10:30am




Two days of science

Since 1959, the Colloquium is ITM’s yearly flagship scientific conference, funded by the Belgian Development Cooperation. Every other year the Colloquium takes place in a partner country of ITM. This year the Colloquium is taking place in Antwerp.

On 9 and 10 October we will be connecting the dots between some of the most pressing issues facing the tropical medicine and international health community. We are delighted to announce that Her Majesty the Queen of the Belgians will inaugurate the Colloquium.

One planet

Climate change, increasing population pressures, environmental degradation and loss of biodiversity affect more places and people than ever before.

One health

The pressure on our planet is affecting food production and land use, but also human and animal disease patterns, adding to the challenges for health systems, programmes and services.

One future

Policy makers, researchers and health professionals face unprecedented challenges, while technology promises plenty of new opportunities. If used wisely these might be strong allies towards achieving health for all.


Prof Dr Bruno

Outgoing Director

Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp

Dr Ngozi

Senior Research Fellow

Chatham House Centre for Global Health Security and Senior Public Health Advisor at Public Health England.

Dr Marc-Alain

Incoming Director

Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp

Dr John


Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention


9/10/19 11:00 am

Official Opening Ceremony

9/10/19 11:30 am

Keynote speech

Nafsiah Mboi

9/10/19 12:00 pm

Keynote speech

Ngozi Erondu

9/10/19 12:40 pm

Lunch break

9/10/19 2:00 pm

Final talk of outgoing ITM director

Bruno Gryseels

9/10/19 4:20 pm

First talk of incoming ITM director

Marc-Alain Widdowson

9/10/19 5:00 pm

Reception and walking dinner

10/10/19 8:30 am


10/10/19 9:10 am

Session 1 – Global challenges – Keynote

Koen Peeters

10/10/19 9:50 am

Session 1 – Global challenges – Focused talk on migration

Diana Pou Ciruelo

10/10/19 10:20 am

Session 1 – Global challenges – Panel debate

Meghnath Dhimal - Ralph Huits - Dissou Affolabi - Maria Eugenia Toledo

10/10/19 11:35 am

Session 2 – The future is now – Keynote

John Nkengasong

10/10/19 12:15 pm

Session 2 – The future is now – Panel debate on keynote speech

Theresa Ochoa - Erika Vlieghe - Yodi Mahendrathata

10/10/19 12:40 pm

Session 2 – The future is now – Focused talk on NCD’s

Ama de-Graft Aikins

10/10/19 1:10 pm

Lunch break


10/10/19 2:10 pm

Poster session

10/10/19 3:00 pm

Session 3 – Innovation in health – Keynote

Christian Seelos

10/10/19 3:50 pm

Session 3 – Innovation in health – Focused talk

Lenka Benova

10/10/19 4:10 pm

Session 3 – Innovation in health – Focused talk

Nuno Faria

10/10/19 4:45 pm

Session 3 – Innovation in health – Panel debate

Lieselotte Cnops - Emmanuel André - Ibukun Abejirinde

10/10/19 5:30 pm


Location and venue



Vlaamsekaai 81, 2000 Antwerp, Belgium

Additional details

The venue is located at 10 minutes walking distance from the Institute of Tropical Medicine.