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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.



Outgoing ITM director


Chief Executive Project Zambezi


ITM director


Director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Distinguished Fellow and Director of the Global Innovation for Impact Lab, Stanford University Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society


Former Minister of Health, Republic of Indonesia




Head of Medical Anthropology Unit, Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp


9/10/19 10:00 am

Registration and welcome coffee

9/10/19 11:00 am

Opening act

9/10/19 11:05 am

Official Opening Ceremony

Her Majesty the Queen of the Belgians

9/10/19 11:20 am

Word of Welcome

Cathy Berx, Governor of Antwerp

9/10/19 11:30 am

Keynote speech

Nafsiah Mboi: Global Challenges in Public Health: Relevance, Equity, and Embracing the Future

9/10/19 12:00 pm

Keynote speech

Ngozi Erondu: Tired of tokanism - towards local ownership and representative leadership in global health

9/10/19 12:30 pm


Dalilla Hermans

9/10/19 12:40 pm

Lunch break

9/10/19 2:00 pm

Speech by outgoing ITM director

Bruno Gryseels

9/10/19 2:25 pm


9/10/19 2:30 pm

Collaborating with ITM – a testimonial from Guinea

Alexandre Delamou

9/10/19 2:40 pm

Collaborating with ITM – a testimonial from Peru

Dionicia Gamboa

9/10/19 2:50 pm

Collaborating with ITM – a testimonial from Cambodia

Sokny Mao

9/10/19 3:00 pm

Coffee break

9/10/19 3:40 pm

Sneak peek – upcoming book about ITM

Roeland Scholtalbers - Marc Geenen

9/10/19 4:00 pm

Speech by ITM director

Marc-Alain Widdowson

9/10/19 4:20 pm


9/10/19 4:25 pm


Bouke de Jong

9/10/19 4:35 pm


9/10/19 5:30 pm

Standing buffet

10/10/19 8:30 am

Welcome coffee and registration

10/10/19 9:00 am

Kick off

Dalilla Hermans

10/10/19 9:05 am

Session 1 – Global challenges – Keynote

Koen Peeters: The broken clock - ambiguous research practices in global health science

10/10/19 9:35 am

Session 1 – Global challenges – Q&A

10/10/19 9:45 am

Session 1 – Global challenges – In focus

Diana Pou Ciruelo: Migration through the Mediterranean

10/10/19 10:10 am

Session 1 – Global challenges – Q&A

10/10/19 10:20 am

Session 1 – Global challenges – Panel debate

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

10/10/19 11:00 am

Coffee break

10/10/19 11:30 am

Session 2 – The future is now – Keynote

John Nkengasong: Disease threats in 21st century Africa and the need for a new public health order

10/10/19 12:00 pm

Session 2 – The future is now – Q&A

10/10/19 12:10 pm

Session 2 – The future is now – Panel debate

Theresa Ochoa - Erika Vlieghe - Yodi Mahendrathata

10/10/19 12:35 pm

Session 2 – The future is now – In focus

Ama de-Graft Aikins: Communities, chronicity and non-communicable disease (NCD) control

10/10/19 12:55 pm

Session 2 – The future is now – Q&A

10/10/19 1:05 pm

Lunch break

10/10/19 2:05 pm

Interactive poster session

Health researchers

10/10/19 3:00 pm

Session 3 – Innovation in health – Keynote

Christian Seelos: How to create impact from investing in social innovation

10/10/19 3:45 pm

Session 3 – Innovation in health – In focus

Nandini D P Sarkar: Integrated mental health care and using innovation to make reality

10/10/19 4:00 pm

Session 3 – Innovation in health – Q&A

10/10/19 4:05 pm

Session 3 – Innovation in health – In focus

Nuno Faria: Moving towards real-time genomic surveillance of arboviruses

10/10/19 4:20 pm

Session 3 – Innovation in health – Q&A

10/10/19 4:25 pm

Session 3 – Innovation in health – Panel debate

Lieselotte Cnops - Emmanuel André - Ibukun Abejirinde

10/10/19 5:05 pm

Event wrap-up

Bouke de Jong

10/10/19 5:20 pm

Closing drink

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.