SSPH+ Faculty Meeting 2023


at the Swiss TPH, Kreuzstrasse 2, 4123 Allschwil, 20-21 June 2023

followed by the Swiss TPH "Nino Künzli Farewell Symposium" on Preparing PhD Students - Shaping Future Academic Leaders (21 June 2023, from 13:00-17:00, see program here)

Day 1 / 20 June 2023

10:30-12:30 Pre-conference
10:30-12:30IGC Academic Board MeetingAudience: upon invitation
Keynote/Moderation: Arnaud Chiolero, Joachim Marti and Ann Walser
A13:00-14:00Welcome and Introduction
A113:00-13:15Welcome by Jürg Utzinger and Kaspar WyssAudience: All
A213:15-14:00Introduction and new SSPH+ initiativesAudience: All
Keynote/Moderation: Nino Künzli et al.
B14:00-15:30Parallel Sessions B
B114:00-15:30Shaping training collaboration of Cantonal Physicians, SSPH+ network and Swiss Public Health DoctorsIn the Swiss federal health system, the Cantonal Physicians (CP) (organized in VKS / AMCS) build the public health front line. Many CPs are indeed specialized in PH (Facharzttitel) and members of the Swiss Public Health Doctors (SPHD). Though all CPs are ex officio “SSPH+ Fellows”, details of the collaboration have not yet been shaped, thus win-wins remain to be harnessed. Apart from linking the public health sciences expertise with the professionals at the front – a model successfully adopted with the Federal Office of Public Health in the pandemic – the collaboration between CP, SPHD and the SSPH+ network may also strengthen the continued education of the CP’s. The CP’s could play a greater role in the post-graduate education of public health doctors offering training positions and sharing of expertise within the young SPHD program (ySPHD). The formal trainings of physicians pursuing the specialization in Public Health also heavily depends on training positions in academic institutions or networks, all led by SSPH+ faculty members.Audience: All
Keynote/Moderation: Julia Dratva
B214:00-15:30Concept for a nationwide outpatient pediatric research networkDespite the majority of pediatricians in Switzerland (61%)1 working in private practices, limited data on pediatric outpatient care is available for research. Since the Federal Office of Public Health has emphasized the need to strengthen health services research in Switzerland, the development of appropriate structures for systematically collect and share outpatient primary care data for research purposes is a current and relevant topic. In the pediatric field, the establishment of a collaborative nationwide network of private practices participating in outpatient data sharing and research activities would be highly beneficial to address research questions related to outpatient primary care and, together with hospital data, provide a more comprehensive picture of the landscape at the national level. Our main goal is to develop a concept for the settlement of a nationwide research network for outpatient pediatric care. This session aims at collecting input from interested stakeholders and inviting them for further collaboration.Audience: All
Keynote/Moderation: Michael von Rhein, Emiliano Soldini, Chantal Lüdi
B314:00-15:30Shaping the future of the SSPH+ journals – scientists matter!Audience: All
Keynote/Moderation: Christopher Woodrow et al.
B414:15-17:35IGC students meeting and career eventAudience: IGC PhD students
Keynote/Moderation: Arnaud Chiolero, Joachim Marti, Ann Walser
15:30-16:00COFFEE BREAK - 30'
C16:00-17:00Swiss Cohort & Biobank
C116:00-17:00Public Health United for the Swiss Cohort & Biobank (PHU4SCB)"Public Health United" is collaborating for a national cohort with biobank based on over 100,000 Swiss residents of all ages. The planned research infrastructure with long-term data and biomarkers collected in the general population forms the basis for broad research on the most relevant issues driving public health. "What keeps healthy - what makes sick?", "What novel biomarkers have utility for early detection of disease?", "How can health care and other policy areas sustainably and efficiently promote and maintain the health of the population - even in times of epidemics?" are examples of questions relying on large-scale population-based cohorts. SSPH+ and Public Health Schweiz have formed a steering group to lead our networks and partners toward the launching of the Swiss Cohort and Biobank. The plenary session summarizes the current state of the joint planning and discusses opportunities and challenges for further progress. Audience: All
Keynote/Moderation: Nicole Probst-Hensch, Milo Puhan, Murielle Bochud, Luca Crivelli
D17:00-18:00Lessons learned and outlook
D117:00-17:45Pandemic lessons learned to perform better next timeAudience: All
Keynote/Moderation: L. Suzanne Suggs
D217:45-18:00Insights and outlook of an outgoing DirectorAudience: All
Keynote/Moderation: Nino Künzli
E18:00-19:00Time for apero, networking, Swiss TPH tour and/or check-in hotel
E1From 18:15Visit of the Swiss TPH building (guided tours, upon registration)Audience: upon registration
18:00-19:30AperoAudience: all
19:30-Dinner, Celebration of SSPH+ Honorary Fellows 2023Audience: Faculty members and guests


Day 2 / 21 June 2023

F08:30-09:15Health Economics and Public Health
F108:30-09:15Health economics as a powerful platform for interdisciplinary collaborationAudience: All
Keynote/Moderation: Kaspar Wyss and Luca Crivelli
G09:15-10:30Parallel Sessions G
G109:15-10:30ChatGPT - an AI milestone with enormous potential for research and public healthThe development of ChatGPT - and large language models in general - represents a significant milestone in the field of AI. The model has achieved remarkable success in natural language processing tasks, such as language translation, question answering, and text completion. At the same time, the model is also often hallucinating, and making things up, all the while sounding very convincing. It thus presents both incredible opportunities as well as an enormous challenge given its potential for misinformation generation. This workshop aims to provide an overview of how ChatGPT works, how it was trained, and why it is so much better than anything else before. We will then have an open discussion about the potential impact of this technology development on science and research generally, and public health specifically. Audience: all
Keynote/Moderation: Marcel Salathé
G209:15-10:30Fostering international success of postgraduate programs led by SSPH+ network partnersSSPH+ network partners lead a range of postgraduate training offers (including seasonal schools) which target an international audience of students. In the absence of subsidies or fellowships, programs have difficulties in attracting students from abroad. The SDC funded SSPH+ Swiss Plexus grant includes a specific area (Area C) to reach out to influential Swiss constituencies such as embassies, SDC offices or chambers of commerce to strengthen their knowledge about the postgraduate training offers of the SSPH+ network partners. The ultimate objective is to win their support to become ambassadors of these training offers.Audience: Program leaders
Keynote/Moderation: Christoph Pimmer
10:30-11:00COFFEE BREAK - 30'
H11:00-12:00Shaping the future of the SSPH+ journals
H111:00-12:00Challenges and opportunities in a changing world of scientific publishingAudience: all
Keynote/Moderation: Fred Fenter, Chief Executive Editor, Frontiers; Nino Künzli, Christopher Woodrow et al.
I12:00-12:30Wrap up and outlook Audience: All
13:00-17:00Swiss TPH invites you to the "Nino Künzli Farewell Symposium" on Preparing PhD Students - Shaping Future Academic Leaders