Marcel Tanner receives the Brandenberger Prize 2023
Congratulations to Marcel Tanner, SSPH+ Honorary Fellow! Read more here.
Registration is open! Residential Summer Course in Florence 2024
European Educational Programme in Epidemiology (EEPE). Florence, Italy
WHEN: 17 June - 5 July 2024. Residential 3-week Summer Course in Epidemiology
8 – 12 July 2024. Specialized Courses week
PLACE: Florence, Italy
Find more information on the EEPE website.
New SSPH+ Directorate from October 2023
We are pleased to announce that, starting in October 2023, in addition to the current Deputy Directors Luca Crivelli from the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland SUPSI and Antoine Flahault from the University of Geneva, who will both continue their work, Sandra Nocera from SSPH+, Arnaud Chiolero from the University of Fribourg, Martin Röösli from Swiss TPH and the University of Basel (as of January 2024), and Viktor von Wyl from the University of Zurich will form the new SSPH+ Directorate.
SSPH+ Lugano Summer School Seminar Series - Join us!
Each year practitioners, students, academics, managers, health care providers, policy makers, and policy implementers from all over the world come together in Lugano (and online) for an amazing week of mutual learning for change. In a world facing incredible challenges for public health, the SSPH+ Lugano Summer School in Public Health Policy, Economics, and Management knows the importance of keeping the learnings and exchanges happening throughout the year. So, building on what we do each August since 1991, we are launching a new project called the “SSPH+ LSS Seminar Series". Approximately once a month, online Seminars will coincide with International Days/Weeks that are relevant to public health.
To give us a sense of how many people might join, you are invited to sign up HERE (but it is not required. You can still join last minute)!
Other seminars will be announced soon, so stay tuned to our channels!
What is Public Trust in the Health System? Insights into Health Data Use
Felix Gille will publish his first book (Oct, 23) What is Public Trust in the Health System? Insights into Health Data Use, which will be open access and targets students, professionals, researchers, and policy makers. Take a look!
Steering Committee Public Health United for Swiss Cohort & Biobank (PHU4SCB) established
SSPH+ and the Swiss Society for Public Health Switzerland (PHS) have elected a steering committee (Steering Committee Public Health United for Swiss Cohort & Biobank - PHU4SCB), led by Prof. Nicole Probst-Hensch (Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) and University of Basel). This steering group will be the central coordination body for the the joint efforts in promoting this essential public health research infrastructure. For more info, visit the SSPH+ SCB website.
SSPH+ welcomes nominations for the Frontiers Planet Prize 2024!
SSPH+ is a National Nomination Body of the 2nd edition of the Frontiers Planet Prize. We encourage scientific leaders to submit self-nominations with a qualifying research article co-authored in peer reviewed literature. Submit your research article for a chance to win CHF 1 million! Visit the call for more information. Deadline for submissions is 26 September 2023
SSPH+ Honorary Fellows 2023
Ursula Zybach and Olivier Guillod were honored with the titile of SSPH+ Honorary Fellow for their contribution to public health in Switzerland. The celebration was during the SSPH+ Faculty Meeting social event in Allschwil (at Swiss TPH) on 20 June. Congratulations!
Read more here.
This year, Benedikt Wicki won the best published PhD arcticle 2023
SSPH+ announces the winner of the SSPH+ Award 2023 for the "Best published PhD Article":
Benedikt Wicki, PhD student of Swiss TPH, won with his article "Suicide and transportation noise: A prospective cohort study from Switzerland" which was published in "Environmental health Perspectives" in March 2023.
New members join the SAMS Senate
SSPH+ is pleased to announce that its Deputy Director Antoine Flahault, its Board member Murielle Bochud, and its SSPH+ Faculty member Susanne Walitza have been elected as new members of the SAMS Senate. Furthermore, our SSPH+ Faculty member Jacques Cornuz was appointed as honorary member for his outstanding services to the promotion of science, the health system and/or the SAMS. Congratulations!
See SAMW website for more information here
Registration open: European Educational Programme in Epidemiology (EEPE). Florence, Italy
WHEN: 19 June - 7 July 2023. Residential 3-week Summer Course in Epidemiology
10 – 14 July 2023. Specialized Courses week
PLACE: Florence, Italy
The course, now in its 35th year, is intended for epidemiologists, statisticians, clinicians and public health practitioners with an interest in epidemiology. The course offers in the first two weeks five general modules on epidemiological study design and statistical analysis of epidemiological data, and in the third week seven special modules on topics of current relevance for health and advanced methodological issues.The course is taught in English by lecturers mostly from European universities and research institutes and is held in residential form in the “Studium” centre on the hills of Florence.
See website for more information.
Noncommunicable Diseases: a Compendium
“Noncommunicable Diseases: A Compendium introduces readers to noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) – what they are, their burden, their determinants and how they can be prevented and controlled. Drawing on the expertise of a large and diverse team of internationally renowned policy and academic experts (including SSPH+ faculty members), the book describes the key epidemiologic features of NCDs and evidence-based interventions in a concise manner that will be useful for policymakers across all parts of society, as well as for public health and clinical practitioners. The book is available freely here
Reflections from retiring Nino Künzli (Swiss Public Health Conference 14.9.2022)
This year's Swiss Public Health Conference theme (Environment & Health) coincides with Nino Künzli's retirement from Swiss TPH and Uni Basel - thus, from his research (whereas he remains SSPH+ Director until fall 2023). In the hybrid closing session he reflected on air pollution and public health and confronts 5 leaders with specific questions. The session can be watched here.
Air pollution and health – a public health success story? Not yet!
Introduction: Nino Künzli, environmental epidemiologist, Swiss TPH
Richard Ballaman, Head Air Quality Management Section, Federal Office of the Environment
Maria Neira, Director of the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Health at the WHO
Janine Kuriger, Head of the Global Programme Climate Change and Environment of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
Temitope Adebayo, PhD Student Swiss TPH
Nicole Probst-Hensch, Head Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Swiss TPH
Nicole Probst-Hensch wins the Science Award of the City of Basel
Nicole is being honored for her pioneering research on the effects of air pollution on human health and her accomplishments in establishing biobanks and cohort studies. Congratulations!
Read more here.
ges.UND? EBPI Gesundheitsblog
Der Gesundheitsblog ges.UND? vom Institut für Epidemiologie, Biostatistik und Prävention (EBPI) der Universität Zürich informiert zu den Schwerpunkten «gesundes Altern» und «Covid-19». Zusätzliche Beiträge widmen sich beispielsweise Demenz, Depression oder palliativer Versorgung.
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SSPH+@Expo from 29 January to 2 February 2022: see our recorded events and products
From 29 January to 2 February 2022, the SSPH+ network will offer a rich program of live-streamed events online and on-site at the Swiss Pavilion in Dubai. Links to the events and the recorded sessions are provided in the program.
Most SSPH+@Expo projects on “Health in all Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s)” were led by students of the SSPH+ partner universities. For example, see our digital tool with quiz questions on SDG's and the video clips which promote SDG's.
For some impressions, see the news and social media.
Declaration | Global governance for improved health: The role of Schools of Public Health
The Global Network for Academic Health (GNAPH), an alliance of regional associations that represent schools and programs of public health around the world, has released the Declaration: ‘Global governance for improved human, animal, and planetary health: the essential role of schools and programs of public health' (download PDF).
It lays out the role of schools and programs of public health in the current pandemic and in developing standards and competence for better public health as well as the public health knowledge and skills shown by the pandemic to be in need of massive expansion. It ends in an official declaration of what is required for better global governance for health.
Publication of the book “Planetary Health”
"Wenn die Erde krank ist, kann der Mensch nicht gesund sein"
Das Konzept Planetary Health befasst sich mit den Zusammenhängen zwischen der Gesundheit des Menschen und der Gesundheit unseres Planeten. Bereits jetzt hat die zunehmende Zerstörung der Ökosysteme durch die raumgreifende Lebensweise des Menschen negativen Einfluss auf unsere Gesundheit, zuvorderst durch Umweltverschmutzung, Artensterben und die voranschreitende Klimakrise. Diese zunehmende Überschreitung planetarer Grenzen ist für die Gesellschaften eine beispiellose Herausforderung.
WHO released 1) new Air Quality Guidelines – and 2) Infodemic Framework
WHO released two important reports, both developed with contributions from SSPH+ partner institutions:
1) After 5 years of development, the updated WHO AIR QUALITY GUIDELINES were released (with major involvement of Swiss TPH) – see details and links here, including statement of societies, published in IJPH
2) The Competence Framework for Infodemic Management is a major guide to manage and act against disinformation, developed by our Uni Lucerne partner Sara Rubinelli.
Meet some of the SSPH+ PhD students and hear their stories!
Hear what SSPH+ PhD students have to say about life and study in Switzerland.
SSPH+ scientific debate training winners
The winners of the SSPH+ scientific debate training of the Dubai Expo Training Program are Ezra Valido and Ana Lucía Oña Macías from Swiss Paraplegic Research at the University of Luzern. They are also both part of the SSPH+ Global PhD fellowship program in Public Health Sciences.Thank you to all of you from the SSPH+ community who voted for your favourite scientific debate video! Ezra and Ana will perform their debate live to the audiences of the Dubai Expo at the Swiss Pavilion in January, 2022.
Neues Angebot von Cochrane Public Health Europe
Cochrane Public Health Europe (CPHE) fasst die wichtigsten Ergebnisse neuer Cochrane Public Health Reviews auf Deutsch für Sie zusammen. Melden Sie sich hier zur themenspezifischen Infomail an und erhalten Sie Zusammenfassungen von Cochrane Public Health Reviews direkt in Ihre Inbox - immer dann, wenn ein neuer Review in der Cochrane Library publiziert wird.
This year, Alain Amstutz won the best published PhD arcticle 2021
SSPH+ announces the winner of the SSPH+ Award 2021 for the "Best published PhD Article":
Alain Amstutz, PhD student of Swiss TPH, won with his article "Home-based oral self-testing for absent and declining individuals during a door-to-door HIV testing campaign in rural Lesotho (HOSENG):
a cluster-randomised trial" published in "the Lancet HIV" in October 2020.
Expo Dubai 2020 online with SSPH+: Health in all Sustainable Development Goals
SSPH+ will showcase Swiss public health sciences related to the 17 SDG’s at the Swiss Pavilion of the Expo Dubai 2020 (postponed to October 2021-March 2022) during its "Health and Wellness Week” (30.01-05.02.22). As pre-event, Nino Künzli participated online in the World Majilis on "The Pursuit of Happiness. Building healthier and happier communities in a post-COVID era" (discussion platform starts at hour 1:52:05 until 3:05:00).
More on SSPH+ and Expo Dubai 2020 (postponed to October 2021-March 2022) will follow. Stay tuned!
SSPH+ new owner of Public Health Reviews (PHR)
The ownership of Public Health Reviews (PHR) has been moved from ASPHER to SSPH+. PHR will remain a society owned journal. As of 2021, Swiss based Frontiers will take over from BCM the role as publisher of PHR. With SSPH+ now owning PHR and the International Journal of Public Health (IJPH), Dr. Anke Berger (Swiss TPH, Basel), will lead the editorial office of both journals. PHR will publish reviews (sytematic, scoping and other review formats) and Policy Briefs. Details of those developments will be communicated on the website in 2021.
Temitope Adebayo has won the second SSPH+ ScienceFlashTalk Award at the Swiss Public Health Conference 2020
Temitope is a PhD student at the Swiss TPH and supervised by SSPH+ Director Nino Künzli. She has won the second of two events of the 2020 SSPH+ ScienceFlashTalk and convinced the audience with her 3-minute flash talk on "Air pollution as a public health problem in South Africa". In her PhD research, she aims to fill in the gap and provide scientific evidence to encourage the South African government to update and strengthen the air quality policy and make air pollution a priority research area. Temitope is also one of the GlobalP3HS students.
Apolline Saucy wins SSPH+ ScienceFlashTalk Award at the 2020 SSPH+ Online Faculty Meeting
Apolline Saucy, PhD student at the Swiss TPH and supervised by SSPH+ Faculty member Martin Röösli, has won the first of two events of the 2020 SSPH+ ScienceFlashTalk Award at the SSPH+ Online Faculty Meeting on 16 June 2020. She convinced the audience with her 3-minute flash talk on Cardiovascular effects of aircraft noise.
This year we have two winners of the SSPH+ "Best published PhD Article Award": Giulia Paternoster and Kathryn Dawson-Townsend
SSPH+ announces the two winners of the SSPH+ Award 2020 for the "Best published PhD Article":
- Giulia Paternoster, PhD student of Vetsuisse Faculty, University of Zurich won with her article "Epidemic cystic and alveolar echinococcosis in Kyrgyzstan: an analysis of national surveillance data" published in "the Lancet" in April 2020.
- Kathryn Dawson-Townsend, PhD student at the University of Lucerne, Health Sciences
Swiss Learning Health System, won with her article "Social participation patterns and their associations with health and wellbeing for older adults" published in "SSM - Population Health" in August 2019.
15-year SSPH+ Jubilee Report is online
2020 was supposed to become a jubilee year to celebrate the 15th anniversary of SSPH+. Instead, we had to cancel or postpone planned events.Nevertheless, we decided to go out with our online report which we started to develop in 2019 when our lives were still ‘normal’. Due to COVID-19 we postponed and partly revised the report.
COVID-19 SSPH+ Platform
SSPH+ welcomes the national public health science community to provide scientific expertise and support to the Federal and Cantonal authorities. Questions, discussions and work in working groups is facilitated via the COVID-19 SSPH+ Platform, which is a closed platform. If you are a public health scientist not yet affiliated with SSPH+ directly or one of the 12 Swiss universities of the SSPH+ Foundation, please send an email to email@example.com with your name, affiliation, area of competency and email-address. SSPH+ may provide access to you.
Swiss Public Health Conference 2020 - Registration is open!
The registration for the SPHC2020 in Lucerne on "From Evidence to Pulic Health Policy and Practice" go to conference website
Date: 2-3 September 2020, Department of Health Sciences and Medicine, University of Lucerne
The Swiss Public Health Conference is organised by The Swiss Society for Public Health and the Swiss School of Public Health (SSPH+). Each year, a Swiss academic institution assumes the role of host and takes the scientific-thematic lead.
Serra Asangbeh wins SSPH+ ScienceFlashTalk Award at the 2019 Swiss Public Health Conference
Serra Asangbeh, PhD student at the University of Bern and supervised by SSPH+ Faculty member Julia Bohlius, has won the second of two events of the 2019 SSPH+ ScienceFlashTalk Award at the Swiss Public Health Conference in Winterthur on 28 August 2019. She is also one of the GlobalP3HS students.
Serra convinced the audience with her 3-minute flash talk on Fighting the 'female cancer'. In her PhD project Serra identifies and evaluates monitoring indicators from international guidelines and those currently in use in Southern Africa for cervical screening through a systematic review and site survey.
Milena Foerster wins SSPH+ Best Published PhD Article Award 2019
At the Swiss Public Health Conference 2019 in Winterthur, SSPH+ announced the winner of the SSPH+ Award for the Best Published PhD Article. Milena Foerster, former PhD student at Swiss TPH (supervised by the SSPH+ Faculty Member Martin Röösli) and now working at International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), won the award with her article "A prospective Cohort Study of Adolescents' Memory Performance and Individual Brain Dose of Microwave Radiation from Wireless Communication" published in "Environmental Health Perspectives" in July 2018.
SSPH+ against the draft act on tobacco products - Media release
Die Wissenschaft fordert evidenzbasierte Gesetze und lehnt den Gesetzesvorentwurf über Tabakprodukte und elektronische Zigaretten ab. Siehe Medienmitteilung hier.
La science exige des lois fondées sur des preuves (evidence-based policy) et, par conséquent, le rejet de l’avant-projet de loi fédérale sur les produits du tabac. Voir le communiqué de presse ici.
La scienza richiede una politica basata sull'evidenza e, quindi, il rifiuto del progetto di legge federale sul tabacco. Vedi il comunicato stampa qui.