Health Systems Global (HSG) organizes a symposium every two years to bring together its members with the full range of players involved in health systems and policy research and practice. There is currently no other international gathering that serves the needs of this community.
The venue chosen for each meeting facilitates the inclusion of participants from a specific part of the world and a focus on that region, although each is also a global meeting in terms of content and representation. Each symposium is designed to:
- Share new state-of-the-art evidence.
- Review the progress and challenges towards implementation of the global agenda of priority research.
- Identify and discuss the approaches to strengthen the scientific rigor of health systems research including concepts, frameworks, measures and methods.
- Facilitate greater research collaboration and learning communities across disciplines, sectors, initiatives and countries.
Participants include researchers, policymakers, funders, implementers, civil society and other stakeholders from relevant national and regional agencies, associations and professional organizations.
The program includes plenary addresses from world experts, concurrent sessions made up from abstracts and other proposals, poster presentations, a marketplace and many other networking opportunities. Details on the developing program, including speakers and pre- and post-Symposium satellite sessions, are regularly communicated on the website and via social media.
HSG has been organizing the Global Symposium on Health Systems Research since 2010. The first one took place in Montreux and it has since been hosted in Beijing, Cape Town, Vancouver, Liverpool and the most recent one, due to be held in Dubai, was held virtually.