Berlin, 9-10 October 2015

XVII. Humanitarian Congress Berlin

Understanding Failure. Adjusting Practice

Abstract Submission Now Open

Published: 11.06.2015

The organisers of the Humanitarian Congress are pleased to invite abstracts for submissions for oral or poster presentations. The abstracts should relate to the topic:

“Science where it’s really needed: Translating Innovative Research into Humanitarian Medicine and Global Health Practice”

They should address current issues, but are not limited to it:
• Practice of Humanitarian Medicine
• Neglected Tropical Diseases
• Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)
• Mental Health, Psycho-social & psychiatric care
• Telemedicine and innovative health technologies
• Access to Medicines & Neglected Populations (both within and outside of Europe)
• Cross-disciplinary approaches
• Integrative health care management
• Big Data and new technologies
• Planetary Health

Who may submit?
The call is open to any interested individual; in particular we encourage university academics, Master and PhD students, NGOs staff, staff working for UN agencies and others working in the field of humanitarian medicine and global health to submit abstracts.
Authors of abstracts selected for poster and oral presentations should present results from their own research. Literature reviews will not be considered.

Formatting & Submitting
Abstracts should be limited to maximum of 300 words and should be structured in the following order: (1) Title of abstract, (2) Background, (3) Method, (4) Results and (5) Conclusion. Do not include illustrations, diagrams or other graphic objects.
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The abstract should be submitted by no later than 15.07.2015.

There is no cost for abstract submission.
To those invited for presenting their research, the congress organisers offer free admission. No travel or accommodation costs will be reimbursed.

For queries or assistance contact: scientific-session(at)

You are cordially invited to forward this call
to other interested parties wanting to present their own relevant works.

XVII. Humanitarian Congress Berlin: Understanding Failure. Adjusting Practice

Published: 05.05.2015

The Humanitarian Congress Berlin 2015 focuses on the topic ‘Understanding Failure. Adjusting Practice’, taking place from 9 -10 October 2015 in Berlin. In an increasingly politicized world, aid actors have to respond to complex emergencies without sacrificing their humanitarian principles. Budgets for relief programmes are growing, yet activities need to be operationalised in an effective matter without discrimination. Millions of lives are saved as a result of the work of humanitarian agencies, but funds are often unfairly distributed.

Currently the world observes the biggest refugee crises since World War Two, challenging the actions of states and calling for alternative solutions. Climate Change is about to accelerate, causing more destruction in especially poor countries and demanding quick adaptation to a changing environment.

The Humanitarian Congress Berlin 2015 on the topic 'Understanding Failure. Adjusting Practice' will discuss the following questions amongst others: Why does aid often fail to reach regions and populations in distress? Why do programmes not succeed to cater for the needs of those in urgent need? What are the obstacles for agencies to provide adequate treatment? Why is aid distribution steered by political interest rather than to the suffering of people?

As every year, the conference invites practitioners, academics, political decision makers, media and students to discuss how to identify and better address causes of inadequate humanitarian response. The aim is to further policy ideas and to find ways to adjust operational activities, in order to ensure a more effective and efficient use of humanitarian aid.

This year's programme can be found here. Information about past congresses can be accessed through our Archive.