iHEA pre-congress session, Basel 2019


As part of the 2019 iHEA biennial world congress in Basel, Switzerland, the Immunization Economics Special Interest Group (SIG) will organize a pre-congress session on July 13-14. The intended audience for this session is individuals interested in the generation and use of information surrounding immunization costing, financing, and value of vaccination. Audience span from early career to seasoned researchers, EPI managers, policymakers, multinational organizations, and donors. Draft program attached below, and includes:

  1. featured updates on research findings, methodology, and cases;

  2. concurrent sessions on economic analysis refresher course and implementation/advocacy workshop;

  3. panel sessions on effective dissemination and future direction.



We also crowd-sourced the list of Pre-Congress Sessions, Organized Sessions, and Presentations specifically related to the production and use of economics information in immunization programs.


Community members were invited to present a poster presentation. The nature of the work showcased will span from a research study, field work, or public health practice and implementation. This pre-congress session will be the first full rollout of the #betterposter design. Funding support towards travel and accommodation costs were given to 5 high-scoring submissions. List of awardee available here. Timeline below:

  • Mar 29, 2019: Deadline to complete submission form - which includes general info, resume, 100-word statement on the relevance and significance of this work, 100-word methodology detail, and a 300-word abstract. One person (presenter) can only submit one abstract. No multiple submissions allowed. Late submissions may be considered for the poster presentation session on a space-available basis. 

  • Apr 19, 2019: 40 poster submissions will be invited to present in Basel (others will be put on waitlist). Abstracts, research statements, and methodology details will be blindly judged by a panel of experts from international institutions. Presenter resume will be reviewed in the event of a tie. Five submissions will receive $2500 towards travel and accommodation costs to Basel.

    • 1 best overall submission score

    • 1 best submission score (advanced researcher / practitioner)

    • 3 best submission scores (early career* researcher / practitioner)

    *individuals whose level of experience post-bachelors degree is below the median of all submissions

  • May 15, 2019: Deadline to confirm participation to the pre-congress session. Submissions on the waitlist will be invited to join as space become available

  • June 14, 2019: Poster file due. The poster will be printed in-house at no charge to you and will be prepared at the pre-congress in Basel

  • July 13, 2019: Presentation of poster # 1-20

  • July 14, 2019: Presentation of poster # 21-40

  • July 14, 2019: Award ceremony for 5 high-scoring posters, 3 best communication and design posters, and 2 audience favorite