BAPH symposium 2024

On Friday June 14, 2024, the Belgian Association for Public Health (BAPH) is organizing, at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, the symposium:

Tackling inequities in public health

The morning of the symposium will be organized around three plenary sessions during which Belgian speakers will discuss inequities in public health and how to tackle them. The afternoon will be structured around various workshops led by experts and one keynote session. Several networking opportunities will also be planned during the day.

Organising Committee: Brecht Devleesschauwer (Chair), Christine Verfaillie, Johan Van der Heyden, Karin De Ridder, Laura Van den Borre, Pierre Smith, Sherihane Bensemmane, Véronique Tellier, Xavier Leus

Scientific Committee: Jan Verbakel , Véronique Tellier , Johan Bilsen , Johan Van der Heyden, Katrien Vanthomme, Pierre Smith (Chair)


The building I U-Residence Brussels (Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)):
U-residence Generaal Jacqueslaan 271 1050 Brussels

By train: 5 minutes walk from Etterbeek station (SNCB/NMBS)
By metro: Metro stations Delta and Petillon (line 5) are within walking distance of the VUB Usquare Campus.
By tram: Tram lines 7 and 25 stop closeby.


Registration is closed.
• Free registration for members of the association
• Price of 50 EUR for non-members (20 EUR for students), this price covers membership of the association for 2024, which brings other advantages

Accreditation will be requested

Abstract submission

BAPH wishes to give Belgian public health researchers, experts and practitioners the opportunity to present their research and/or practices related to inequities in public health and how to tackle them. Submitted abstracts should concern research, interventions, health policies, care practices related to inequities in public health. Abstracts must be submitted and presented in English. Read more

Each abstract will be evaluated by the scientific committee.

Abstract submission is now closed.



9h00-9h30Registration & welcome coffee
9h30-9h45Introduction of the day by the BAPH
9h45-10h15Keynote 1: Wim Van Lancker (KULeuven)
Title: (Child) poverty in Belgium as an accumulation of inequalities
10h15-10h45Keynote 2: Patrick Deboosere (VUB)
Title: How Did Equity Become a Major Topic in Health Research and Public Health Policy in Belgium?
10h45-11h15Coffee break
11h15-11h45Keynote 3: Hanna Ballout (SSMG)
Title: When general practitioners address health inequities: between resilience and uncertainties
11h45-12h00Interaction with the audience
12h00-13h00Lunch break
13h00-15h00Parallel sessions (oral presentations)
15h00-15h30Coffee break
15h30-15h45Keynote 4: Minister Frank Vandenbroucke
15h45-16h15Discussion with the keynote speakers
16h15-16h30Closing remarks

Parallel session program

BAPH symposium 2024