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Pettenkofer talks with Ilona Kickbusch on 26 October 2021

Updated: Jan 7, 2022

Pettenkofer talks with Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Ilona Kickbusch on 26 October 2021 from 2 to 3:30 pm at the World Health Summit. Ilona Kickbusch is the founding director of the Global Health Centre of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva and advises international organisations, NGOs and private actors on global health issues. The new interactive and personal conversation format with well-known people intends to show interdisciplinary young German and international professionals in the field of Global Public Health possible career paths and professional fields.

The one-and-a-half-hour conversation format will highlight her personal story, successes and failures, and is designed to shed light on Ms Kickbusch's perspective on current public, global and planetary health issues. Meanwhile, the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions via an online tool. The guests will be interviewed by young professionals themselves. The event will also take place digitally, so that students of all disciplines and interested people from all over the world can participate.

Ilona Kickbusch is known in global health circles and beyond for her academic achievements and her contributions to the work of the World Health Organisation (WHO). She is the initiator of the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion, was instrumental in developing concepts such as health in all policies or health literacy, and advises policy-makers around the world on this basis. Her career started in 1981 at the WHO Regional Office for Europe, led to WHO headquarters in Geneva and on to Yale University in the USA, until she returned to Switzerland. She is currently part of the WHO Independent high-level commission on noncommunicable diseases, the WHO Global Preparedness Monitoring Board and the new WHO Council on the Economics of Health for

The event is organised as part of the Pettenkofer School of Public Health in cooperation with the World Health Summit and the German Network of Young Professionals in Public Health (NÖG) by Mike Rüb (research associate, LMU Klinikum, Pettenkofer School of Public Health), Sylvia Hartmann (vice-chair of the German Climate Change and Health Alliance) and Maike Voss (executive director for scientific policy advice of the German Climate Change and Health Alliance). The latter two will moderate the discussion.

Pettenkofer talks with Ilona Kickbusch has been recorded and can be watched on Youtube.


The importance of global health has been steadily increasing in recent years. With the German government's Global Health Strategy and high-level global health events such as the World Health Summit, the relevance of global health is also increasingly recognised in Germany. However, the career paths are not clearly formulated, although there are a variety of opportunities to gain a foothold in the field. Pettenkofer talks uses an informal conversation format to illustrate this variability and the different perspectives that come with it.


Sylvia Hartmann (German Climate Change and Health Alliance)

Mike Rüb (LMU Munich, Pettenkofer School of Public Health, LMU Klinikum)

Maike Voss (German Climate Change and Health Alliance)

Cooperation Partner

About Max von Pettenkofer

Max von Pettenkofer (1818-1901) is considered one of the founders of scientific hygiene and modern public health research. He regarded health not only as a medical, but also as a social issue, and is the namesake of the Pettenkofer School of Public Health at LMU Munich.


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