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  • Stephan Voss

Pettenkofer talks with Andrea Ammon

Updated: Jan 7, 2022

Pettenkofer talks is an interactive, face-to-face discussion format with well-known people in global health that highlights possible career paths and professional fields for interdisciplinary young German scientists in the field of public health and global health.

To kick things off, Pettenkofer talks will take place on Thursday, February 18, 2021, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. with Dr. Andrea Ammon, MPH, as the discussion partner. She has been director of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) since June 2017.

The hour-and-a-half conversation format will highlight personal stories, successes and failures, and highlight a diverse range of career options. Furthermore, the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions via an online tool. The interviewees will be interviewed by young professionals from Global Health. The event will take place digitally, so that students from all disciplines and interested parties from all over Germany can participate.

Andrea Ammon, director of the ECDC

Previously, Andrea Ammon was head of the Surveillance Unit at the ECDC and was responsible, among other things, for producing an annual epidemiological report on infectious diseases in the EU. Before joining ECDC, Dr. Andrea Ammon held various positions at the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin, most recently as Head of Department for Infectious Disease Epidemiology. In this role, she supervised and developed, among other things, the German national surveillance system and coordinated the national outbreak response team for current and emerging infections. She studied Medicine and Public Health at LMU Munich.

The evening will be moderated by Sylvia Hartmann (German Climate Change and Health Alliance) and Maike Voss (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik).


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 (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik)

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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