Science for Action

SESPAS presents its Congress of conferences

AES (the Spanish Health Economics Association) and SEE (the Spanish Epidemiological Society), two of the founding scientific societies of SESPAS (the Spanish Society for Public Health and Administration), and those with the biggest number of members, have decided to coordinate their respective annual scientific meetings in order to be attractive to all SESPAS members by dealing with issues with cross-cutting interest. The scientific programme on days 6 and 8 will include issues of great current relevance, such as the determinants of population health. Themes such as global warming, social inequality in health, education – which is key to social mobility – and big data will be addressed during events coordinated by the two societies in order to enable better analyses of the problems and projection of the consequences of possible actions. In addition to the keynote lectures on these topics, there will be talks and presentations that will allow the distinct perspectives in SESPAS to be explored.

The aim is to contribute to the goals of SESPAS, continuing existing association between European and global public health networks, through a Congress of conferences in order to raise the international profile of SESPAS, strengthen the role of SESPAS within national decision-making institutions, and test a novel form of joint conference that can accommodate the diverse needs of the distinct SESPAS societies.

Science, action and awareness

The overall theme of the conference – Science for Action - is inspired by the idea that by offering rigorous analysis and scientific method, we can counter the growing ability of special interest groups to define and dominate the political agenda. We want to give a voice to civil society through our technical knowledge, provide a scientific approach to decisions in public health and promote consensual opinions based on scientific rigour in form and in content. There is nothing more personal, intimate and individual than health, but the health of the population also matters to society. It is important to know how to get more health value for the money we spend on health, both in society at large and in the public system. The Congress aims to contribute to these major issues through an unbiased, multidisciplinary and cross-cutting approach, which advocates health without forgetting other major societal goals; all this by combining science, action and awareness.


Health problems among populations are complex, with multiple causes and effects that require multidisciplinary work: epidemiology, economics, health management, legal science and environmental health, among others. All of these diverse areas of research will come together in this Congress to analyse public health problems and their solutions and benefit from debate and criticism by experts from traditionally separate fields.

The topics of the meeting will cover the usual areas, in addition to the aforementioned areas of global warming, inequality and big data: major risk factors; the most important causes of morbidity and mortality; environment; nutrition; lifestyles; prevention and promotion; control of communicable diseases; chronicity and dependence; access, use and variations; evaluation of public policies, health policies and health services; investigation methodology; innovation, organisation and management; government and institutions; quality and appropriateness of healthcare; effectiveness: treatment, prevention, diagnosis, adverse effects; vulnerable populations; specialist subjects, etc. Bearing in mind all these topics, we want to highlight both the complementary nature of the different perspectives and their applicability.

The health system is tightly interwoven with politics; health challenges are not resolved in the short term and, unlike political changes, health objectives should incorporate the long-term goals but with a constant fine tuning based on the acquisition of new knowledge. All this, while being attentive to the culture of public policy evaluation, prioritisation and institutional design in order to achieve something that is socially desirable as well as individually attractive.

Three entryways

There is an Executive Committee formed by Vicente Ortún (former Chairman of SESPAS), Pilar García-Gómez (former Chair of AES), Esteve Fernández (former Chair of SEE), Silvia de Sanjosé (Chair of the 35th SEE Scientific Committee), Cristina Hernandez Executive Committee Quevedo (Chair of the 37th AES Scientific Committee), María Sala (SEE) and Toni Mora (AES). The Executive Committee is responsible for the organisation and integrity of the whole event as well as the scientific part of the exclusive SESPAS sessions to be held on the mornings of days 6 and 8. They are also responsible for ensuring peer review of papers for SESPAS sessions. Day 5 will be devoted to congress activities. The afternoons of days 6 and 7 will deal with the SEE Scientific Meeting and AES Conference, with a sufficient choice of topics to attract the participation of any member of SESPAS.

The deadlines and prices for the Congress are the same for members of all the societies. Social events will be coordinated and we will be able to take advantage of economies of scale. There will still be three separate websites for registration for the Congress: AES, SEE and SESPAS, which, among other things, will allow us to keep track of the number of attendees coming from each society and distribute income and expenses accordingly. All attendees will have the same access to the scientific sessions and social events, regardless of which society they belong to.

We invite everyone to attend the meeting and we encourage you to actively participate with your contributions to make this first joint SESPAS Congress a success. The Committee will make every effort to ensure you have a pleasant stay in Barcelona, at the Ciutadella campus of Pompeu Fabra University.

Vicente Ortún
Pilar García-Gómez
Esteve Fernández
Silvia de Sanjosé (Chairwoman of the SEE Scientific Committee)
Cristina Hernández-Quevedo (Chairwoman of the AES Scientific Committee)
María Sala
Toni Mora

Important dates

  • 01/03/2017
    Deadline for the submission of organised sessions
  • 23/03/2017
    New deadline for the submission of abstracts
  • 15/06/2017
    Deadline for reduced fee registration


Executive Committee Congreso SESPAS

Vicente Ortún

Esteve Fernández
Pilar García-Gómez
Cristina Hernández-Quevedo
Toni Mora
María Sala
Silvia de Sanjosé


Scientific Committe AES

Cristina Hernández-Quevedo

David Epstein
Joan Gené
Paula González
Ruth Puig
Laura Vallejo-Torres


Provisional programme

Wednesday, September 6th

9.00-9.45 h Opening of the conference
9.45-11.15 h Parallel sessions

  • Opening lecture
Big Data
Mercè Crosas. Chief Data Science & Technology Officer, The Institut for Quantitative Social Science, Harvard University
  • Invited session 1
The ageing population in Europe: a reflection on health interventions and social policy
Coordinator: Cristina Hernández-Quevedo
  • The Sustainability of European health systems when faced with an ageing population
    Josep Figueras. European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, OMS
  • Health policies in the face of an ageing society: a practical perspective
    Roberto Nuño Solinís. Head of Innovation Health en Deusto Business School
  • Social policy also matters: social determinants of health in the European population
    Mauricio Avendano Pabon. Kings’ College & Harvard School of Public Health
  • Invited session 2
Healthy cities: From epidemiological evidence to action
Coordinator: Mónica Guxens
  • Neighbourhoods and cardiovascular health: heart healthy hoods study
    Manuel Franco. Universidad de Alcalá
  • Environment, health, and urban planning. Mark Nieuwenhuijsen
    Mark Nieuwenhuijsen. Instituto de Salud Global de Barcelona
  • Health inequalities in Barcelona: from evidence to action
    Carme Borrell. Agencia de Salut Pública de Barcelona
11.15-11.45 h Coffee break
11.15-11.45 h Presentación del informe SESPAS-OMC sobre Iatrogenia
11.45-13.15 h Parallel sessions

  • Invited session 3
Health services’ response to the migratory crisis in Europe
Coordinator: Joan Gené Badía
  • Health trends of refugees in Europe: an overview
    Allan Krasnik. President of EUPHA Section for Migrant and Ethnic Minority Health, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • The regulation of refugees’ access to health services
    Claudio di Maio. Università degli Studi Roma Tre, Italy
  • From theory to practice: the role of nongovernmental organizations
    Iro Evlampidou. Médecins Sans Frontières, Brussels
  • Invited session 4
The re-emergence of HIV and STIs: challenges and opportunities for current Public Healt
Coordinator: Jordi Casabona
  • How to complement formal surveillance systems to better monitorize and evaluate the response to the HIV/STI epidemics in Europe
    Teymur Noori. European Center for Disease Control (ECDC), Stockholm, Swedeen
  • The re-emergence of HIV and STIs amongst Men who have Sex with Men (MSM): from the biological to the social
    Percy Fernández Dávila. Stop SIda
  • The challenge of new biomedical preventative interventions (TPP and PrEP) on HIV in a context of limited resources
    Jordi Casabona. Centre d'Estudis Epidemiològoics sobre la SIDA i les ITS de Catalunya (CEEISCAT), Badalona, España
  • Invited session 5
The effects of sugary drinks on the population’s health. Are taxes an effective public health measure?
Coordinators: Maira Bes Rastrollo y Eva-Maria Navarrete
Chair: Jesus Vioque y Maira Bes Rastrollo
  • Current evidence on the effects of sugary drinks on health
    Esther López Garcia. Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
  • The influence of soft drinks companies on the investigation
    Miguel Ángel Martínez González. Universidad de Navarra
  • Are taxes an effective way of reducing the consumption of sugary drinks?
    Vicente Ortún Rubio. Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona
  • Invited session 6
The assessment of health policies: From theory to practice
Coordinator: Paula González
  • Evaluación de impacto de políticas públicas: experiencias internacionales
    Marcos Vera. UCL
  • Evaluación de impacto de políticas públicas: el caso de España
    Libertad González. UPF
  • ¿Cómo impulsar la evaluación de impacto en España?
    David Casado Marín. Fundación Bancaria La Caixa
  • Invited session 7
Challenges in health management after the economic crisis
Coordinator: Beatriz González López-Valcárcel. Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
  • Autonomy and responsibility in clinical management
    Ivan Planas. Gerente de Servicios Asistenciales del Servicio Catalán de la Salud
  • Meeting the challenges of chronicity though integrated care
    Marisa Merino. Directora Gerente OSI Tolosaldea. Osakidetza
  • 21st century health care in 19th century organisations. Can we do better?
    Luis Carretero Alcántara. Director del Departamento de Servicios de DKV. Barcelona
13.15-15.15 h Lunch
Paralell posters sessions
13.45-14.45 h Speaker’s corners
  • Speaker’s corner 1: Cómo hacer llegar la evidencia científica a los responsables políticos
    Josep Figueras. European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, OMS
  • Speaker’s corner 2: Tips para conseguir proyectos europeos e internacionales
    Mauricio Avendano Pabon. Kings’ College & Harvard School of Public Health
15.15-16.45 h Parallel sessions
  • Sessions of submissions panels
  • European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies
    Josep Figueras. European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, OMS
    Enrique Bernal-Delgado. Instituto Aragonés de Ciencias de la Salud (IACS), Centro de Investigación Biomédica de Aragón (CIBA)
16.45-17.00 h Coffee break
17.00-18.30 h Sessions of submissions panels

Thursday, September 7th

9.15-10.45 h Sessions of submissions panels
10.45-11.15 h Coffee break
11.15-12.45 h Sessions of submissions panels
12.45-14.45 h Lunch
Paralell posters sessions
13.15-14.15 h Speaker’s corners
  • Speaker’s corner 3: Tópicos típicos en economía de la salud
    Guillem Lopez Casasnovas. UPF, Barcelona
  • Speaker’s corner 4: El mercado laboral para economistas de la salud en los próximos años
    Beatriz González López-Valcárcel. ULPGC
14.45-16.15 h Sessions of submissions panels
16.15-16.30 h Coffee break
16.30-18.00 h Sessions of submissions panels

Friday, September 8th

10.00-11.30 h Parallel sessions

  • Invited session 8
Quantitative data, qualitative data, no data: Perspectives on information for decision making in health
Coordinator: David Epstein
  • An ontology of quantitative methods
    Mercè Crosas. Chief Data Science & Technology Officer, Institute for Quantitative Social Science, Harvard University
  • Qualitative and mixed methods
    Joanna Coast. Professor in the Economics of Health & Care, University of Bristol
  • Expert Elicitation
    Jeremy Oakley. Professor at Sheffield University. Author of the SHELF software package to support expert elicitation exercises
  • Invited session 9
Causal thinking: New ways of thinking about causality
Coordinators: Silvia de Sanjosé and Laia Alemany
  • Approaches to causality in the XX1st century
    Neil Pearce. United Kigdom, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Exposomic in the causal path
    Martine Vrijheid. ISGlobal
  • Causality in cancer. The molecular and epidemiological paths
    Antonio Agudo. ICO
  • Invited session 10
Research on Child Health and poverty
Coordinator: Carme Davo
  • The impact of the economic crisis on child health: The Spanish case
    Luis Rajmil. Colaborador en el IMIM Institut Hospital del Mar d'Investigacions Mèdiques. Barcelona
  • Mental health problems in immigrant teenagers
    Francisco Collazos Sánchez. Programa de psiquiatría transcultural y inmigración. Hospital Vall d'Hebron
  • Protecting children and combatting child poverty; Ejemplos de defensa de la población infantil
    Ana Sastre. Directora de Políticas de Infancia de Save the Children España
  • Invited session 11
11.30-12.00 h Coffee break
12.00-13.30 h Parallel sessions

  • Closing lecture
Calentamiento Global
Humberto Llavador. Profesor del Departamento de Economía y Empresa de la Universidad Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona
  • Invited session 12
Gaceta Sanitaria
Coordinator: Carlos Alvarez-Dardet. Director de la revista, órgano de SESPAS
  • Carme Borrell. Directora de la Agencia de Salud Pública de Barcelona. Ex-directora de Gaceta Sanitaria
  • Antoni Plasencia. Director de IS Global. Ex-director de Gaceta Sanitaria
  • Clara Bermúdez Tamayo. Escuela Andaluza de Salud Pública. Directora asociada de Gaceta Sanitaria
  • Invited session 13
Políticas para mitigar el daño que causa el alcohol. Una mirada intersectorial desde SESPAS
Coordinator: Joan R Villalbí
  • Consumo de alcohol en España e impacto en la salud pública
    Iñaki Galán. Instituto de Salud Carlos III, Madrid
  • Elasticidad-precio y fiscalidad de las bebidas alcohólicas
    Toni Mora. Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Sociales, Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, Barcelona
  • Regulaciones sobre el alcohol para proteger la salud
    Josefa Cantero. Facultad de Derecho, Universidad de Castilla - La Mancha, Albacete
  • Las intervenciones para reducir el consumo de riesgo de alcohol en la atención primaria
    Francisco Abal-Ferrer. Área Sanitaria 4, Servicio de Salud del Principado de Asturias, Carbayín Alto, Siero
13.30-14.00 h Closing conference


Registration Fee

Up to 15 June (inclusive) After 15 June
AES members, new AES members and associates* 300€ 350€
Non-AES members 370€ 420€

21% VAT included

*: Members of any association with which the AES holds a valid agreement are considered associates, as are members of any association that belongs to the Spanish Society for Public Health and Health Administration (SESPAS). All such associates must justify their membership in the association in question by sending a scanned copy of a document proving their membership (certificate, invoice, etc.) to the Conference Technical Secretariat (

The registration fee includes: session attendance, documentation, coffee, working lunches, welcome reception and conference dinner.

Payment method

  • Online payment through the conference website.

  • Bank transfer to AES:
    Acount number: 0081 0105 11 0001444048
    IBAN: ES09 0081 0105 11 0001444048
    Stating AES 2016 and the participant's name as reference. A copy of the bank transfer receipt must be sent to the Technical Secretariat.

  • Cheque made out to the Asociación de Economía de la Salud.

Registration Cancellation Policy

If a request is made to cancel a registration after it has been confirmed, given the problems this creates for the Conference organisers, AES will retain part of the registration fee. The amount retained will vary according to the date on which the cancellation is requested. Specifically, if the cancellation is requested:

  • Before 29 April (inclusive), 25% of the fee will be withheld and the remainder refunded once the conference has ended.

  • Between 30 April and 6 June (both inclusive), 50% of the fee will be withheld and the remainder refunded once the conference has ended.

  • After 6 June, 100% of the fee will be withheld.


In exceptional cases, and after the parties concerned have demonstrated the occurrence of a serious personal matter, the Board of Directors may exempt them from the corresponding withholding arising from either the registration, accommodation booking or both, with the full amount paid being refunded.


General rules for the submission of abstracts:

  • The new deadline for submissions is March 23th.

  • The same communication only can be sent to one of the three congresses (XXXVII Spanish Health Ecomonic Meeting, XVII Congress SESPAS, XXXV Scientific Meeting of the SEE).

  • Only abstracts sent via the online form will be accepted.

  • Authors can select Spanish, English or No Preference for the preferred presentation language. The abstract must be submitted in the selected language.

    • If No Preference is chosen, the scientific committee shall decide the presentation language (Spanish or English) and will be able to ask the author to submit the abstract in that language.

    • Selecting English as the preferred language does not guarantee that the presentation will be made in English. If the author speaks both languages, the scientific committee shall confirm the presentation language when the programme sessions are organised.

  • Authors will be able to indicate their presentation format preference (oral presentation or poster), but the scientific committee will make the decision on the final format of the paper.

  • If the abstract is accepted by the Scientific Committee in poster form, it should be submitted in electronic format and feature the following:

    • PowerPoint presentation (.ppt or .pptx).

    • The slide format must be VERTICAL 90 x 120.

    • Maximum 1 slide per poster.

    • Font size at least 24. Smaller font sizes might not display correctly on the screen.

    • Arial font (recommended).

    • PowerPoint special effects not accepted.

  • The abstract must not exceed 250 words.

  • The author responsible for the communication will be the one presenting the communication (oral or poster) during the conference. This should be indicated in the submission form

  • One person cannot be responsible for more than TWO papers.

  • Authors who have not registered before June 15th will have their abstracts removed from the programme.

  • Authors must choose a maximum of two key words from the following:



















    Authors may describe any financial or personal relationship which can cause a conflict of interest regarding this article.

    When experiments which have been carried out on human beings are described, it is essential to indicate whether the procedures followed comply with the ethical standards of the human experimentation committee responsible (institutional or regional), and in accordance with the World Medical Association and the Declaration of Helsinki. Hospital names, initials, or numbers must not be used, particularly in figures. When animal experiments are described, it is essential to indicate whether these have been carried out in accordance with the standards of an international research institution or council, or with a national law regulating the care and use of laboratory animals.

    The authors must declare that they followed their institutions' protocols to access to the patients data and that was done with the unique purpose of the scientific investigation and scientific disclosure.

    The authors declare and guarantee that they are in possession of a document signed by the individuals whose personal data is included in the article (personal data being understood as any information associated with an identified or identifiable physical person, such as, for example, but not limited to: name and surname, address, telephone, or any type of health data, health data being understood as any information associated with the past, present or future physical or mental health of an individual, including, but not limited to, for example: images, analytical results, x-rays, etc.) authorising the inclusion of such data in the aforementioned article.

Organised Sessions

Specific rules for proposing organised sessions

Those interested may submit proposals for organised sessions with a minimum of three presentations, with or without discussants. These will be evaluated by the Scientific Committee and must comply with the following rules:

  • The deadline for organised sessions is March 1st.

  • For each organised session, one single proposal must be submitted in writing; this must be endorsed by two AES members, who will act as coordinators of the corresponding session and will be responsible for the organisation and development thereof.

  • Proposals must be remitted through the Conference website.

  • Sessions will last 90 minutes.

  • Proposals must include
    • Names and contact information of the two AES members organising the panel.

    • Proposed title of the session.

    • Abstract and aims of the session.

    • Language of the session: Spanish or English. The session will be held in only one language.

    • For each of the presentations making up the panel, the following must be provided:

      • Names and contact information of authors.

      • Title of the presentation.

      • Abstract of the presentation (250 words), which must clearly indicate the objectives and content of the presentation, adhering to the format for remitting Conference abstracts.

      • Name of the discussants (where applicable).

      • Subject matter of the presentation (see list on the remittance form on the Conference website).

      • Declaration of conflict of interests.

  • Notification of acceptance of the session will be given to the organisers thereof. The Scientific Committee, along with the AES Board of Directors, reserves the right to propose the conditional acceptance of a session subject to the modification of the content of any of the proposed presentations on scientific grounds.

  • If a session is not accepted by the Scientific Committee, each of the abstracts will be evaluated separately, within the ordinary abstract evaluation process. In this case, both the coordinator of the organised session and the authors responsible for each presentation will be notified.

  • The AES will not cover registration fees, accommodation or the transfer of speakers or coordinators of the organised panels.


The following prizes are announced for the 37th Health Economics Association (AES) Conference:

  • Prize for the best Oral Presentation, consisting of a sum of €1.500, financed by the Chair of Health Economics and Rational Use of Medicines at the University of Malaga.

    Prize for best Poster, consisting of €600, financed by the Andalusian School of Public Health.

    See the full terms and conditions at: Terms and conditions for the AES PRIZES

  • SESPAS prize for best Work on Public Health at the AES Conference, consisting of €300 and financed by SESPAS.

    See the full terms and conditions at: Terms and conditions for the SESPAS PRIZES

  • Prize for the Best Article by a young researcher in the field of Health Economics presented at the AES Conference, consisting of €2.000 and financed by FEDEA.

    See the full terms and conditions at: Terms and conditions for the FEDEA PRIZE

General Information

17th SESPAS (Spanish Society of Public Health) CONGRESS


Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Campus de la Ciutadella
Calle de Ramon Trias Fargas, 25-27
08002 - Barcelona, Spain

Venue - Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Working lunches

The working lunches will be held in the university’s two cafeterias.

Along with the documentation, the secretary will provide a ticket for each day. This will need to be presented in either of the two university cafeterias.

Welcome reception

The reception will take place on Tuesday 5 September at 6.00 p.m. in the Saló de Cent of the Barcelona City Hall (Plaza Sant Jaume I).

Congress dinner

We are pleased to inform you that the Official SESPAS Congress Cocktail Dinner will take place on 7 September in Sala Razzmatazz (Calle Almogavares 122). The venue will be open from 9.00 p.m. You will need to present your dinner ticket.

Oral/audiovisual presentations

Presentations must be loaded at least 1 hour prior to the session in the room equipped for this purpose (Classroom 40.247), which is located on the second floor of the Roger de Llúria building.

The computers will be equipped with the Windows 7 operating system and Office 2010 package. Computers will also be available in this room for you to revise your presentations before loading them onto the main computer. It will not be possible to directly connect devices in the presentation rooms. There is no HDMI connector.


The Universitat Pompeu Fabra's Wi-Fi network is available free of charge to congress attendees in all of its facilities.
Username: event@upf
Password: 17upompf

Computer room

Computers with internet connectivity are available at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra's library located on the underground floor of the Jaume I building.
To access the computers, enter the following credentials:
Username: sespas
Password: jornadas2017


All certificates will be sent in digital format via e-mail once the congress has finished.

Certificates of attendance:
The certificates will be given to the attendees in the Secretary’s office where the conference is held, together with the documentation.
Communication certificates:
The certificates will be given to the authors by the roundtable moderator upon completion of the discussion.
Poster certificates:
The certificates will be given out by the moderator of the poster session upon its conclusion.

Attendance and presentation certificates:
The certificates will be given to the attendees in the Secretary’s office where the conference is held, together with the documentation.
Communication certificates:
The certificates will be given to the authors by the roundtable moderator upon completion of the discussion.
Poster certificates:
The certificates will be given out by the moderator of the poster session upon its conclusion.

Partner Organisations

Amgen Astellas Bayer Boehringer Ingelheim CESURM Daiichi-Sankyo EASP-CISPS Esteve Fedea Gebro Pharma GSK Instituto de Estudios Fiscales Janssen MSD SESPAS

Technical Secretariat

Acto Serveis

Bonaire, 7 08301 Mataró (BARCELONA) | Tel. 93 755 23 82 | Fax. 93 755 23 83 |