New needs and old challenges: proposals for a transformative agenda

The XL+1 edition of the Health Economics Conference will be held in Saragossa from 15th to 17th June, 2022 under the slogan “New needs and old challenges: proposals for a transformative agenda”.

Two years ago, no one could have imagined that we would now be living through a global pandemic, that we would go into lockdown, that a vaccine would be discovered and rolled out in record time, and that the whole world would have to adapt to a radically different environment. Its impact has affected all aspects of life: geopolitical, productive, environmental and, of course, health and social.

COVID-19 has led to an unprecedented worldwide healthcare crisis, and Spain has been no exception. The healthcare system has been forced to adapt on an organisational level and free up additional resources to meet healthcare needs which, as the crisis has worsened, have put extreme pressure on its response capacity. Healthcare has undergone substantial changes in a matter of months. Face-to-face consultations have been replaced by remote consultations, pathways have been readapted, medical staff have been reassigned, non-urgent care for patients with other pathologies, particularly chronic ones, have been cancelled or postponed, and these freed-up resources have, in turn, been used to treat patients with COVID-19. All these changes have taken place dynamically, adapting and readapting as the different waves of the pandemic challenged the system. On top of this is the changing scientific evidence in the search for the definitive treatment. Worldwide trials, the use of drugs with hardly any peer-reviewed studies to back them up, modifications to medical device regulations and official protocols that changed from one day to the next. In a world full of analysis and evidence, this has involved a large-scale change.

The social impact has been seen, primarily, in the emergence of new needs or, perhaps better said, in the magnification of problems that had previously gone under the radar. One of these new needs is the increased demand for mental health services brought about by the pandemic. Bereavement, isolation, loss of income and fear have generated, or aggravated, mental health disorders that do not affect the population as a whole in the same way. Another is the resurgence of domestic violence, one of the most appalling consequences of the pandemic and of the mobility restriction policies in place, with lasting impacts on survivors. It remains to be seen what impact the COVID-19 recession will have on society, although it is to be expected that one of its effects will be increasing social inequalities in health.

Furthermore, the pandemic has shed light on some structural weaknesses of the National Health System. Among them, those related to decision-making on the provision and financing of health services (drugs, technologies, operations, policies, etc.).

Having said that, the XL+1 Health Economics Conference strives to become a meeting point to put forward a transformative agenda to respond to the new needs and old challenges facing our healthcare system and, by extension, our society. To this end, we have come up with a scientific programme in which we will address the aforementioned matters (impact of COVID-19, management, mental health, gender-based violence, technology assessment), as well as other recurrent matters of interest related to Health Economics (public health, inequalities, economic evaluation, comparative effectiveness, etc.).

Following the cancellation of the 2020 event and the virtual event held in 2021, the AES XL+1 Conference will finally give us the chance to meet up in Saragossa, to share ideas and enjoy a social programme with a view to getting to know the city together, its emblematic places and monuments, its river, its university campus and its friendly atmosphere.

The Scientific Committee and the Organising Committee encourage you to actively participate in the XL+1 Health Economics Conference. Now, more than ever, we hope that Saragossa, two years later than planned, will be an opportunity for the Health Economics community to gather once again.

Scientific Committee and Organising Committee


Organizing Committee

Sandra García Armesto

Isabel Aguilar Palacio
Sophie Gorgemans
Sara Malo Fumanal
Celia Muñoz Fernández
Lucía Prieto Remón
Mª José Rabanaque Hernández

Scientific Committee

Anna García-Altés

Aníbal García-Sempere
Miguel Ángel Máñez Ortiz
Berta Rivera Castiñeira
Miquel Serra Burriel
Judit Vall Castelló

Board of Directors

Carmen Pérez Romero

Vice-president 1
Anna García-Altés

Vice-president 2
Laia Maynou-Pujolras

Cristina Hernández Quevedo

Roberto Nuño Solinis

Pilar Pinilla Domínguez
Sergio García Vicente
Dolores Jiménez Rubio
Sophie Gorgemans



Universidad de Zaragoza
Facultad de Educación
Campus San Francisco
C/ Pedro Cerbuna, 12
50009 - Zaragoza
Universidad de Zaragoza: Facultad de Educación


Renfe's 'Discount Authorization' is available here to attend the XL + 1 edition of the AES Conference in Zaragoza.

Getting here

Zaragoza has a privileged geographical location that can be reached by road, train or plane. It has a complete network of highways that facilitate transportation in the area, an international airport just 5.5 miles from the city and a reinforced railway network with the high speed line, which links it with Madrid and Barcelona, as well as their airports, in just over an hour. Find out more at:
Source: Zaragoza Tourism.

Getting around

In Zaragoza, use the urban buses, taxis, bikes or trams to get from A to B. More information at:
Source: Zaragoza Tourism.


Asociación de Economía de la Salud - AES Instituto Aragonés de Ciencias de la Salud - IACS Universidad de Zaragoza

Welcome reception

In the next few weeks.

Tourist information: Zaragorza

Its artistic wealth of the past and present, its excellent geographical location, its attractive cultural program, its incredible selection of hotels and restaurants, the quality of its services and its hospitable character, make Zaragoza the perfect venue for this year's AES Conference.

Enjoy the Roman, Mudejar, Renaissance and Baroque art that coexist in Zaragoza, in buildings such as the Aljafería, the Roman Theatre, La Seo and the Basílica del Pilar. You can also enjoy the power of Goya's work, and the Gargallo and Serrano museums. Walk through the historic quarter, with its small squares and narrow streets, its charming shops and tapas bars. And don't forget that Zaragoza is also remarkable for its modern architecture, exemplified by the Intermodal station, the renovated banks of the Ebro or the Expo 2008 area, with the Bridge Pavilion and the Water Tower, among others places.

Zaragoza is also leisure and culture. Music, festivals, urban art, theater, cinema, folklore, origami, exhibitions, musicals, magic and dance complete the varied cultural offer and fill the leisure agenda of any event. Treat yourself during your stay in the city and enjoy it all. Check out all the information you are looking for via the app: cliczaragoza.es
Application download link (valid for Android and Apple): https://bit.ly/clic_uni_es
And QR code (also for Android and Apple):

(Source: Zaragoza Turismo; Wikipedia)

See more here: www.zaragoza.es



The deadline
for the submission of organised sessions


The deadline
for submission of individual abstracts


The deadline
for early bird


Pre-conference workshop


Start of
Jornadas AES


In the next few weeks.


Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Invited sessions
  • Fitting an independent economic evaluation authority into the NHS ecosystem: realistic proposals for a roadmap
  • Gender-based violence in perspective: past, present and how we approach the future
  • The nursing perspective: from care to management

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Invited sessions
  • Hospital outpatient prescriptions: how do we evaluate them and how do we price them?
  • The societal economic burden of mental health: current evidence
  • Interdisciplinary perspectives on modern methods

Friday, June 17, 2022

Invited sessions
  • COVID-19 and health management: beyond uncertainty


Send anabstract

General rules for the submission of abstracts:

The deadline for submissions is February 2nd.

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 (short or long communication), but the Scientific Committee will make the decision on the final format of the paper. The main difference between the two types of communications is the duration of the same. Short communication replaces presentations in poster format. Authors will have about 5 minutes to present their work in a specific short communications session that will take place in the same time slot as the other communications sessions. At the end of it, there will be time for general discussion by grouping works of similar themes in the same session.

The author responsible for the communication will be the one who presents the communication 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 April 20th will have their abstracts removed from the programme.

Authors must choose a maximum of two key words between two different lists, the first being more general and the second more detailed.

    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.


Send anabstract

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 January 26th.
  • 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 .
      • 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.
  • It´s necessary indicated If a session is not accepted by the Scientific Committee, each of the abstracts will be evaluated separately, within the ordinary abstract evaluation process.
  • The AES accepts no responsibility for the funding of organised panels. At the same time, the acceptance of organised sessions is independent of the funding thereof, and the sponsorship of the same will be offered to the Conference sponsors under the same criteria as all other sessions. The options and conditions of sponsorships can be consulted in the sponsorship dossier, which is available on request from the Conference Secretary's Office (jornadas@aes.es).



Registration Fee

Up to 20 April (inclusive) After 20 April
AES members, new AES members and associates* 350€ 400€
Non-AES members 450€ 510€
Student AES members and associates** 100€ 150€
Student non-AES members 150€ 200€

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 (jornada@aes.es).

**: Applicants must attach to the registration form a scanned document which proves that they are a student.



Zaragoza Royal 3*

Calle del Arzobispo Domenech, 4
50006 - Zaragoza
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Hotel Zaragoza Royal

Hotel Zenit Don Yo 4*

Calle Bruil, 4-6
50001 - Zaragoza
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Hotel Zenit Don Yo

Hotel Reina Petronila Zaragoza 5*

Avenida Alcalde Sáinz de Varanda, 2
50009 - Zaragoza
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Hotel Reina Petronila Zaragoza

Vincci Zaragoza Zentro 4*

Calle del Coso, 86
50001 - Zaragoza
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Hotel Vincci Zaragoza Zentro

Accommodation fee

Double room for single use Double room
Zaragoza Royal *** 71.50 € 87.45 €
Zenit Don Yo **** 88.00 € 99.00 €
Reina Petronila Zaragoza ***** 124.30 € 139.70 €
Vincci Zaragoza Zentro **** 159,50 € 170.50 €

Breakfast and VAT included

Payment method

Accommodation Cancellation Policy

Similar to the policy set out for registration cancellation, the cancellation of a room booking in the hotels contracted by AES for accommodating conference attendees will result in withholding the amount paid, according to the following schedule:

  • Before 1 April (inclusive), 25% of the fee will be withheld and the remainder refunded once the conference has ended.

  • Between 2 April and 2 May (both inclusive), 50% of the fee will be withheld and the remainder refunded once the conference has ended.

  • After 2 May, 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.


In the next few weeks.


Catedra de la Universidad de Malaga Escuela Andaluza de Salud Pública Fedea SESPAS