LSTM led team wins bid to organise the 2018 Health Systems Global Symposium

Press release 5 May 2016

Biennial global conference will bring over 2,000 delegates to ACC Liverpool

Liverpool, 5 May 2016 - Health Systems Global (HSG) has chosen Liverpool as the host city for its fifth global symposium on health systems research in 2018. 

The winning bid was put forward by Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), in close cooperation with a consortium of UK institutions including the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) in Brighton, and ACC Liverpool. 

Around 2,000 delegates are expected to attend the five day symposium on October 7, 2018, at the waterfront venue, home to BT Convention Centre, Echo Arena and Exhibition Centre Liverpool.  The event will generate more than £2.5m in economic impact for the city region.

“We are delighted with this decision”, said Professor Janet Hemingway CBE, Director of LSTM, “It is not only a recognition of a very strong bid that we have put in together with our partners, but also of the key research on health systems challenges that is being carried out by LSTM and our partners.” 

George Gotsadze, executive director of Health Systems Global, congratulated the team on behalf of the Board of Health Systems Global which is made up of key researchers and experts from across the globe. “Liverpool’s winning bid was exceptionally strong and we are looking forward to working closely with LSTM and partners as we prepare this event over the coming years.”

Kerrin MacPhie, director of conference and exhibition sales at ACC Liverpool, added: “Health Systems Global is a prime example of the city working together to bring a large international conference into the UK for the first time, capitalising on its expertise in this field.

“Symposia of this size coming to ACC Liverpool are so beneficial for the region, not only from an economic point of view but also proof of Liverpool’s scientific credentials. We will ensure the symposium will be a great success.”

Health Systems Global is an international membership organisation fully dedicated to promoting health systems research and knowledge translation. Its fourth global symposium will be held from November 14-18this year in Vancouver, Canada and will focus on ‘resilient and responsive health systems for a changing world.’


For more information about this news release contact Mrs Clare Bebb, Senior Media Officer LSTM, on 0151 7053105 or


About Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM)

  • LSTM (est. 1898) is the first institution in the world dedicated to tropical diseases and has led the field in the fight against infectious, debilitating and disabling diseases ever since
  • It has sustained a reputation as a centre of excellence resulting in a research portfolio which has grown by more than 200% over the last 10 years with a total value of well over £210 million
  • LSTM is involved in research projects and collaborations in over 70 countries to improve the health of the world’s poorest communities
  • Over 800 students from around 65 countries undertake short course professional diplomas to Masters and PhD programmes at LSTM
  • LSTM ranked 6th place out of 128 assessed UK research institutions on impact in the REF2014 

About Health Systems Global (HSG)

  • HSG is the first international membership organisation fully dedicated to promoting health systems research and knowledge transition                                                                                                   
  • Establishment of Health Systems Global was decided during the First Global Symposium on Health Systems Research in Montreux and the decision was captured in the Montreux Statement (2010) on the need to create an international society of health systems research, innovation and action.                                                                
  • Health Systems Global was established at the second Global Symposium on Health Systems Research which took place in Beijing in 2012
  • Since then HSG organised the third Symposium in Cape Town (2014) and in 2016 the fourth Global Symposium on Health System Research will take place in Vancouver, Canada from November 14 – 18
  • This is the only Global event that attracts around 2,000 participants from over 90 countries represented by researchers, decision makers and implementers who are dedicated promoting health systems research and knowledge transition 

About ACC Liverpool

  • ACC Liverpool is home to BT Convention Centre, Echo Arena and Exhibition Centre Liverpool
  • The ACC Liverpool Group has generated £1.07bn in  economic impact to the local economy
  • Since opening in spring 2008, BT Convention Centre has held 853 conferences and hosted  over 630,000 delegates
  • Awards include Winner of Best UK Conference Centre at the M & IT Awards 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016
  • It has a 1,350-seat auditorium, a 3,725 sqm multi-purpose hall and 18 further meeting rooms. It has hosted events including both the Liberal Democrats and Labour Party Conferences, NHS Confederation and BBC Worldwide Showcase
  • Exhibition Centre Liverpool, which opened in September, has increased the existing 7,125 sqm of exhibition space at ACC Liverpool to 15,225 sqm of integrated and flexible event space
  • It is linked to the existing facilities at ACC Liverpool via a pedestrian link bridge
  • It is the only purpose-built interconnected arena, convention and exhibition centre in Europe and includes an integrated hotel, Pullman Liverpool 

List of Consortium partners:

  • Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
  • ACC Liverpool
  • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex
  • Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development Institute, University of Leeds
  • Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick
  • Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
  • School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh
  • Faculty of Public Health of the Royal College of Physicians of the United Kingdom
  • Nice International
  • Action for Global Health