ImmuHubs Conference 2024

After 3 years of field work across the world, we look forward to coming together to discuss the latest advancements and challenges in the field of immunization. 

In this meeting, we will delve into various topics pertinent to immunization, including the vaccines access, global vaccination priorities, public health literacy, and addressing vaccine hesitancy.  

Through insightful discussions and sharing of best practices, we aim to foster a collaborative environment where stakeholders from across the globe can work together towards achieving our common goal of protecting public health through immunization.  

Let’s embark on this journey together, committed to making a meaningful difference in the lives of individuals and communities worldwide. Watch the event live on our social media channels: 

A big thank you to our hosts at Berlin’s Liaison Office to the EU!


Day #1 April 24, 12:00-16:00 

11:00-12:00 Registration and Coffee 



12:00-12:15 CET 
Berlin, a European Health and Research Hub
Renate Völpel, Deputy Head of the office of the Land Berlin to the EU 

12:15-12:30 CET 
Welcome address by the EU Project Officer 
Paola D’Acapito, HaDEA, ImmuHubs EU Project Officer (online) 

12:30-12:50 CET 
What are ImmuHubs? Innovation and Design Thinking 
Barbara Rath, VIVI, ImmuHubs Coordinator 

12:50-13:10 CET 
ImmuHubs: Novelty and Impact 
Gary Finnegan, Vaccines Today, ImmuHubs EAB 

13:10-13:30 CET 
Why do we need an EU Immunisation Strategy? 
Sibilia Quilici, Vaccines Europe, ImmuHubs SF 

13:30-14:00 CET Coffee Break 


14:00-14:10 CET 
European ImmuHubs on the Ground – Introduction 
Vana Papaevangelou, EAP, ImmuHubs WP4 Lead 

14:10-14:50 CET 
Panel Discussion, ImmuHubs’ hands-on experiences 

  • Cyprus: Adamos Hadjipanayis, EUC 
  • Greece: Ioanna Tabaki, PRAKSIS 
  • Poland: Adam Sidor, URZ 
  • Portugal: Ana Neves, AIDFM 
  • Serbia: Kaja Damnjanovic, UBE 
  • Finland: Kalpana Bastola, THL 

14:50-15:00 CET Coffee Break

15:00-15:20 CET 
Stepping outside of the ivory tower – ImmuHubs amid communities 
Adamos Hadjipanayis, EUC 

15:20-16:10 CET 
Panel discussion: Can we adopt the ImmuHubs approach elsewhere? 

  • Barbara Rath, VIVI (Moderator) 
  • Pawel Zapolnik, URZ 
  • Mohamad Elhakim, WHO-EMRO 
  • Sibilia Quilici, Vaccines Europe 
  • Johanna Schima, Make Mothers Matter 
  • Hanna Nohynek, THL 
  • Gary Finnegan, Vaccines Today (Rapporteur) 

Day #2, April 25, 9:00-16:00 

08:20-09:20 CET Registration and Coffee 


09:20-09:30 CET 
Welcome – Housekeeping 
Barbara Rath, VIVI, ImmuHubs Coordinator 
Arja Krauchenberg, EPA

09:30-10:00 CET 
The ImmuHubs concept – next steps 
Barbara Rath, VIVI, ImmuHubs Coordinator 

10:00-10:30 CET 
The future of health protection in the EU 
Isabel de la Mata, Principal Advisor on Health and Crisis Management, European Commission 

10:30-11:00 CET Coffee Break

11:00-11:30 CET 
How do ImmuHubs align with EU and global vaccination priorities? 
Hanna Nohynek, THL, WHO SAGE Chair 

11:30-12:00 CET 
Improving Vaccine Uptake and Protection in children and families worldwide – strategy and advocacy 
Naveen Thacker, IPA President, ImmuHubs EAB (online) 

12:00-13:10 CET Lunch


13:10 -13:20 CET 
Brief Introduction to the afternoon 
Barbara Rath, VIVI

13:20-13:30 CET 
A grassroots approach to Immunization: Lessons Learned
Mercedesz Czimbalmos, THL

13:30-13:50 CET 
Addressing urgent needs: Ukrainian war refugees in Poland 
Magdalena Kuska, IOM Poland, ImmuHubs SF 

13:50-14:10 CET 
Leaving no one behind: Reaching all population groups in Europe 
Anna Neves, AIDFM

14:10-14:40 CET Coffee Break


14:40-15:00 CET 
Making vaccine access and equity a priority – EAB Feedback 
Mohamed Elhakim, WHO-EMRO, ImmuHubs EAB 

15:00-15:20 CET 
ImmuHubs Citizen Science – Impact on Health Literacy 
Arja Krauchenberg, EPA 

15:20-15:40 CET 
Panel Discussion 

  •  Arja Krauchenberg, EPA 
  •  Michele Slafkosky, FFF 
  •  Johanna Schima, MMM 
  •  Mohamed Elhakim, WHO-EMRO 

15:40-16:00 CET 
What are the pitfalls of vaccination after the COVID pandemic? 
Michele Slafkosky, FFF, ImmuHubs EAB (online)