“Preparing for the future” is the theme chosen for the World Pandemics Forum, a new congress organised by IFEMA MADRID and JM Congress to address the future of global public health. The first edition will be supported by 16 leading health associations and societies that have played an important role during the pandemic. They will join the Honorary Committee of this Congress, scheduled to take place on 19-20 November 2021 to bring clarity and scientific knowledge to the area of pandemics and global public health.
Professional scientific and technical associations specialising in healthcare, disease prevention, research, ethics, vaccination and immunology, among others will take place in this ambitious project which will serve as an enormous meeting point for everyone with a role in the prevention of and response to future public health challenges.
The associations and their representatives on the Honourable Committee of the World Pandemics Forum are as follows: the Community Nursing Association (AEC), headed by Dr José Ramón Martínez Riera; the Spanish Association of Nursing in Cardiology (AEEC), headed by Silvia Pérez Ortega; the Spanish Mental Health Nursing Association (AEESME), headed by Dr Francisco Megías Lizancos; the Spanish Association of Nursing for the Prevention and Control of Infections (AEEPyCI), headed by Inmaculada Fernández Moreno; the Spanish Association of Occupational Health Nursing (AET), headed by Araceli Santos Posada; the Spanish Vaccinology Association(AEV), headed by Dr Amós García Rojas; the National Association of Research Ethics Committees (ANCEI), headed by Iciar Alfonso Farnós; the National Association of Nursing and Vaccines (ANENVAC), headed by José Antonio Forcada Segarra; International Nursing Network (INN), headed by Dr Domingo Muñoz Arteaga; the Spanish Domiciliary Hospitalisation Society (SEHAD), headed by Dr Manuel Mirón Rubio; the Spanish Society of Immunology (SEI), headed by Dr Marcos López Hoyos; the Spanish Society of General and Family Doctors (SEMG), headed by Dr Antonio Fernández-Pro Ledesma; the Spanish Society of Internal Medicine (SEMI), headed by Dr Jesús Díez Manglano; the Spanish Society of Intensive, Critical and Coronary Unit Medical Care (SEMICYUC), headed by Dr Alvaro Castellanos Ortega; the Spanish Society of Preventive Medicine, Public Health and Hygiene (SEMPSPH), headed by Dr Rafael Manuel Ortí Lucas, and the Spanish Society of Medical Radiology (SERAM), headed by Dr Milagros Martí de Gracia.
The event also has a prestigious scientific committee chaired by Dr Adolfo García-Sastre and Dr Amós García Rojas, president and vice-president, respectively, made up of world experts such as Dr Pilar Mateo, as well as NGOs and public institutions, such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO).
The World Pandemics Forum scientific programme will have four themed areas: R&D in Vaccines; Pandemic Prevention; Social and Economic Aspects and Mental Health and finally, the ONE HEALTH concept, created by the WHO, which encompasses people, animals and the environment. In turn, each subject area will be the subject of several presentations that will culminate in a Panel Discussion whose conclusions will be included in a Global Report for the prevention of future public health crises. The World Pandemics Forum will include a trade show, networking areas and spaces for different activities, workshops, seminars, etc.
About the Associations and Societies on the Honourable Committee of the World Pandemics Forum:
COMMUNITY NURSING ASSOCIATION (AEC)
The Community Nursing Association (AEC) is a scientific-technical, professional and interactive organisation whose broad-based aim is to advocate for family and community nursing, raising educational and scientific standards among its associates and nurturing relationships with citizens and other national and international professional organisations.
SPANISH ASSOCIATION OF NURSING IN CARDIOLOGY (AEEC)
The Spanish Association of Nursing in Cardiology (AEEC) is a non-profit association, founded in 1979 and made up of nurses who work in all areas of cardiology. Its objectives include promoting cardiovascular health, lifelong training and research.
SPANISH ASSOCIATION OF NURSING FOR THE PREVENTION AND CONTROL OF INFECTIONS (AEEPyCI)
The Spanish Association of Infection Prevention and Control Nursing (AEEPyCI) was formed in 2017 to share experience and knowledge in the field of infection prevention and control among Spanish nurses. The AEEPyCI represents all nurses in Spanish territory in matters of prevention regarding epidemiological and environmental surveillance, sanitation and hospital hygiene and public health, before national and international organisations and institutions.
SPANISH MENTAL HEALTH NURSING ASSOCIATION (AEESME)
The Spanish Mental Health Nursing Association (AEESME) is a non-profit association, founded in 1983 for Mental Health Nursing professionals committed to caring for the mental health of the population and scientific and professional development.
SPANISH ASSOCIATION OF OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH NURSING (AET).
A non-profit association that promotes and disseminates science relating to its particular specialist field, it advocates for the support and development of Occupational Nursing, encouraging the acquisition of skills and scientific research in its area of influence.
SPANISH VACCINOLOGY ASSOCIATION (AEV)
Medical-scientific association also involved in Health Sciences, whose overall aim is to protect and improve health through primary and secondary preventive actions against preventable immune infectious diseases, with biological preparations for immunisation practices. It does this to improve life expectancy and quality of life, particularly in children and high-risk groups such as the elderly, immunodeficient, work environment, international travel and basic pathologies, enhancing quality of life by improving health in the area of preventable infectious diseases through vaccination.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF RESEARCH ETHICS COMMITTEES (ANCEI)
Legally independent, voluntary, national, non-profit association with members who are or have been part of a Research Ethics Committee, as well as people linked to them with common interests.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF NURSING AND VACCINES (ANENVAC)
The National Association for Nursing and Vaccines (ANENVAC) is a scientific-healthcare association. It promotes, encourages and raises awareness of the benefits of vaccination as one of the most effective preventive measures to protect public health and champions the importance of nursing in the field of vaccination.
INTERNATIONAL NURSING NETWORK (INN)
The most multinational nursing federation. An open, interactive network for individual nurses, work groups, and scientific and professional associations from all over the world. It organises congresses, protocols, assessments, studies, among others. It is found in more than 60 countries with a community numbering 1,600,000 nurses on average.
SPANISH DOMICILIARY HOSPITALISATION SOCIETY (SEHAD)
The greatest advocate for research and promotion of domiciliary hospitalisation in Spain. As a scientific Society, it supports professionals and researchers from different specialities, such as medicine and nursing and has more than 350 members.
SPANISH SOCIETY OF IMMUNOLOGY (SEI)
The Spanish Society of Immunology is a non-profit medical society that represents the interests of immunology in Spain in the fields of hospitalisation, teaching and research. Its main aims are to develop and drive advances in immunology as a life and health science, facilitate contact among its associates and other scientists or related entities, contribute to the training and professional improvement of the speciality and champion the interests of all immunology professionals.
SPANISH SOCIETY OF GENERAL AND FAMILY DOCTORS (SEMG)
SEMG is the scientific society made up of general and family practitioners whose mission is to represent and support general and family practitioners in dealings with official bodies, the health administration and the public. Its aim is to ensure the best and most appropriate scientific, research and professional development for general and family practitioners to benefit society and guarantee patient health and quality of life.
SPANISH SOCIETY OF INTERNAL MEDICINE (SEMI).
The membership of the Spanish Society of Internal Medicine includes around 8,400 internal medicine specialists from all over Spain. Its priorities include the promotion of research in this field and bringing together the efforts of the different working groups that make up the society. At present, there are a total of 22 monographic groups or subgroups working on prevalent pathologies or areas of interest within internal medicine, a medical speciality that is defined by the holistic vision of the patient and which plays a central role in the care of chronic, complex and multi-pathological patients.
SPANISH SOCIETY OF INTENSIVE, CRITICAL AND CORONARY UNIT MEDICAL CARE (SEMICYUC)
The Spanish Society of Intensive, Critical and Coronary Unit Medical Care (SEMICYUC) was set up in 1971 as a multidisciplinary and educational scientific association. It represents intensive care specialists throughout Spain and its mission is to promote improvement in critical patient care through high quality standards.
SPANISH SOCIETY FOR PREVENTIVE MEDICINE, PUBLIC HEALTH AND HYGIENE (SEMPSPH)
The Spanish Society of Preventive Medicine, Public Health and Hygiene (SEMPSPH) is an association of doctors and nurses specialising in preventive medicine and public health. It undertakes theoretical and practical studies of preventive medicine, public health and hygiene and their relationship with medicine and social sciences.
SPANISH SOCIETY OF MEDICAL RADIOLOGY (SERAM)
The Spanish Society of Medical Radiology is a medical-scientific and professional organisation that promotes learning, development, defence and research into the diagnostic and therapeutic aspects of medical imaging among its members and publicising its activities for the public at large.