The biennial EDCTP Forum provides an international platform for the presentation and discussion of clinical studies for everyone involved in combating poverty-related diseases and the appropriate capacity development and networking activities. The Forum has established itself as a valuable opportunity to develop and reinforce cooperation and synergy among the EDCTP Association stakeholders at various levels including scientific and policy. Scientists involved in EDCTP2-funded projects are particularly encouraged to use this opportunity to share new developments and results from their projects.


Eleventh EDCTP Forum

The Eleventh EDCTP Forum took place at the Palais des Congrès de Paris in Paris, France from 7-10 November 2023.

The Forum theme is Partnering for Global Health Research Innovation and Impact in Africa – Celebrating EDCTP: two decades and beyond.

This Forum marked EDCTP’s 20th Anniversary and was hosted by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research of France and ANRS | Emerging Infectious Diseases and will be jointly supported by the second EDCTP programme (EDCTP2) and the Global Health EDCTP3 Joint Undertaking.

Visit the Eleventh EDCTP Forum website for more information.

Visit the Forum blog to read summaries of the sessions.

Tenth EDCTP Forum

The Tenth EDCTP Forum was held as a hybrid meeting hosted from the Joaquim Chissano International Conference Centre in Maputo from 17 – 21 October 2021.  

The Forum theme – Equity in research for health – is at the core of the EDCTP mission. The second EDCTP programme, EDCTP2, has seen increased participation from across Africa and Europe in our projects. Nevertheless, gender and geographical disparities remain. 

The Forum objectives reflect the need for global research cooperation in preparedness and response to disease outbreaks, in public health emergencies, and in strengthening health systems. Awareness of this need has never been greater than it is now.

The hybrid format of the Forum (virtual and live from Maputo) presented a platform to take stock of the activities and achievements of currently operational Europe-Africa research and capacity building partnerships, including their contribution to strengthening the clinical research environment in African countries and progress towards sustainable development goals.

EDCTP is proud of its record in supporting the career development of African scientists, with more than 240 postgraduate students and 196 fellows supported under EDCTP2, many of whom will attend the Forum and contribute to its programme. We welcome participation from all stakeholders working in the remit of EDCTP2.

Download here the information brochure.

Go to the Tenth EDCTP Forum website.

Read the articles on the Tenth EDCTP Forum blog.

Our host partners, the Ministry of Health of Mozambique, through the National Institute of Health and the Manhiça Health Research Centre offered an exciting and interactive meeting experience. We look forward to your participation.

Ninth EDCTP Forum

The Ninth EDCTP Forum was held in Lisbon, Portugal from 17-21 September 2018. The Forum was organised in partnership with the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

The theme of the 2018 Forum was: “Clinical research and sustainable development in sub-Saharan Africa: the impact of North-South partnerships”.

Over the years the Forum has evolved to become a prominent cross-disease and inter-disciplinary conference. It brings together scientists, policy makers, funders and global health partners in the field of clinical research and development (R&D) for poverty-related diseases, with emphasis on African and European participation. It provides a platform to share new results and form new collaborative links with international colleagues.

The Forum programme included plenary sessions, parallel sessions, exhibition of posters, symposiums, workshops, and various opportunities for discussion and collaboration. The EDCTP Forum is held alternately in Africa and Europe.

Ninth EDCTP Forum Flyer (PDF)

Have a look at the Forum blog.

Eighth EDCTP Forum

The Eighth EDCTP Forum took place in Lusaka, Zambia from 6-9 November 2016. It was co-hosted by the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Zambia.

The theme of the Forum was ‘Defeating poverty-related and neglected diseases in Africa: harnessing research for evidence-informed policies’.


Seventh EDCTP Forum

The Seventh EDCTP Forum took place in Berlin, Germany from 30 June – 03 July 2014. It was hosted by theGerman Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

The theme of the Forum was ‘The partnership journey: New horizon for better health’.

Sixth EDCTP Forum

The Sixth EDCTP Forum took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 9-12 October 2011. It was hosted by the Federal Ministry of Health of Ethiopia, the Armauer Hansen Research Institute (AHRI), and the Ethiopian Health and Nutrition Research Institute (EHNRI).

The theme of the Forum was ‘Strengthening Research Partnerships for Better Health
and Sustainable Development’.

Fifth EDCTP Forum

The Fifth EDCTP Forum took place in Arusha, Tanzania from 12-14 October 2009. It was hosted by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare of Tanzania, and the national institute for Medical Research (NIMR).

The theme of the Forum was ‘Fighting HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: One World, One Partnership’.


Fourth EDCTP Forum

The Fourth EDCTP Forum took place in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso from 22-24 October 2007.

The theme of the Forum was ‘Building bridges for better health’.

Third EDCTP Forum

The Fourth EDCTP Forum took place in Stockholm, Sweden from 08-11 October 2006.

The theme of the Forum was ‘Partnership and African leadership: Challenges and opportunities’.

Second EDCTP Forum

The Second EDCTP Forum took place in Durban, South Africa from 03-05 October 2005.

The theme of the Forum was ‘HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria in Africa: From knowledge to implementation’.

The second Forum was preceded by a first ‘forum’ which was a meting of EDCTP constituencies: the then EEIG-Assembly, Partnership Board, Developing Countries Coordinating Committee and the EDCTP Secretariat. It took place in Rome, Italy on 27-20 September 2004.