Next conference:
3 April 2020


We are pleased to invite abstract submissions for the 1st Symposium of the Health and Migration Collaborative Community, which will take place on the 3 April 2020 in Maastricht, the Netherlands. The symposium, organised by UNU-MERIT (in collaboration with the Maastricht Centre for Global Health and the Maastricht Centre for Citizenship, Migration and Development), will highlight the complex intersections between migration and health through discussions around both research and practise. The symposium brings together academics, including students and early career researchers, health professionals, policy makers and representatives of civil society to discuss issues related to migrant health. The event will also mark the official launch of the Health and Migration Collaborative Community web site, a growing resource portal that provides short analytical reviews and other support materials for academics, practitioners, policy-makers, and other stakeholders interested in migration and health. 

The symposium will feature a plenary discussion and three thematic panels. We invite abstract for papers, reflections on practise, and ongoing/future research that will be presented in one of the panels. Each panel is planned for 90 minutes and will feature three contributions selected from among received abstracts.


Guide for authors:

Deadline for submission: 31/01/2020

To be presented on: 03/04/2020

We invite submissions that cover a range of migrant health-related topics (e.g. access to care, health promotion, noncommunicable and communicable diseases, mental health, climate change…). We invite reflection from practice as well as academic research (e.g. completed research, ongoing projects, conceptual and methodological challenges).

Please send your extended abstract (max. 700 words) as a Word file to the following address: Please include 3-5 keywords, the names and titles of all the contributing authors, and the institution affiliation of all authors.

Abstracts will be reviewed by the symposium organisers, and the decision on abstracts will be communicated by February 20.



The symposium will be hosted by the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance/UNU-MERIT in Maastricht; the specific venue will be later confirmed. The event will be free of charge (registration is required) and catering will be provided. Please note that no financial support for travel or accommodation is available for participants or panellists. To register and for more information please contact or call +31 43 388 4433.