Event overview

ANSER Conference 2024

The Institute of Tropical Medicine is co-organising the 2024 ANSER Conference ’Catalysing Change: Enhancing Evidence-Based Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) Policies in Challenging Times’. Call for abstracts open now!


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Aim of the conference

The ANSER Conference ’Catalysing Change: Enhancing Evidence-Based Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) Policies in Challenging Times’ aims to enhance collaboration between policymakers, academics and programmatic experts to advance SRHR knowledge & interventions, shape policies and drive societal change.

Thirty years ago, the International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo marked a pivotal moment in global efforts to address sexual and reproductive health and rights. Celebrating its anniversary, it is essential to reflect on the progress made, identify remaining barriers, and chart a path forward to achieve the ICPD agenda.

Additionally, as Belgium assumes the presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first half of 2024 and the European elections are coming up in June 2024, it grants a substantial platform to shape EU policy decisions on SRHR issues.

Capitalizing on this momentum, this conference will bring together renowned researchers, policymakers, advocates, and program implementers from around the world to examine the multifaceted dimensions needed to re-energize the SRHR agenda.

The ANSER Conference is scheduled to span three days from the 7th until the 9th of February 2023. The first two days will focus on scientific aspects, while the third day will center on formulating political recommendations.

Registration will open in September 2023.

For more details on the programme and themes, as well as registration and abstract submission, please visit the official event page of the ANSER Conference 2024.

Submit your abstract

Submitting an abstract to ANSER allows you to present your work to a diverse audience of policymakers, academics, NGO representatives and health professionals and to emphasize achievements and remaining gaps in SRHR.

Deadline: 15 October 2023

Please contact anser@ugent.be if you have any further questions.

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Scientific Conference

7 & 8 February

During the Scientific Conference Days, insightful keynote speeches, presentations, and interactive panel discussions will be organized to set the scene, share innovative ideas and provide insights for future research and policy-making. Workshops will be given to teach new skills to the participants.

Policy Impact Conference

9 February

The Policy Impact Conference Day unites academics, policymakers, and civil society to cultivate future collaborations. By facilitating dialogue and shared insights, the event aims to foster dialogue, exchange knowledge and inspire collective action towards increased evidence-based policy-making in SRHR.

Thematic focus

Breaking Barriers

Achieving Equitable Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health Services and Medicines within Universal Health Coverage

Sustainable Futures

Exploring the Intersections of Climate and Sexual and Reproductive Health

Innovate for Impact

Unlocking the Potential of Technology in Sexual and Reproductive Health

Defending Dignity

Upholding Rights in Challenging Times for Sexual and Reproductive Health



  • International Centre for Reproductive Health (ICRH), Ghent University

  • Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM), Antwerp

Supporting partners

  • European Parliamentary Forum for Sexual and Reproductive Rights (EPF)

  • Visit Flanders


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