Event overview

ITM Colloquium 2023

Register now to attend the 64th ITM Colloquium, held in Kathmandu, Nepal, from 21 till 23 November 2023. The theme of the conference is "Understanding the global landscape of disease burden in the context of climate change".

Kathmandu, Nepal // online

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The ITM Colloquium is going to Kathmandu!

64 years after the first ITM colloquium was held in Antwerp (Belgium) in 1959, and following an alternating series of successful congresses in Belgium and partner countries around the globe, we have the honour to co-host this year’s annual colloquium with the Nepal Health Research Council in the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu. This will be a great opportunity to share knowledge, expertise and perspectives to discuss the global landscape of disease burden in the context of climate change.

At the ITM colloquium, you will meet scientists from diverse backgrounds as well as policy makers from around the globe that share a common interest to learn more about the consequences of climate change on global health and improve our adaptive strategies and resilience in the context of climate change.

We are looking forward to welcoming you at the ITM Colloquium in 2023!

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Attendance is free of charge, but registration is mandatory. Join the conversation and secure your spot.

The physical event is fully booked!

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Thematic focus

Climate change has already had a significant impact on global health, with more effects on low- and middle-income countries such as Nepal, with rising temperatures, changing precipitation patterns, and increased frequency of extreme weather events leading to a range of health issues. For instance, the melting of glaciers in the Himalayas has led to increased risk of water-borne diseases, as well as flooding and landslides, which can cause injury and death. The rise in temperatures has also contributed to the spread of vector-borne diseases such as dengue fever, malaria, visceral leishmaniasis, as well as respiratory diseases like asthma and allergies. Additionally, changes in precipitation patterns have led to food insecurity and malnutrition, especially in rural areas where agriculture is the primary source of livelihood.

Overall, the impact of climate change on health is significant, and urgent action is needed to mitigate its effects. The developments in Nepal may foreshadow the rapidly increasing threat of climate change as well as its indirect impact on health at global scale, and underline the need to provide climate-resilient health systems for an expanding world population.


More details on the sessions and speakers can be found on the official event website.

Session A

Climate Change and Planetary Health

Session B

Uncovering the Complex Relationship Between Infectious Diseases and Climate Change

Session C

Climate Change and Mental Health

Session D

Addressing Non-communicable Diseases and Climate Change

Session E

Climate Change, Child Health and Sexual and Reproductive Health

Session F

Global and National Response to address Health Risks of Climate Change


Local organiser

The Nepal Health Research Council (NHRC) in Kathmandu (Nepal) is a national apex body of Government responsible for providing scientific study and quality health research in the country. NHRC cooperates with the Ministry of Health, non-governmental agencies, private sectors and other relevant ministries to provide consultation, assistance and advice in all matters related to health research, policies and health care services. The council promotes research through research training and grants. NHRC hosts national summits of health and population scientists annually and has also hosted several regional and international conferences.


The full programme can be found on the official event website.

21 November

Opening Ceremony

  • Welcome ceremony

  • Senior Researcher Award

  • Opening dinner

22 November

Scientific Conference - Day 1

  • Keynote sessions

  • Parallel sessions A & C

  • World café

  • Session B

  • Reception + social dinner

23 November

Scientific Conference - Day 2

  • Keynote sessions

  • Parallel sessions D & E

  • Poster bazar

  • Session F

  • Young researcher award + farewell reception


Join our virtual event!

The physical event is fully booked, but you can also attend from the comfort of your home. All keynote sessions and some thematic sessions will be streamed online, so whether you're near or far, you will still be able to benefit from ground-breaking exchanges.

If you are attending online, we kindly ask you to register as well. You will receive more practical information (including the link to the online meeting space) closer to the event.

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Our colloquia

Since 1959, the colloquium is ITM’s yearly flagship scientific conference, bringing together thousands of experts to discuss the most pressing scientific questions in tropical medicine and international health. Every other year, the colloquium takes place in a partner country of ITM. In 2023, ITM teams up with its partner organisations in Nepal.

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