The theme of the 2020 EuroHealthNet Conference was Skills for Health. The event took place online on Thursday, 3rd December 9:30 – 12:45 and was free to attend. It was held in English with German translations.

The COVID-19 crisis has hit Europe during a period of significant transitions, including technological and digital, environmental, economic, demographic and social change. ‘Building back better’ from the crisis will require new and more equitable approaches to these other challenges, as well.

A focus on skills will be key. As we learned from the 2008 global financial crisis, developing new, better and more widely available skills promotes and protects health. Building on existing EU and (sub-)national initiatives, such as the EU Skills Agenda, we can help people improve their (digital) health literacy, life skills and education and training for the 21st century.

The conference will examine three aspects of skills for health, and attempt to answer the following questions:

  • Changes to the world of work
    • What do these changes mean for health and wellbeing?
  • The skills for good health and wellbeing
    • What skills are needed to live a healthy life?
  • The skills for tomorrow’s health and care systems
    • As the roles of health and care professionals continue to evolve, what skills are needed in the modern health and social care sectors?

Watch our conference on YouTube

Find a report on the conference (in English) here.

Find a video of the interview with Commissioner Schmit here

Agenda and presentations


  • Dr. Mojca Gabrijelčič Blenkuš, EuroHealthNet President
  • Prof. Martin Dietrich, Deputy Director, German Federal Centre for Health Education (BZgA)

Keynote remarks

Session 1: Changes to the world of work

Session 2: The skills for good health and wellbeing

Session 3: The skills for tomorrow’s health and care systems.

Concluding remarks

  • Katarina Ivanković-Knežević, Director for Social Affairs, Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (DG EMPL), European Commission
  • Caroline Costongs, Director, EuroHealthNet


Find the conference report here.