Two years have passed since the 14th TechNet Conference took place in Bangkok, Thailand. The dates for the next conference have now been set and the location has been chosen:
The 15th TechNet Conference will take place in Lisbon, Portugual from the 16th to the 20th of October 2017.
Why Portugal? Since 2001, the TechNet Conference has rotated venue across the six WHO regions. The European Region (EURO) previously hosted the 9th TechNet Consultation in 2004 in Antalya, Turkey (http://www.technet-21.org/home/about-technet/timeline). In 2017, it loops back to EURO to host. In consultation with the European Regional Office, it was agreed upon that Portugal would be a good destination.
Given that the last TechNet Consultation had an unprecedented number of participants (261 to be precise) representing all key immunization stakeholders at global, regional and country level, a similar level of interest is anticipated for the next conference. The agenda will continue on the theme of the previous conference focusing on: “Immunization Supply Chains”. The various side events including the Innovations Café, the Manufacturers Marketplace and the Partner Poster Gallery will also be organized.
With the venue and dates now set, a multi stakeholder TechNet Conference Planning Committee will be established shortly to develop the agenda. Feedback received from the last conference will be taken into account to ensure that this TechNet Conference continues to be an interactive forum for:
- North-South exchanges on innovative technologies and approaches to ensure vaccine supply chain logistic systems reach the 5th child
- South-North & South-South exchanges on field and country experiences relating to immunization supply chain and logistics strengthening within the context of new vaccine introduction and the deployment of new technologies and approaches to achieve coverage and equity objectives.
- South-North exchanges to help the global level shape and prioritize efforts as we count-down to 2020.
Save the dates in your calendar and keep an eye out for future announcements on the TechNet forum (you can also follow TechNet on Twitter for important conference updates: https://twitter.com/TechNet21Mod).
Conference registration will be available shortly along with a dedicated webpage on TechNet where all the latest conference information will be made available. In the meantime, please spread the word within your networks.