Winterthur Interprofessional.Global Symposium 9-12 November 2021 🗓

Interprofessional.Global is a consensus-based partnership. Working interprofessionally in partnership reflects the unity we see in working with, for, and between service providers and service users. Partnership is one important way to demonstrate to the world the unity of a bio-psycho-social-spiritual approach to health and social care.

The Interprofessional.Global Facilitation Team’s main purpose is to ensure that partners are empowered and refreshed by sharing knowledge, experience, and approaches with one another; listening to and learning from one another; and supporting and caring for one another’s personal needs, as well as for the work.

Partnership is more than coordination and planning. The heart of partnership is strong and effective relationships demonstrated in action. Developing such relationships requires time and intentional effort. Effective partners are especially sensitive towards those from cultures and backgrounds other than their own (click here to read more about our partnership principles).

Therefore, it is important for all the partners of Interprofessional.Global to meet regularly, strengthening relationship, building trust, setting priorities and plan how to collaborate to achieve better health for all through interprofessional education, practice, and research.

We are delighted to announce that the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) (Winterthur, Switzerland) will be hosting the Winterthur Interprofessional.Global Symposium from 9-12 November 2021.

Andreas Gerber-Grote, Emanuel Feusi, Marion Huber, Markus Melloh and colleagues from ZHAW’s School of Health Professions have volunteered to host our partnership meeting in 2021. The Interprofessional.Global Facilitation Team and ZHAW hereby extend an invitation to the following established and emerging IPECP regional networks affiliated with the confederation to nominate a maximum of three representatives to this meeting:

  • Regional Networks:
    • Africa: AfrIPEN
    • Australasia: AIPPEN
    • Canada: CIHC
    • German-speaking countries: IP-Health
    • Indian subcontinent: IndIPEN
    • Scandinavia: Nipnet
    • South & Central America & Caribbean: REIP
    • United Kingdom: CAIPE
    • United States of America: AIHC
  • Emerging Networks:
    • Arab-speaking countries
    • Asia Pacific: APIPECnet

Who should attend?

In selecting the representatives for a region, we suggest the following:

  • A good mix between experienced and new IPECP practitioners, educators and researchers. They should be active in the working groups of the regional networks and/or Interprofessional.Global.
  • The representation should be from/for more than one working group.
  • We need representatives who are committing to participate actively in the regional and/or global working groups, following the Winterthur meeting.

Funding the meeting

Representatives will be responsible for their own travel to Zurich, local transport and any other additional costs. The programme includes for delegates to share their ongoing work relating to IPECP; this may help delegates to obtain funding from their institutions for travel assistance.

ZHAW’s Institute of Health Sciences (within School of Health Professions) will support this meeting by covering the costs for accommodation and meals for up to 3 representatives from each of the regional networks.

Attending the meeting

It is pivotal that participants attend the whole meeting, as we will follow a proven partnership development process. No late arrivals or early departures are approved. We start at 18h00 on Tuesday evening 9 November and we close the official proceedings at 12h30 on Friday 12 November (Draft Programme).

On Friday afternoon there will be a short open session where we will give feedback to the local and global community about the outcomes of the proceedings. We also envisage to launch the Winterthur Declaration on IPECP on Friday afternoon, which the Policy Working Group has been working on over the past two years.


To enable us to plan for the meeting we need to know by 15 May 2021 who the representatives from each region will be.

Regional Network Facilitators are requested to email Johanna Dahlberg the names by 15 May 2021.

Delegates need to register with a link that will be provided by regional representatives by 15 May 2021.

It may be that the meeting will have to be postponed due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. Delegates are requested to register in any case allowing us to start communicating with delegates.

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