The 48th Union World Conference on Lung Health

The 48th Union World Conference on Lung Health

The 48th Union World Conference on Lung Health will convene in Guadalajara, Mexico, on 11 to 14 October 2017. It will unite researchers, global advocates, civil society, scientists, healthcare professionals and students working on all aspects of lung health, under the theme ‘Accelerating Toward Elimination’.

The conference theme will build on the momentum from the conference in Liverpool, drawing together 4000 delegates from 100 countries to achieve the ambitious goals that have been set for the global lung health agenda. It will focus on how to accelerate toward elimination on multiple fronts including tuberculosis (TB) and co-infections, improving tobacco control and reducing air pollution

The annual Union World Conference is a four-day scientific programme and a vital meeting place for all those working on every aspect of lung health, including TB. It will create a forum to share our knowledge and unify our commitment to those actions that will make the greatest improvements to public health.

As a nation that embodies triumphs and challenges in the field of lung health, Mexico is a fitting backdrop for the conference. It is also representative of the need to find new and more effective ways to beat TB. While Mexico has made significant progress in lung health policies in recent years through important advancements in tobacco control and against air pollution, it is not yet free of the burden of TB – over twenty thousand TB cases were recorded last year.

The country is moving at great pace towards elimination. Through our collective efforts, we can accelerate this, in Mexico, and the world.

Join us in 2017.

Abstract and session submission

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Online submission of abstracts and sessions (symposia, workshops and post-graduate courses) to be included in the scientific and community programme of the conference is now open.


The submission period is 10 January to 10 April 2017.  Notifications will be sent by the beginning of May.

Organisers are also accepting proposals for satellite sessions, which are scheduled outside the core programme hours. Submissions will be accepted until all available time slots are filled, so organisations are encouraged to submit their proposals early. 

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Scholarships and free registrations

The Union is pleased to offer a limited number of scholarships and free conference registrations.

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Applications for support for invited symposia speakers and authors of accepted abstracts

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Conference registrations for affected communities / community volunteers