About the Union World Conference on Lung Health

The Union World Conference on Lung Health is the world’s largest gathering of clinicians and public health workers, health programme managers, policymakers, researchers and advocates working to end the suffering caused by lung disease, with a focus specifically on the challenges faced by the low- and middle-income countries. Of the 10 million people who die each year from lung diseases, some 80 per cent live in these resource-limited countries.

Our theme this year, ‘Accelerating Toward Elimination’ 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

Who attends

The Union World Conference attracts delegates from more than 125 countries and brings recognised global experts and opinion formers from all over the world to take part in the 150 sessions offered by the four-day scientific programme, including: 

  • Plenary sessions
  • Post-graduate courses
  • Workshops 
  • Over 60 symposia
  • Oral abstract sessions
  • Poster discussion sessions
  • E-poster discussion sessions
  • ‘Meet the expert’ sessions