For more information, read the terms of reference.
The Scientific Panel for Health consists of 27 experts across disciplines and activities, in the fields of research and innovation, in health and wellbeing. The SPH has advisors and liaisons to the community. The group is chaired by Karin Sipido, Professor of Cardiology at KU Leuven and Past President of the Alliance for Biomedical Research in Europe.
Full list of members and advisors (Updated March 2017).
Biographies of the panel members and advisors.
In 2015, the SPH set out its vision for the future of health and biomedical research in a working document that describes upcoming challenges and proposes a way forward through intensified cross-border collaboration, an enabling regulatory environment and a comprehensive research policy.
The SPH publishes reports from its meetings, which are publicly available. Regulators and policy-makers are able to consult the documents and evidence provided and use this expert advice required to make the right decisions to achieve health and wellbeing in the future.
13/01/2015 – Brussels – First plenary meeting. At this meeting the experts and the European Commission representatives met for the first time. The mandate of the SPH, their framework for action for the coming year, as well as a timetable of events were discussed. Discussions about future working groups focusing on specific research and innovation aspects were undertaken. Read the executive summary of the meeting.
09/06/2015 – Brussels – Second plenary meeting. At this meeting the overall goals and working procedures were reviewed, and next steps defined. Read the executive summary of the meeting.
30/10/2015 – Brussels – Third plenary meeting. At this plenary, the final one of the SPH's first year of activity, the internal workings of the SPH were reviewed, the draft of the SPH Vision Paper was discussed and content for the SPH conference on 21 January 2016 was refined. Read the executive summary of the meeting.
14/06/2016 – Brussels – Fourth plenary meeting. At this meeting the discussion focussed on the SPH plans for 2017-2020.
20/01/2017 – Brussels – Fifth plenary meeting. At this meeting the discussion focussed on the content for the SPH conference on 09/06/2017, and the work plan for 2017.
Read the minutes of the meeting.
07/04/2016 – Brussels – Workshop: The SPH, HTA and EUnetHTA
27/09/2016 – Brussels – Workshop: The next generation health research workforce. Read the executive summary of the workshop
28/09/2016 – Brussels – Workshop: Exploring mechanisms for long-term strategy in health research. Read the executive summary of the workshop
09-11/10/2016– Berlin, World Health Summit; SPH-organised workshop: mechanisms and perspectives on research strategy and agenda setting
09/06/2017 - Brussels - Forum: 'Health Research in a Connected and Participative Society'