Sixth ATHEA Conference

Covid-19 and Beyond
Vienna, 23rd & 24th September 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted healthcare delivery over an extensive period of time. As safety considerations and restrictive public health policies made traditional models of care impracticable, healthcare providers had to adapt their services and patients had to change their care seeking behaviours. This situation created unprecedented conditions for the development and adoptions of a wide range of healthcare innovations. In particular, physical distancing requirements triggered a dramatic increase in the utilization of e-health and m-health technologies. Simultaneously, health systems need to cope with the new epidemiological burden not only of acute disease management of people with severe respiratory difficulties but also with the fast-emerging issue of long-term complications dubbed long COVID. Furthermore, the already gigantic logistical issue of mass-testing and mass-vaccination is under the constant threat of the apparition of new variants. Not only healthcare delivery but also its financing along with equity issues urgently need to be carefully examined.

The sixth ATHEA conference will explore the opportunities and challenges raised by the health care innovation and health system adaptations triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The conference will take place from Thursday, 23rd of September 2021 (late-morning start) to Friday, 24th of September 2021 (ending midday). The event will feature one keynote speaker on each day addressing the main theme of the conference, as well as 2 parallel sessions organized according to the themes that will emerge from the selected papers.

As in previous years, submissions for presentation are welcome in all fields of health economics and health policy, including long-term care, and are not restricted to the conference topic.

Deadline abstract submission (max. 500 words): EXTENDED TO June 28th, 2021 to

Notification abstract acceptance: 14th of August 2021 

Registration for non-presenters: per email to

Conference venue: Institut für Höhere Studien (IHS), Josefstädter Straße 39, 1080 Vienna, Austria

Conference languages: English, German

Conference fee: 95€

Download: Programme for the 6th ATHEA Conference

Download: Book of Abstracts

To ensure a safe and comfortable conference, we’re implementing the following safety measure:

Participants, who are fully vaccinated: Please bring a negative PCR test certificate with the date of sample collection Wednesday, 22nd September 2021

Participants, who are NOT fully vaccinated or NOT vaccinated: Since PCR tests are only valid for 48 hours in the city of Vienna, we ask you to provide negative PCR test certificates on both days of the conference. Thus, you will have to conduct a PCR test on Wednesday, 22nd September 2021 and another one on Thursday, 23rd of September 2021.

If you do not provide PCR test certificates, you cannot take part in the conference, and your conference fee will not be reimbursed!