The IGGB is pleased to announce the 16th Scientific Symposium on World Tuberculosis Day, organized by the Koch Mechnikov Forum (KMF) and the Institute for Research in International Assistance at Akkon University for Human Sciences (IRIA). The Symposium will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 21-22, at the Akkon University of Human Sciences in Berlin and online. Prof. Dr. Dr. Timo Ulrichs, board member of the IGGB, will be holding the introductory presentation on „Tuberculosis control in times of war, economic crises, climate change and post-pandemic“. Please find more information below and here: Information & Preliminary Programme

Tuberculosis as neglected infectious disease –

How to ensure efficient TB control facing various crises

Aim and content

We are currently facing several crises at the same time: the terrible war in Ukraine, civil war in Yemen, economic turbulences and insecurities in energy supply, climate change and loss of bio-diversity. Besides all of these challenges and problems, chronic pandemics like the ones caused by HIV or Mycobacterium tuberculosis are still ongoing. Thus, there is still the issue of a comprehensive approach to control tuberculosis (TB), even and especially in war times. Currently, new ways of addressing HIV-TB comorbidity and multidrug-resistant TB are being discussed, even implementing all TB strategies and investments into the overall efforts to improve national health care systems in the framework of WHO’s “Universal Health Coverage” (UHC) program, and this should not being neglected in our times.

Together with our international partners, we would like to study and discuss current trends in TB research and control in face of the current epidemiological trends in Europe and worldwide. Of course and as usual, current developments and state-of-the-art presentations in diagnostics, treatment and prevention/vaccine development also form part of the symposium. The symposium is the sixteenth in a row since Koch Mechnikov Forum (KMF) decided to start the symposium series in 2007 on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of Robert Koch’s famous lecture “About tuberculosis”. Since then, the annual symposia had various foci and KMF various organizational partners. We are looking forward to welcoming you in person, TB experts, representatives from WHO, health politics, private companies, hospitals and other TB facilities from all over Europe and globally, to discuss the most imminent questions of TB control in the nearer future! TB control must not be neglected, even in times of multiple crises! Thus, the symposium has a scientific and a political approach.


The 16th Scientific TB Symposium is organized by the Koch Mechnikov Forum (KMF) and
the Institute for Research in International Assistance at Akkon University for Human Sciences (IRIA).

Project coordination

Gaby Feldmann, IRIA, Akkon University, Colditzstraße 34-36, 12099 Berlin, Germany,
Tel.: +49 30 8092332-0, +49 178 2176889, E-Mail:


Seminar Room 4/5, Akkon University, Colditzstraße 34-36, 12099 Berlin, Germany, and online (see links for each day below)


Tuesday, March 21st, 2023: opening, science and politics, first scientific day; reception

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2023: scientific symposium, second scientific day


Participation is free of charge; however, registration at IRIA is mandatory:

Please register by email to: 

Please indicate whether you intend to participate in person or online!

Day 1: Zoom link for online participation:

Day 2: Zoom link for online participation: