The international scientific advisory board of Capital4Health convened from 3 to 5 December 2018 for its annual meeting with the research teams of the six subprojects of the consortium. As in previous years, the three day event took place at the Department of Sport Science and Sport in Erlangen, Germany, and included numerous discussions, workgroups, and opportunities for informal exchange.

Following the official introduction by the new consortium coordinator, Prof. Dr. Klaus Pfeifer, the subprojects presented first results from the first project phase, which ended in 2018, the current status of their interventions, and the upcoming scientific challenges using a World Café format. On this basis, advisory board members led discussions on day 2 to develop central “story lines” for academic publications on the first funding phase and optimize strategies for phase 2. The third day was used to finalize the consortium’s publication strategy and to plan a special issue on Capital4Health in a scientific journal, which is to be compiled entirely by the Capital4Health Young Researchers Network.


The meeting ended with a guest lecture on “The Next Nexus: Healthy Airports – Knowledge, evidence and politics in transformative aviation health settings“ by Prof. Dr. Evelyne de Leeuw.

The scientific advisory board provides consultancy to the Capital4Health subprojects regarding theoretical issues, intervention design, evaluation methods, networking with project partners and scientific publications. It is composed of high-ranking international experts in the fields of physical activity, public health, transdisciplinary research, and health economics, including Prof. Dr. Thomas Abel (University of Berne, Switzerland), Dr. Matthias Bergmann (ISOE, Frankfurt am Main), Prof. Dr. Rolf Holle (Helmholtz Zentrum Munich), Prof. Dr. David Hunter (University of Newcastle, UK), Prof. Dr. Evelyne de Leeuw (University of New South Wales, Australia), Prof. Dr. Abby King (Stanford University, USA) and Prof. Dr. Louise Potvin (Univiersity Montréal, Canada).