The 50th Union World Conference on Lung Health


Ending the Emergency - Science, Leadership, action

About the conference

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 low-and lower-middle income populations. Of the 10 million people who die each year from lung diseases, some 80 percent live in these resource-limited settings.

Organising international conferences on TB and related subjects has been a core activity of The Union since its founding in 1920.


We stand at a crossroads for lung health, with the conference coming one year after the first ever United Nations (UN) High-Level Meeting on tuberculosis (TB) and the third UN High-Level Meeting on non-communicable diseases. The conference theme, ‘Ending the Emergency: Science, Leadership, Action’, focuses on what is needed to ensure commitments become action, and that lifesaving targets are met.

As host country to the conference, India provides a unique backdrop to discussions on ending TB and lung disease with the current highest burden of TB in the world, and ambitious targets to eliminate TB by 2025.

The conference theme resonates strongly with TB, but it also raises awareness that all threats to lung health – TB, air pollution, tobacco and many more – are emergencies that our science, leadership and action needs to meet head on.

Key Dates

Scientific submissions open in early March 2019.

Registration opens in late March 2019.

Get Involved

Various sponsorship and promotional opportunities are available, including satellite sessions, online and onsite promotion, and sponsorship of volunteers and scholarship recipients.

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TBScience 2019

29-30 October 2019

The Union is pleased to host the second annual TBScience pre-conference, an official event entirely devoted to basic and translational tuberculosis (TB) research.

TBScience brings together scientists from microbiology, immunology, molecular biology, pharmacology, epidemiology and mathematical modelling to present and discuss recent findings on TB transmission, infection and disease. Additional focus is also given to the development of better vaccines, new drugs and diagnostics for TB.

Registration opens on World TB Day, 24 March 2019.

Abstract submissions will open in July 2019. All aspects of TB prevention, diagnosis and treatment, as well as basic science research, particularly new, innovative and significant findings are welcomed.

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