Kick-off meeting
(Antwerp, Nov 2022)

Meeting Objectives

The purpose of the Kick-off meeting is to fine-tune the strategy of the Adult Immunization Board (AIB). Specific objectives of the meeting:

    • To get an overview of the activities and lessons learned from the VHPB (created in 1992) and
      HPV Board (created in 2015) which serve as model for the AIB
    • To get an overview of past and ongoing initiatives /activities in the adult immunization field (focus on Europe)
    • To define topics and activities for the AIB that are complementary and synergistic with ongoing initiatives
    • To discuss and prioritize topics for technical meetings
    • To discuss and prioritize regions/countries for country meetings
    • To discuss AIB independence and the profile of an AIB advisor
    • To draft a work plan of the AIB for the coming year

Target Audience

Potential AIB advisors, potential AIB observers and European adult immunization stakeholders.


Pattyn J, Del Riccio M, Bechini A, Hendrickx G, Boccalini S, Van Damme P, Bonanni P. The Adult Immunization Board (AIB): A new platform to provide multidisciplinary guidelines for the implementation and optimization of adult immunization in Europe.  Vaccine. 2024 Jan 1;42(1):1-3. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2023.11.060. Epub 2023 Dec 3. PMID: 38044243.


         Wednesday, 7 November 2022

        • Welcome
          Prof Paolo Bonanni (University of Florence, Italy)
          Prof Pierre Van Damme (Unversity of Antwerp, Belgium)
        • Adult vaccination services in Europe – a health systems perspective
          Bernd Rechel (European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK)

         Tuesday, 8 November 2022

     SESSION 1: Opening, Introduction and Objectives
     Chair: Prof Pierre Van Damme (University of Antwerp, Belgium)

                  • Welcome and opening of the meeting
                  • Introduction of the AIB
                  • Introduction of the participants
                  • Objectives of the meeting
                  • Review of the meeting programme

     SESSION 2: Lessons learned from the VHPB and HPV board
     Chair: Prof Paolo Bonanni (University of Florence, Italy)

                  • Lessons learned from 7 years HPV Prevention Board (HPV Board), activities, accomplishments and challenges. Alex Vorsters, co-founder and project manager of the HPV board
                  • Lessons learned from more than 30 years Viral Hepatitis Prevention Board (VHPB), activities, accomplishments and challenges. Greet Hendrickx, project manager of the VHPB
                  • Reflections and experiences of advisors from VHPB and HPV Board
                    Vana Papaevangelou, advisor of the VHPB board
                    Margret Stanley, advisor of the HPV board
                  • Q&A

     SESSION 3: Ongoing activities in the adult immunization field

                  • Implementing life course approach as a key pillar of European Immunization Agenda 2030
                    Dr. Niyazi Cakmak (WHO Europe)

                  • Q&A

     SESSION 4: Group discussion to prioritize topics/regions + discuss independence and profile of the AIB advisor

                  • Intro group discussion workshop on priorities / AIB independence / AIB advisor profile
                    Jade Pattyn, Project Manager AIB (University of Antwerp, Belgium)

                  • Group discussion

     SESSION 5: Next steps, meeting conclusions and closing remarks

  • Next steps: organizing and preparing the Adult Immunization Board meeting plan 2023, composition of the advisor board, … Jade Pattyn, Project Manager AIB (University of Antwerp, Belgium)
  • Conclusion of the meeting, final discussion and closing of the meeting
    Prof Paolo Bonanni (University of Florence, Italy)
    Prof Pierre Van Damme (Unversity of Antwerp, Belgium))