Barcelona 2024

4th International Congress of Health Education and Research

We are very pleased to announce that the 4th International Congress of Health Workforce Education and Research will take place in Barcelona, Spain from Wednesday 26th June to Thursday 27 June 2024. The event, postponed in 2020, is the 4th iteration of our main conference which we hold once a year and is the prime meeting place for international health workforce educators, researchers and policy makers. This two day event is held to promote interdisciplinary co-operation and critical understanding of the latest research in the field of health workforce education, training and development.


Congress Theme

Congress Theme: "Building Collaborative Competencies"

Building collaborative competencies in healthcare education is crucial as it prepares professionals to effectively work in interprofessional teams, ensuring seamless coordination and patient-centered care. Collaborative competencies encompass skills such as effective communication, active listening, mutual respect, shared decision-making, and an understanding of diverse roles within healthcare disciplines. By developing these competencies, healthcare professionals can break down silos, enhance interdisciplinary collaboration, and improve patient outcomes. This collaborative approach allows for holistic patient care, leveraging the expertise of multiple disciplines to address complex health needs. It also improves the efficiency of healthcare delivery by streamlining workflows, facilitating timely communication, and ensuring coordinated interventions across different care settings. Ultimately, building collaborative competencies equips healthcare professionals to navigate the healthcare system effectively and deliver high-quality, patient-centered care.


Call for Abstracts


Abstract submission is now open!



INHWE invites authors to submit abstracts on the topic of Collaborative Practice Competencies or on any topic related to healthcare education and training. You can submit a "classic" academic abstract (including introduction, methods, discussion and conclusion) or short paper on the submission system.

Sub-themes include:


Key Dates



Sant Cugat del Vallès (Sant Cugat for short) is a municipality north of Barcelona, which has become an affluent suburb due to its location, its natural surroundings, and its pedestrian shopping area. The first architectures in the area date back to the 4th century, and the city still provides a medieval atmosphere. Sant Cugat has its own train station with a direct metro connection into Barcelona city centre.

Conference Venue: El Sant Cugat Hotel, Carrer de Cèsar Martinell, 2, 08172 Sant Cugat del Vallès, Barcelona, Spain



Travelling to Barcelona

Visa Request Process

Delegates travelling to Spain may require to obtain a visa to attend the International Congress of Health Workforce Education & Research. Some may also request a letter from the International Network for Health Workforce Education to verify the attendance at the event. Embassies may need to verify that registration fees have been paid in full and may require applicants to appear in person for an interview, causing delays in the application process. We strongly recommend interested parties to apply for a visa no later than three months prior to the event. As the event organiser, we are keen to provide delegates with a visa invitation letter to verify their intent to attend the event. Please find out what you need to enter Spain based on your nationality here:

Travelling to Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona is the major infrastructural hub of Catalunia, Spain, which is why it can be easily reached by a variety of means of transport. Barcelona El Prat Airport is conveniently located approximately 10km southwest of Barcelona. When you arrive at Barcelona El Prat, there are many ways you can get to the city centre. For detailed information, please visit:

For istance, the Aerobús is a private company offering direct transfers from Terminal 1 (T1) and Terminal 2 (T2) to Plaça Catalunya in the heart of Barcelona. The Aerobús buses are frequent, departing every 10 minutes, and the cost is 6,75 EUR one-way for adults (exact cash is not required):

Taxi service: the taxi ranks are just outside Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. The fare will be around 30,00 EUR, depending on time/distance (the taxi will be metered). Most taxis can take a maximum of four passengers. If you do have some passengers it can be a cost-effective way to get to the city centre, especially if you have to go to a specific location, and you have luggage:

Travelling to the Congress Venue

The International Congress of Health Workforce Education & Research will take place in Sant Cugat del Vallès (Sant Cugat for short). Sant Cugat has its own train station with a direct metro connection into Barcelona city centre. There are several FGC rapid transit lines (S1, S2, S5 and S55) linking Barcelona (Plaça Catalunya) and Sant Cugat with stops in all of Barcelona’s main stations. The Barcelona (Plaça Catalunya) - Sant Cugat commute departs every 5 minutes on average and lasts about 20 minutes: Online train search engine:


Accommodation reservation is done directly between the hotels and the participants. If you haven’t booked your accommodation yet, we strongly recommend to do it as soon as possible through the online search engines. The International Network for Health Workforce Education is unable to sell any accommodation directly but will try to help if there is a situation that you don’t have accommodation upon your arrival in Barcelona. Should you wish to book your accommodation in Barcelona, it is recommended to find a hotel that is located in the surroundings of the following train/metro stations: Plaça Catalunya, Provença, Gràcia, Sant Gervasi, Muntaner, La Bonanova, Les Tres Torres, Sarrià.



Registration for this event will open in Autumn 2023.

For detailed information about registration categories and fees, please open the Call for Abstracts.

Please note: the INHWE Network is a free membership community that brings together healthcare educators and researchers from all disciplines with an aim to improve the education and training provided to health workforce professionals across the globe. Non-members are warmly invited to sign up on today and take advantage of the discounted fee for INHWE Members.