About Us

Since 1959, the Colloquium is ITM’s yearly flagship scientific conference, funded by the Belgian Development Cooperation. Every other year the Colloquium takes place in a partner country of ITM. In 2018, ITM teams up with its partner organisations in Cambodia.

ITM colloquia bring together thousands of experts from the global South and North to discuss the most pressing scientific questions in tropical medicine and international health. The 59th ITM Colloquium will build on this tradition by taking on one of the defining global health challenges of our times.

An overview of previous ITM colloquia.


Antibiotic resistance is a global public health threat. It is a multidisciplinary challenge to communities, patients, health services, laboratories and health policies. The 59th Colloquium of the Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp (ITM) and its Cambodian partners will feature the latest clinical, biomedical and public health research on antibiotic resistance.

Experts from the Mekong region and around the world will also discuss how this research can be translated into evidence-based policy. They will also address agricultural and livestock production practices in a “One Health” approach to contain antibiotic resistance. The Colloquium will offer a platform for researchers, health professionals and policy makers to identify how key research findings can contribute to solutions and inform policy-making.

The five pillars for  the containment of antibiotic resistance identified by the Word Health Organization will be used to structure the content of the colloquium:

  • Improving awareness and understanding of antimicrobial resistance through effective communication, education and training.
  • Strengthening the knowledge and evidence base through surveillance and research.
  • Reducing the incidence of infection through effective sanitation, hygiene and infection prevention measures.
  • Optimising the use of antimicrobial medicines in human and animal health.
  • Developing the economic case for sustainable investment that takes account of the needs of all countries and to increase investment in new medicines, diagnostic tools, vaccines and other interventions.    

December 5-7

Phnom Penh

Registration open now

Abstract submission now open


Online registration for the ITM colloquium is required to attend the event.

Registration for the event includes:

  • Full access to all sessions
  • Conference materials
  • Dinner & lunch

If you wish to apply for a travel grant, please indicate this in de registration form.

Call for abstracts now open

The submission deadline is extended to 1 September 2018.

Although abstract submission is open to all, researchers from the Mekong region are particularly encouraged to submit abstracts of their work within the scope of the colloquium. Accepted oral presentations will take place in one of the plenary sessions. Abstracts accepted as poster presentations will be displayed at the venue in a central exhibition area.


  • Abstracts must be written in English and submitted as a Word file using the abstract template.
  • Maximum 300 words. Title, authors and affiliations are not included in the word count.
  • Use the Arial font, size 11.
  • Do not include tables, figures or graphs in the abstract.
  • Indicate whether abstracts were published or presented in other national or international meetings.

Abstracts must be submitted before 1 September 2018 to abstracts@colloq2018.org using the abstract template. Authors of accepted abstracts will be notified on 15 September 2018.


  1. All submitted abstracts will be evaluated by an international scientific committee.
  2. Notification of acceptance or rejection will be sent to the corresponding author as from 15 September 2018.
  3. Authors whose abstracts were rejected for oral presentation might be invited to prepare a poster.
  4. Authors whose abstracts have been accepted will receive instructions for the presentation of their abstract.
  5. Only the corresponding author will receive a notification and is responsible for informing the co-authors of the status of the abstract.
  6. If accepted, authors will be asked to provide an extended abstract (optional, 500 words maximum) which will appear in the colloquium abstract book and on the colloquium website and possibly a peer reviewed journal. If no extended abstract is provided, the initial shorter abstract will be used.

Travel grants

Travel grants will be offered to facilitate attendance of a limited number of early-stage researchers (with an age limit of 35 years, including candidates aged 35 years) and ITM alumni.

A travel grant includes:

  • Conference registration
  • Economy-class return airfare and transfers
  • Hotel accommodation
  • Costs related to visa applications and mandatory travel insurance

The decision to award a travel grant will be made by the scientific committee based on the quality, originality and relevance of the submitted abstract.

Organising committee

Lut Lynen (ITM)
Jan Boeynaems (ITM)
Michèle Bruyneel (ITM)
Cleo Maerivoet (ITM)
Willem van de Put (ITM)
Roeland Scholtalbers (ITM)
Chhea Chhorvann (NIPH)
Heng Sopheab (NIPH)
Ir Por (NIPH)
Ly Penh Sun (NIPH)
Tho Sochantha (CNM)
Thai Sopheak (Center of Hope)

Scientific committee (provisional)

Jan Jacobs (ITM) – co-chair
Chhea Chhorvann (NIPH) – co-chair
Stijn Deborggraeve (ITM)
Koen Peeters (ITM)
Pierre Dorny (ITM)
Wim Van Damme (ITM)
Jorgen Stassijns (ITM)
Erika Vlieghe (UA)
Ir Por (NIPH)
Uk Vichea (NCHADS)
Phe Thong (Center of Hope)
Mao Sokny (CNM)
Bart Jacobs (GIZ)
Heiman Wertheim (Radboud University)
Juan Carrique-Mas (Oxford University Clinical Research Unit)
Liz Ashley (Oxford University)
Miliya Thyl (Angkor Hospital for Children)
Paul Turner (Cambodia Oxford Medical Research Unit)
Sothyra Tum (NAHPRI)