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Rethinking Prevention

Stable Routines in Unstable Times

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How can we get a grip on this? In just twenty years, health costs in Switzerland have doubled. Switzerland spends more on health per capita than almost any other country in the world. As a result, health insurance premiums are rising, people are complaining and the state is having to step in. So, how do we get a grip on this?

By looking at it differently. We’re stuck in a system in which the business model is built around illness rather than health. Less than 3% of health expenditure goes towards prevention. We heal the sick, rather than supporting the well.

But prevention, too, needs a new approach – a move away from well-meaning campaigns and top-down interventions, and towards empowering the individual. The way to achieve that will be explained by proven experts at the "Rethinking Prevention" conference. They will discuss how a new health ecosystem should look ten years from now.


The event is due to take place face to face, circumstances permitting. If on-site registrations exceed the number of allowed participants at the GDI, we will consider registrations for on-site participation in the order in which they are received.

You may also book to attend via livestream.

Anne Levy

Anne Lévy

Director of the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health. From 2015 to 2020, Anne Lévy was CEO of the University Psychiatric Clinics Basel. Prior to that, the Bernese-born Anne Lévy headed the Health Protection Division of the Basel City Health Department for six years. After studying political science at the University of Lausanne, Anne Lévy worked as a specialist for drug issues at the City of Bern and the Federal Office of Public Health.

Wendy Wood

Wendy Wood

Provost Professor of Psychology and Business at the University of Southern California. Wood's research incorporates neuroscience, cognition and behavioural insights to understand habit persistence and change. Her book «Good Habits, Bad Habits» was featured in the Next Big Idea Club and was reviewed in the New Yorker.

Lars Münter

Lars Münter

Head of International Projects Unit at the Danish Committee for Health Education and co-initiator of the "Nordic Health 2030" movement.

Lukas Zahner

Lukas Zahner

CEO of SalutaCoach AG, a start-up for personalized health coaching. Professor Lukas Zahner is also a biologist, sports scientist, certified coach for elite sports and former member of the department management at the Department of Sports, Exercise and Health at the University of Basel.

Lucia Paskova

Lucia Pašková

CEO of Curaden Slovakia. Lucia Paškoá is a passionate ambassador of human rights, ecology and education. Devoting a third of her time to NGOs, she has a good grasp of what the values mean and how they influence the market.

jakub samochowiec

Jakub Samochowiec

Jakub Samochowiec is a Senior Researcher at the GDI Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute. He analyses social, economic, and technological changes with a focus on decision, old age, media and consumption.



Welcome coffee

Marta Kwiatkowski (CH), Deputy Head Think Tank, Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute

Jakub Samochowiec (CH), Senior Researcher, Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute
Rethinking Prevention: Stable Routines in Instable Times

Wendy Wood (US), Professor of Psychology at the University of Southern California and author ("Good Habits, Bad Habits")
Hacking Habits: How to Accomplish Real Change

Lukas Zahner (CH), CEO der SalutaCoach AG
Health Coaching: The Prevention Medicine Of The Future


Lars Münter (DK), Head of International Projects with the Danish Committee for Health Education and Co-Initiator of Nordic Health 2030
Nordic Health 2030: Manifesto for a Better Life

Lucia Pašková (SK), Co-Founder of and Consultant with Curaden Slovakia
Case Study: Building Healthstyles at an Early Age

Panel discussion
Anne Lévy (CH), Director of the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health
Health 2030: Scenarios for a New Ecosystem

Networking Apéro


Face-to-face event: CHF 150

Livestream: CHF 150

Payment in advance via credit card. The conference fee includes all food and beverages (face-to-face event), and VAT.



29 April 2021


German / English (simultaneous interpretation)

Changes to the programme

The programme is subject to change. If an event does not take place, fees will be refunded. Further claims are ruled out.


If you are unable to attend, please let us have your cancellation in writing. The fee will be reimbursed on cancellation thirty or more days before the event. After this term and until five full working days prior to the event we will charge 75% of the fee. In the event of later cancellations we will charge the full participation fee. Substitute participants welcome.


GDI Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute
Langhaldenstrasse 21
8803 Rüschlikon


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