The congress will include traditional aspects of the Tropical Medicine seen through health research and patient care developed by European institutions and their partners. But this time the congress will place more emphasis on new concepts and practices on on which Global Health under the motto “Global Change, Migration and Health”. We believe that the surveillance and prevention of diseases in an era of migration and global change are issues on which the voice of the European Federation must be heard and this will be a unique opportunity for open debate, discussion and presentation of practical examples from which central global institutions of International Health could benefit. Moreover, during 2010 the EU Parliament and Council discussed a common policy and role to play regarding global health issues. Many of the aspects discussed and the conclusions reached during 2010 could thus be analysed in perspective during the Barcelona Congress.