Navigating Net-Zero: Essential leadership for today and tomorrow

Maximize your World Hospital Congress experience

Bookings are now available for the Geneva Sustainability Centre’s masterclass during Congress registration at special discounted rates.

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“I joined the class to begin to educate myself on sustainability, from the business, tactical and strategic perspectives. This class gave me exactly what I was looking for. It was incredibly valuable and I learned so much.”

“I am so happy to see IHF bringing these critical insights to our health system leaders.”

“The Geneva Sustainability Centre’s masterclass is an amazing opportunity to learn more, see examples of what others have done, discuss the real-world costs of inaction, and build your network of engaged health care professionals that believe in caring for patients without polluting the neighbourhoods they serve.”

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When: 24 October 2023 (pre-congress), 08:00-16:00

Where: Lisbon Congress Centre, Portugal

Pursuing environmental sustainability doesn’t just reduce carbon emissions and build resilience into healthcare delivery, it can also be very good for your hospital’s operations. With wide-ranging benefits including cost-savings, promoting workforce wellbeing, and improving the health of your community, net-zero hospitals can reduce the long-term burden on the health system.

For hospitals managers around the world, mastering sustainability is an essential modern leadership competency. Take the lead with confidence alongside the Geneva Sustainability Centre’s world-class faculty and learn strategic tools you can implement immediately. This masterclass brings together the scientific imperative with practical expertise on how to successfully transition to low-carbon, resilient, and sustainable healthcare.

The interactive, in-person sessions include presentations/lectures, roundtable discussions, workshop activities, and opportunities for networking. Resources include pre-course reading, and access to the GSC Carbon Emissions Learning Lab (CELL), an innovative simulation tool to ensure you master sustainable investments in hospital settings. Participants benefit from access to CELL for a period of 3 months following the masterclass.

In a workshop tailor-made for healthcare leaders, participants:

  • Gain fundamental knowledge of the relationship between human and planetary health – and your role as a hospital manager in driving the net-zero transformation.
  • Develop effective strategies and discover tools to monitor progress as you build resilience into healthcare delivery, based on successful examples from hospitals across the world.
  • Learn from sustainable healthcare experts enhanced by global perspectives from exchanging and networking with peers in a select group of international hospital managers
  • Masterclass at a glance
    Welcome and introductions

    An opportunity to meet other participants and faculty that sets the tone for the day.

    Setting the scene

    This module clarifies the basic concepts of climate change as they apply to healthcare. It outlines a collective vision for net zero, resilient, and sustainable hospitals and health systems key notions for the next session.

    GSC Carbon Emissions Learning Lab (CELL)

    A decision-making learning tool to prioritize actions and test multi-year pathways to decarbonize a hospital. The group-based simulation approach provides a rich experience to discuss opportunities and challenges in driving these changes.

    Taking action as leaders

    This module further explores the leadership role that hospital executives and other personnel can play in addressing climate change and sustainability. It reaffirms actions that are required to reduce the carbon footprint of healthcare and sets the scene for leaders to drive the sustainability journey of their institutions using practical examples and motivational case studies.

    Anchoring the transition/transformation

    This module aligns leadership for climate with core delivery competencies such as quality of care and financial requirements. It anchors the transformation required with core engagement and collaborative action such as: staff engagement, community collaboration, and inspiring the healthcare sector to act and influence as climate leaders.

    Feedback, wrap up, and conclusion


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GSC Masterclass IHF Members – € 425
Non-members – € 510
Lower-middle income countries – € 230
Low-income countries – € 170
IHF Members – € 850
Non-members – € 1020
Lower-middle income countries – € 459
Low-income countries – € 340
  • FAQs

    Q) Who should attend the masterclass?
    A)Hospital managers and C-suite level executives looking to refine their leadership skills to benefit their organization.

    Q) How much does the masterclass cost?
    A) To book the masterclass as a standalone workshop (without attending the World Hospital Congress), the masterclass costs €850 for IHF Members or €1,020 for non-members.
    If the masterclass is booked in a bundle with registration to the World Hospital Congress, the masterclass costs €425 for IHF Members or €510 for non-members – a discount of 50%.
    For both standalone registration or a bundle with World Hospital Congress attendance, additional discounts are available for participants from low-income and lower-middle income countries.

    Q) Where and when is the masterclass?
    A) The masterclass takes place on 24 October 2023 – the day before the World Hospital Congress opens. It runs from 08:00-16:00 at the Lisbon Congress Centre, Portugal – the same venue as the Congress.

    Q) Which language is this masterclass delivered in?
    A) The masterclass on 24 October will be delivered in English. A Portuguese version of the masterclass will also be delivered on 23 October. For more information, email

    Q) Can you tell me more about the Geneva Sustainability Centre?
    A) Powered by the IHF, the Geneva Sustainability Centre supports hospitals and healthcare services to address the sustainability challenges of today and tomorrow. We develop training programmes and tools to equip hospital leaders with the knowledge and skills to drive sustainable transformation at the leadership, management, and institutional levels. For more information, visit our website at:

    Q) I need more information – who can I contact?
    A) Email and the Geneva Sustainability Centre team will be happy to help.

Invest in yourself with the essential skill for a modern hospital manager – lead the transformation to resilient, sustainable healthcare delivery!