Over the last 13 years the Forum has evolved to become one of the most prominent cross-disease and inter-disciplinary conferences. In the spirit of a true partnership of equals, the EDCTP Forum will in future be held alternately in Africa and Europe. The Forum will bring together scientists, policy makers, funders and global health partners in the field of clinical research and development (R&D) for poverty-related diseases, with emphasis on African and European participation, providing a valuable opportunity to share new results and form new collaborative links with international colleagues. The main Forum programme will include plenary sessions, parallel sessions, exhibition of posters, symposia, workshops, and various opportunities for discussion and collaboration. The theme of the Forum will be: Clinical research and sustainable development in sub-Saharan Africa: the impact of North-South partnerships.