The objectives of the symposium are to:
> share state-of-the art research on universal health coverage;
> develop a global agenda of priority research on accelerating progress towards universal health coverage;
> facilitate greater research collaboration and learning communities across disciplines, sectors, initiatives and countries;
> strengthen the scientific rigor of the field of health systems research including concepts, frameworks, measures and methods;
> identify mechanisms for strengthening capacities – individual, institutional and infrastructural – for research on health systems particularly in low- and middle-income countries.