Duncan Selbie began by highlighting some of the year's major public health themes including prevention/NHS Five Year Forward View and the UK's response to Ebola. He also discussed findings from the Global Burden of Disease study published that morning.
Jane Ellison paid tribute to health professionals who played their part in the Ebola response and highlighted issues from the importance of flu vaccination to the new law which will make it illegal to smoke in a vehicle with someone under 18 present.
During the day over 1000 people/organisations took to Twitter to comment or share messages using the conference's hashtag. View their reflections by looking at #PHE2015, including many comments about the wide range of poster presentations and display stands on offer.
Day 1 at the conference saw the launch of Health Matters, a new resource for professionals. Health Matters brings together important facts, figures and evidence of effective (and cost-effective) interventions which can address major public health challenges. The first Health Matters looks at Smoking and Quitting in England.
Did you see media coverage about Global Burden of Disease? Yesterday a new study was published which involved more than 1,000 researchers in over 100 countries pulling together data on premature death and disability from more than 300 diseases and injuries in 188 countries, by age and sex, from 1990 to the present.
If you're attending day two of the conference (Wednesday 16th) please join the discussion using #PHE2015.