Call for abstracts is now open!

Deadline for submissions January 15 2020.
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Recent global disease events, like the outbreaks of Ebola, MERS and Zika, have underpinned the increasing impact of zoonotic diseases on human and animal health.

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Abstract topics:

Determinants of inter-species and intra-species (including zoonotic) transmissibility of infectious agents

  • Environmental and ecological drivers (natural and human induced)
  • Socio-economic and political drivers
  • Host and pathogen determinants
  • Reservoir studies
  • Arthropod vectors: entomology, pathogen -(intermediate) host/ vector interaction/vector spread

Syndromic surveillance of infectious diseases in humans and animals


Pathogen discovery/identification platforms for humans and animals


Development of diagnostic assays for emerging infectious agents (including quality assurance and standardization)


Epidemiology and pathogenesis of newly emerging infections (including biosafety and biosecurity)


Mathematical modelling and scenario evaluation for risk assessment and economic/ disease burden impact

  • Intervention strategies in original host and in newly invaded species:
  • Isolation, quarantine, stamping out methods based on diagnostic/epidemiological data
  • Vaccine development and testing platforms
  • Antimicrobial drug discovery, development and testing platforms
  • Biological response modifier platforms (genomics, proteomics, NGS…)
  • Animal models
  • Mathematical modelling

Biological threat reduction including naturally occurring, accidentally or deliberately developed animal and zoonotic pathogens/control of biological agents


Advances in vaccine technologies and their impact in underprivileged communities / populations


Utilization of big data to mitigate biological threats and gathering epidemic intelligence


Cost-effectiveness of operational programmes of One Health / economic drivers / economic consequences (including trade issues)


Understanding the social context of One Health


Economic burden and impact of disease 


One Health in Sustainable Food Systems


Environmental and ecological issues

  • Climate change
  • Toxin exposure
  • Pollution
  • Geographic spread of diseases

Abstract topics

In September 2016, the World Health Organization officially stated that “antimicrobial resistance is a global societal challenge and threat”.

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Abstract topics:

Burden and Impact of AMR 

  • AMR and global burden of disease
  • Global health security
  • Impact of AMR on animal production and food safety 
  • Impact of AMR on global trade 
  • Societal impacts from AMR
  • Economic impact

Transmission human, animal, environment

  • What has been achieved, what is the evidence
  • Systems epidemiology of transmission 
  • Biosafety
  • Farm to fork to man and back? 
  • Waste management and impact on AMR transmission

Surveillance of AMR

  • Human (hospital, community), animal, environment
  • Use of whole genome sequencing for surveillance, one health microbiology, Global Microbial Identifier
  • Evolution of AMR 
  • Gene mobilization factors (including waste management)
  • Integrated AMR and antimicrobial use surveillance
  • Big data

Use of antibiotics 

  • AMR and use of antibiotics for growth promotion
  • Role of antibiotics (including food safety)
  • Antimicrobial treatment of emerging MDROs
  • Antimicrobial stewardship 
  • Infection prevention and control 
  • Access to antimicrobial medicines  
  • Quality of antibiotics

Policy interventions

  • Global policy interventions, IACG
  • National Action Plans
  • National/regional experience in reducing antimicrobial use: Efficiency and Effect
  • AMR and SDGs
  • Regulatory interventions 
  • Use of Big Data to guide interventions
  • Trade policy (impact on global trade)
  • Quality measures of antibiotics

New economic models

  • Push/pull incentives for antibiotic drug and diagnostic development 
  • Public private partnerships
  • Drug/Diagnostic partnerships
  • Economic impact assessment and modelling
  • Economic benefits
  • New models of trade

Behaviour Change and Social Sciences

  • Antimicrobial stewardship
  • Public perception and education in all One Health sectors
  • Socioeconomic barriers and cultural differences
  • Consumer behaviour and pressure
  • Serious gaming
  • Design thinking

Capacity building

  • Training the next generation
  • Building surveillance infrastructure
  • Implementation National Action Plans
  • One health approaches to teaching and training curricula 

Diagnostics and detection

  • Rapid, point of care, pen side diagnostics
  • Outbreak detection
  • Biomarkers of infection
  • Food safety and monitoring
  • Diagnostic stewardship

Antibiotic drug development and manufacturing

  • Design and implementation of efficient clinical trials for novel antibiotics
  • Development of new antimicrobials
  • Addressing bacterial cell wall permeability
  • Manufacturing in LMICS
  • Waste/waste water treatment

Alternative approaches to tackling resistant infections

  • Vaccines (against bacteria, viruses, etc)
  • Antibiotic alternatives (e.g. bacteriophages, immune modulators) 
  • Non-traditional approaches for humans and animals
  • Genome editing 
  • Animal models of disease

Abstract topics

The Science Policy Interface track is a tailor-made programme for public health officials and government representatives.

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Abstract topics:

The impact of zoonotic diseases: why should One Health be of importance to policy makers?


Health emergencies: preparedness and management

  • Surveillance and outbreak response
  • Health crises and disasters

Addressing zoonotic diseases at the animal-human-ecosystem interface:  what are the threats of emerging zoonotic diseases?


Addressing zoonotic diseases at the animal-human-ecosystem interface:  what are the drivers of emerging zoonotic diseases?


Resistance to antibiotics and antivirals: challenges for policy makers and scientists


Operationalizing One Health


Intersectoral collaboration at global level as a key to prevention, preparedness and response strategies


Strengthening One Health Science and the Health Security interface


Strengthening national and regional epidemiological surveillance systems


Biological threat reduction in practice


Strengthening global biological security through collaborations and a better understanding of zoonotic origins


How can the public and private sectors take action and address disaster risk reduction?


Civil society participation


Risk communications


Community-driven development (CDD) projects and One Health


The role of vaccines in biological threat reduction


New initiatives to identify unknown viruses on a global scale


Advances in vaccine technologies and their impact on underprivileged communities


The global importance of pandemics for economic development


Economics of One Health


Bio threat scanning/scanning zoonotic diseases that could have the potential for misuse

Abstract topics

Save the date

We are very pleased to announce that the 6th World One Health Congress will be held in Edinburgh, Scotland, from 14 to 18 June 2020. The congress will be co-organized by the One Health Platform, the University of Edinburgh, Africa CDC and the Southern African Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance.

The Call for abstracts is now open! Deadline for submissions January 15 2020

More information will soon be available via these webpages.

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