Biodiversity & Health Newsletter...

1 | "How can people and the economy benefit from nature? Stories from citizens" conference 2 | ASCID Evening Symposium on Zoonotic Infectious Diseases 3 | European OneHealth/EcoHealth workshop: Final reports 4 | Special issue Concepts and experiences in framing, integration and evaluation of One Health and EcoHealth 5 | WHO report “Urban green space interventions and health – a review of impacts and effectiveness” 6 | Food-safety scientists wanted: join EFSA's scientific panels 7 | 2nd International Conference on Environmental Health & Safety 8 | Summer School Qualitative Research Methods in Health Care 9 | Global Health at the Human-Animal-Ecosystem Interface Course 10 | 3 Questions to : Sophie Vanwambeke, Geographer and Professor at Université catholique de Louvain (UCL)

 

 

 

 

Newsletter - June 2017 edition


CONTENTS

1 | "How can people and the economy benefit from nature? Stories from citizens" conference
2 | ASCID Evening Symposium on Zoonotic Infectious Diseases
3 | European OneHealth/EcoHealth workshop: Final reports
4 | Special issue Concepts and experiences in framing, integration and evaluation of One Health and EcoHealth
5 | WHO report “Urban green space interventions and health – a review of impacts and effectiveness”
6 | Food-safety scientists wanted: join EFSA's scientific panels
7 | 2nd International Conference on Environmental Health & Safety
8 | Summer School Qualitative Research Methods in Health Care
9 | Global Health at the Human-Animal-Ecosystem Interface Course
10 | 3 Questions to : Sophie Vanwambeke, Geographer and Professor at Université catholique de Louvain (UCL)
1 | "How can people and the economy benefit from nature? Stories from citizens" conference
This conference will present real-life examples on how nature can provide answers to many societal and environmental challenges the European Union faces today. Citizens coming from different sectors will share their personal experiences about living and working in Natura 2000 sites, and we will showcase successful products from this area accompanied by inspiring background stories about the collaborations and the related socio-economic benefits.

When ? June 7th 2017
Where ? Brussels, Belgium
 
2 | ASCID Evening Symposium on Zoonotic Infectious Diseases
The Antwerp Study Centre for Infectious Diseases (ASCID) presents its third evening symposium on 20 June 2017. ASCID is a unique collaboration between VAXINFECTIO (Vaccine- and Infectious Disease Institute) and EVECO (Evolutionary Ecology Group), And formally recognized as a ‘Centre of Excellence’ by the University of Antwerp. The mission of the Centre is basic and multidisciplinary research with a main research focus on infectious diseases.

Programme "Zoonotic Infectious Diseases"
Presentations will be given by leading experts in the field of Zoonotic Infections. More information on the programme can be found on our website.

Registration is free but mandatory.

When? 20 June 2017 from 6.30 – 10 pm
Where? University of Antwerp, Belgium
 
3 | European OneHealth/EcoHealth workshop: Final reports
The final full report of the European OneHealth/EcoHealth workshop is published online. You can also find the individual reports of all parallel sessions online. Next we will work on a science-policy-society brief building on this report. We also submitted a paper to the One Health special issue of Archives of Public Health: this is now under review. We will keep you posted about other follow-ups.

Tentative week for the next European OneHealth/EcoHealth meeting in combination/collaboration with the final NEOH meeting: 10th to 15th of September 2018, Bologna, Italy.
 
4 | Special issue Concepts and experiences in framing, integration and evaluation of One Health and EcoHealth

In this special issue  we seek to reflect the current debate on framing One Health and/or EcoHealth in terms of scope(s) and delimitations, integration challenges from a scientific, policy, sector and/or implementer perspective, and evaluation of such integrated initiatives. Manuscripts should be focused on generating knowledge and practice. Editors: Flavie Goutard, Sandra Buttigieg, Simon Ruegg, Aurelie Binot, Hans Keune, Serge Morand, and Séverine Thys.

 
5 | WHO report “Urban green space interventions and health – a review of impacts and effectiveness”
The WHO report “Urban green space interventions and health – a review of impacts and effectiveness” can now be dowloaded here.

The new report on green space interventions and practical solutions complements the 2016 report on health effects of urban green spaces.
 
6 | Food-safety scientists wanted: join EFSA's scientific panels
Are you a scientist with experience of food safety-related issues? Do you want to find solutions to food and feed safety challenges with scientists from other disciplines? Help the EU to protect the health and well-being of European consumers, animals and the environment! Save the date – on 1 June 2017, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) will open registration to experts to join its ten Scientific Panels and its Scientific Committee. If you want to be an EFSA scientific expert, you can already start your application by creating or updating your general profile.
 
7 | 2nd International Conference on Environmental Health & Safety
The theme of the summit “Awareness and Responsibilities regarding Environmental Health & Safety Issues” aims to bring together leading Environmental Sciences, Health, safety, or environment specialists, Health, safety, or environment engineers, Safety and operational managers, Compliance officers, Public Health and Public Health Services, Inspectors Environmentalists, Occupational Health, Social Workers, Environmental professionals, Health Departments, Business development managers, Operations managers, Educators, Scientists, Students and Professionals from multiple industries concerned with health, safety, or the environment students who plan to broaden their understanding of the role environmental health to exchange and share their experiences and research results about all aspects of Environmental Health.

When ? September 2017
Where ? Paris, France
 
8 | Summer School Qualitative Research Methods in Health Care
QUALUA (Qualitative Research in Health Care) of the University of Antwerp organises the 22nd edition of the Summer School on Qualitative Research Methods in Health Care. This basic course teaches the participants in five days how to start from a research question, conducting a qualitative research and progress to writing a scientific paper in qualitative research. This international summer school takes place from 21 to 25 August 2017 at the University of Antwerp, city campus.

When ? 21 to 25 August 2017
Where ? University of Antwerp, Belgium
 
9 | Global Health at the Human-Animal-Ecosystem Interface Course
The University of Geneva, Institute Pasteur, University of Montreal and Centre Virchow-Villermé/University Paris Descartes welcome you to this new MOOC on "Global Health at the Human-Animal-Ecosystem Interface"!

This MOOC proposes you a dynamic, international and interdisciplinary programme based on the One Heath approach (human-animal-environmental dimensions) and involving more than 30 top experts from more than 20 academic and research institutions and international organisations based in Geneva, Paris, Montreal and the world. Policy makers from the World Health Organisation, clinicians from the University Hospitals of Geneva, epidemiologists from Institut Pasteur etc. will share with you their knowledge and experiences all along this MOOC. Video-lectures have been filmed in different parts of the world and settings (from the field to the lab and office) and will be combined with the latest open readings and interactive activities in the discussion forum, video-conferences etc.

More information to be found here.
 
10 | 3 Questions to : Sophie Vanwambeke, Geographer and Professor at Université catholique de Louvain (UCL)
1. How are you involved in Biodiversity & Health?
I’m a geographer who investigates how human-environment interactions affect health, with a focus on infectious diseases. My main interest, if I need to pin point a key word, is land use in its broadest sense, but the topic inevitably, and luckily, brings me in contact with a broad diversity of scientific outlooks, including those focusing on biodiversity. It is an incredibly rich area of study; working with other scientist is very rewarding.

2. What do you think is important in OneHealth?
As a geographer, being able to look at the world through multiple lenses is a natural way to do things! But still, many opportunities arise to see the value of collaborating between disciplines and across fields of actors. The field of health, through One Health, can reap so much benefit from this cross-fertilization, especially in the field of environment-related infectious diseases.

3. Where would you like OneHealth to be in a few years?
OneHealth, just like ecohealth, still bear fairly visible traces of their histories, in the sense that they still continue to mostly attract people from the disciplines, fields, and study areas in which they originated. In the future, it would be great to see more percolation between these groups, and more generally a broader outreach of these frameworks. I feel that more and more scientists and stakeholders are opening to these holistic perspectives, and it makes me hopeful that it is going in the right direction. The activities of the Community of Practice on Biodiversity and Health, and the enthusiastic and broad attendance to its activities, such as the European OneHealth/EcoHealth Workshop last October in Brussels, are very clear and positive signals of this evolution in Belgium.
 
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