Biodiversity & Health...

1 | EKLIPSE Open Call for Knowledge - Health impacts of biodiversity and ecosystem services 2 | Research Topic: Concepts and experiences in framing, integration and evaluation of One Health and EcoHealth 3 | Inspiration days Nature & Health Flanders (in Dutch) / Inspiratiedagen Natuur & gezondheid 4 | 19th International Conference on One Health 5 | Annual meeting on Planetary health and Geohealth 6 | Friends of the Earth Europe - Press Release - Nature secret weapon in fight for better health 7 | Final Call for Papers - A Radically Different Kind of Conference: Building Bridges in a Complex World 8 | Workshop on Preparedness, Prediction and Prevention of Emerging Zoonotic Viruses Challenges and Opportunities 9 | Summer school Multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary aspects of host-parasites interactions

 

Newsletter - April 2017 edition


CONTENTS

1 | EKLIPSE Open Call for Knowledge - Health impacts of biodiversity and ecosystem services
2 | Research Topic: Concepts and experiences in framing, integration and evaluation of One Health and EcoHealth
3 | Inspiration days Nature & Health Flanders (in Dutch) / Inspiratiedagen Natuur & gezondheid
4 | 19th International Conference on One Health
5 | Annual meeting on Planetary health and Geohealth
6 | Friends of the Earth Europe - Press Release - Nature secret weapon in fight for better health
7 | Final Call for Papers - A Radically Different Kind of Conference: Building Bridges in a Complex World
8 | Workshop on Preparedness, Prediction and Prevention of Emerging Zoonotic Viruses Challenges and Opportunities
9 | Summer school Multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary aspects of host-parasites interactions

1 |  EKLIPSE Open Call for Knowledge - Health impacts of biodiversity and ecosystem services
EKLIPSE is developing a European Mechanism to answer requests from policy makers and other societal actors on biodiversity related issues. Health related issues may be: which types of urban and peri-urban natural spaces (blue and green)and which characteristics (components) of such spaces have a significant impact on human mental health and well-being? This “Call for Knowledge” invites scientists, policy makers, practitioners and other societal actors to share their knowledge, in order to explore the amount of knowledge that exists in this area. Please feel free to distribute to your networks.
 
For details on how to participate to the call, we kindly invite you to visit the EKLIPSE KNOCK Forum. KNOCK stands for "Knowledge Network and Open Community". Responses are most useful before April 18th 2017.
 
2 | Research Topic: Concepts and experiences in framing, integration and evaluation of One Health and EcoHealth

In this special issue, the authors 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.

Human health and well-being are increasingly affected by global challenges such as malnutrition, emerging and endemic zoonotic diseases, antimicrobial resistance, and climate change. Integrated approaches are key to and a big challenge in the field of nature/environment and health linkages, and allow dealing with the multiple interrelated factors that affect human, animal and ecosystem health in a holistic and pragmatic manner. The One Health framework was proposed jointly by several international organizations (WHO, FAO, OIE, CBD) as an umbrella framework for integrated collaboration. In this context, the EU COST Action (TD1404) “Network for Evaluation of One Health” has developed a science-based evaluation protocol to evaluate One Health initiatives. During the European OneHealth/EcoHealth workshop held in October 2016 in Brussels, an important step was taken to combine the rich experience of the EcoHealth community with the ongoing work of One Health community. Parallels and complementarities became evident and many of the challenges and opportunities were discussed.

 
3 | Inspiration days Nature & Health Flanders (in Dutch) / Inspiratiedagen Natuur & gezondheid

These information days have the intention to inspire nature, health and other practitioners (volunteers and professionals) interested working in practice on the health benefits of nature. More information in Dutch: Ontdek de voordelen van een natuurlijke, groene omgeving op welzijn en gezondheid tijdens één van onze inspiratiedagen. Samen met vrijwilligers, professionele medewerkers uit de zorg- en natuursector, de wetenschap en beleidsmedewerkers onderzoeken we de mogelijkheden. Inspirerende voorbeelden die natuur, zorg, wetenschap en beleid met elkaar verbinden staan in de kijker.

18.04.2017 :  Natuur & gezondheid in Dessel
25.04.2017 :  Natuur & gezondheid in Zandhoven
28.04.2017 :  Natuur & gezondheid in Wintam
 
4 | 19th International Conference on One Health
The ICOH 2017 aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of One Health. It also provides a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of One Health.

When ? May 25 – 26, 2017
Where ? UK
 
5 | Annual meeting on Planetary health and Geohealth

The Planetary Health Alliance, along with the Rockefeller Foundation, Wellcome Trust, American Geophysical Union, the Ecological Society of America, and The Lancet, is organizing the Inaugural Annual Meeting on Planetary Health and GeoHealth on April 28-30, 2017 at Harvard Medical School (Joseph Martin Conference Center). This will be a 1.5 day research conference bringing together a diverse group of students, investigators, medical practitioners, instructors, policy makers, and other interested individuals who are committed to understanding and communicating the human health impacts of global environmental change.

When ? April 28 - 30, 2017
Where ? Harvard Medical School
 
6 | Friends of the Earth Europe - Press Release - Nature secret weapon in fight for better health

A review of available evidence points to a strong link between lack of access to nature areas and poor health outcomes and inequality. It associates nature deprivation with higher obesity levels, mental health problems, and mortality rates.
 
7 | Final Call for Papers - A Radically Different Kind of Conference: Building Bridges in a Complex World
 
Conference aimed at building bridges on three different levels: between theorists and practitioners, between people from different disciplines and between people from different parts of the world. Diverse topical foci, including environment, sustainability, health, equity. Deadline abstracts: April 15th.

When ? 6-8 July 2017
Where ? Crete, Greece
 
8 | Workshop on Preparedness, Prediction and Prevention of Emerging Zoonotic Viruses Challenges and Opportunities
 
The workshop will take place on 6 and 7 April at the Chateau de Montvillargenne, near Paris, close to the airport Charles de Gaulle. This workshop is open to all, in particular to the international scientific community, the veterinarian and medical community, stakeholders and policy decision makers in the field of animal and human health as well as the general public. Participation is free for all participants. Please note that registration is mandatory.

Objectives of the workshop
  • Highlight the socio-economic burden and challenges represented by re-emergence and epidemics due to emerging zoonotic viruses
  • Review opportunities based on the results of the PREDEMICS project, that provided identification of risk factors for zoonotic viruses emergence and species barrier crossing, identified conditions of transmission, spread and persistence, and uncovered mechanisms of host-virus interplay that could serve as basis for intervention strategies
  • Discuss the way forward towards improved preparedness, prediction and prevention of emerging zoonotic viruses by integration of science, communication, and policy.
 
9 | Summer school Multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary aspects of host-parasites interactions

The first edition of the Summer School “Multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary aspects of host-parasites interactions” will take place in the beautiful city of Cluj-Napoca, in Transylvania, being hosted by the University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Cluj-Napoca. The event brings together international experts in the fields of parasitology, evolutionary sciences, psychology, ethology, biostatistics and behavioral ecology. The specific aim of the event is to immerse the participants in the multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary aspects of host-parasites interactions, by offering challenging lectures on topics such as: Darwinian medicine, parasites-associated behavioral and psychological changes in humans, parasites and the evolution of sex, parasites and food webs, immunological aspects of host-parasites interactions and social parasites.

When ? 12-15 June 2017
Where ? Romania
 
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