Institute of Zoology: One Health for the real World - zoonoses, ecosystems and wellbeing

  • Event:  Institute of Zoology:  One Health for the real World - zoonoses, ecosystems and wellbeing
  • When:  17 - 18 March 2016
  • Location:  ZSL London Zoo, Regent's Park, London NW1 4RY
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This symposium will bring together leading experts from different fields to discuss the topic 'Healthy ecosystems, healthy people'.

Ecosystems provide services that maintain and improve human wellbeing, such as food provisioning and disease regulation however, they can also generate ‘disservices’, such as reservoirs for new, ‘emerging’ infectious disease from wildlife.

Health is a critical aspect of human wellbeing, interacting with material and social relations to contribute to people’s freedoms and choices, especially in sub-Saharan Africa where clusters of health and disease problems disproportionately affect poor people and contribute further to their poverty.

Healthy ecosystems and healthy people go together, yet the precise relationships between these remain poorly understood.

Understanding the interactions between ecosystem change, disease regulation and human wellbeing is an interdisciplinary challenge which the scientific community is only beginning to address. In policy terms, One Health and Ecohealth are converging approaches resting on the shared principle that the health of humans, animals and ecosystems are interdependent.

There is, however, little integration in understanding the relationships between these sectors. Too often research is divided between those who focus on environmental change and ecosystem services; those who address socio-economic, poverty and wellbeing issues; and those who consider health and disease. This leads to fragmented understandings and inadequate responses.

This symposium will bring together leading experts from different fields to:

  • Present new interdisciplinary frameworks for a real-world One Health approach.
  • Highlight evidence from field-based settings in Africa and beyond.
  • Debate implications for policy and practice.

Panel sessions:

  • Integrating modelling for understanding zoonses impacts
  • One Health dimensions
  • Ecosystem change and zoonoses dynamics
  • Human behaviour and social difference
  • Dynamic Drivers of Disease in Africa Consortium case studies
  • Engaging research with policy and action

Speakers and chairs include:

  • Professor Pete Atkinson, Lancaster University
  • Dr Katinka de Balogh, Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN (FAO)
  • Dr Kevin Bardosh, University of Edinburgh
  • Dr Bernard Bett, International Livestock Research Institute
  • Professor Bassirou Bonfoh, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute
  • Professor Sarah Cleaveland, University of Glasgow
  • Dr Peter Daszak, President, EcoHealth Alliance
  • Professor Chris Dye, World Health Organization
  • Professor Vupenyu Dzingirai, University of Zimbabwe
  • Dr Jonathan Epstein, EcoHealth Alliance
  • Professor Jeremy Farrar, Director, Wellcome Trust
  • Professor Neil Ferguson, Imperial College London
  • Professor Victor Galaz, Stockholm Resilience Centre
  • Dr Delia Grace, International Livestock Research Institute
  • Professor David Heymann, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Professor Kate Jones, University College London
  • Dr Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, Conservation Through Public Health
  • Dr Ann Kelly, University of Exeter
  • Dr Gianni Lo Iacono, Public Health England
  • Dr Hayley MacGregor, Institute of Development Studies
  • Dr Noreen Machila, University of Zambia
  • Dr Lina Moses, Director, Tulane University Lassa Fever Program
  • Professor Amon Murwira, University of Zimbabwe
  • Dr David Nabarro, UNDP
  • Professor Yaa Ntiamoa-Baidu
  • Dr Steve Osofsky, Wildlife Conservation Society
  • Dr David Pigott, University of Oxford
  • Professor Jonathan Rushton, Royal Veterinary College
  • Professor Jo Sharp, University of Glasgow
  • Dr Jan Slingenbergh, formerly of  the Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN (FAO)
  • Dr Linda Waldman, Institute of Development Studies
  • Professor David Waltner-Toews, Veterinarians without Borders-Canada
  • Professor Susan Welburn, University of Edinburgh
  • Dr Tom Winnebah, Njala University
  • Professor Jakob Zinsstag, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute

Symposium organisers:

The One Health for the Real World symposium is being organised by the Dynamic Drivers of Disease in Africa Consortium in partnership with the Royal Society. The Dynamic Drivers of Disease in Africa Consortium is a multidisciplinary research programme designed to deliver much-needed, cutting-edge science on the relationships between ecosystems, zoonoses, health and wellbeing, with the objective of moving people out of poverty and promoting social justice. It is funded by Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation.

Members of the organising committee include Professor Andrew Cunningham (Institute of Zoology), Professor James Wood (University of Cambridge), Professor Melissa Leach (Institute of Development Studies) and Professor Ian Scoones (Institute of Development Studies).

Held in partnership with the Royal Society

A small number of waivers for the symposium registration fee are available to those from low-income countries who want to present a poster.  To apply for this, contact

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