CPD 2020

Thank you to everyone who look part in the CPD 2020. See some testimonials below and read our blog post about this event.


16th and 17th November 2020



How to apply?

Applications are now closed

What is the aim of this CPD Module?

Outbreaks or events involving new or re-emerging zoonoses can occur anytime and everywhere. The One Health concept recognises that human health is tightly connected to the health of animals and the environment. Consequently, strengthening the human-veterinary collaboration is essential to prevent, detect and respond to zoonotic threats. Yet, implementation and operationalisation of the One Health concept often remains a challenge. In addition, countries differ across Europe (and worldwide) and thus the approaches to One Health issues do also.

Sharing best practices and experiences of One Health approaches stands at the center of this module, providing a learning platform aimed at knowledge integration and strengthening of One Health collaboration across Europe.

This outbreak preparedness module aims to provide:

  1. an understanding of the basic principles of infectious disease control, as well as monitoring and evaluation;
  2. a platform to share experiences and lessons learned from past outbreaks;
  3. an understanding of the Dutch zoonoses response structure, as an example of a One Health approach in prevention and response;
  4. insight into relevant aspects of risk perception and communication to professionals and the public;
  5. an interactive experience in risk assessment and response to a zoonotic disease.

The outbreak preparedness module consists of a mixture of lectures and interactive working group sessions. Participants will learn a number of technical skills that they will be able to practice on a simulated event.

Am I Eligible?

Early Career researchers (<5 years post PhD) from within the One Health EJP consortium network are eligible to apply for the Continuing Professional Development Module on Outbreak Preparedness. Applicants should have some experience in a relevant health related field.

Hans van den Kerkhof

Hans van den Kerkhof is a Public Health physician trained in the Netherlands. After finishing his general medical training in 1982 he trained for 2 years in preparation for working in a hospital setting in Africa. From 1984-1990 het was employed in a rural hospital in Ghana were he both did clinical work and acted as a district medical officer being responsible for vaccination and other public health related programs. After his return he worked as a public health physician specialized in control of infectious diseases in a regional public health service in the Netherlands and in 2006 he joined the newly established national Center for Control of infectious diseases at the RIVM in Bilthoven as a coordinator responsible for the relations between the national center and the 25 regional public health services. Besides these activities he is also involved in the second line advice for control of outbreaks at national level and he has always been active in teaching. Cooperation of the medical and the veterinary sector in control of zoonoses has always had his strong interest. Since 2010 he coordinates the support of the Dutch overseas territories in the Caribbean related to the International Health Regulations and has been visiting the area  regularly.

Ingrid Keur

Dr. Ingrid Keur received her degree as a veterinarian from Ghent University in 2011 and a masters’ degree in One Health from the University of Edinburgh in 2017. After working as a veterinary surgeon at an animal shelter in New Delhi, she worked as as an inspector at the Border Inspection Post on Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport and in Rotterdam’s harbor, and as liaison officer for the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) at the Centre for Zoonosis and Environmental Biology. She currently works as a senior inspector at the incident and crisis centre of the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA), and is responsible for the coordination of suspicions and outbreaks of various notifiable contagious animal diseases and zoonoses at a national level.

Liesbeth Claassen


Liesbeth Claassen is a social scientist, interested in how people perceive and respond to personally relevant information. Currently, her research focuses on the perception and communication of environmental (health) risks. She is involved in several projects concerning the development of guidelines and communication materials on controversial and anthropogenic sources of risks, such nuclear accidents, contaminants in soil, food and drinking water and zoonoses.

Kitty Maassen


Dr. Kitty Maassen is head of the department Animal & Vector of the Center of Zoonoses and Environmental microbiology of the National Institute of Public Health and the Environment of The Netherlands. The focus of this department is to study public health related to zoonotic agents via wild life and livestock, including antibiotic resistance and via vectors such as ticks and mosquito’s. She is working at the RIVM since 2011. Before, she was also working in the area of zoonoses at the Central Veterinary Institute in Lelystad (currently WBVR). One of her current tasks is coordinating the signalling forum as part of the Dutch integrated risk analysis structure for zoonoses in which (potential) zoonotic signals are discussed and assessed in a monthly meeting with representatives from the human health, veterinary health and food safety sectors.  In line with this work she is coordinator of the project COHESIVE of the One Health European Joint Programme.

Dorothee Roβkamp


After working 10 years in emergency healthcare provision, Ms Dorothee Roβkamp pursued a bachelor’s degree in European Public Health and a master’s degree in Healthcare Policy, Innovation and Management at Maastricht University. Since then, she has become a senior policy advisor within National Coordination Centre for communicable disease control (CIb) within the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). As such, she is specialized in infectious disease preparedness policy and research nationally and internationally. Her current tasks include a.o. coordinating the national preparedness platform in the Netherlands, being secretary of the WHO Collaborating Centre for IHR monitoring & evaluation, as well as supporting IHR implementation in (Dutch) overseas countries and territories.

Jeanette de Boer

Jeanette de Boer

Jeanette de Boer is a medical specialistg in Public Health and Infectious Disease Control. After may years of experience in the regional public health services, she started in 2003 at the Dutch school for Public and Occupational Health (NSPOH) to renew the Dutch training programe for medical doctrs in Communicable Diseases. Currently, she is heading the faculty of Public Health at the NSPOH. Besides the NSPOH, Jeanette is allied to the Centre Ffor Ifnectious Disease Control at the RIVM as consultant CDC and National Focal Point for Training in Communicable disease control for ECDC. In 2014, she was appointed as seconded national expert at ECDC, at the uni for Public Health Training. She was involved in training needs assessment methodolody and the conduction of several training modules. Jeanette has been involved as an external expert in several international projects with the aimto build the capacity in Communicable disease control (Twinning, TAIEX and WHO).

Laura van Vossen


Laura van Vossen works as an editor and project assistant at the Centre for Infectious Disease Control at the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) in the Netherlands. Her main tasks are coordinating and editing updates of guidelines on infectious disease prevention, organizing international workshops and discussion groups on infectious disease prevention and supporting her colleagues in the prevention and control of infectious disease outbreaks.

Laura is attending the OHEJP CPD module on Outbreak Preparedness as a co-organizer and will assist her colleagues and the co-facilitators that have a substantive role in the event.

Corien Swaan

Corien Swaan

After working with Médecins sans Frontières in mainly Asian countries until 2000, Corien Swaan completed her specialization at the public health services in Leiden, the Netherlands. In 2006 she started working at the RIVM, involved in coordination of infectious disease control and IHR implementation, including preparedness and response for zoonotic diseases. In 2012 she became head of the department. In 2017, the department was assigned WHO Collaborative Centre for Preparedness and IHR Monitoring & Evaluation and last year it started as WP leader for trainings in the Joint Action ‘Healthy Gateways’.  She successfully defended her thesis Timeliness of infectious disease notification & response systems in December 2019. Currently she involved in the COVID-19 response in the Netherlands



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