One Health EJP Workshop: Integrated Approaches to Zoonoses


8th October 2021



How to apply?

What is the aim of this workshop?

If COVID-19 started in your country, would it have been tackled with a One Health approach?

The current COVID-19 pandemic makes clear that there will always be new and emerging zoonotic diseases that pose a serious threat to human, animal and/or environmental health.

This kind of threat can happen in every country, requesting actions in the different sectors and collaboration between sectors.

In this workshop we will inquire how signalling and response is organised in your country and who plays a role in it. This can be done by using an example you bring in or by a case we provide. We will use systems thinking to open the perspective on opportunities to enhance the collaboration between sectors. Systems thinking is a way of looking at and talking about reality that helps us understand and work with complex systems that interact with their environment.

In this workshop we like to give you the opportunity to:

  • Get insight in how signalling and response to zoonoses is organised in your country and who plays a role
  • Get insight in where collaboration between different sectors involved in zoonoses can be improved in your country
  • Get a peek into what systems thinking is and how it can help tackling wicked (= complex) problems
  • Experience systems mapping as a way to draft the context, useful for many situations.

What is Systems Thinking?

In a nutshell, systems thinking is a way of looking at and talking about reality that helps us understand and work with complex systems that interact with their environment.

It helps conceptualising many elements that interact and behave, and that are in their totality at times beyond our capacity to grasp. System thinking allows us to analyse details without losing the sense for the whole. It offers a set of tools for capturing, analysing and communicating about systems.

In the workshop, we will look closer at stakeholder analysis and system mapping, two tools that are useful for disease management in general.

Am I Eligible?

This workshop is open for One Health EJP Consortium Members.

If you are not sure whether your institute is a member of our consortium click here to find out.

What are the selection criteria?

  • You are interested in applying systems thinking in your work
  • You like to share experiences and knowledge with PhD students and vice versa
  • You are a PhD student or a junior/senior professional
  • You need to be able to commit to the whole day
  • Although not a requirement, it would be nice if you could pair up with someone from your country, preferably from another sector (we can help with this).

Once the number of applications received have exceeded the number of places available, a selection process will be applied. Participants who were selected for the postponed ASM Satellite Workshop in 2020 are guaranteed a place in this workshop.

In addition, we will strive for a broad mixture of applicants over countries, sectors and experiences. Countries with more than one participant will have a preference.

How do I apply?

Applications are open until 10th September 2021.

The application form can be found here.

Our Speakers

Dr 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 (RIVM). The focus of this department is to study zoonotic agents via wild life and livestock, including antibiotic resistance and via vectors such as ticks and mosquito’s in relation to public health. 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.

Dr Simon Rüegg

Simon Rüegg is a veterinary epidemiologist and experienced systems thinker at the University of Zürich, Switzerland. In the frame of the EU COST Action “Network for Evaluation of One Health” he has edited with colleagues “Integrated approaches to health: a handbook for the evaluation of One Health ”, published  many  peer reviewed  articles  on  the  subject,  and  has been solicited for presentations and workshops by the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the American Veterinary Medical Association, the US Defence Threat Reduction Agency and the  French  CIRAD,  among others. For more details please consult his researcher ID profile.