The One Health EJP work plan is structured in seven work packages, each targeted towards specific overarching needs and objectives, as well as ensuring alignment and integration in the implementation of the programme. A visual representation of the structure of the One Health EJP is given in the figure below and the respective work packages (WP) are described.
The objective of the work-package WP1 is to enable the successful functioning of the EJP, with an environment within which the scientists can effectively and actively collaborate. The overall aim is to establish sustainable management-based mechanisms, procedures and processes to enable the integration, alignment and sustainability in the EJP consortium. The network will be managed by the constitution of three bodies, a Programme Managers Committee (PMC), a Scientific Steering Board (SSB) and the EJP Project Management Team (EJP-PMT), supported by a Support Team (ST) for the daily follow-up of the science and a Support Team for the daily follow-up of administrative financial and legal matters.
WP1 is also responsible for leading the EJP communication strategy. An EJP communication strategy is essential to ensure that the project is well publicised, communication within the consortium is effective and that the project outcomes have the appropriate social and economic impact based on the results. The communication strategy will be managed through a communication committee. This committee is responsible for managing the communication activities including organisation of the Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM), creation and maintenance of a state of the art web interface, publication of an internal newsletter and external press releases and articles; and finally creation and maintenance of social media networks such as Linkedin and Twitter.
The objective of WP2 is to identify research and integrative priority topics in the domains of foodborne zoonoses (FBZ), antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and emerging threats (ET) to align research agendas and priorities in capacity building that can be met through integration by developing and maintaining an integrative Strategic Research Agenda (SRA). This SRA forms the basis for the Joint Research Projects and Joint Integrative Projects (WPs 3 and 4). Furthermore, WP2 is also responsible for prospectively exploring opportunities for strategic interactions with related European research projects and initiatives. WP2 will also initiate strategic collaboration with European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) in collaboration with WP5.
Joint research projects (JRP) are scientific projects that correspond to the priorities described in the strategic research agenda as defined by WP2 and consider the initiatives taken by the main stakeholders EFSA and ECDC (WP5). Thus, they will be implemented in the three domains of the EJP (FBZ, AMR and ET) and cover the five themes (detection, pathogenesis, epidemiology, risk assessment and intervention).
JRP is an instrument that will carry out jointly prioritised research and also stimulate partners to align their laboratory tests, organize ring trials, exchange strain collections, surveillance and typing data and experience and research effort to broaden and strengthen their capacity and international networking. WP3 is responsible for organising selection, supervision and evaluation of the JRPs that will be implemented in response to the needs identified in the SRA as defined by WP2 and in collaboration with WP4. WP3 will also promote the output from JRPs by organisation of annual scientific meetings. This task will be done in collaboration with WP1, WP4 and WP6.
Joint Integrative Projects (JIPs) aim to develop joint resources (infrastructure and work processes) across the three domains of the EJP (FBZ, AMR and ET) through capacity building within the disciplines defined by the five themes (Detection, Pathogenesis, Epidemiology, Risk Assessment, Intervention).
JIPs will contribute to the integration and alignment of institutional activities in line with European policy priorities, and thereby strengthen both the scientific capacity within the EJP and also future prevention, preparedness, detection and response of the EU to foodborne and other emerging threats across human-animal-environmental sectors.
WP4 is responsible for organising selection, supervision and evaluation of the JIPs that will be implemented in response to the needs identified in the SRA as defined by WP2. WP4 will implement additional integrative instruments such as workshops (with WP2), short-term integrative missions and mentoring activities (with WP6), and internal and international meetings (with WP1, WP3 and WP6). WP4 is also responsible for development of the Data Management Plan for the EJP and for supporting its implementation.
“Science to policy translation” aims to ensure best use of the outcomes of the JRPs and JIPs (see WP3 and 4) by establishing appropriate dissemination activities and by taking part in relevant networking activities such as consultations with stakeholders. These collaboration procedures with stakeholders will be established and procedures implemented to identify stakeholder’s needs in the field of FBZ, AMR and ET. The purpose of WP5 is to maintain an open and transparent dialogue with EFSA and ECDC and other relevant international policy-makers e.g. World Health Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), World Health Organisation (WHO), and Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), ensuring that policy needs are absorbed by the EJP governing structure and WP2 and that output from activities in WPs 3 and 4 are taken up by policy initiatives and are used to address the protection of consumers’ health. WP5 will also function as a channel for the EJP to disseminate new science, tools and materials to stakeholders including EU policy makers (European Commission, EC) and EU agencies (EFSA and ECDC). The capacity and expertise of the consortium for research and preparedness in the field will be made transparent and further developed by integration activities within the consortium and interaction or alignment with other consortia.
The overall objective of WP6 is to develop and deliver innovative training platforms with a specific focus on One Health, and providing a sustainable framework for educational integration of research groups and reference laboratories across the partner network. We will also take advantage of synergies with the EU programme Better Training for Safer Food (BTSF).
Proposed activities include a multidisciplinary integrative doctoral training programme, focused on the main themes of the EJP (FBZ, AMR and ET), training for students, early career researchers, and professionals through a series of summer schools, short-term missions and continuing professional development events. WP6 is responsible for organising the submission, selection and evaluation of PhD proposals, summer schools, training workshops, continuing professional development events, and finally administering short term missions for EJP partners.
The purpose of WP7 is to ensure that the experience and lessons learnt from the One Health EJP will result in a solid collaboration among the Programme Owners from participating Member States and to ensure there is willingness to profit from these experiences for long-term sustainability. The societal challenges that are covered by the EJP will indeed remain at the end of the 5 year period, including the need of new knowledge to support policies in the field. Consequently, there is a need to explore ways for the EJP consortium to maintain its developed cooperative structures. WP7 will therefore explore operational means to sustain long-term research and innovation beyond the duration of the EJP. WP7 will also carry out a systems analysis of the drivers and constraints with regard to the successful institutionalisation of One Health, which is a key precursor to sustainability.