Summer School 2020


The 17th-28th August 2020


This will be a virtual event

How much?


What is the aim of the One Health EJP Summer School 2020?

The One Health concept recognises that human health is tightly connected to animals and the environment. Multiple reports have highlighted the need for ‘One Health’ interventions towards the delivery of better health outcomes across each of the health domains. In other words, One Health actions must contribute value over and above the status-quo traditionally characterised by isolated or domain-specific approaches.

Am I Eligible?

Bachelor’s, Masters and PhD Students and researchers from both within the One Health EJP consortium and external to the consortium are eligible to apply for the Summer School. Applications should have experience in a relevant health related field.

How can I apply?

Applications and are now and the application form can be found here.

Applications close on 31st July 2020. Successful applicants will be notified at the beginning of August 2020.

Our Confirmed Speakers

Prof. Wim H. M. van der Poel

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Prof. Wim H.M. van der Poel, DVM, PhD, is senior scientist at Wageningen Bioveterinary Research and special Professor of ‘Emerging and Zoonotic viruses’ at Wageningen University. He is the chair of the Scientific Committee of the International Research Consortium for Animal Health and member of the Project Management Board of the European Joint Program One Health (One Health EJP). He also coordinates the EPIZONE European Research Group, the network on epizootic animal diseases research. The research work of Prof. Van der Poel involves at least three main areas: New and emerging viruses, Infection and epidemiology of zoonotic viruses, including hepatitis E virus, and ‘Global One Health’.

Jean-François Guégan

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Jean-François Guégan is a theoretical ecologist and ecological parasitologist interested in the ecology, evolution and policy-decisions on human zoonotic infectious diseases and their host vectors or reservoirs. He obtained his Ph.D. in parasite ecology and epidemiology in 1990 from the University of Montpellier (France), and did a post-doc in 1990-1991 at Exeter University in Great Britain. In 1991, he was hired as a junior researcher at IRD, the French Institute for Research on Sustainable Development. As a full-tenured Research Professor, with the highest rank in France, he led during 16 years a research group on Dynamics of Systems and Infectious Diseases in the joint national team called UMR MIVEGEC at Montpellier. He recently joined INRA to develop a OneHealth research approach based on his previous professional experiences. He has worked on cholera, pertussis, measles, avian flus and West Nile virus through an integrative research perspective. He is now particularly involved in research on the neglected emerging tropical disease, Buruli ulcer in Africa and southern America, being an expert for WHO, and more generally on the theoretical relationships between biodiversity, climate change and emerging infectious diseases. As part of his duties at IRD and INRA, JFG is also an adjunct Professor at Montpellier University where he is teaching a course on global environmental change and health, and a Professor at EHESP, the French School of Public Health, where he is also teaching Planetary Health and is a track leader for courses on Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, an Erasmus Mundus Excellence in European Education training from both the EHESP’s Master of Public Health and EuroPubHealth. Guégan is also a scientific adviser for the global research project oneHEALTH from the U.N.E.P. FutureEarth programme. He is responsible for the writing of up to 160 international scientific papers, 11 hard-books and up to 150 international conferences. As a former fellow of the French High Council for Public Health, he (co)-led different French national reports on Climate Change and Health, Adaptation to Climate Change, and Emerging Infectious Diseases: research actions and planning. He is responsible for organizing an annual research action Seminar, called School of Val-de-Grâce’s Seminar, on emerging infections to improve sensitization of political leaders and civil society actors on societal risks associated with these new emerging threats. He has been the PI or co-Pi of 14 national and international grants, 9 of which on the epidemiology of infectious diseases.

Prof dr Henk Hogeveen

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Professor Animal Health Management at the Business Economics group of Wageningen University. Being raised on a dairy farm, Henk Hogeveen graduated as MSc from Wageningen Agricultural University in 1989. He wrote MSc theses on the field of Epidemiology and Animal Health Economics. From 1989 until 1994 he worked as associated researcher at the Department of Herd Health and Reproduction of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Utrecht University, where he received a PhD in the field of mastitis diagnosis. After a short employment at the former Institute for Agricultural and Environmental Engineering in Wageningen, he started as a scientific researcher in the field of herd health and management at the Applied Cattle Research Institute in Lelystad (nowadays part of the Wageningen UR Livestock Research), followed by a position as cluster manager welfare, health and milk quality at that institute. Since 2001, Henk Hogeveen is working in academia, currently as personal professor at the chair group Business Economics of Wageningen University and the Department of Farm Animal Health of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Utrecht University His teaching activities are mainly directed at economics of animal health, agricultural business and veterinary business in BSc, MSc and PhD courses. His research activities are focused on the management of animal health. Within that field he has developed a special interest for the support of decisions on animal health using economics in a one health framework.

Henk Hogeveen is, amongst other memberships, member of the IDF Standing Committee Animal Health and was chairman from 2008-2012. He has more than 150 peer reviewed scientific publications in highly ranked international journals and besides that many publications in scientific proceedings and trade journals. He is a frequently asked speaker on conferences.

Mart de Jong

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Mart de Jong is a Professor at Wageningen University & Research (WUR) in the Netherlands. Mart’s areas of expertise include population biology of infections, mathematical biology and statistical methods and he has a keen research interest in modelling and quantifying transmission of infectious agents and the effect of interventions on that. His current research interests include host heterogeneity (including multi-host systems and host genetics) and the role of the environmental phase of infectious agents during transmission. Mart teaches Modelling Biological Systems BSc Biology and Managing Infections and Diseases in Animal Populations MSc Animal Science.

Roberto La Ragione

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Roberto graduated in 1995 and then went on to study for a post graduate degree in veterinary microbiology at the Royal Veterinary College (University of London). In 1996 he moved to the government Veterinary Laboratories Agency to undertake a PhD on the pathogenesis of E. coli in poultry. On completion of his PhD he commenced a post-doctoral position at Royal Holloway (University of London), studying E. coli virulence factors and vaccine development.

In 2005 Roberto was appointed head of pathogenesis and control at the AHVLA and in 2010 he was appointed Professor of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology at the University of Surrey.  Roberto gained the FRCPath in 2010 and in 2012 was appointed the Associate Dean for Veterinary Strategy in the new School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Surrey. He is currently the Head of Pathology and Infectious Diseases, Director of the Veterinary Pathology Centre and Deputy Head of the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Surrey.  Roberto is the current Chair of the Royal College of Pathologists Veterinary Pathology Specialty Advisory Committee, Chair of the humanimal Trust, member of the APHA science advisory board and a member of the Houghton Trust. Roberto is the past president of the Med-Vet-Net Association and the Veterinary Research Club. Roberto is an Associate member of the European College of Veterinary Microbiology (AECVM).

Roberto’s research has focused largely on the analysis of colonisation, shedding and transmission of E. coli, Campylobacter, Salmonella and other foodborne pathogens by all farmed animal species and he has led a number of commercial, BBSRC, EPSRC, MRC, Defra, Innovate and EU projects. Roberto has published over 150 peer reviewed publications in the area of host-microbe interaction with a particular emphasis on foodborne pathogens and endemic diseases of poultry.  His current research focuses on AMR transmission and the pathogenesis of food-borne pathogens with a particular interest in the development of rapid diagnostics and intervention strategies, including vaccination, pre and probiotics for the control of bacterial pathogens in animals.

Andrew Lawson


Dr Lawson is Professor of Biostatistics in the Division of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, Department of Public Health Sciences, College of Medicine, MUSC and is an MUSC Distinguished Professor Emeritus.

He has over 175 journal papers on the subject of spatial epidemiology, spatial statistics and related areas. In addition to a number of book chapters, he is the author of 10 books in areas related to spatial epidemiology and health surveillance. The most recent of these is Lawson, A.B. et al (eds) (2016) Handbook of Spatial Epidemiology. CRC Press, New York, and in 2018 a 3rd edition of  Bayesian Disease Mapping; hierarchical modeling in spatial epidemiology  CRC Press. As well as associate editorships on a variety of journals, he is an advisor in disease mapping and risk assessment for the World Health Organization (WHO). He is founding editor of the Elsevier journal Spatial and Spatio-temporal Epidemiology.  Dr Lawson has delivered many short courses in different locations over the last 15 years on Bayesian Disease Mapping with OpenBUGS and INLA, and Nimble, Spatial Epidemiology and disease Clustering and Surveillance.

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Hein Imberechts

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Hein Imberechts holds a degree in Veterinary Medicine and in Molecular Biology and obtained a PhD in 1992. His main topics of research were E. coli infections in pigs, Salmonella and antimicrobial resistance.

He was the Head of Department / Operational Director of bacteriology at the Belgium reference laboratory for infectious animal diseases: CODA-CERVA,  for 14 years. In February 2015 Hein became the scientific coordinator and later Scientific Support Advisor at the Strategy and External Positioning unit at Sciensano.

In December 2012 he was assigned Biosafety officer and in 2018, Hein became a member of the Belgian Biosafety Professionals’s Steering Team. Hein is also a member of the working group of foodborne infections at Sciensano and was also a member of the scientific committee of the Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain in Brussels for 15 years, and president of Veterinary Working Group of the Belgian Antibiotic Policy Coordination Committee (BAPCOC) for 2 years. In December 2019, Hein was appointed member of the Scientific Council of ANSES in Paris.

Hein represents Sciensano in the MedVetNet Association and became Vice-President of the association in October 2018. In January 2018 Hein was appointed Scientific Coordinator of the One Health European Joint Programme with ANSES and also work package leader on Joint Research Projects.


Victor Del Rio Vilas


Victor Del Rio Vilas (DVM, MBA, MSc (Epi), PhD) is currently at the World Health Organization (WHO), South East Asia Regional Office in New Delhi, India, where he coordinates the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) in the region.

He was previously at the Dept of Epidemiology, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Surrey (UK), and at the Centre on Global Health Security at Chatham House, London. Until January 2018 he worked at the World Health Organization (WHO-Geneva) on the development of WHO’s epidemic vulnerability evaluation framework.

Until November 2016, Dr Del Rio was a consultant with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), based in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) with regional responsibilities. In that capacity, Dr Del Rio advised Ministries/Departments of Health across the region on epidemiology, surveillance and control measures for a number of diseases such as rabies, leishmaniasis, yellow fever and on zoonoses programmatic issues. He also contributed to WHO’s global response to the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in Liberia in 2015; previously worked in Uzbekistan implementing the Biological Threat Reduction Program (Defence Threat Reduction Agency, US DoD), and as veterinary advisor and epidemiologist for UK´s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Veterinary Laboratories Agency.

More speakers to be announced soon.



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