The OHEJP Summer School

Key Announcements

The call to organise the 2020 One Health EJP Summer School is now open! For more information and to apply click here.

The very first One Health EJP Summer School will be hosted by the University of Surrey, in collaboration with WUR, Chatham House and Public Health England. Watch this space for more information!


The 19th-30th August 2019


The University of Surrey, UK and Chatham House, London, UK

How much?

Registration is just €200. Read more below to find out what this includes!

Download the Summer School Flyer here

What is the aim of the One Health EJP Summer School 2019?

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. However, One Health operationalization, or the identification of concrete actions to implement the One Health concept, remains a challenge. The mechanisms to support a value-driven and efficient One Health operationalization are at the centre of the summer school.

This summer school aims to provide:

(1) an understanding of the complexity of health challenges and how to use a One Health approach to address these.

(2) ways to identify, characterise, and quantify the drivers of value from One Health approaches across programmatic areas (e.g. prediction, detection) and stakeholders.

(3) an ability to recognise the methods and operational approaches for effective preparedness and response to One Health threats.

(4) an understanding of the application of robust monitoring and evaluation tools to implement One Health interventions.

Students will learn a number of technical and organisational skills that they will be able to practice on a number of case studies. The programme will deliver an introduction to One Health basics, prediction approaches, analyses of integrated disease surveillance, outcomes research, risk management, and decision quality

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.

What is Included?

* Travel and subsistence costs (will differ outside the EU)

* Two weeks accommodation at the University of Surrey

* Breakfast and lunch included

* Two weeks teaching at the University of Surrey, including three days at Chatham House in London

* Pre-course material will be available before the start of the Summer School

* One week report writing/follow up after the Summer School

* Local transport

* Social events

How do I Apply?

Click here to apply today!

Successful applicants will be notified and the €200 will be payable.

The deadline for applications is the 7th June and applicants will be informed of the outcome of their applications by the end of June 2019.

Our Confirmed Speakers

Victor Del Rio Vilas


Victor Del Rio Vilas (DVM, MBA, MSc (Epi), PhD, MRCVS) is currently 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 (Defense 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.


Dr Barbara Haesler

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Dr Barbara Haesler is a Senior Lecturer in Agrihealth at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) and the London Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health. She is a veterinary researcher with expertise in food systems, economics applied to animal health and One Health, and evaluation. Her research focuses on food system change and the implications in terms of foodborne and zoonotic disease, food and nutrition security, and sustainability. She is interested in interdisciplinary approaches to understand challenges and identify solutions at the level of the system. From 2014-2018 she coordinated the international Network for Evaluation of One Health and then became an active member in the consortium’s continuation as the Network for Ecohealth and One Health – a European Chapter of the Ecohealth International Trust. She teaches on various undergraduate and postgraduate courses at the RVC and is the local lead person for the programme Interdisciplinary Food Systems Teaching and Learning, a cross-university learning initiative.

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’.

Arthur E. Attema


Arthur E. Attema is an associate professor at the Health Economics Department of the Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management (ESHPM) in Rotterdam. His main research interests include behavioral and experimental health economics, utility measurement, and intertemporal choice. Arthur obtained an MSc degree in Economics at the University of Amsterdam (cum laude) and an MSc degree in Health Economics at Erasmus University Rotterdam. He is in the management board of the Behavioral Experiments in Health Network (BEHnet). In 2015 and 2017, he was listed in the Dutch Economists Top 40. Arthur published in renowned economic journals such as American Economic Review, Economic Journal, Management Science and Journal of Health Economics.

Kayla Strong


Kayla Strong is a Risk Lead at the University of Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies, and is responsible for stress test scenario development and insurance clash modelling research. Kayla completed her bachelor’s degree in Geography at the University of Waterloo, and her Master’s degree in Risk and Security at Durham University. Prior to her employment at the Centre, Kayla supported Canadian police services in crime trend analysis.  Kayla’s academic interests relate to disaster planning and social resilience.

Professor Andrew B. 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 and ASA Fellow. He was previously a Professor of Biostatistics in the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, University of South Carolina, SC. His PhD is from the University of St. Andrews, UK and was in Spatial Statistics.

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, Spatial Epidemiology and disease Clustering and Surveillance. Website:

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.

David Bartram

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David Bartram (BVetMed DipM CDipAF DipECSRHM MPhil FRCVS) graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, University of London, in 1988. After three years in production animal veterinary practice, he moved into the pharmaceutical industry where he has worked, in both human and animal health sectors, for over twenty years. He is currently Director of Outcomes Research for Zoetis international operations with responsibilities for ruminants, a role which involves demonstration and communication of evidence of the economic, functional or emotional value of animal healthcare interventions from the perspective of different stakeholders. David holds professional qualifications in marketing and finance and was awarded the British Veterinary Association Chiron Award (2013) for outstanding contributions to the veterinary profession. He has published multiple original scientific papers, many with first name authorship.

Joaquin M. Prada


Joaquin is a Lecturer in Veterinary Epidemiology at the University of Surrey. After finishing his Engineering Degree, he moved to the Vet. School at the University of Glasgow for a PhD modelling sheep and nematode interactions. He then joined the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology department at Princeton University as a postdoctoral research associate, before moving to the Mathematics department at the University of Warwick, where he worked modelling control and elimination interventions for a wide range of diseases. He then started his current position at Surrey, with a focus on informing policy decision-making, enhancing understanding of diagnostics and modelling infectious disease dynamics using machine learning and other statistical tools. Currently, he collaborates with the NTD modelling consortium and is a member of the NTDhub; he works on a wide range of infectious diseases, from macro-parasites (Lymphatic filariasis, Schistosomiasis and helminths) to Viruses (Measles, FMDV), in both humans and animals.

Gianni Lo Iacono


Gianni Lo Iacono is a theoretical physicist/mathematical modeller working at the interface between mathematics physics and biology.

His initial research at Rothamsted focused on physics of turbulence, insect dispersal and then epidemiology studying evolution of pathogen in response to crop resistance. Gianni then moved to the department of veterinary medicine at the University of Cambridge focusing on the link between ecosystems and zoonotic diseases with special interest in Lassa fever and Rift Valley fever. He then spent a few years in Public Health England investigating the link between environmental changes and infectious diseases with special interest in the seasonality of water-borne and Gastrointestinal diseases.

Gianni current research interest focuses on formulating and applying mechanistic models to investigate impact of environment and societal changes on diseases, including vulnerability and resilience of countries to 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.



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