One Health: Integrating Human, Animal and Environmental Health – Course and Conference Office

22nd EMBL Science and Society Conference

One Health: Integrating Human, Animal and Environmental Health


EMBL is committed to sharing research advances and sustaining scientific interaction throughout the coronavirus pandemic. We are delighted to announce that the conference is going virtual and invite you to join us online. 

This conference will be virtual and free to all attendees.

Registration is not yet open for this event. If you are interested in receiving more information please register your interest.

Conference Overview

The One Health movement, which has come to prominence in the last decade, advocates greater cross-sectoral collaboration and communication across the human-animal-environment interface. There has been a long-standing recognition that population health is intrinsically linked to both animal and environmental health, and that issues such as population growth, changes in climate and land use, and the movement of animals and people, have a huge impact on the collective health of our world today.

But the One Health concept takes this much further. By designing and implementing programmes, policies, legislation and multidisciplinary research, it seeks to deliver the best possible public health outcomes on a global scale. This has become increasingly urgent, as many of these changes have occurred in our very recent history: through the prevalence of deforestation and intensive farming, with the increase in forced migration due to climate change, or simply through modern methods of travel and trade (which allow diseases to spread quickly across the globe).

One Health is a “collaborative, multisectoral, and transdisciplinary approach—working at the local, regional, national, and global levels—with the goal of achieving optimal health outcomes by recognising the interconnection between people, animals, plants, and their shared environment”[1]. This synergistic concept has enormous potential to not only impact some of the biggest public health challenges of our time, from antimicrobial resistance, pandemic preparedness, to food safety and biosecurity – but also wider planetary health.

The 2021 Science & Society Conference will examine the potential societal benefits of the multifaceted One Health methodology, analyse how successful it has been to-date, determine whether One Health could be the key to future pandemic prevention, and ascertain what steps are needed to accelerate implementation. It will explore whether the interpretation of One Health has been biased towards an anthropocentric view of “health”, and it will also seek to answer the question: will something as far-reaching as the COVID-19 pandemic be the catalyst needed to finally make the aspirational goals of One Health a reality?

[1] https://www.cdc.gov/onehealth/index.html

For more information about previous meetings in this series please check the Science and Society Website.

What past participants say about the conference:

“A scientist must find time to step away from the lab table and question scientific practices more broadly. Without conferences like these, we would lack a forum to do so and would be blind toward potential improvements.” – Joshua Yudice, Brandenburg University of Technology, Germany

“The event was greatly organized and very interesting. All the speakers’ presentations were outstanding and the discussions very stimulating. I loved the possibility to talk to the speakers during the social moments.” – Anna Sofia Tascini, IRCCS Ospedale San Raffaele, Italy

Practical information

This conference will be virtual and free to all attendees.

Virtual Participation Guidelines


Please do:

  • Use the event-specific hashtag as communicated during the event for any related tweets
  • Tweet unless the speaker specifically says otherwise
  • Be mindful of unpublished data
  • Be respectful in tone and content

Please don’t:

  • Capture, transmit or redistribute data presented at the meeting unless presenter gives explicit consent
  • Use offensive language in your posts
  • Engage in rudeness or personal attacks

Additional information can be found in our Code of Conduct.

Health and well-being

It is important to stay healthy and move around, especially when you are attending an event virtually. We have put together a few coffee break stretches and yoga videos. You can find these under ‘resources’ on the conference platform.

How to ask questions

Please use the Q&A function. It is possible to send a direct message to participants, poster presenters, and speakers within the conference platform.

If you have any other questions, you can go to the Help Desk on the conference platform. Click on ‘more’ on the top menu and click Help Desk. 

Time zone

The programme is planned based on Central European Time (CET) or Central European Summer Time (CEST) unless otherwise stated. As many virtual participants are attending from around the world, we do our best to accommodate as many timezones as possible when creating the programme. Please take your time zone into consideration when planning your attendance. Remember to set your time zone in your account. 

Virtual event platforms

We are using a virtual event platform for this conference. More information about the platform will be shared ahead of the conference.


Keynote Speaker

Dame Sally Davies

Special Envoy to UK Govt on AMR


Short biography

Dame Sally Davies was appointed as the UK Government’s Special Envoy on AMR in 2019. She is also the 40th Master of Trinity College, Cambridge University.

Dame Sally was the Chief Medical Officer for England and Senior Medical Advisor to the UK Government from 2011-2019. She is a leading figure in global health, having served as a member of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Executive Board 2014-2016, and as co-convener of the United Nations Inter-Agency Co-ordination Group (IACG) on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), reporting in 2019. In November 2020, Dame Sally was announced as a member of the new UN Global Leaders Group on AMR, serving alongside Heads of State, Ministers and prominent figures from around the world to advocate for action on AMR.

In the 2020 New Year Honours, Dame Sally became the second woman (and the first outside the Royal family) to be appointed Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath (GCB) for services to public health and research, having received her DBE in 2009.

Invited Speakers

Robyn Alders

Australian National University / Chatham House


Sam Dupont

University of Gothenburg


Short biography

Sam Dupont is an associate professor and senior lecturer in Marine Eco-Physiology at the University of Gothenburg. His main research topic is on the effect of global changes (e.g. ocean acidification, warming) on marine ecosystems. His work aims at revealing the mechanisms behind species and ecosystem responses (physiology, ecology, evolution) to environmental changes and at developing the needed unifying theory for large-scale projections. He was published in more than 185 publications in journals including Nature, PNAS and TREE. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre (OA-ICC), the Executive Council of the Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOA-ON) and is an author for high-level policy documents such as the IPCC report. He is also working on the development of innovative science communication and education strategies. The third aspect of his work aims at evaluating, teaching and building capacities for marine science in developing countries


The COVID-19 pandemic reminds us that our health is vulnerable to immediate threats emerging from the ecosystems we inhabit. As the largest connected ecosystem on Earth, the Ocean exerts a greater influence than any other on our climate and weather, but also affecting global food production and international trade. Much more importantly, human health is intricately linked to Ocean health.
In this presentation, I will illustrate the complexity of this intricate relationship between the Ocean and Human health and summarize recommendations for future work. Three key areas were identified by the project Horizon 2020 SOPHIE Project where interdisciplinary teams from the Ocean and Human Health community can push forward innovative actions with diverse multilevel stakeholders to respond to current and future circumstances: (i) sustainable seafood for healthy people; (ii) biodiversity, biotechnology, and medicine; and (iii) blue spaces, tourism, and well-being.

Chris Dye

University of Oxford


Jyoti Joshi

Center For Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy


Roundtable Speakers

Arjan Stegeman

Utrecht University

The Netherlands

Session Chairs

Zamin Iqbal

EMBL EBI, Hinxton


Matthias Hentze

EMBL Heidelberg


Scientific Organisers

Lucia von Bredow

EMBL Heidelberg


Conference Organiser

Iva Gavran

EMBL Heidelberg


Elisabeth Wintersteller

EMBL Heidelberg


Media Partners

EMBO reports, an EMBO Press journal

Open Biology, a Royal Society journal

Date: 3 Dec 2021

Location: Virtual


  • Lucia von Bredow
    EMBL, Heidelberg

Contact: Elisabeth Wintersteller

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