DISCONTOOLS Symposium: filling the knowledge gaps in animal disease control – Assessing animal health research needs for a healthy planet

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The Covid-19 pandemic has renewed attention of medical, veterinary and research communities towards the control of  infectious diseases. As a consequence, an urgent need to reassess the most pressing gaps in knowelege has arisen. For Discontools is the right time to summarise the gaps in control tools, identify disease-specific as well as cross-cutting research needs and define the path towards required new control tools.

Discontools will bring together scientists, policy makers, and representatives from the animal health industry, funding bodies and stakeholder organisations to enhance collaboration for animal health and discuss research priorities from different perspectives.

The symposium Discontools aims to:

Highlight DISCONTOOLS animal health research gaps for epizootic, enzootic and zoonotic animal diseases;

Disseminate STAR-IDAZ research road maps for new animal health solutions;

Couple the research gaps and road maps with recent and future animal health funding initiatives (Horizon Europe,  European Partnership Animal Health & Welfare);

Increase the mutual understanding of animal health research needs by different stakeholders;

Discuss animal health research priorities to deliver on the sustainable development goals.


This event will be streamed.

The registration deadline is 13 October 2021

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UKRI Event: Climate Change Bites

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Current era of climate change continues to contribute to vector-borne diseases becoming a major health concern across the world. Climate change influences the habitats, geographical distribution, longevity and life cycles of vectors in ways that make them more likely to transmit diseases to animal, human or plant hosts.

The virtual event organised by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) will bring together leading experts working on animal, human and plant vector biology and vector-borne diseases to jointly discuss a One Health approach to understand, predict, prevent and respond to these threats by:

– Understanding how human, biological and environmental drivers, including climate, affect vectors and how vectors may respond in both short and evolutionary timescales;

– Modelling and measuring how climate change interacts with other factors causing new diseases to emerge, such as deforestation, agricultural intensification, and increased trade and travel. How can we use these to guide interventions?

– Using statistical prediction models to help understand how climate change is affecting vector borne diseases. By exploring the relationship between climatic, socio-economic and demographic factors along with variations in disease risk in space and time, scientists can help society can understand the risk of transmission and target limited public health resources.

The webinar will involve a range of perspectives linked to the impact of climate change on vector borne diseases and what we can do about them. Experts will set the scene through short presentations followed by a Q&A panel discussion giving the audience the opportunity to participate in the conversation. This event is open to all, and is suitable for a non-expert audience aged 15+.

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Date and time: 21/10/2021 (12:00 – 14:00 CEST)