Dr Anderson talking to vets in India
Scotland’s capital will host the 6th World One Health Congress in 2020, which is set to deliver £3.3m into the local economy and reinforce Edinburgh’s position as a hub for medical and health expertise.
One Health is an international movement that aims to attain optimal health and well-being for people, domestic animals, wildlife and the environment, by bringing together various disciplines to make a difference to society and people’s lives.
Over 2,000 participants will attend the four-day event, which will be held at Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC), presenting the opportunity to showcase Scotland’s sector expertise and resource to a worldwide audience.
Professor Anna Meredith and Dr Neil Anderson were key members of the bid team who helped Edinburgh to win over other Eurpoean cities. Professor Meredith, University of Edinburgh, said: “We are thrilled to host the Sixth World One Health Congress in Edinburgh in 2020, welcoming international health scientists and professionals, opinion leaders and policy makers from the One Health community to Scotland’s capital. As a global facing university, we have vibrant One Health and global health partnerships nationally and internationally, and we look forward to showcasing the work of Scotland’s world-leading collective of research institutes, and engaging with other stakeholders to improve the health of people, animals and the environment.”
Dr Neil Anderson, programme director MSc One Health and MVetSci Conservation at the University of Edinburgh, added: “The implementation of One Health requires a paradigm shift in how we manage the health of people, animals, plants and the ecosystems which support them. The conference will provide an ideal platform to discuss the practical implementation of One Health across the research, policy and practice arenas.”
In addition, Scotland’s community of professionals will connect with leading industry experts from across the world, fostering a collaborative and global approach to research, learning, innovation and investment.
Amanda Ferguson, head of conventions for Marketing Edinburgh said: “It is an honour for Edinburgh to be confirmed as host destination for this prestigious event. The capital is renowned for its expertise in the health, environmental and life sciences sectors, as illustrated in our Make it Edinburgh campaign, and we welcome the opportunity to welcome experts from across the world to enable potentially life-changing collaboration.”
John Swinney MSP deputy first minister and cabinet secretary for education and skills, said: “Scotland and Edinburgh have a longstanding track record for excellence and innovation in research and development on animal and human health and well-being. Hosting the 6th World One Health Congress in 2020 will help further our reputation as a global leader in medicine, animal health, technology and the life sciences and will put Scotland and Edinburgh firmly at the heart of policy and research development in this key issue.”
On behalf of One Health Platform (OHP), Prof. Ab Osterhaus, OHP co-chair, said: “The One Health Platform is very much looking forward to working together with Scotland's research institutes, the Scottish government, the EICC and Marketing Edinburgh on making the 6th World One Health Congress a big success.”
The 6th World One Health Congress will take place from 15-18 June 2020 at the EICC.
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