dPHE 3rd Anniversary Workshop: One Health in the era of Global Warming

London
United Kingdom
Organizer(s)
University College London
Venue

UCL, Roberts Building, Torrington Place, London, WC1E 7JE

Event language(s)
English

About

The UCL Centre for Digital Public Health in Emergencies (dPHE), part of the Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction (IRDR), invites you to join an interdisciplinary workshop that will bring together speakers to discuss the challenges and opportunities of Digital One Health.

As the vast majority of emerging infectious diseases (EID) are zoonotic, it’s very likely the next human epidemics will again come from animals. While the world is still recovering from the devastating COVID-19 pandemic, now is the time to invest in capacity building and preparedness for the next emergency through One Health - digital surveillance using mobile and IoT sensing technology, vector populations modelling and a better understanding of the underlying human behaviour and anthropogenic and social factors enabling animal-human pathogen spillover. Further, the recent climate instability and global warming contributed to the increased potential of vector-borne and zoonotic diseases that, due to the changing habitat, are becoming endemic in new parts of the world. We need to better understand the changing abundance of vector populations across different ecosystems due to evolving weather changes having a profound impact on human health decades down the line.

Building on the dPHE recent successes in the mosquito surveillance initiatives in Brazil and Madeira, this interdisciplinary workshop brings together speakers from the MEWAR project from Brazil, Turkey and Madeira, UCL experts, as well as external international stakeholders to discuss the challenges and opportunities for Digital One Health.

While it seems the COVID-19 pandemic is over, we are not out of the woods yet. New variants are emerging, vaccination programmes are still underway in parts of the world, and the long term impact on citizens health and wellbeing is not fully assessed. The last session will be dedicated to successful COVID-19 digital interventions in the UK and Portugal, and bring unique insights into citizens lifestyle changes throughout the pandemic from our Zoom or not to Zoom study.

Finally, a strategic international workshop with leading experts from UCL and overseas will highlight the major challenges and opportunities for One Health in the context of environmental and societal changes, and risks from global warming.

Confirmed speakers

  • Professor Patty Kostkova (dPHE director, UCL IRDR)
  • Professor Kate Elizabeth Jones (Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research, Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment, UCL)
  • Professor Tiago Massoni (Department Systems & Computing, Federal University of Campina Grande, Campina Grande, Brazil)
  • Professor Wellington Pinheiro dos Santos (Department of Biomedical Engineering, Federal University of Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil)
  • Professor Orhan Yenigün (Boğaziçi University, Institute of Environmental Sciences, Istanbul, Turkey)
  • Dr. Luiza Cintra Campos (Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geomatic Engineering, UCL)
  • Dr. Pedro Campos (Computer Engineering Department of the Faculty of Exact Sciences and Engineering, University of Madeira)
  • Aisha Aldosery (dPHE, UCL IRDR)
  • Ava Sullivan (dPHE, UCL IRDR)
  • Lan Li (dPHE, UCL IRDR)

Event agenda

  • 13:00–17:30 Workshop
  • 18:00–19:30 Panel Debate
  • 19:30–21:00 Reception

This event will take place in person at University College London's Bloomsbury campus, but will also be livestreamed on the IRDR YouTube channel.

Find out more on the website, or email irdr.dphe@ucl.ac.uk


About the Centre

The UCL IRDR Centre for Digital Public Health in Emergencies (dPHE) leads on interdisciplinary research, training and policy to break down the limits of current health systems’ capacity and communities’ resilience to improve health and wellbeing; and respond to emergencies at local, national and  international levels.

It seeks to strengthen response to global public health challenges and emergencies; lead cutting edge research into mobile technologies, data science and Policy; harness expertise across sectors to strengthen national and International collaboration; and cultivate the next generation of experts through evidence-based teaching.

The Centre provides a connection space for academics, researchers, innovators, decision-makers, NGOs and policymakers working in fields related to digital public health wishing to work collaboratively to tackle difficult questions. 

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