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Infectious diseases, from emergence to pandemics: improving understanding and getting prepared

The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has clearly shown how public and animal health, the environment, food supply chains and consumption patterns are closely linked. In this perspective, the early detection of health threats is of primary importance to prevent them from assuming pandemic proportions. This is the role of EFSA and ECDC: to provide risk assessments and scientific assistance in the investigation of disease outbreaks, early identification and prevention of disease outbreaks and their evolution to pandemics, and to rapidly communicate to the general public about the risk posed by biological and chemical threats and related uncertainty. We will explore the extent to which the current EU One Health framework can efficiently identify, prevent and control public and animal health threats and the related risk of scaling up to pandemics. Moreover, we will provide recommendations for sustainable and healthy agro-ecosystems. Expected outcomes are new insights on strategies to follow, data to collect, methodologies and techniques to apply for improved monitoring capabilities and increased preparedness to prevent future epidemics.

Session Coordinator

Session coordinator
Alessandro Broglia (EFSA)

Session Contributors

Session contributors
Bernard Bottex (EFSA)
José Cortiñas Abrahantes (EFSA)
Sofie Dhollander (EFSA)
Celine Gossner (ECDC)
Valentina Rizzi (EFSA)
Eleonora Sarno (EFSA)
Yves Van Der Stede (EFSA)


Abstract Session Chairpersons
  • Franck Berthe, The World Bank
Abstract Session Speakers
  • Dirk Pfeiffer, City University of Hong Kong - A global perspective on eco-social system dynamics, food system evolution and pandemic risk governance
  • Aleksandra Kazmierczak, European Environmental Agency (EEA) - Impact of climate change on the presence and geographical distribution of infectious diseases
  • Anna Okello, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) - How sustainable farming systems and more resilient food systems can prevent infectious diseases under One Health
  • Paolo Calistri, Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale dell'Abruzzo e Molise (IZSAM) - Tools for and  experiences gained with SARS-CoV-2 monitoring and prevention
  • Geert Molenberghs, KU Leuven University - Views from a statistician on infectious diseases in the time of pandemics
Abstract Session Moderators


Abstract Session Panellists
  • Angus Cameron, AusVet
  • Ilaria Capua, University of Florida
  • Carlos Gonçalo das Neves, The Norwegian Veterinary Institute
Abstract Session Rapporteurs
  • Bernard Bottex, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
  • Alessandro Broglia, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
  • José Cortiñas Abrahantes, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
  • Ermolaos Ververis, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)