The Organizing Committee of the #WOHC2020 is very excited to launch the Virtual Edition of the 6th World One Health Congress !

COVID-19 has clearly shown why One Health, the core of which is the recognition of the existential interconnectedness of humans, animals and their shared environment, is key to ensuring the healthy and sustainable future of the planet. We all know that there has been, and continues to be, a significant increase in the emergence of infectious agents and in the potential risk of new pandemics, as exemplified by the emergence and spread of SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19. SARS-CoV-2 has also clearly demonstrated that a previously unknown pathogen can emerge from a wildlife source at any time in any place and without warning, threatening the health, well-being and economies of all societies. There is therefore a clear need for countries to have the capability and capacity to maintain an effective alert and response system to detect and quickly react to outbreaks of international concern, and to share information about such outbreaks rapidly and transparently.

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“A completely new culture of doing research”


Chair: Debora MacKenzie, NewScientist

Scientists have definitely transformed the way they communicate about fast moving health crises. Open source, open data and journals work overtime. But how to deal with “infodemics” of bad information? How to “evaluate” rumors? Do the benefits of rapid information sharing outweight the disadvantages? Let's talk!


We are very pleased to announce that the 6th World One Health Congress is co-organized by our host, The University of Edinburgh, Scotland and by Edinburgh Infectious Diseases, Africa CDC and the Southern African Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance.

Registration is now open
Submit your late-breaking abstract to the 6th World One Health Congress

The 6th World One Health Congress is the largest One Health event of the year, where experts and researchers from around the world present their latest scientific research.

The late-breaker category is exclusively devoted to novel and outstanding scientific discoveries, and aims at selecting abstracts with unique, high impact, ground breaking, innovative and newsworthy scientific data.

Deadline for abstract submission 18 September 2020

Call for abstracts on SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19

The #WOHC2020 will be including several sessions on latest state of the art data SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19. We are specifically calling for abstracts with an emphasis on:

  • Virology and epidemiology

  • Pathogenesis and clinical manifestations

  • Intervention strategies (diagnostics, vaccines, antivirals, antibodies and biological response modifiers)

  • Clinical and outbreak management

  • A completely new culture of doing research: the outbreak changed how scientists communicate

Deadline for abstract submission 18 September 2020


The lectures with relevance to Global Health Security and Vaccination are marked with these icons. Click on the filter to see the entire selection:

Six benefits of our #WOHC2020 virtual edition

1. Increased reach

Extension of your own personal reach to audiences globally. We are building a VIRTUAL SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE CENTER ON ONE HEALTH that stays on line at least till December 2020. The organisers will promote the virtual Platform and content by sending out monthly e-newsletters – highlighting specific research and / or topics.

2. More interaction

Research shows that a virtual congress will generate far more interaction with an online audience than in a traditional setting. Visitors will be able to participate during sessions with posts or chats and connect 1-to-1 with speakers before, during and after the session or event.

3. Knowledge transfer

More time and extended availability of research data increases knowledge transfer. Online events on a specific topic are a very compact and clear source of information, driving your scientific work to the next level.

4. Limited travel

On average congress visitors will spend 1 to 3 days traveling from and to event locations. We save some time by making our Congress available on line.

5. Flexibility

You can join from wherever in the world at your own pace, with access whenever you want. You develop your own congress experience.

6. Sustainable

It is almost a no brainer. The reduction of the entire carbon footprint when staff and visitors do not have to travel to a venue is huge!

5th International One Health Congress impressions