The proceedings of the Science Policy Interface track at the #WOHC2020 can be found here:
Over Summer the Organizing Committee has decided to launch the Virtual Edition of the 6th World One Health Congress.
The rationale behind this decision is explained here:
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.
“A completely new culture of doing research”
CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK CHANGES HOW SCIENTISTS COMMUNICATE
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!
LIVE BROADCASTED SESSION 1 NOVEMBER 12:00 - 14:00 CET
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.
You can join from wherever in the world at your own pace, with access whenever you want. You develop your own congress experience.
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!