The COVID-19 pandemic is rapidly escalating globally and putting an enormous strain on medical and other front-line health and community services everywhere. It seems very wrong and irresponsible for us to continue to plan on holding the 6th World One Health Congress in Edinburgh in June, and potentially place you and all our delegates at risk of infection.

The #WOHC2020 Organising Committee has therefore decided to re-schedule the Congress, and now plans to hold it from 30 October to 3 November 2020 instead, ending most appropriately on the annual One Health Day. We hope you will all remain safe and well in the intervening period, and we look forward to welcoming you to Edinburgh for an exciting and informative 6th World One Health Congress on 30 Oct-3 Nov 2020.

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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.

Tuesday November 3, 2020 10:45 - 12:15

Abstract deadline September 18, 2020

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

As we’re confronted daily with news stories about the novel coronavirus 2019 outbreak, the seventh coronavirus known to infect humans, the 6th World One Health Congress could not come at a more significant time.

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Early bird pricing

Registrations are now open. Enjoy the Early Bird pricing, which ends September 18, 2020.

New important dates:
  • new congress date: 30 Oct - 3 Nov 2020
  • early bird registration: till 18 September 2020
  • abstract presenter registration: till 4 September 2020
  • late breaker abstract submission deadline: 18 September 2020
Questions & Answers

Yes, already paid registration fees for the 6th World One Health Congress and the farewell dinner remain in place for the new Congress date.


Yes, registration for WOHC 2020 is open. 

Early bird ends 18 September 2020

The rescheduled Congress from 30 October to 3 November is a fully equivalent replacement for the planned Congress, originally scheduled from 14-18 June, and all presentation confirmations remain the same.

Every oral and poster presentation is required to have a registered author. So at least one author should register and pay the participation fee. Any author who is impacted by a travel ban, will be allowed to do a remote presentation. The exact process for remote oral and poster presentations will be announced in June 2020.

In case of cancellation before 19 September 2020, OHP will refund the applicant 50% of the registration fee. On or after 19 September 2020, no refund will be payable to the applicant.

We are very pleased to announce that the 6th World One Health Congress will be held in Edinburgh, Scotland, from 30 October to 3 November 2020. The congress will be co-organized by the One Health Platform, the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Infectious Diseases, Africa CDC and the Southern African Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance.

Registration is now open
University Lounge

Participate in the University Lounge of the 6th World One Health Congress and demonstrate your academic institution’s dedication to One Health, engage with other leading universities and share information on courses, post-doc positions and consortia.

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Special side meetings offer

Connect your organization to the global One Health community during the 6th World One Health Congress and organize a side event on 30 October 2020.

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Call for abstracts


The WOHC2020 SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19 special session is 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

Tuesday November 3, 2020 13:00 - 14:30

Abstract deadline September 18, 2020

Submit your SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19 abstract
“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?

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