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Networking seminar “One Health Unveiled: Bridging the Gaps for Global Well-being” and a Networking Reception in Brussels

31. jaanuar, 12:30 - 18:00

The Estonian University of Life Sciences and the Estonian Research Council cordially invite you to attend the upcoming seminar “One Health Unveiled: Bridging the Gaps for Global Well-being“, scheduled for Wednesday, January 31, from 12:30 to 18:00 at the Permanent Representation of Estonia to the EU located at Rue Guimard 11/13, 1040 Brussels.

In response to recent pandemics, the imperative role of the One Health approach in improving global health has become evident. Recognizing the interconnectedness of human, animal, and environmental health is essential for addressing emerging global health challenges. The EU Global Health Strategy emphasizes digitalization, research, and skilled professionals as key enablers to improve healthcare worldwide. A crucial element of the strategy involves implementing the One Health approach, expanding international health partnerships, fostering shared responsibility, and leveraging the Team Europe approach.


The seminar aims to highlight the importance of and cover the following topics: 

  • exploring multiple research directions within One Health,
  • supporting the effective exploitation of research results for commercial applications, as well as for wider societal benefits,
  • the prospective Estonian Excellence Centre of One Health (EECOH) project aiming to advance the One Health research and its results,
  • the collaborative and multidisciplinary efforts to address current and emerging global health challenges and bridge the gaps in this area.

The seminar seeks to inspire dialogue, knowledge exchange, and innovative solutions that support the One Health approach.



12:30 – 13:00     Registration & Welcoming coffee, and Light Lunch

13:00 – 13:10     Opening of the session

 Kristel Oitmaa, Representative of the Estonian Research Council in Brussels

 Prof. Ülle Jaakma, Rector of the Estonian University of Life Sciences


13:10 – 14.30    Panel Session “One Health Benefits and Challenges”

Chair and moderator of the session: Prof. Anne Portaankorva, Vice-Rector of the University of Helsinki


“Moving beyond the theoretical concept of “One Health”: translating into actions”

Prof. Alessandra Scagliarini, Former Chair UNA One Health, Director of University of Bologna One Health International Study Centre, University of Bologna.


“One Health aspects regarding veterinary medicine and animal health”

  Prof. Olli Peltoniemi, Helsinki One Health Director, University of Helsinki


“Estonian Excellence Centre of One Health: New Approaches”

Prof. Alireza Fazeli, ERA Chair of Comparative Medicine, Estonian University of Life Sciences


“One Health: neonates to centenarians”

  Dr. Kristi Huik – Associate Professor in Medical Microbiology and Virology, University of Tartu


14:30 – 15:00      Coffee break

15:00 – 15:20      Presentation

“Turning science into solutions: navigating the One Health commercialization landscape for global benefit”

 Rene Tõnnisson, Baltic Innovation Agency, Founder & Executive Board Member


15:20 – 16:15      Panel discussion: “Bridging Gaps in One Health for Global Well-being”

Chaired by Prof Ülle Jaakma, Rector of the Estonian University of Life Sciences.


Prof. Irja Lutsar, Professor of Medical Microbiology, Institute of Biomedicine and Translational Medicine, University of Tartu, Member of the Estonian Parliament

Sirpa Pietikäinen, Member of the European Parliament

Signe Ratso, European Commission, DG RTD, Deputy Director (TBC)

Prof. Alireza Fazeli, Estonian University of Life Sciences, ERA Chair of Comparative Medicine


16:15-18:00        Networking Reception with Dinner


Please RSVP by Wednesday, January 24. Entry upon for registered participants with ID card/passport only!  


For further information, please email urszula.malinska-mark@emu.ee (Estonian University of Life Sciences)

or kristel.oitmaa@etag.ee (Estonian Liaison Officer for EU, Estonian Research Council in Brussels).


Please make sure you entered correct e-mail address. The confirmation letter will be sent to your e-mail.

Täpsem info

31. jaanuar
12:30 - 18:00


  • Estonian University of Life Sciences


Permanent Representation of Estonia to the European Union
Rue Guimard 11/13
Brussels, Belgia
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