Scotlandâ€™s capital will host the esteemed “6thÂ World One Health Congress”Â in 2020, following a successful competitive bid process against other European cities. The Congress will take place on 15-18 June 2020 at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC).
The event, which will deliver Â£3.3m into the local economy, reinforces Edinburghâ€™s position as one of the worldâ€™s leading hubs for medical and health expertise.
One Health is an international movement that aims to attain optimal health and well-being for people, domestic animals, wildlife and the environment, by bringing together various disciplines to make a difference to society and the lives of people. One Health aims to enhance understanding of and preparedness for current and future outbreaks of infectious diseases in humans and animals, including the ecological and environmental factors which impact on these diseases.
Over 2,000 participants will attend the event, presenting the opportunity to showcase Scotlandâ€™s sector expertise and resource to a worldwide audience. Scotland’s strong Higher Education sector continues to deliver world class research, which is helping to deliver solutions to global challenges within livestock industries and both veterinary and human medicine.
Professor Anna Meredith and Dr Neil Anderson of the University of Edinburghâ€™s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and The Roslin Institute were key members of the bid team.