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Edinburgh to host World One Health Congress in 2020

The Scottish capital has won the bid to host the World One Health Congress in 2020, an expected to deliver £3.3m into the local economy.

Over 2,000 participants are expected to attend the four-day conference, which will be held at the EICC. 

One Health is an international movement that aims to attain optimal health and well-being for people, domestic animals, wildlife and the environment, as well as enhance understanding of and preparedness for current and future outbreaks of infectious diseases in humans and animals, such as Ebola, including the ecological and environmental factors which impact on these diseases.

The Edinburgh bid win came against competition from several other European cities. 

Professor Anna Meredith and Dr Neil Anderson were key members of the bid team. Professor Meredith, University of Edinburgh, said: “We are thrilled to host the 6th World One Health Congress in Edinburgh in 2020… We have vibrant One Health and global health partnerships nationally and internationally, and we look forward to showcasing the work of Scotland’s world-leading collective of research institutes, and engaging with other stakeholders to improve the health of people, animals and the environment.”

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Dr Neil Anderson, programme director MSc One Health and MVetSci Conservation at the University of Edinburgh, added: “The implementation of One Health requires a paradigm shift in how we manage the health of people, animals, plants and the ecosystems which support them. The conference will provide an ideal platform to discuss the practical implementation of One Health across the research, policy and practice arenas.”

Amanda Ferguson, head of conventions for Marketing Edinburgh said: “It is an honour for Edinburgh to be confirmed as host destination for this prestigious event. The capital is renowned for its expertise in the health, environmental and life sciences sectors, as illustrated in our Make it Edinburgh campaign, and we welcome the opportunity to welcome experts from across the world to enable potentially life-changing collaboration.

The Scottish Government supported Convention Edinburgh on the bid and  John Swinney MSP deputy first minister and cabinet secretary for education and skills, said: “Scotland and Edinburgh have a longstanding track record for excellence and innovation in research and development on animal and human health and well-being. Hosting the 6th World One Health Congress in 2020 will help further our reputation as a global leader in medicine, animal health, technology and the life sciences and will put Scotland and Edinburgh firmly at the heart of policy and research development in this key issue.”

The 6th World One Health Congress will take place from 15-18 June 2020.

For further information on Convention Edinburgh or the ongoing Make it Edinburgh campaign visit www.conventionedinburgh.com 

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