Network for Evaluation of One Health

Inclusiveness Target Countries (ITC) Conference Grant

Call for ITC Conference Grants occurring between the 1st April 2017 and 30th April 2018


Conference Grants are aimed at supporting PhD students and ECI researchers from Participating ITC to attend international science and technology related conferences not specifically organised by the COST Action. An ECI is a researcher within 8 years from the date they obtained their PhD/doctorate (full-time equivalent).

COST Inclusiveness Target Countries (ITC) are: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, fYR Macedonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey.


Conference grants eligibility

The following eligibility criteria applies:

  1. Conference Grants are exclusively reserved for PhD students and ECI’s with a primary affiliation in an institution located in an ITC.
  2. The applicant must make an oral/poster presentation at the conference in question and must be listed in the official event/conference programme. The main subject of the oral presentation / poster presentation / speech at the approved conference must be on the topic of the Action and must acknowledge COST.
  3. The participation of each applicant must be pre-approved by the Action MC. Attendance at European conferences is preferred. However, conferences held elsewhere can also be considered.

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Reports from previous Early Career Investigator Conference Grants:

Martin Hitziger
Successful workshop on One Health Surveillance at the Society for Disease Surveillance’s (ISDS) annual conference in Atlanta (US)

On Tuesday, 6th December Martin Hitziger, Simon Rüegg and John Berezowski contributed to a workshop on One Health Surveillance at the Society for Disease Surveillance’s (ISDS) annual conference in Atlanta (US), which was a crucial first step in building a solid collaboration between ISDS and NEOH.

The workshop was led by John Berezowski. The morning comprised talks on statistical techniques of integrating and analyzing complex data sets, the afternoon was specifically dedicated to soft aspects. Victor del Rio, current head of ISDS’s One health working group introduced Multi-Criteria Decision Methods. NEOH affiliate member, Tracy Dutcher conducted a workshop on the OH SMART tool for analyzing intersectoral organizational notification pathways in disease surveillance.

Simon Ruegg presented the NEOH network, with a specific focus on the One-Health-Index. Martin Hitziger suggested potential contributions of transdisciplinary research to OH disease surveillance. Both also presented the project on “Evaluating One Health initiatives – principles, criteria and indicators” recently granted by the Swiss Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation. This project is conducted in collaboration with the ISDS and will apply the NEOH framework to case studies from ISDS members. Simon Ruegg and Martin Hitziger will mainly work in this project, but cooperation with ISDS case study representatives is crucial for the validation approach.

Therefore, this workshop had several positive outcomes for NEOH. The network, its objectives, approaches and its advances in producing the OH Evaluation handbook were extensively presented to the ISDS by several important NEOH members. Awareness for complex outbreak notification pathways in several disease scenarios was raised through Tracey Dutchers workshop on OH SMART. This did in turn open the eyes of some participants for the importance of intersectorial OH-collaboration. Furthermore, the new project, which will apply and advance NEOH’s evaluation approaches by applying them to case studies from ISDS was presented and met with considerable interest. Around 20 workshop participants signed up on a contact list for potential case study collaborators. The workshop is therefore seen as a successful milestone, marking the collaboration of NEOH and ISDS. It led the basis to disseminate NEOH’s approaches to a global audience in disease surveillance, and to further develop OH evaluation methods through case studies in various countries.

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