Network for Evaluation of One Health

NEOH at the 3rd GFR One Health Summit in Davos


Oct 15


NEOH at the 3rd GFR One Health Summit in Davos

Massimo Canali presenting in Davos

232 researchers, policy makers and practitioners coming from 53 developed and developing countries and working in the areas of public health, veterinary medicine, agriculture, biodiversity, ecosystem services, sustainable development and natural capital, joined on 4th, 5th and 6th October 2015, in Davos, for the 3rd One health Summit of the Global Risk Forum (GFR). GFR is a well-known foundation, based in this Swiss town, devoted to promote the worldwide exchange of know-how in integrative risk management and climate change adaptation. With a mix of formats, including keynote lectures, plenary and parallel sessions, the One Health Summit provided this year a valuable forum for dialogue and a strategic platform to foster the sharing of information and viewpoints.


The NEOH was represented at the event by Barbara Häsler (RVC – NEOH Coordinator), Simon Ruegg (University of Zurich), and Massimo Canali (University of Bologna). NEOH factsheets were distributed and people encouraged to join the network. Massimo Canali delivered a presentation prepared with Maurizio Aragrande (University of Bologna) on “An Operational Tool to Enhance One Health Interdisciplinarity”. The presentation was an individual contribution within the NEOH framework, focusing on key issues, such as system approach and interdisciplinarity, discussed at the NEOH Training School of Cluj-Napoca last June.

The authors, Massimo Canali and Maurizio Aragrande, have developed a multi-disciplinary matrix to manage the scientific complexity of health care issues. Complexity is challenged by a systemic approach, based on the combination of simple epidemiological and socio-economic models, in order to achieve a comprehensive understanding of real situations and case studies. The matrix is intended to find out the multiple aspects and effects of a health intervention and identify all necessary expertise. The aim is to define the scientific and cultural borders among disciplines, the grey areas where knowledge is lacking, and the overlapping territories where analytical competences are redundant and/or cooperative. This procedure intends to be a pivotal tool to coordinate different disciplinary skills and increase effectiveness in health research, policy and management.


Short and Extended abstracts as well as all Poster Presentations are available as e-publications for download online:

All presentations given at the 3rd GRF One Health Summit 2015 are available online in an interactive conference overview:

Our team of conference rapporteurs is currently working on a conference findings summary, which will be published soon.

Participants List

The final participants list is available for download here:

Impressions of the week

Impressions of the 3 days in Davos are available online at:

Video statements

Video statements recorded during the Summit can be streamed online: