Scientists and policy makers from around the world will visit research institutes and companies in the field of Life Sciences in the Utrecht region on March 18th.

The Utrecht side event of the 3rd International One Health Congress 2015, includes site visits at the Utrecht Science Park and near vicinity, with an option to select a visit to facilities in Bilthoven with the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM National Institute for Public Health and the Environment ) and companies Bilthoven Biologics, Intravacc and Micreos.  Another option will be a trip to facilities in Zeist of TNO Life Sciences and the facilities at Utrecht Science Park, among these the Hubrecht Institute and the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Utrecht University.

Dutch One Health approach

During the site visit to RIVM, the Dutch One Health approach to the signalling and control of zoonoses will be presented, as well as lessons learned.

The Netherlands is a densely populated country with high numbers of livestock and pet animals. Therefore, high quality systems for surveillance, signalling and control, and research on zoonoses are of utmost importance.  A zoonoses risk analysis structure has been implemented by using an One Health approach. RIVM is the coordinator of this human-veterinary integrated structure and is involved in a broad range of zoonoses research activities.

RIVM is the research and knowledge centre of the Dutch government with respect to public health and the environment. RIVM works to prevent and control outbreaks of infectious diseases including zoonoses.

Programme site visit RIVM

  • Welcome and introduction by Arjen van de Giessen, head RIVM Centre for Zoonoses and Environmental Microbiology
  • Workshop on signalling and control of zoonoses in the Netherlands
  • Science market Zoonoses. RIVM researchers working in  various domains of One Health can be met at RIVM science market Zoonoses.

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