Message from the President of the Egas Moniz Center for Interdisciplinary Research

Dear colleagues and distinguished guests,

As the President of this esteemed research center, I am honored to welcome you all to our 6th International Congress of the Egas Moniz Center for Interdisciplinary Research on “Immediate and future challenges to foster One Health”. This event is a testament to our commitment to advancing research and innovation in the field of One Health.
One Health is an approach that recognizes the interconnectedness of human, animal, and environmental health. It is essential for addressing emerging infectious diseases, antimicrobial resistance, food security, and many other global challenges. As such, it has gained significant momentum in recent years, and it is now at the forefront of global health policy and research agendas.
Our Congress aims to bring together leading experts in One Health from across the European region and beyond to share their insights and experiences, identify research priorities, and discuss strategies for collaboration and cooperation.
Our Congress is more than just a gathering of experts. It is an opportunity for us to showcase our research capabilities, strengthen partnerships, and explore funding opportunities for One
Health research in the European region. As you know, research funding is critical for advancing scientific knowledge and translating it into real-world solutions. The One Health approach is explicitly mentioned in the Horizon Europe’a strategic plan,
highlighting the importance of this concept for Europe’s future.The European Commission has also launched a Joint Action on One Health, which aims to strengthen cooperation among Member States on One Health policy and research.
There are also several international programs and action plans that align with this Congress’s theme. For example, the World Health Organization’s Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance and the Food and Agriculture Organization’s Global Action Plan for Healthy Lives and Well-being for All. These initiatives provide a global framework for addressing the challenges of One Health and offer opportunities for collaboration and funding.
Our Congress provides an excellent opportunity for networking and collaboration. We have created a platform for researchers, policymakers, industry leaders, and other stakeholders to interact, share their perspectives, and identify common goals. We believe that this kind of collaboration is essential for advancing One Health research and achieving meaningful impact.
Our venue and alma mater is based in Lisbon South Bay, in the Caparica Region, well-known for its impressive natural landscapes and weather, as well as integrated in a prosperous environment for accelerating projects, which comprises the Innovation District, in our very own European California.
In conclusion, this Congress will provide you with valuable insights, inspiration, and networking opportunities. Let us work together to foster One Health and tackle the challenges of the 21st century!

Message from the President of the Organising Committee

The acute crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic has arguably been the ultimate challenge to the healthcare and welfare systems across the EU, highlighting the need for Europe to be better prepared and more resilient to the negative effects of systemic shocks.
Research and innovation are the foundation of the twin green and digital transitions that will launch the grounds for Europe’s recovery, preparedness, and resilience against the effects of such shocks.
The 6th Congress of the Egas Moniz Center for Interdisciplinary Research (CiiEM) is aligned with the key strategic options and expected impacts on society, economy, and science, defined by the First Horizon Europe plan for research and innovation activities for the years 2021 – 2024.
The congress is organized under the theme “Immediate and future challenges to foster One Health” and will offer researchers and health professionals the opportunity to present and discuss the expected impact of their work in different areas.
These areas include but are not limited to the: access to innovative, sustainable, and high-quality health care; use of new tools, technologies, and digital solutions for a healthy society; promotion of sustainable and circular management of natural resources and tackling pollution; and ensuring food and nutritional security from sustainable food systems.
The 6th Congress of CiiEM will be an important moment of personal and professional enrichment and discussion, and partnership development and nurturing that will help us to foster One Health for current and future generations.
We welcome you all to this international event between July 5 and 7, 2023, at Caparica, Portugal.

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