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The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the School of Advanced Studies on Food and Nutrition of the University of Parma, with the collaboration of the Catholic University Sacro Cuore of Piacenza, are organising a Summer School for early- career researchers with the objective to provide an opportunity to learn from some of the most prominent experts in the field of One Health Approach, including theory, case studies, economic impact and consumers’ perception.

One Health is an approach to designing and implementing programmes, policies, legislation and research, at local, regional, national, and global level, in which multiple disciplines relate and work together to achieve better public health outcomes.

It is a concept that acknowledges the existing links between animal, human and environmental health. Zoonotic diseases, foodborne diseases, and antimicrobial resistance are good examples of these relations, and it is in these fields that a One Health approach is particularly relevant.

Indeed it is not a new vision, but changes leading to the emergence and re-emergence of some diseases (climate change, growth of human population, expansion of international travels and trade, etc.) have certainly increased the relevance of this multidisciplinary approach.

The organizers have opted for a free-of-charge Summer School to offer an opportunity to an extended number of PhD students and post-doc researchers, as well as to other early-career candidates with a scientific background, to get the advantage of this learning opportunity. Registration is limited to 150 people.

Given the School is receiving a number of applications largely exceeding the venue capacity, the scientific committee has decided to make a careful selection of participants aimed at a balanced representation of expertise, affiliations and geographical origins.

Candidates without a stable working relationship or affiliation with an institution are kindly requested to provide a recommendation letter (via the registration form) of a scientific tutor.

Please note that due to the high number of applications received, registration will close on 16 February at midnight local time (Parma, GMT+1).