One Health is a collaborative, multisectoral, and transdisciplinary approach that acknowledges the interdependence between human, animal, and environmental systems. The concept has gained a renewed interest over the last years since some of the most pressing issues of our time – such as climate change, environmental degradation, non-communicable diseases, and emerging infectious diseases – require solutions at the human-animal-environmental interface. And the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic confirmed the urgent demand for integrated and holistic approaches.
The FEAM One Health Scientific Committee is an advisory board that gathers scientists with long-standing expertise in human, animal, and environmental health, Fellows of FEAM member Academies. The selection process of the nominees was based on the candidates’ proven scientific excellence.
The Committee’s missions are to identify One Health priorities for FEAM members, to advise the FEAM staff and network on future projects and to concretely collaborate on their realisation. The Committee reconvenes in person once a year and holds online meetings regularly.
The FEAM One Health Scientific Committee is overseen by Dr. André Jestin, FEAM Board member, and Prof. George Griffin, FEAM Past President. It is structured around three thematic subgroups: zoonoses, antimicrobial resistance and environment and counts 18 members in total, including two co-chairs for each of the three subcommittees. The Committee’s makeup was set up to equally represent One Health’s pillars and in the respect of gender and geographical balance.
Co-chair: Prof. Jean-Christophe Giard, French Academy of Pharmacy
Co-chair: Prof. Vincent Jarlier, French Academy of Medicine
Co-chair: Prof. Thomas Mettenleiter, German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
Co-chair: Prof. Joanne Webster, the UK Academy of Medical Sciences
Co-chair: Prof. Branislava Betic, Academy of Medical Sciences of the Serbian Medical Society
Co-chair: Prof. Marija Jevtic , Academy of Medical Sciences of the Serbian Medical Society
Secretariat & policy support
The FEAM One Health Scientific Committee was first launched on the occasion of the 2nd European One Health Conference in June 2019. In 2020, the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic catalysed the importance of the implementation of the One Health approach. The renovated awareness of the topic led to a growing interest in the Committee, which need was highlighted during the FEAM workshop on HERA (January 2022) and the FEAM/IAP international conference on One Health (June 2022). In summer 2022, the Committee was revamped and its membership renewed.
FEAM & One Health
The FEAM Council, FEAM sovereign body, identified One Health as a key topic for the Federation.
FEAM activities on One Health: