The Med-Vet-Net Association held their fifth international scientific conference entitled ‘One Health: Zoonoses - Emerging Threats’, at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK at the end of June 2017.


Med-Vet-Net 2017  addressed a number of new and emerging threats under four main symposia:


  • Epidemiological surveillance and outbreak control of zoonoses
  • (re-)Emerging and neglected zoonotic agents
  • Big data and digital information
  • Antimicrobial resistance


The conference attracted a great deal of interest and approximately 150 delegates attended from as far afield as North Carolina and Thailand. 




As well as a full and varied programme of talks there were a number of good poster presentations.

Anne Ridley (APHA), Kitty Maassen (RIVM), Hendrik-Jan Roest (WUR), Karin Artursson (SVA) and Karen Krogfelt (SSI) undertook the unenviable task of having to choose just three from among the students and young scientists presenting either talks or posters that were all of a high standard. Prizes were considered under the following categories:


  • Best overall poster;
  • Best student/young scientist poster; and
  • Best student /young scientist presentation (across all sessions)

In the event, all three prizes went to either a young scientist or student and all were on the theme of Epidemiological Surveillance and Outbreak Control of Zoonoses.

The award for best presentation by a young scientist or student went to Ewa Bilska-Zając, a young scientist from PIWET, who spoke about the ‘Current epidemiological situation of trichinellosis in Poland’ (ES02).


The two prizes for best poster were awarded to:

Magdalena Włodarczyk-Ramus, another young scientist from PIWET for her nicely presented poster on ‘Parasitological threats associated with organic fertilizers used in agriculture’ (ES12); and

Huifang Deng, a PhD student from RIVM.  Her poster on the ‘Seroprevalence of Toxoplasma gondii in pregnant women and livestock in the mainland of China’ was a beautiful example of One-Health ES07). 




Conference delegates and prize-winners with Med-Vet-Net Association President, Professor Roberto La Ragione:  (Left to right: Dr Monika Tchórzewska; Prof Roberto La Ragione; Ewa Bilska-Zając; Agnieszka Jodełko;  Magdalena Włodarczyk-Ramus;  Dr Weronika Korpysa-Dzirba and Anna Czubkowska.




From left to right: one of the judges, Dr Anne Ridley (APHA), Med-Vet-Net Association President, Prof Roberto La Ragione, Ewa Bilska – Zając, Agnieszka Jodełko, Magdalena Włodarczyk - Ramus, Dr Weronika Korpysa – Dzirba, Anna Czubkowska.