CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19: International Workshop on the Transboundary Diseases at the Human-Livestock-Wildlife Interface in the Asia-Pacific Region

2020-05-27 17:19

As the Asia-Pacific region continues to be negatively impacted by wildlife-associated emerging diseases such as avian influenza, African swine fever, and emerging coronaviruses, national capacity to perform surveillance and manage wildlife diseases will be of paramount importance. 

Researchers in the region need to jointly and collaboratively develop wildlife disease surveillance and research studies to benefit wildlife and ecosystem health, and to develop opportunities for increasing interaction, including mutually beneficial scientist exchange programs and joint scientific conferences to facilitate the transfer of knowledge.

The workshop is the 5th meeting in a series that have been jointly organized by the US Geological Survey and the National Institute of Environmental Research of R.O.Korea. The last workshop was organized in May 2019 in Tsukuba, Japan in collaboration with the National Institute of Environmental Sciences, Japan. These workshops have been very successful, and the participants have grown over time to include agencies, institutions, and experts from Japan, China, R.O. Korea, Russia, Mongolia, and other US government agencies. 

The workshop in May 2020 will be hosted by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism of Mongolia and the Wildlife Science and Conservation Center of Mongolia and convened jointly by USGS, National Institute of Environmental Research of R.O.Korea, and National Institute of Environmental Sciences, Japan.

The goals of this current workshop are:

  • To continue to build the wildlife health community of practice in the Asia-Pacific Region, and expand the participants to agencies and institutions from other countries in the Region
  • Exchange scientific knowledge among the participants to share best practices, create scientific networks and build capacity in wildlife health science for the Asia-Pacific Region

This workshop will make significant contributions towards meeting the need for the development of national wildlife health programs to address those high-consequence emerging and transboundary diseases. Also, the workshop will encourage direct contact and cooperation among scientists and organizations.

The workshop will have the following scientific sessions:

  • One Health approach for monitoring and responding to emerging infectious diseases
  • Development of diagnostic methods and surveillance systems for emerging infectious diseases in wildlife
  • Transboundary wildlife diseases
  • African swine fever
  • Bubonic plague
  • Intercontinental movement of pathogens via migratory birds
  • Utilization of ecological data to understand infectious disease ecology

Expressions of interest in presenting or providing a poster should be sent to Nyambayar Batbayar: and Jonathan Sleeman: no later than 15 March 2020. Please include your name, email, affiliation, and title of your presentation or poster. Participants will be asked to provide an abstract with 300-350 words with keywords.