Symposium on One Health and Urban Transformation

November 3, 2020 | 10:00 h - 16:00 h

Launched in July 2016, the “One Health and Urban Transformation – identifying risks, developing sustainable solutions” Graduate School has engaged in researching the various dimensions and transformations of the urban systems and their impact on human, animal and environmental health, in urban metropolitan areas in Germany, Ghana, India and Brazil. This symposium provides an opportunity for dialogue between stakeholders and academia on One Health and urban transformations.

The symposium will be held online only. Find more information on the One Health Symposium Website (including Photo and poster exhibition, background materials)


10:00-10:15am     Welcome addresses
                                 Prof. Dr. Christian Borgemeister, Bonn University
                                 Prof. Dr. Katja Bender,  Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences
                                 Dr. Shen Xiaomeng, United Nations University - EHS

10:15-11:15am      Keynotes
                                One Health - Video message by Prof. Dr. Jakob Zinsstag, Swiss TPH
                                One Health - Lessons from the Field 
                                by Prof. Dr. Jorg Heukelbach, One Health Institute, Federal University of Ceará, Brazil

11:15-11:45am       Break / Online photo exhibition Insights into research

11:45am-1:45pm    One Health and Urban Transformation 
                                 Introduction and framework by Dr. Timo Falkenberg, ZEF, University of Bonn
                                 Presentation of country cases on Brazil, Germany, Ghana, India

1:45-2:45pm           Break / Online poster exhibition

2:45-3:45pm          Opportunities and Knowledge Gaps for Implementing One Health                                  
                                  Panel participants (in alphabetical order): 
                                  Prof. Dr. Walter Bruchhausen, University of Bonn, Prof. for Global Health
                                  Dr. Thomas Claßen, NRW Centre for Health (LZG.NRW)
                                  Juliana M.G. Paris, One Health and Urban Transformation Graduate School
                                  Dr. Rüdiger Krech, WHO Director of the Department of Ethics and Social Determinants of Health
                                  Krupali Patel, One Health and Urban Transformation Graduate School
                                  Sunandan Tiwari, Project manager Global Projects, ICLEI
                                  Prof. Dr. Jakob Zinsstag, Swiss TPH

                                  Moderator: Dr. Timo Falkenberg

3:45pm-4pm         Closing remarks


The event will be held online in English.
Participation is free of charge but registration with is required.

Background information:

One Health is an integrative approach at the interface between human, animal and environmental health, requiring inter- and transdisciplinary research and intersectoral collaboration to comprehensively investigate risk dynamics and develop management and mitigation options. The interactions between humans, animals and their shared environment are greatly affected by urbanization processes and transformations leading to health implications and risks both at local and global level.

Find out more about the One Health and Urban Transformation researchers!

The NRW Forschungskolleg “One Health and Urban Transformation” is jointly operated by the Center for Development Research (ZEF), the International Centre for Sustainable Development (IZNE) at Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg (H-BRS) and the United Nations University – Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) Bonn, in collaboration with the Department of Geography (University Bonn), the Medical Faculty (University Bonn) and the Institute for Hygiene and Public Health. Additionally, the Forschungskolleg collaborates with research and implementation oriented partners in each of the four research areas: Ruhr Valley, São Paulo, Accra and Ahmedabad.

The NRW Forschungskolleg One Health and Urban Transformation is funded by the Ministry of Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia (Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen, MKW).


Timo Falkenberg

Dr. Timo Falkenberg


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