Symposium on One Health and Urban Transformation

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

This symposium invites to a dialogue between stakeholders and academia about research on ‘One Health and urban transformations’.

Launched in July 2016, the “One Health and Urban Transformation – identifying risks, developing sustainable solutions” Graduate School has studied the various dimensions and transformations of the urban systems and their impacts on human, animal and environmental health, in metropolitan areas in Germany, Ghana, India and Brazil.

The symposium will be held online. For participation, please register via e-mail:

Program (preliminary)

10:00-10:15 am Welcome addresses by One Health research partners (Bonn University, Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences/ IZNE, United Nations University - EHS)

10:15-11:15 am 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

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

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

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

2:45-3:45 pm Panel: Opportunities and Knowledge Gaps for Implementing One Health

: Dr. Timo Falkenberg
Panelists: (in alphabetical order)
Prof. Dr. Walter Bruchhausen, University of Bonn, Prof. for Global Health
Dr. Thomas Claßen, NRW Centre for Health (LZG.NRW)
Jéssica Felappi, 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
Prof. Dr. Jakob Zinsstag, Swiss TPH

3:45 pm-4 pm 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