One Health Research Symposium

November 2, 2023 | 16:00 h - 18:30 h

The One-Health Day is celebrated across the world every year on November 3. The aim is to bring together advocates of the One-Health approach to advance research and drive action across sectors for improving the health of living organisms and promoting environmental sustainability. 

On the occasion of this year's One-Health Day, ZEF will be hosting a Research Symposium with a focus on the importance of water systems in cities and how they affect health and well-being.

Date & time: November 2, 2023 from 16:00 to 18:30 (CET). 
Venue: ZEF Conference Room (ground floor) and virtual via Zoom.

For joining online please register via:

The official program will be followed by a get-together in ZEF's foyer, where food and refreshments will be offered so participants have the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas.


16:00 – 16:10


Welcome address and introduction 

Prof. Dr. Christian Borgemeister (ZEF-director)  | Ana Maria Perez Arredondo (ZEF senior researcher)

16:10 – 16:40

Talk: Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WaSH) in Cities

Prof. Dr.Thomas Kistemann (Public Health Institute and Department of Geography, University of Bonn).

20 min presentation and 10 min Q&A

16:40 – 17:10

Talk: Water Resource Management and Climate Change

Dr. Fazlullah Akhtar (ZEF senior researcher)

20 min presentation and 10 min Q&A

17:10 – 17:30


17:30 – 18:00

Short presentations 

  • Aquatic ecosystems conservation
    Dr. Isimemem Osemwegie (ZEF senior researcher)
  • How to use “the blue” to get health-related data at a small intra-urban scale
    Dr. Dennis Schmiege  (ZEF and One Health Alumnus)
  • Urban blue spaces as health resources
    Anna Brückner (ZEF and One Health Alumna)
  • Water bodies, recreational use and risk of disease
    Dr. Joshua Ntajal (ZEF and One Health Alumnus)

18:00 – 18:30

Panel discussion “Blue Healthy Cities for all”
Moderator: Ana Maria Perez

18:30 – onward

Meet and exchange with food and refreshments 


Ana Maria Perez Arredondo

Ana Maria Perez Arredondo