07 October 2016 - Launched in October 2013, the LinkTADs research consortium is a 3-year initiative funded under the European Commission (EC) Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), which aims to coordinate research on transboundary animal diseases and zoonoses (both epidemiology and laboratory aspects) between the European Union and China. After almost three years, the project will soon come to its end. A series of final dissemination events are being organized in Europe and China.
The final European dissemination event took place on 29 September 2016 as an open session within the Framework of the 10th Annual Meeting of EPIZONE “Going Viral”, which was organized in Madrid, Spain. The meeting was open to participants at no cost and two young scientist were sponsored to attend (i.e. reimbursement of their travelling costs by LinkTADs).
Representatives from LinkTADs partners (FAO, Europa Media Ltd, CIRAD, Royal Veterinary College and Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação - SPI), plus the EC took part in the event. On 29th September, from 11:40 until 16:20, the LinkTADs Dissemination Event shared with participants on the main accomplishments and results, as well as some of the tools that will remain in place to facilitate the research community to find funds, partners or information on the process. The agenda of the session and the PowerPoint presentations can be downloaded here.
The FAO officer and LinkTADs coordinator, Daniel Beltran-Alcrudo, opened the Dissemination Event and outlined the project’s structure and highlighted the major achievements of the project in terms of networking opportunities (workshops), webinars, short academic exchanges, joint laboratories, trainings, dissemination and project proposals. Marilia Cunha from SPI presented the different opportunities for research funding and online cooperation opportunities, for which open access databases have been developed at LinkTADs. Julien Cappelle, CIRAD, explained how research priorities were defined within LinkTADs project (through literature reviews and internal consultations) and how this lead to the development of concept notes on 8 priority diseases, one of which (Japanese encephalitis) is already funded. The European Commission officer, Razvan Anistoroaei, presented the new research funding opportunities coming up, most importantly through the Horizon 2020 programme. Gabriella Lovasz from Europa Media presented on the future opportunities in EU-China cooperation in animal health research. Ana Mateus from RVC gave an overview of the applied research and teaching opportunities between the EU and China, stressing the importance of the China Field Epidemiology Training Programme for Veterinarians (China FETPV). In addition, there was a presentation from Sandra Blome, Friedrich Loeffler Institut (FLI), introducing the Global African swine fever Research alliance (GARA).
For those based in China, another dissemination event will take place in Kunming, Yunnan, on 20-23 October 2016, organized at a conference from the Association of Veterinary Biotechnology and the Association of Veterinary Immunology. Around 400-500 participants from research institutes, universities and industries are expected.