21 October 2014 - LinkTADs research consortium is an initiative funded under the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), which aims to coordinate research on animal disease control (i.e. epidemiology and laboratory diagnostics) between partners in the European Union (EU) and China. By fostering networking between scientific institutions, LinkTADs will establish systematic linkages between on-going animal health research, training programmes and innovation projects in the EU and China.
As part of LinkTADs, FAO will organize a series of webinars (i.e. interactive online seminar) in collaboration with LinkTADs partners and other experts. The use of this dissemination tool will ensure a wide coverage of stakeholders in China and the European Union (EU), especially those who cannot physically participate in the project workshops. At least, three webinars will be organized during the course of the project. These webinars provide a perfect platform for EU and Chinese researchers and officers in the field to find out more about current developments, network with other researchers and share research interests. This modern dissemination tool is also very cost-effective for communication and everyone with an interest in the topic is welcome to attend. Participants can interact with the presenter, asking and answering questions and making comments. Participants can also access the webinar presentations online afterwards.
The topics and dates of future webinars are still to be decided and will be advertised in due time on LinkTADs website and through email distribution lists. The topics of the webinars can potentially cover a wide range of epidemiology and laboratory aspects on priority diseases and the selection of the definitive topics will be based on demand. Therefore, please feel free to contact us with your suggestions.
On 9 October 2014, Dr. Chris Bartels from the European Commission for the control of Foot-and-Mouth disease (EuFMD) delivered the first webinar of the series: a 1.5-hour presentation entitled Disease Outbreak Investigation: more than “take a sample and run” with focus on China’s situation. The webinar was co-organized by FAO Headquarters in Rome and FAO China in Beijing, and facilitated by Prof John Edwards, Senior Coordinator of FAO ECTAD China. The presentation is available at LinkTADs website.
The presentation covered all aspects related to DOI, including what steps to take and how to perform these steps, and the relation between outbreak investigation and Progressive Control Pathway (PCP) stages for FMD (stages 1-3). A total of 22 participants attended the webinar. Among them were LinkTADs partners Harbin veterinary research institute of Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), China animal health and epidemiology center (CAHEC) and China animal disease control center (CADC), the Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement (CIRAD), as well as external participants such as Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Veterinary Bureau of Ministry of Agriculture of China (MoA), and FAO’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific. The webinar was found very practical and useful, and was highly valued by participants.