The Belgian One Health network (BEOH) invites Belgian scientists, policy makers and civil society on the 23th of November to discuss how the Green Deal(link)  can be best supported in our country from a One Health perspective. 

The current COVID-19 pandemic, but also other disease outbreaks of animal origin such as SARS and Ebola, and their dramatic societal and economic costs show the importance of applying a One Health approach across sectors, as a matter of urgency.

The GREEN DEAL is a new growth strategy that aims to transform the EU into a fair and prosperous society, with a modern, resource-efficient and competitive economy where there are no net emissions of greenhouse gases in 2050 and where economic growth is decoupled from resource use. It also aims to protect, conserve and enhance the EU's natural capital, and protect the health and well-being of citizens from environment-related risks and impacts. At the same time, this transition must be just and inclusive.

It provides for the inclusion and strengthening of synergies from different sectors including climate, energy, transport, industrial policy, agriculture, biodiversity, building renovation, circular economy or even product policy in which the interconnection between the different sectors is essential. It foresees a set of policies and measures to deliver the transformative change we need across all sectors.

These activities will potentially trigger substantial change in research and education, therefore public participation and confidence in the transition is paramount if policies are to work and be accepted. For the Green Deal to be a success a new pact is needed, bringing together civil society, national, regional, local authorities, knowledge institutes and industry, to collaborate closely with the EU’s institutions and consultative bodies.

The overall objective of this event is to stimulate a greater cooperation and synergy between experts working in various fields, policy makers and civil society in order to enable and operationalize a One Health approach in support of the European Green deal. This event also aims to strengthen and enlarge the Belgian One Health network  (BeOH) and its relevance to science, policy and practice.


08:30 - 09:00: Welcome (registration - coffee)

09:00 - 09:10Introduction of the day – Programme 

09:10 - 09:20The Belgian One Health Network (BeOH) : Who we are and what we ambition? 
                             Speakers: Hans Keune (Belgian Biodiversity Platform, INBO, University of Antwerp), 
                             &  Laetitia Lempereur (Federal Public Service Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment - BEOH) 

09:20 - 09:30: The Green Deal : Quick overview and timelines
                            Speaker:  Sarah Nelen (Deputy Head of Cabinet of Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans at European Commission)

Plenary : 

09:30 - 10:00: Farm to Fork strategic plan within the Green Deal
                             Speakers: Rada Chehlarova (EU DG Health and Food Safety), 
                             &  Katie Vermeersch (AFSCA-FAVV)

10:00 - 10:30: Circular Economy strategic plan within the Green Deal 
                             Speaker:  Roland Moreau (Representative of environmental NGOs at the CESE Wallonia
                                                                                         Board Member of Club of Rome -EU Chapter)

Coffee Break & Poster session : 10:30 - 11:00

11:00 - 11:30: Biodiversity strategic plan within the Green Deal
                             Speakers: Arnaud Goessens (Wildlife Conservation Society), 
                             &  Els Martens (Federal Public Service Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment)

11:30 - 12:00Climate resilience strategic plan within the Green Deal
                            Speakers:  Liviu Stirbat (EU DG Climate Action)
                            & Sofie De Broe (Sciensano)

Lunch & Poster session : 12:00 – 13:00

In 4 Groups : 

13:00 - 14:30 : Workgroup Discussions 

  • Farm to Fork
  • Circular Economy
  • Biodiversity
  • Climate resilience

Aiming at developing recommendations on the Strategic and Research agenda & Priority actions regarding the Green deal in a One Health perspective.

Coffee break : 14h30-15h00


15:00 - 15:20Summary of the discussion and recommendations for the 4 topics

15:20 - 15:50: Federal Ministers statement 

Cocktail & Poster session : 15:50-16:30


  • When: Tuesday 23 November 2021 from 9:00 to 16:30

  • AdressSquare Brussels - Ravenstein Entrance -  Rue Ravenstein 2 - 1000 Bruxelles - Acces Maps (link)

Registration is required via this form .
We recommend you to register quickly since the number of places is limited.
This is a Covid Safe Event so do not forget to bring your Covid Certificate!

Poster session :


  1. One Health and the EU Green Deal: how can One Health contribute to EU Green Deal challenges? Which role can Belgian initiatives play?
  2. Implementation of the One Health approach: especially since COVID-19, transdisciplinary, cross-sector collaboration is increasingly mentioned as an essential pre-requisite toward a healthy, green, and sustainable society. But turning the One Health approach in practice is still a challenge (BEOH policy brief). How can we tackle these challenges, what are good examples of a One Health approach?

Who can submit a poster?
 One Health/EU Green Deal relevant initiatives, networks, projects, research outcomes (not necessarily limited to Belgian territory) from, preferably, a diversity of organizations, including networks universities, policy organizations and non-governmental organizations.

Program- timing
Poster sessions are scheduled for 10:30 - 11:00 (coffee break) 12:00 – 13:00 (lunch) 15:50-16:30 (reception).

How to submit
Send your proposal (with title, summary of maximum 500 words, organization, contact person & information, any relevant references/hyperlinks about your presented work) to &

October 31st 2021.

Selection criteria
Posters will be selected based on quality, being in scope with the conference theme and originality.


For more information, please contact Hans Keune ( sends e-mail)) or Laetitia Lempereur ( sends e-mail)

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