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  • Date and time: Sunday 19 June 2022, 4pm to 5.30pm
  • Location: In-person only
    Ron Cooke Hub, Campus East, University of York (Map)
  • Admission: Free admission, booking required

Event details

Five new human diseases appear each year and three of them are of animal origin, including Ebola and Covid-19. In fact, around 60% of all infectious diseases come from animals. A growing human population, deforestation and degradation of habitats, and pollution all contribute to ill health in animals, and bring them into closer contact - and often conflict - with humans. This, in turn, increases the chance of the transfer of disease to humans. The One Health concept was first put forward twenty years ago, with a growing awareness of the close links - and the interconnectedness - between human health, animal health and the overall state of the environment.

When all 193 Member States of the United Nations, including France and the UK, agreed on the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015, they set out an ambitious agenda for a safer, fairer and healthier world by 2030. This includes Universal Health Coverage (UHC2030), a mission to create a movement for accelerating equitable and sustainable progress towards universal health coverage. UHC2030 is based on the principle that all individuals and communities should have access to quality essential health services without suffering financial hardship.

Join our panel of experts as they examine what a multidisciplinary, global approach to health issues really means. What are the challenges and opportunities that working together on this brings and how can the UK and France make a meaningful and lasting contribution?

This event is part of the Festival Focus Shaping Society: Challenges and opportunities. Why not also join the online session on Next Generation Citizens: How are young people shaping the future of democracy?

Presented in collaboration with the French Embassy in the UK.


About the speakers

Kate Pickett is Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Health Sciences and until recently held the title of Research Champion for Justice and Equality at the University of York. She trained in biological anthropology at Cambridge, nutritional sciences at Cornell and epidemiology at UC-Berkeley. Kate was an UK NIHR Career Scientist from 2007-12, is a Fellow of the RSA and a Fellow of the UK Faculty of Public Health. She is co-author, with Richard Wilkinson, of The Inner Level and The Spirit Level, which was chosen as one of the Top Ten Books of the Decade by the New Statesman, was awarded Publication of the Year by the Political Studies Association and has been translated into 23 languages. She is a co-founder and trustee of The Equality Trust.

Barbara Stiegler is an associate professor of political philosophy and the director of the Soin, éthique et santé ('Care, Ethics, and Health') masters program at the University of Bordeaux Montaigne. She is also a member of the Institut universitaire de France, a service of the French Ministry of Higher Education that honors professors for their research excellence. Stiegler is a specialist in German philosophy and has authored three books: Nietzsche et la biologie (Presses universitaires de France, 2001), Nietzsche et la critique de la chair (Presses universitaires de France, 2005) and 'Il faut s'adapter': Sur un nouvel impératif politique (Gallimard, 2019) / Adapt!: On a New Political Imperative, with Adam Hocker (Fordham University Press, 2022). 

Jean-François Soussana is Vice-Chair for international of INRA, which became INRAE as of January 2020 (French National Institute for Agriculture, Environment and Food,, after being Scientific Director for Environment since 2010. He contributes to scientific expertise for FAO (e.g., State of Food and Agriculture, 2016) and is a member of the Science Group of the UN Secretary General Food Systems Summit held in 2021. He coordinates national and European (EC FP5, FP7 and H2020) research projects on climate change, soils and agriculture. He co-chairs the Integrative Research Group of the Global Research Alliance on agricultural greenhouse gases and the Steering Council of AgMIP, an international modeling program on climate change impacts on agriculture. Dr. Soussana is member of the Climate High Level Council reporting to the French Prime Minister, member of the governing boards of the Joint Programing Initiative on agriculture, food security and climate change (FACCE JPI, 22 countries) and of the Mission Board of the EC on soil health and food. He is also a member of the Scientific and Technical Committee of the initiative ‘4 per 1000. Soils for Food Security and Climate’. Dr. Soussana was a highly cited researcher (Clarivate Analytics, 2018). He has published over 180 refereed research papers in international journals, cited close to 25,000 times (Google Scholar), as well as two books and a dozen of book chapters. He was awarded a shared Nobel Prize for Peace (2007) (with all Lead Authors of IPCC AR4), the French civil merit for Agriculture (knight 2009, commander 2017), the Légion d'Honneur (knight, 2020) and the gold medal of the French academy for agriculture (2011).

Professor Mike Holmes has been a GP Partner at Haxby Group for 20 years; a large practice caring for almost 100,000 patients across York, Hull and Scarborough. He has led the development of and now is the Chair at Nimbuscare Ltd - a GP Led provider organisation, bringing together all GP practices in the city of York, caring for a population of 250,000 people. Nimbuscare delivers a wide range of services on a citywide footprint. During the COVID-19 pandemic Nimbuscare provided both a Local and a National Vaccination Centre on a collocated site in York, delivering over 600,000 vaccinations over a 12-month period. Mike is currently the Chair of the Trustee Board at the Royal College of General Practitioners, having previously been a Vice Chair of the College Council (2018-21). He contributed to the NHS Health and Wellbeing offer for Primary Care during the Pandemic and now Chairs the national steering group for the ‘looking after you too’ range of offers. He holds a number of other roles: he is an Honorary Professor in the Department of Health Sciences at the University of York, a Trustee at St Leonard’s Hospice in York, and Chair of the Faculty of Advanced Clinical Practitioners and Physician Associates in the Humber and North Yorkshire Integrated Care System.


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