Filling the knowledge gaps in animal disease control

20 October 2021
Brussels, Belgium

This symposium, titled Filling the knowledge gaps in animal disease control: assessing animal health research needs for a healthy planet, will take place on 20 October 2021. The symposium is organised by DISCONTOOLS in collaboration with STAR-IDAZ IRC, and is hosted by AnimalhealthEurope.

Please note that this will be a ‘face-to-face’ meeting held in Brussels. The event will also be streamed, and you can indicate how you wish to attend (in person or virtual) during the registration process.


Registration closes on 13 October 2021.


Improving animal health is a key factor to address today’s global challenges. It is an essential component to improve animal welfare, to secure the provision of safe and nutritious food of a growing world population, to improve livelihoods and stimulate economic growth in rural areas and to reduce natural resource use and climate emissions of the livestock sector. At the same time, global changes such as increased mobility of people and animals, changing consumer behaviours and climate change are altering disease risk and leading to disease spill-over events between animals and humans. Public and private sectors act upon these challenges and invest in research for the development of new animal health solutions. This has improved our knowledge on pathogens & immune mechanisms and led to the development of new medicines, diagnostics and control methods. But with the renewed attention for the control of infectious diseases, what are the most pressing gaps that need to be filled, and where will future research have the largest impact?

The symposium will draw on the DISCONTOOLS and STAR-IDAZ IRC initiatives to identify current research gaps and provide road maps for public and private innovations in animal health. It hopes to bring together scientists, policy makers, and representatives from the animal health industry, funding bodies and stakeholder organisations to enhance collaboration for animal health and discuss research priorities from different perspectives.

More information and registration

You can read more about the event and access the registration link on the Discontools website.