Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS)
Don State Technical University

Projects of the Russian Academy of Sciences in the field of international scientific and scientific-technical cooperation

April 28, 2021

IV International Symposium "One Health"

One Health

The upcoming event will focus on issues related to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Leading specialists in medical and biological sciences, in veterinary sciences and environment studies from Georgia, Spain, China, Russia and other countries will present their papers within the «One Health» concept.

The key subjects include:

  • threats from global emergent zoonoses,
  • antibiotic resistance,
  • pathogen evolution,
  • food and environment safety.

The 4th One Health International Symposium was held on April 28, 2021. The event was organized by the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Don State Technical University as part of the RAS international scientific and technical-scientific cooperation projects.

The Symposium was held online; the leading specialists in medical, biological, veterinary, and environmental sciences from China, Georgia, India, Paraguay, Russia, South Africa, Turkey, the US, and Uzbekistan delivered their papers.

The forum featured the scientific sessions “Antibiotics Resistance and Biosafety” and “Cross-Border Cooperation.”

The opening ceremony was moderated by Vice President of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Academician, Professor Irina Donnik, D.Sc. in Biology.

In his welcome address to the Symposium participants, President of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Academician Alexander Sergeev noted, “Recent events in vaccine development and the response to the COVID pandemic demonstrated scientists’ capabilities of uniting to respond to global challenges. This pandemic has also shown us that the ‘One Health’ concept is now relevant like never before,” the RAS President said. According to Alexander Sergeev, there are three principal dimensions to this concept: antibiotics resistance, zoonoses, and food security. “Over the last few decades, we have noted a significant increase in emergencies and in epizootics. The health of people and animals is threatened by antibiotics resistance, new pathogens, and natural disasters. Studying the interconnections between the health of people and animals requires a multidisciplinary approach. We need experts in public health, animal health, the environment,” Alexander Sergeev also noted. The RAS President emphasized that the Symposium assembled eminent scientists, decision-makers, and leaders in the relevant fields; he thanked the participants and wished them a productive conference.

Dr. Melita Vujnovic, the World Health Organization’s representative in Russia, noted the importance of creating a stable protective environment for sustaining people and animals on Earth. “We understand the close connection between people and animals, their common habitat. Our actions are very important for protecting human and animal health and for ensuring sustainable environment in the future. The COVID-19 pandemic proved very painful and reminded us all that we live in a globalized world. The one health concept must become entrenched in our minds,” Dr. Vujnovic said.

Oleg Kobiakov, Director of FAO Liaison Office with the Russian Federation, greeted the attendees of the 4th One Health International Symposium and said, “Just like politicians the world over have long learned that security is single and indivisible, so doctors have arrived at the same conclusion regarding health. That’s how ‘One World – One Health’ concept was born. This year, the United Nations Environment Programme has joined this cooperation project since the events of the last few months showed that wild nature, our environment, the waters, are a reservoir of microorganisms, including highly pathogenic ones.”

President of the Georgian National Academy of Sciences Georgiy Kvesitadze also spoke at the opening of the 4th One Health International Symposium. “Today, the issue of health and environment is highly important. Together with regional problems, the 21st century created three principal issues that pose a significant threat to humanity: the environment, energy, and food. A disruption of environmental balance entails very grave consequences such as global warming, a catastrophic increase in spontaneous mutations that produce involution forms of organisms, a spike in previously unknown infectious diseases, defective agricultural products, and many others. We have reasons to believe that virus forms of diseases are a result of disrupting the planet’s biological balance,” the President of the GNAS said.

Hou Jianguo, an Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and of the World Academy of Sciences, also addressed the 4th International Symposium with words of greetings and thanks. “Today’s situation with the epidemic stresses the importance of bolstering international scientific and technical cooperation in public health. In order to combat the global pandemic, we attach great importance to cooperation with the international scientific community. Today, China and Russia are the global leaders in vaccine development and creation. They maintain close contacts in microbiology. The institutes of the two medical Academies of Science have signed a memorandum of understanding to establish a joint Russia-China laboratory for COVID-19 research and for research in SARS, immunobiology, and microbiology,’ Hou Jianguo said.
Professor Jonathan Jansen, President of the Academy of Science of South Africa, thanked the Russian Academy of Sciences for participating in the opening ceremony of the 4th International Symposium and also spoke about the Academy of Science of South Africa’s actions in healthcare. “Currently, the Academy of Science of South Africa has approved the study connected with the One Health concept. We are already amending our research with account for various pandemic-related restrictions. We particularly emphasize R&D, biomedical strategies. It is very important for all our academies to ensure that specialists in medicine and biology sit down together with sociologists, that they are with us,” the President of the Academy of Science of South Africa said.

The Symposium recording is available


The online conference will be attended by
  • Academician Alexander Sergeev, President of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS)
  • Professor Bessarion Meskhi, Rector of Don State Technical University
  • Academician Irina Donnik, Vice-president of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS)
  • Academician Viktor Tutelyan, Scientific Supervisor of the Federal Research Center of Nutrition and Biotechnology, RAS Academician
  • Professor Irina Shkuratova, Director of the FGBNU Ural Federal Agrarian Research Center of the Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Corresponding Member of RAS
  • Doctor Melita Vujnovic, Head of Country Office in the Russian Federation, World Health Organization
  • Mr. Oleg Kobiakov, Director of the Food and Agriculture Organization Liaison Office with the Russian Federation
  • Academician Giorgi Kvesitadze, President of the National Academy of Sciences of Georgia
  • Professor Huo Jianguo, President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)
  • Professor Jonathan Jansen, President of the Academy of Sciences of South Africa
  • Professor Roman Kozlov, Rector of Smolensk State Medical University, RAS Corresponding Member
  • Professor Maria Gergel, Deputy Director of The Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance Rosselkhoznadzor
  • Professor Svetlana Sheveleva, Head of the Laboratory for Biosafety and Nutrimicrobiome Analysis, Federal Research Center of Nutrition and Biotechnology
  • Professor Natalia Efimochkina, Leading Researcher, Laboratory of Biosafety and Nutrimicrobiome Analysis, Doctor of Biological Sciences, Federal Research Center of Nutrition and Biotechnology
  • Doctor Subeer Majumdar, NIAB — National Institute of Animal Biotechnology, An Autonomous Institute of the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, India
  • Mr. Peter Hoejskov, Technical Officer — Food Safety & Zoonotic Diseases in WHO Health Emergencies Programme, World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe
  • Professor Jie Feng, State Key Laboratory of Microbial Resources, CAS Institute of Microbiology
  • Professor Michael Leonidas Chikindas, Head of the Laboratory at Don State Technical University, Professor at Rutgers University (USA)
  • Professor Mumin Polat, Mehmet Akif Ersoy University (Turkey)
  • Doctor Simao Ferreira, Center for Rehabilitation Research, School of Health at the Polytechnic University of Porto (Portugal)
  • Professor Abror Juraev, Vice-rector for International Cooperation of Bukhara State University
  • Professor Monica Almeida Vieira, Coordinator of the Laboratory of Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Polytechnic University of Porto (Portugal)
  • Professor Zaza Avaliani, Director of the National Center for Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases, Consultant of the Ministry of Health on COVID Management in the Batumi Republican Hospital
  • Professor Kuanysh Yergaliyev, Director of the Center for Health, Policy and Management at SDU Business school

Organizing Committee

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Irina Donnik

Academician, Vice-president of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Doctor of Biological Sciences, Professor

Besarion Meskhi

Rector of Don State Technical University, Doctor of Technical Sciences, Professor

Sergey Malenko

Head of the Russian Academy of Sciences Department for International Cooperation

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