The aim of the project is to build on and accelerate the work of the SCAR CWG in developing a durable focused network of national research funders in Member and Associated States of the EU for the purpose of sharing information, coordinating activities and working towards a common research agenda and mutual research funding activities in the field of animal health. The scope will include emerging and major infectious diseases of production animals, including fish and bees and including those conditions which pose a threat to human health but excluding food safety issues relating to the handling of livestock products and diseases of wildlife except where they act as reservoirs of infection for humans or production animals.
The EMIDA ERA-NET project is funded by the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme, Project No. 219235
Launch of Global Network, STAR-IDAZ, May 2011
STAR-IDAZ, the new EC funded global network on animal disease and zoonoses research, was launched with a meeting in London on 12-13 May, 2011. Involving 22 partner organisations from 17 countries and industry, STAR-IDAZ aims to establish an international forum of R&D programme owners/managers and international organisations for the purpose of sharing information, improving collaboration on research activities and working towards common research agendas and coordinated research funding on the major animal diseases affecting livestock production and/or human health.
EMIDA Stakeholder/Dissemination Conference, May 2011
With EMIDA drawing to a close, the Stakeholder/Dissemination Conference was held in London on the morning of 11 May 2011. Following an overview of the project by the Coordinator, the work package leaders presented their activities which include a number of databases and a Strategic Research Agenda (SRA). Four stakeholders; a funder, a researcher, a representative of the European Technology Platform on Global Animal Health (ETPGAH) and an industry co-funder then gave their experiences of the first common call which saw over €21 million fund 12 transnational projects. The EMIDA partners were joined at the conference by the EMIDA Advisory Group and Strategy Board as well as the STAR-IDAZ partners and a number of animal health experts.
On the 10th and 11th of June approximately 40 experts from a range of backgrounds convened at the Czech Ministry of Agriculture in Prague for the Strategic Research Agenda Workshop (STRAW) to discuss the research needed to enable EMIDA partners to identify, prevent, control and mitigate emerging and infectious animal disease threats to Europe in the next 10 to 15 years. Results of the recently completed Delphi Study and Review of Foresight Studies, both of which were outputs of Workpackage 4, formed the basis for STRAW discussions which will support the development of a Strategic Research Agenda to be delivered in September 2011.