OBJECTIVES

The conference “One Health for the Mediterranean Region in the Age of Big Data” aimed at encouraging exploration of how advanced risk assessment capacity, supported by ever improving big data capabilities, can be applied to understanding and responding to the One Health challenges that threaten global health security, with a focus on the Mediterranean region.

This conference also focused on changes in animal production systems and disease evolution, exploring how the One Health approach can assist to assess and manage risks. It explored the impact of climate change and variability on disease epidemiology, including vector ecology and food production, it looked at the use of geo-spatial big data for disease monitoring and how international organisations are currently framing and responding to the challenge of transforming the exponential growth of data into intelligence-driven information for action, and how we can provide leadership and an enabling environment for a future-focused community-of-practice in One Health data analysis.