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One Health Summer School

The first Una Europa One Health Summer School will take place in 2022, an exciting funded opportunity for Una Europa students to come together for two inspiring, eye-opening weeks at the University of Edinburgh from 25 July to 5 August.

Applications to the Summer School in 2022 are now closed.

One Health works towards the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and explores how health of humans, animals, other organisms and the environment are inextricably linked. As proven by the Covid-19 pandemic, health challenges that stem from the complex interaction between humans, animals, plants and ecosystems call for a review of existing concepts and methods. Tighter collaboration across sectors and disciplines – including life sciences, public health and social sciences – is crucial.

The Una Europa One Health Summer School will bring together students and staff from across our Alliance and beyond to explore these interdisciplinary issues and work towards building solutions together. You will develop your knowledge of One Health and/ or Planetary Health by tackling a related global challenge, working with other undergraduate students from European and International universities to develop and pitch an idea.

Why should I participate?

  • Innovative, interdisciplinary programme

Experience a ground-breaking interdisciplinary summer school in the focus area of One Health and Planetary Health, designed by world-leading academics from Una Europa partner universities.

  • Develop your international and multicultural network

We have designed a highly collaborative and interactive programme where you will work closely with peers, mentors and academics. Join a multicultural student community with students studying across Europe and beyond.

  • Solve global challenges and develop transferable skills

In taking on real-life challenges that affect us all and coming up with innovative solutions, you will demonstrate in-demand skills for your CV, developing your team work, communication, research and presentation skills.

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What is the format of the Summer School?

In advance of the in-person summer school you will have the opportunity to participate in online preparatory work, which will allow you to meet other participants online and start to familiarise yourself with key concepts in One health.

During the summer school held in Edinburgh, the academic programme will include approximately 16 hours per week of lectures, seminars, and collaborative group work, complemented by a social and cultural programme. Week One will build on the preparatory programme by further investigating the various concepts in One health and Planetary Health before participants begin working in groups to explore specific challenges, conduct preliminary research, and share their results with everyone. In Week Two, our groups will work creatively to identify potential solutions and develop a pitch which effectively communicates their idea to others.

This non-credit-bearing summer school is designed to provide an enriching academic experience that will develop your transferrable skills while also providing you with the space to experience Scotland and its capital city through a bespoke series of social and cultural activities. Students from our Una Europa partner universities will have the opportunity explore the city of Edinburgh, and students from the University of Edinburgh will gain leadership opportunities while showing off their university and their city. The summer school will also overlap with the start of the world-famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival, celebrating its 75th anniversary this year!

By the end of the summer school, you will be able to:

  • describe and compare One Health and Planetary Health concepts;
  • describe opportunities and challenges, strengths and weaknesses associated with One Health/ Planetary Health approaches to addressing global challenges;
  • work effectively in a multidisciplinary and multicultural team developing a new, integrated approach;
  • communicate concepts of One Health/ Planetary Health to non-specialist audiences;
  • develop employability skills and an awareness of career opportunities in the broader One Health/ Planetary Health sector.

Preliminary Programme

The Una Europa One Health Summer School will kick off with an icebreaker, welcome reception Sunday evening.

Please note: this programme is subject to change.

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Who can apply? Am I eligible?

The One Health Summer School welcomes applications from Una Europa students who have completed a minimum of one year of your undergraduate degree (BA or undergraduate MA) by the time of application. This experience is designed for undergraduate students from a wide range of disciplines, but we may consider applications from students at other levels of study.

If accepted to the programme, you will be joined by a diverse group of students from our Una Europa partner institutions.


  • Application deadline: 28 April
  • Acceptance notification: Due to the high volume of applications received, the date for notifying students of the outcome of their applications has been postponed. Your institution will contact you as soon as possible once the selection process has been completed.

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What is the cost of the programme?

Successful applicants will all receive funded places for the academic programme of the Summer School, with funding for travel and subsistence provided by the Una Europa 1Europe Project. Optional, paid social activities will also be available.

Accommodation is provided at the University of Edinburgh from Saturday 23 July – Saturday 06 August 2022. Funding from the Una Europa 1Europe Project will cover the cost of accommodation. With summer school participants staying together in student flats, this will promote added opportunities for intercultural learning and collaboration.

This initiative was created as part of our Focus Area in One Health and is part of our dissemination and sustainability activity under the 1Europe Project.

Contact information

Do you have questions about the Summer School? Contact the coordinating team at the University of Edinburgh.