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One Health Summer School 2023

The second Una Europa One Health Summer School will take place in the summer of 2023!

Check out this opportunity to familiarise yourself with eye-opening One Health concepts and join your Una Europa classmates for an exciting week at KU Leuven.

Registration information for successful applicants

Are you a student or doctoral researcher who has received a successful application notification and are now looking to register your place? Visit the relevant event page for your Summer School track for all the relevant details:

What is One Health?

One Health works towards the achievement of the UN's sustainable development goals (SDGs) and explores how the 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 attend the Una Europa One Health Summer School?

The Una Europa One Health Summer School will bring together students, doctoral researchers and staff from across the Una Europa Alliance and beyond to explore interdisciplinary One Health issues and work towards building solutions together. This unique Summer School features in particular:

  • Innovative, interdisciplinary programme designed by world-leading academics from Una Europa partner universities
  • A highly collaborative and interactive programme enabling you to work closely with your peers, as well as mentors and academics in a multicultural community
  • A modular approach with a set of online and on-site elements, addressing different levels of expertise

Who can apply? Am I eligible?

This year Una Europa will host two One Health Summer Schools at KU Leuven, catering to the different educational stages of our student community:

  • The One Health Summer School – General is organized for undergraduate and master's students currently enrolled at an Una Europa university who are in at least their third year of study at the time of application.
    • The General Summer School will be held both online and on-site in Leuven from July 24th until July 28th 2023.
    • After an introduction to One Health, you will work together with other students from international universities on-site in a group assignment to tackle a One Health-related global challenge. You will develop your transdisciplinary collaboration skills and broaden your knowledge of One Health.

  • The One Health Summer School – Deep Dive is organized for doctoral researchers.
    • The Summer School Deep Dive will be held on-site only in Leuven from July 31st until August 2nd 2023.
    • The programme focuses on an all-round development of PhD students in transdisciplinary work and systems thinking with a focus on One Health challenges (for example food security, climate change, pandemic preparedness or antimicrobial resistance).

How can I apply?

All students and doctoral researchers interested in the Una Europa One Health Summer School 2023 can apply using the same application form. Please indicate whether you are interested in attending the General Summer School, either in-person or online, or the Summer School Deep Dive.

Apply to the Una Europa One Health Summer School, General or Deep Dive

Guidance for completing the online application process:

  • At step 1, you will be asked to explain your motivation for enrolling (max. 300 words) and why you are a good candidate (max. 200 words; in the evaluation we take the following matters into account: transdisciplinarity, social commitment and openness). We ask you to elaborate on what you expect from the Summer School (max. 200 words) and to indicate your programme preference (General Summer School or Deep Dive) and tuition type preference (on campus or online).
  • At step 2, you will be requested to upload the following documents in PDF format:
    1. CV (mandatory)
    2. Letter of recommendation (academic or professional, not mandatory)

In order to submit your application form, please remember to click the "Save Application" button on the second screen. Once completed, you can update this application at any time before the application submission deadline.

  • Acceptance notification: 17 April 2023
    • Successful applicants will receive an invitation to register after this date.

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This initiative was created as part of our Focus Area in One Health and is part of our dissemination and sustainability activity under the Una.Futura project.

Contact information

Do you have questions about the Summer School? Contact the coordinating team at KU Leuven