Linking Epidemiology and Laboratory Research on Transboundary Animal Diseases and Zoonoses in EU and China
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LinkTADs WP3 “Animal health surveillance and the evaluation of surveillance systems” workshop

On 13th and 14th of July 2015, a two-day workshop entitled “Animal health surveillance and the evaluation of surveillance systems” was organised in Qingdao, China. The workshop brought together 20 participants coming from both the European Union and China (seven out of the nine LinkTADs research partners were represented). Four participants belonged to international organisations (Food and Agriculture Organization or World Organisation for Animal Health) and scientists involved in the RISKSUR ( and ASFORCE ( projects were also represented. During the morning sessions, scientists with national or international expertise (in either the EU or China) in animal health surveillance and the evaluation of surveillance systems gave presentations to expose all participants to the challenges of surveillance and the different approaches used for implementing surveillance or conducting its evaluation. During the afternoon sessions, interactive discussions on the design of surveillance systems of the evaluation were stimulated using case studies focused on diseases identified as priorities in the LinkTADs project (African swine fever, highly pathogenic avian influenza and classical swine fever).