InnovSur 2018 - INNOVATION in Health Surveillance International Forum 16-18 May Montpellier, France



InnovSur forum aims to review and discuss the gaps and needs in next generation of health surveillance: innovations in animal, human and plants health surveillance but also at the interface (integrated surveillance).

In most region of the world farming systems aim to ensure food security but also poorest communities’ livelihood. Issues in disease control strategies and husbandry practices can result in disease introduction and endemic situations and directly pose a threat for the farmer’s livelihood. Early detection and control of animal diseases through efficient surveillance system is critical to prevent such issue but also emergence and re-emergence of human pathogens adapted from animals.

Most health policies rely on data from national health surveillance systems which efficacy can vary greatly between countries and according to the type of diseases. Socio-economic, political and cultural factors scan affect the performances of such systems. In order to ensure quality and reliability of the data provided, disease surveillance systems should be adapted to the country specific socio-economic and cultural context but should also be evaluated and optimized according to the dynamics of the sanitary situation.

Objectives of the Forum

Highlight the innovations in terms of health surveillance design and evaluation.
> Review the needs for translational research to promote innovation uptake.
> Brainstorm on the challenges behind integrated health surveillance.
> Promotes innovative approches to strenghten private-public partnership related to surveillance activities.

Expected outputs

> A technical workshop report on gaps and needs in health surveillance innovations.
> A policy brief presenting recommendations from forum brainstorming.
> Dissemination and advocacy of forum outputs with relevant stakeholders, policy makers and donors.


  • Expected number: 130-150
  • 50% from developing countries
  • 30-50 invited participants from developping countries (all expenses covered, including flights, accommodation) (according to funding available)
  • Keynote speakers: Prof. Ann Lindberg, Head of Epidemiology and Disease control Department (SVA), National Veterinary Institute, Sweden; Prof. Nguyen Viet Khong, vice-head of National Institute for Veterinary Research (NIVR) Vietnam; Prof. Esther Schelling, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (STPH), Switzerland; Marieta Braks, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), Netherlands
  • Speakers : 15-20 (50% South)
  • Abstract submission for poster and flash talk presentations (30), open to young researchers; with a prize for best flash talk presentation and poster