BERN, Switzerland

One Health - Hidden Players in the Food Chain

online course
when 16 August 2021 - 20 August 2021
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 EC
fee CHF 75

A healthy environment, including healthy soils, plants and animals, is essential for human well-being. One Health is an interdisciplinary framework that helps us to understand the processes that shape and connect global health.

In response to the ongoing pandemic, we have decided to operate the One Health International Bachelor and Master Summer School in distance learning mode in 2021. The virtual course offers a unique opportunity to explore the methods and current knowledge on the health of terrestrial food chains, from soils to plants, animals and humans. Students participating in the event will explore the interfaces between the different compartments and learn about health connections in agroecosystems.
Participants will:
- Explore connections between soil, plant, animal and human health in different food production systems.
- Experience cutting-edge research and connect with scientists during virtual visits to multiple research laboratories working on One Health projects.
- Team up with peers from all around the world and use their own skills as health detectives to find potential solutions to some of the most pressing problems of the future.

Course leader

Virtual teaching within the summer school is led by the following leading scientists of the University of Bern:
Professor Matthias Erb, Professor Sigi Hapfelmeier, Professor Adrien Mestrot, Professor Rupert Bruckmeier, Dr. Moritz Bigalke, Dr. Josef Gross

Target group

Bachelor students (third year) and masters’ students (first year) with a background in life sciences.
We aim to have a lively, international and interdisciplinary group of participants with a balanced number of students of both genders from different disciplines and from different countries.

Course aim

To explore connections between plants, animal and human health, participants will learn about different food production systems, ranging from conventional to alternative permaculture. These virtual visits are an excellent opportunity to explore management strategies that promote healthy agroecosystems.

Get first-hand experience in cutting edge interdisciplinary research

The students will have the opportunity to connect virtually with scientists working along the food chain, from soils to plants, to ruminants and humans across different laboratories of the University of Bern. World-leading scientists together with their research teams will introduce the students to their work and efforts to promote healthy food chains.

Challenge yourself.
Develop your own solutions for important one-health challenges

During the week, you will follow a scientific story in several episodes. Use your own skills as a health detective to develop hypotheses about the storyline and solve the mystery. At the end of the week, the students will be given a challenge to work on in small teams. Combine your own knowledge, creativity and team spirit to find creative solutions to some of the most pressing problems of humanity. During the last day of the school, the teams will present their solutions to each other online.

Credits info

2 EC
Participants having successfully completed the Summer School will receive a certificate of attendance and can obtain 2 ECTS points. 2 ECTS correspond to 50 – 60 hours of work, consisting of preparatory work, full participation in the course and giving a short virtual presentation at the end of the week. Acknowledgement of the ECTS points in the study programs at home institutions other than the University of Bern is the responsibility of the participants.

Fee info

CHF 75: If you are offered a place on the course, you will then be sent details of how to pay. Your registration is completed and your place on the virtual school is guaranteed only once payment has been received.


For students experiencing financial hardship, for example, from a low-income family, a mature student with financial commitments, a student with a disability, a student with a child, please contact us

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