The International Conference on Animal Health Surveillance is a truly unique event creating a forum for the interface between science, food production and policy. The key to effective surveillance that supports food security, food safety and public health is to bring together scientists, food production representatives and policy makers to understand what is needed and how it can be done with benefits for everyone.

To enable this, ICAHS 4 in Copenhagen will be organised by a consortium of three local partners representing policy, food production and science. Combined with the efficiency and easy access to Copenhagen, we believe that the ICAHS conference placed in Copenhagen will attract a large number of delegates and develop into a blooming society that will improve surveillance internationally.


ICAHS 4 aims to present all areas of surveillance in relation to animal health. This includes all animal species and surveillance in food, feed and people, when related to animals.

Translating surveillance outcomes into policy, decisions and actions: 

  • Translating or designing surveillance for policy, risk managers and decision-makers needs
  • Risk management/risk assessment interchange and interface
  • Everyday surveillance challenges for policy-makers
  • Impact of policy change on surveillance
  • Rapid risk assessment and prioritisation of risks for policy and decision-makers 

Cross-sector surveillance – organization, collaboration and benefits: 

  • Policy and scientific governance of cross-sector surveillance 
  • Political, organizational and collaborative experiences with cross-sector surveillance
  • One Health initiatives, design, impact and sustainability
  • Private/public/academic surveillance partnerships
  • Sharing surveillance: objectives, designs, tools, models, decision-making across sectors
  • Evaluation of cross-sector surveillance 
  • Developing outcome-based/objective-driven surveillance across sectors

Cost and motivation - surveillance (in collaboration with ISESSAH):

  • Feedback loops and methods to motivate participation in surveillance
  • Engaging the private sector in surveillance – methods and organization
  • Cost-sharing, value of surveillance, willingness-to-pay for different stakeholders
  • Motivating political and financial support for surveillance
  • Estimating benefits of surveillance 

Surveillance data:

  • Making best use of imperfect and available surveillance data
  • Evaluating and improving the value of available surveillance data
  • Big data surveillance
  • The need for reference/census/register data to use surveillance data
  • Accessibility of science for policy 
  • Data sharing – trust, availability & accessibility

Integrating novel methods in surveillance:

  • Computer learning
  • Artificial Intelligence in surveillance
  • Information capture e.g. platforms, devices etc.
  • Novel genetic methods and informatics into surveillance
  • Innovative operational methods

Glossary and definitions:

Sector = The word is used in its widest form at ICAHS. We consider a sector a specific part of society or the economy made up of similar elements- like the health care sector or the agricultural sector. National economies are often at high level divided into the private sector, the public sector and the non-profit/civil sector. For AH surveillance, some of the relevant sectors could be: animal industry sector, public health sector, academic/research sector, veterinary sector, food sector or the animal specific sectors such as the pig sector or the small animal sector. Each sector will most likely have their own policies, objectives and values and thus, have different surveillance contributions, abilities, needs and interests. 

Decision maker, policy, risk manager, surveillance user = At ICAHS 4, these terms refer to the actors, who use surveillance outputs to make decisions about implementation of control within their unit. They include public policy makers, industry representatives, farmers, slaughterhouse management, pet owners, veterinarians and many others.


  • Johanne Ellis-Iversen, DTU FOOD, Denmark (Head of Scientific Committe)
  • Victoria Brookes, School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, Charles Sturt University, Australia
  • Carola Sauter-Louis, Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Germany
  • Muhammad Belal Hossain, International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh
  • Erin Fraser, School of Population and Public Health, UBC, Canada
  • Victor Del Rio Vilas, University of Surrey, United Kingdom
  • Daan Vink, Intiga Consulting, New Zealand
  • Anette Boklund, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Gaël Lamielle, FAO, Italy
  • Preben Willeberg, P. Willeberg Consulting/ DTU VET / UCPH, Denmark
  • Chris Bartels, Animal Health Works, the Netherlands
  • Marisa Peyre, CIRAD, France
  • Ann Lindberg, National Veterinary Institute, Sweden
  • John Grewar, South African Equine Health and Protocols