Symposium rationale


For the past 50 years, emerging infectious diseases drastically increase while almost 75% of them are of animal origin or transmitted through animals. Although diseases emergence is a dynamic phenomenon closely depending on host-pathogen interactions, those interactions occur in extremely diversified environments and constantly evolving ecosystems. Also pathogen evolution is submitted to interactions between ecosystemic factors, human and animal health as a complex system and needs a broad expertise for its understanding. Ultimately, tackling emerging infectious diseases has to integrate all these parameters and to come up with a global approach.

In order to address these questions, the Centre International de Recherches Médicales de Franceville, and the Gabonese Government welcome you to the symposium “Emergence of infectious diseases, environments and biodiversity » to be held on November the 4th and the 5th, 2011, in Libreville (Gabon).



The symposium aims are:

Promoting efforts of all the involved stakeholders to communicate and enhance scientific debates on these challenges,

Advocating for a trans-disciplinary and global answer to emerging infectious diseases

Fostering debates for future actions on scientific level as well as on political level in order to develop and support innovative policies on emerging infectious diseases

Encouraging diverse partnerships (I.e.: public-private, developed/developing countries), gathering all disciplinary fields involved and fostering closer collaborations and network.


Emergence of infectious diseases will be addressed through the four following sessions:

Topic 1/ Emergence of infectious diseases in a global perspective: conservative medicine and zoonosis, biodiversity and pathogenic risks: which definitions?

Topic 2/ Emerging diseases and environments: dynamics of emergence, evolution, changes in ecosystems and their impacts.

Topic 3/ Pathogens tracking and discovery: tools, techniques and strategies for research and sanitary watch at microbiological, epidemiological and global scales, initiatives and challenges of health watch at regional level.

Topic 4/ Public health and prospective: tools and strategies for public health systems, scientific and health policies, cooperation and actions.


The symposium will bring together experts of human and animal health, environment, ecology and also, biologists, climatologists, microbiologists, epidemiologists, public health professionals, human and social sciences specialists.