Organising Committee

The following people are members of the Organising Committee for the 4th International One Health Congress & 6th Biennial Congress of the International Association for Ecology and Health

Dr Lisa Adams

Lisa Adams_smallLisa Adams is a Melbourne-based consultant who assists industry, government, research, community and international development organisations with their biosecurity strategies and programs. A principal focus for her work is to facilitate One Health and EcoHealth approaches to program development within and across institutions from local to global scales.
Lisa is an Associate of the Burnet Institute and has been a member of the former national Biosecurity Advisory Council and Western Australian State Health Research Advisory Council, Executive Director of the Australian Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre for Emerging Infectious Disease, National Rabbit Management Facilitator, and a veterinarian working in small and large animal practice. 

A/Prof Robyn Alders AO

Robyn_August 2011_smallRobyn Alders is an Associate Professor and Principal Research Fellow with the Faculty of Veterinary Science within the University of Sydney. For over 20 years, she has worked closely with smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa and SE Asia as a veterinarian, researcher and colleague, with an emphasis on the development of sustainable infectious disease control in animals in rural areas in support of food security and poverty alleviation. Robyn’s current research and development interests include domestic and global food and nutrition security, One Health/Ecohealth, gender equity and Science Communication. She leads the joint Charles Perkins Centre/Marie Bashir Institute “Healthy Food Systems: Nutrition*Diversity*Safety” Project Node within the University of Sydney.

In January 2011, Robyn was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished to veterinary science as a researcher and educator, to the maintenance of food security in developing countries through livestock
management and disease control programs. Other awards include: the 2002 Kesteven Medal, awarded by the Australian Veterinary Association and the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in recognition of distinguished contributions to international veterinary science in the field of technical and scientific assistance to developing countries; the 2006 Belle Bruce Reid Medal, awarded by the University of Melbourne to outstanding women Veterinary Scientists; the University of Sydney 2011 Alumni Award for International Achievement; and the Crawford Fund 2014 Medal for continued contributions to international agricultural research and development.

John Al-Alawneh

University of Queensland, Australia

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Prof Soren Alexandersen

Soren Alexandersen_smallSoren Alexandersen is a Veterinary Pathologist, Virologist and Epidemiologist specialising in molecular pathogenesis, epidemiology and control of virus infections since 1982. He has worked at the NIH in Montana and at Iowa State University in the USA and has previously been Assistant and Associate Professor of Veterinary Pathology, Research Professor of Molecular Pathobiology and Professor and Chair of Veterinary Virology at the Veterinary and Agricultural University in Denmark. He was then Director of the Danish Veterinary Institute for Virus Research at the Island of Lindholm for 5 years before leaving for the Institute for Animal Health in Pirbright, England in 1999. At Pirbright he was Head of Experimental Epidemiology focussing on foot-and-mouth disease and swine vesicular disease. In August 2004 he returned to the Danish Veterinary Institute for Virus Research, Denmark, as Research Professor and Head of Section to work on serious OIE listed virus infections of livestock. In 2008 he became the Director of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease (NCFAD) in Winnipeg, Canada and in July 2010 the Executive Director of the National Centres for Animal Disease (NCAD) including the NCFAD laboratory in Winnipeg and the Lethbridge Laboratory in Alberta. In October 2015 he joined Deakin University as a Professor and Director of the Geelong Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases (GCEID), a collaboration including Deakin University, Barwon Health/University Hospital Geelong and the CSIRO Australian Animal Health Laboratory.
He has also been Adjunct Professor of Pathology and Exotic Virology at the Faculty of Life Sciences of the University of Copenhagen. He has worked and given invited lectures in most parts of the world and has published more than 130 international scientific papers. He holds a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, a PhD in Veterinary Pathology and a DVSc in Molecular Virology from the Veterinary and Agricultural University in Denmark and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Pathologists and a Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in the United Kingdom.

Dr John Allen

John Allen_smallJohn leads several CSIRO research, capacity building and One Health projects in the SE Asian Region. John graduated as a veterinarian in 1975. He has a PhD in veterinary physiology, an MBA, Grad Dip in IP Law, and is a member of the Epidemiology Chapter of the ANZCVSc. John has managed animal health programs within Australia and many countries in Asia, and has initiated and managed One Health projects in Indonesia, Laos and Nepal. Dr Allen has held senior management positions in veterinary laboratories, biotechnology companies, research and development corporations and academic institutes. He has managed the commercialisation of IP including the formation and management of spin-off companies in the fields of biotechnology and animal and human diagnostic imaging.

Prof Kerry Arabena

Kerry Arabena Headshot_smallProfessor Kerry Arabena has a Doctorate in Human Ecology and an extensive background in public health, administration, community development and research. Her work has made significant contributions across many states and territories in areas such as gender issues, social justice, human rights, access and equity, service provision, harm minimisation, and citizenship rights and responsibilities. Kerry is a descendant of the Meriam people of the Torres Strait and current Chair for Indigenous Health and Director of the Indigenous Health Equity Unit at the University of Melbourne.
Kerry has represented Australia in international forums on HIV/AIDS, and climate change. Her professional experience has seen her recognised as an Australian of the Year Finalist in 2010, recipient of the prestigious JG Crawford Prize for Academic Excellence at Australian National University in 2011, and a nomination in The bulletin magazine’s ‘Smart 100 Australians’ Health and Medical Research Category, in 2004.

A/Prof Eugene Athan

Eugene Athan_smallAssociate Professor Eugene Athan completed his Doctorate of Medicine at Monash University in 2013 with a thesis titled “Modern Epidemiology of Infective Endocarditis.” Associate Professor Athan has worked as a public health specialist and epidemiologist to support humanitarian activities to mitigate several large scale communicable disease threats to populations including Cholera epidemics. In 2007 A/Prof Athan was the co-recipient of the Sir Richard Stawell memorial prize with a paper titled “Outcomes for Mycobacterium ulcerans infection with combined surgery and antibiotic therapy: Findings from a south eastern Australian Case Series.” Over his career, A/Prof Athan has successfully contributed or co-authored 120 peer reviewed publications in high impact journals and text book chapters. Associate Professor Eugene Athan is the Director of the Infectious Diseases Department at Barwon Health in Geelong, Victoria. He is also Associate Professor of Medicine at the Universityof Melbourne and Deakin University.

Prof Linda Blackall

Linda Blackall_smallLinda L Blackall is a microbial ecologist who has studied many different complex microbial communities ranging from host associated through to free living in numerous environments. She uses methods that allow elucidation of massive microbial complexity and function in these diverse biomes. She is a Professor of BioSciences at Swinburne University of Technology in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology.

Dr Bruce M Christie

BMC photo smallBruce leads the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries Biosecurity and Food Safety Division and is responsible for biosecurity and food safety strategy and policy development and implementation within NSW. This includes responsibility for animal welfare and international engagement.

Bruce has over 30 years of experience working in biosecurity in Australia, Indonesia, East Timor and the United Kingdom initially as a veterinarian dealing with animal health and production issues and then driving a cross-sectoral agenda aimed at improving the effectiveness and efficiency of biosecurity systems for animals, plants and invasive species in New South Wales and across Australia. He represents New South Wales on the Australian National Biosecurity Committee and has been a key driver in the development of the Australian Intergovernmental Agreement on Biosecurity (IGAB) and the Australian Environmental Biosecurity Response Agreement (NEBRA).


Prof Brendan Crabb

Burnet Institute, Australia

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Prof Martyn Jeggo

Martyn-Jeggo_HIGH-RES_smallProfessor Jeggo holds a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine, Master of Tropical Veterinary Science and a Doctor of Philosophy. He currently holds an Adjunct Professorship with Deakin University, Australia and is a member of the Geelong Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases (GCEID). From 1996-2002, Prof. Jeggo worked for the United Nations as the Head of the Animal Production and Health Science Section of the Joint FAO/IAEA, Division of Agriculture in Vienna. During this period Prof. Jeggo was responsible for managing the network of national and regional laboratories that supported the eradication of rinderpest and for this he was awarded the United Nations Medal. From 2002 – 2013 Prof. Jeggo was the Director of the Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL). His current interest centers around developing globally the concept of One Health and he was chair of the organizing committee of the 1st One Health Congress held in Melbourne in 2011. He is a member of the Executive Editorial Board of Ecohealth and of the International Advisory Committee of the One Health Platform.

Dr Jonathan Kingsley

Jonathan Kingsley Photo_smallFor over 10 years Dr Jonathan Kingsley has worked in Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations, government bodies, academic institutes and NGO’s across Australia in the public health and community development field. Jonathan views ecosystems central to human health and wellbeing and having the capacity to bridge health inequalities (the basis of his Masters, PhD and Visiting Scholar position at Cambridge University). Dr Kingsley has a strong track record in ecohealth that cut across sectors evidenced through his publications record, environmental and health awards, program management experience, membership on committees and regular presentation experience.

Dr John Lowenthal

John Lowenthal Picture_smallDr John Lowenthal obtained his PhD in immunology from the University of Melbourne in 1983. He completed Post-doctoral research in Switzerland and the USA prior to joining CSIRO in 1990. John’s research Program takes a One Health approach to fighting Emerging Infectious Diseases to develop medical countermeasures and enhance pandemic preparedness. This work involves veterinary health and immunology, studying immune responses to viral diseases; and developing novel therapeutics for zoonotic viruses such as Ebola, highly pathogenic avian influenza and Hendra virus. John is an adjunct Professor at the Deakin University School of Medicine and has published over 150 journal articles, produced more than 140 conference presentations and is an inventor on 15 patents.

Prof John S. Mackenzie AO


Prof John Mackenzie, AO, FTSE, FASM, is Research Associate and Professor of Tropical Infectious Diseases at Curtin University. He is also an Honorary Professor at the University of Queensland, Honorary Senior Principal Fellow of the Burnet Institute in Melbourne, Associate Fellow at Chatham House, and a consultant in viral diseases at PathWest, Perth. He was the inaugural recipient of the Academy of Science Malaysia’s Mahathir Science Award for Excellence in Tropical Research, and was elected as Secretary-General of the International Union of Microbiological Societies from 1999-2005. He serves on the Steering Committee of the World Health Organization’s Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network. Professor MacKenzie was co-chair of the Organising Committee of the first One Health Congress. He is founding member of the One Health Platform and serves as Vice Chair of the Management Committee. He is also co-Editor-in-Chief of a new journal, One Health. 

Dr Glenn Marsh

Glenn Marshs_smallDr Glenn Marsh is a senior research scientist at AAHL and Team leader for the Dangerous pathogens team. His major research interests are focused on the pathogenesis of emerging infectious disease threats including henipaviruses, ebolaviruses, coronaviruses and influenza virus. His recent work has focused on the development of animal models to investigate key components of the disease process, this has included development of a ferret model for Ebola virus disease.

Dr Hugh Millar

Hugh Millar & Associates Pty Ltd

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Emma Pyers

Emma Pyers_smallEmma has worked in the communication industry for more than a decade. She has strong skills in stakeholder and media engagement, has led internal and external work teams to achieve business objectives and managed issues, crisis and emergency response communication.

As Communication Manager for CSIRO Health & Biosecurity, Emma provides leadership and communication support to the business through leading teams of communicators responsible for internal and external engagement. By driving external communication campaigns and activities Emma assists in building and growing the desired CSIRO brand.

In 2016 Emma and her colleagues won an international PR award for their efforts in launching the Global Initiative for Honey bee Health. The Asia Pacific Excellence Awards recognise the most outstanding PR and communication cases in the region. Competing against 2,600 applications from around the globe the team won the Science and Education award and were also shortlisted within the Launch category.

Emma is passionate about communicating stories and ideas to wider audiences. She is thrilled to be a member of the One Health EcoHealth Congress Organising Committee (OC) having been an integral member of the OC for the inaugural One Health Congress back in 2011.

Emma has a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Public Relations and Journalism), with Honours, from Deakin University.

Prof Mark Stevenson

mark-stevenson-photo_smallMark Stevenson is a veterinary epidemiologist with expertise in the area of infectious disease epidemiology, spatial epidemiology and simulation modelling of infectious disease spread. He is currently Professor of Veterinary Epidemiology (One Health) at The University of Melbourne where he leads a group working on the epidemiology of a range of bacterial, viral and parasitic zoonotic diseases including Q fever, highly pathogenic avian influenza, trichinellosis and brucellosis.




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Registration Open:
Now Open
Author Registration Deadline:
26 August 2016
Early Bird Registration Deadline:
26 August 2016
Late Breaking Author Registration Deadline:
1 November 2016
Congress Dates:
3 – 7 December 2016