The promises of the One Health concept in the age of anthropocene – a lecture by dr Aneta Afelt, a health geographer who predicted the coronavirus pandemic

ICM Seminars_ Aneta Afelt_The promises of the One Health concept in the age of anthropocene

Dr Aneta Afelt is a health geographer working on epidemiology at the global scale. She will talk about how demaging natural socio-ecological niches might lead to new epidemics. Dr Afelt predicted the coronocvirus pandemic over a year before it broke out. Dr Afelt’s virtual lecture will be broadcasted live on May 28, at 16:00 (CEST).

Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 4:00 PM CEST



In May 2019 an article was published: Anthropocene now: influential panel votes to recognise Earth’s new epoch situating at the stratigraphy of Earth’s history a new geological epoch – the domination of human influence on shaping the Earth’s environment. When humans are a central figure in an ecological niche it results in massive subordination and transformation of the environment for their needs. Unfortunately, the outcome of such actions is a robbery of natural resources. The consequences are socially unexpected – a global epidemiological crisis. The current COVID-19 pandemic is an excellent example. It seems that one of the most important questions of the anthropocene era is how to maintain stable epidemiological conditions for now and in the future. The One Health concept proposes a new paradigm – a deep look at the sources of our well-being: our relationship with the environment. Our health status is interdependent with the well-being of the environment. It is clear that the socio-ecological niche disturbance results in the spread of pathogens. Can sustainable development of socio-ecological niches help us? Let’s take a look at the results!


Aneta Afelt, PhD, is a geographer working in the area of health geography. Her research interest is the One Health concept, where environment, epidemiology and epizootiology are considered as interconnected processes located insocial-ecological niches. She has shown through her research that the destruction of ecosystems results in epidemiological consequences. She works at the Interdisciplinary Center for Mathematical and Computational Modeling of the University of Warsaw, Poland, and is currently a Guest Researcher at Espace-DEV, IRD – Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, Montpellier, France. She is also a member of the scientific committee for Covid-19 of the Ministry of Science in Poland and a scientific consultant of the European Research Agency for actions dedicated to Covid-19.


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