Workshop and Seminar on Monitoring of Antibiotic Resistance in the Environment

Dear all,

The situation regarding the COVID-19 outbreak is currently very serious in many places. Although we do not know the development, it seems very unlikely that the situation is suitable for a workshop and seminar in April, or at least many would prefer not to travel already in April.

Therefore, we have decided to postpone the Workshop and Seminar on Monitoring of Antibiotic Resistance in the Environment to August 28th, 2020.

Those who have already registered for the Workshop will have the option to keep their registration or to ask for a reimbursement. Seminar participants would have to obtain new tickets, which will be made available as soon as possible.

We apologize for the inconvenience this might have caused you.

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Resistomap, in collaboration with Upgraded, invites you to the workshop and seminar on the environmental dimension of antibiotic resistance.

Antibiotic resistance is one of the most urgent threats to global health. In 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) stated that antibiotic resistance in bacteria is leading to “a post-antibiotic era”, in which antibiotics regularly fail and common infections are potentially lethal. In addition, in 2015, WHO proposed a global action plan on antibiotic resistance, which emphasized the importance of monitoring and research. Moreover, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) identified antibiotic resistance in the environment as one of its top six emerging issues of environmental concern with global implications (bacteria can spread the antibiotic resistance silently in the environment). UNEP called upon citizen engagement to contribute to monitoring antibiotic and antibiotic resistance in the environment, and emphasized the importance of communicating such findings to bring awareness of the issue to the wider audience and drive policy changes.

In response to the global calls from WHO and UNEP to investigate the environmental dimension of antibiotic resistance and the need for strengthening surveillance and research, we organize a one-day event that consists of a workshop for professionals and a seminar for the public. The workshop aims to explore the different methods for monitoring and determining the safety threshold of antibiotic resistance in the environment. The seminar aims to increase public awareness of the environmental dimension of antibiotic resistance.

  • The workshop is aimed for professionals (researchers, policymakers and other professionals, from universities and the industries.)
  • The seminar is free of charge and open to everyone.
  • In addition, the participants of the workshop and/or the seminar have the possibility to attend the VIP dinner with the experts, the fee is 62€ (inc. VAT 24%).

See the details below.


 

 

Workshop (8:30–15:00): Monitoring of Antibiotic Resistance in the Environment
Venue:
the University of Helsinki in Viikki (Cultivator II), Viikinkaari 4, Helsinki.
Participation fee: 620€ (inc. VAT 24%).

The workshop aims to explore the different methods for monitoring and to determine the safety threshold of antibiotic resistance in the environment. The participation fee 620€ (inc. VAT 24%)/participant, includes coffee, lunch, transportation to the seminar and dinner -venues, and one free Resistomap antibiotic resistance analysis with 384 genes for one DNA sample. In addition, you have the possibility to attend a dinner, for which the fee is 62€ (inc. VAT 24%).

For the FREE antibiotic resistance analysis, participants are invited to send one DNA sample from the environment (e.g., wastewater, surface water, soil, manure, isolated bacteria) to Resistomap. The sample should arrive no later than April 20th, 2020. Please label the sample with your name, institution/affiliation and sample type. More info on the attached program below.

Please register before April 13th.

REGISTRATION FOR THE WORKSHOP & DINNER: Registration form

PAYMENT FOR THE WORKSHOP & DINNER: Holvi ticket shop 

Agenda for the Workshop:
08:30 – 09:00 Coffee and Registration
09:00 – 09:10 MC: Upgraded ry Welcome – Introduction to the workshop and organizers, Windi Muziasari, Resistomap oy
09:10 – 09:30 “Opening speech”, NN, United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) (tbc)
09:30 – 10:10 Introduction to antibiotic resistance in the environment, Marko Virta, University of Helsinki
10:10 – 10:50 Monitoring of antibiotic resistance in the environment: EMBARK Project, Johan Bengtsson-Palme, Gothenburg University
10:50 – 11:30 Understanding the global scale of environmental AMR, Amelie Ott, Newcastle University
11:30 – 14:30 Lunch, Networking & SmartChip qPCR Demo.
Lunch and coffee are served in the Exhibition Area. Participants will be divided into smaller groups for the demo.
14:30 – 15:00 Monitoring of antibiotic resistance genes using the SmartChip qPCR.
Presenting the results of DNA samples from participants, Windi Muziasari, Resistomap oy
15:00 – 15:30 Transportation to another venue

Full program & more info: Agenda


 

 

Seminar (15:30–18:00): Environmental Dimension of Antibiotic Resistance
Venue: the Terkko Health Hub, in Meilahti, Haartmaninkatu 4, Helsinki.
Participation: Free of charge.

Get aware of the issue of antibiotic resistance, one of the most urgent threats to global health. In 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) stated that antibiotic resistance in bacteria is leading to “a post-antibiotic era” in which antibiotics regularly fail and common infections are potentially lethal. UNEP called upon citizen engagement to contribute to monitoring antibiotic and antibiotic resistance in the environment and emphasized the importance of communicating such findings to bring awareness of the issue to the wider audience and drive policy changes.

The seminar is free of charge. In addition, you have the possibility to attend a dinner with the experts, for which the fee is 62€ (inc. VAT 24%).

REGISTRATION FOR THE SEMINAR: Registration in Eventbrite
REGISTRATION FOR THE DINNER: Holvi ticket shop

Agenda for the Seminar:

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee and Registration (public)
16:00 – 16:15 Opening speech, Ahmed Khamis El Saeed, United Nations Technology and Innovation Labs (UNTIL) (tbc)
16:15 – 16:25 Panel discussion: Introduction to the panelists (Moderator: One Health Finland ry)

Panelists:
1. NN, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) (tbc)
2. Prof Asko Järvinen, Helsinki University Hospital (HUS) (tbc)
3. Johan Bengtsson-Palme, Gothenburg University
4. Amelie Ott, ECOTOC, Newcastle University
5. Prof Marko Virta, University of Helsinki

16:25 – 17:00 Session 1: 7-minute presentations by each panelist
17:00 – 17:45 Session 2: Discussion and Q&A
17:45 – 18:00 Closing remarks: 3-minute closing remarks by each panelist
18:30 – 19:00 Travel to dinner venue
19:00 – 21:00 Dinner

Full program & more info: Agenda


For questions please contact windi@resistomap.com.

Organizers:
Resistomap oy is a microenterprise based in Helsinki, Finland which offers a complete laboratory and analysis service to monitor antibiotic resistance in the environment using molecular genetics method and data science.
Upgraded ry is a non-profit association for health and wellbeing startups and innovations in Finland.

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Date

Aug 28 2020

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8:30 am - 9:00 pm

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