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The International Society for Economics and Social Sciences of Animal Health

14 and 15 May 2018

Online registration

The International Society for Economics and Social Sciences of Animal Health (ISESSAH) was established in 2017. ISESSAH aims to improve animal health and welfare policies, programmes and projects through more nuanced use of concepts and tools available in economics and social science disciplines.
The ISESSAH 2018 conference will provide a forum to meet colleagues and leading thinkers in the field to enhance the use of economics in animal health education, research and policy making internationally. ISESSAH 2018 is co-organised by the French Institute for Agricultural Research for Development (CIRAD), Toulouse National Veterinary School (ENVT) and National Institute for Agriculture Research (INRA) on behalf of the ISESSAH. The combination of ISESSAH 2018 and INNOVSUR forum will provide a specific opportunity for greater North-South interactions and emphasize on environmental and agricultural health economic issues.


  • Expected number: 130-150
  • Keynote speakers: Erik Gómez-Baggethun, Professor in Environmental Governance, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU, Norway); Michael Dicks, Professor in Animal Health Economics, American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA, USA); Rob Christley, Professor in Epidemiology and Population Health (University of Liverpool, UK); Nicolas Fortané, Research fellow in sociology at INRA - IRISSO - Université Paris-Dauphine (France)
  • 15 oral presentations, 25 flash talk presentations and posters
  • A prize for best flash talk presentation and poster

Call for abstract

  • Submission dead line: 1 December 2017

ERIAH Workshop ‘From economic assessment to policy making’

Tuesday afternoon 15 May, free entrance

ERIAH (Economic Reasoning for Improved Animal Health) is a research network funded by the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) since 2016. It aims at promoting economics applied to animal health within health specialists (e.g. biologists, epidemiologists...) and economists, by facilitating common language and improving mutual understanding. The final goal is to foster a transdisciplinary research approach. It involves scientists, professionals, industrials, syndical organisations and policy makers.
This ERIAH workshop will focus on how to translate economic assessments outputs into practical decision-making. The workshop will be organised as one main keynote and small working groups.
Participation is free for participants of ISESSAH conference and/or InnovSur forum but registration is mandatory.

InnovSur 2018

‘INNOVATION in Health Surveillance’ International Forum

16 to 18 May 2018

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InnovSur forum aims to review and discuss the gaps and needs in next generation of health surveillance: innovations in animal, human and environmental health surveillance but also at the interface (integrated surveillance).
In most region of the world farming systems aim to ensure food security but also poorest communities’ livelihood. Issues in disease control strategies and husbandry practices can result in disease introduction and endemic situations and directly pose a threat for the farmer’s livelihood. Early detection and control of animal diseases through efficient surveillance system is critical to prevent such issue but also emergence and re-emergence of human pathogens adapted from animals.
Most health policies rely on data from national health surveillance systems which efficacy can vary greatly between countries and according to the type of diseases. Socio-economic, political and cultural factors scan affect the performances of such systems. In order to ensure quality and reliability of the data provided, disease surveillance systems should be adapted to the country specific socio-economic and cultural context but should also be evaluated and optimized according to the dynamics of the sanitary situation.

Objectives of the Forum

Highlight the innovations in terms of health surveillance design and evaluation.
> Review the needs for translational research to promote innovation uptake.
> Brainstorm on the challenges behind integrated health surveillance.
> Promotes innovative approches to strenghten private-public partnership related to surveillance activities.

Expected outputs

> A technical workshop report on gaps and needs in health surveillance innovations.
> A policy brief presenting recommendations from forum brainstorming.
> Dissemination and advocacy of forum outputs with relevant stakeholders, policy makers and donors.


  • Expected number: 130-150
  • 50% from developing countries
  • 30-50 invited participants from developing countries (all expenses covered, including flights, accommodation) (according to funding available)
  • Keynote speakers: Prof. Ann Lindberg, Head of Epidemiology and Disease control Department (SVA), National Veterinary Institute, Sweden; Guy Faure, Cirad, France; Prof. Esther Schelling, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (STPH), Switzerland; Marieta Braks, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), Netherlands
  • Speakers : 15-20 (50% South)
  • Abstract submission for poster and flash talk presentations (30), open to young researchers; with a prize for best flash talk presentation and poster

Call for abstract

  • Submission dead line: 1 December 2017



Scientific committee

  • Didier Raboisson (ENVT-INRA, France) - Coordination
  • Barbara Haesler (RVC, UK)
  • Jonathan Rushton (Liverpool University, UK)
  • Arnaud Rault (INRA, France)
  • Nicolas Antoine Moussiaux (Liege University, Belgique)
  • Damian Tago (FAO Bangkok, Thailand)
  • Marisa Peyre (Cirad-INRA, France)
  • Gareth Enticott (Cardiff University, UK)
  • Nicolas Fortané (INRA, France)
  • Muriel Figuié (Cirad, France)
  • Hugo Turner (OUCRU, Vietnam)
  • Bouda Vosough Ahmadi (SRUC, UK)
  • Dustin Pendell (Kansas State University, USA)

InnovSur 2018

Scientific committee

  • Marisa Peyre (Cirad-INRA, France) - Coordination
  • Thierry Baldet (Cirad-INRA, France)
  • Flavie Goutard (Cirad-INRA, Thailand)
  • Timothée Vergne (ENVT-INRA, France)
  • Pascal Hendrikx (ANSES, France)
  • Marc Choisy (IRD, France)
  • David Roiz (IRD, France)

Local organisation committee

French Institute for Agricultural Research for Development (Cirad)
Toulouse National Veterinary School (ENVT)
National Institute for Agriculture Research (INRA)
Marisa Peyre, Thierry Baldet, Catherine Richard (Cirad-INRA))
Didier Raboisson (ENVT-INRA)
Communication: Frédérique Cause (Cirad), Christine Riou (INRA)
Technical support: Alpha Visa Congrès

Access to the venue

Montpellier SupAgro

2, place Pierre Viala
34060 Montpellier Cedex 2 - France
Tel: +33 4 99 61 22 00


Download map & informations (PDF)

Campus map

From Montpellier City Centre

From Jardin du Peyrou located near city centre, go down Boulevard des Arceaux, continue on Avenue de l’Ecole d’Agriculture leading to Place Viala.

By car

From the highway:

  • Exit at Montpellier Sud (30)
  • At the roundabout, follow Mosson sign
  • Keep driving on 4 kilometers (Rue de l’Abrivado, Avenue Près d’Arènes, Avenue de la Liberté), keep following Mosson sign
  • Turn right when you see Hôpitaux Facultés sign
  • When passing by Commercial Centre ‘Géant Casino’, enter the tunnel
  • At the 4th traffic light on the right, turn right and follow SupAgro-Inra signs on 1km
By bus
  • From railway station, at Gare Saint-Roch stop: take Bus number 6 heading to Euromédecine, get off at Place Viala
  • From other areas: take Bus La Ronde, get off at Louis Ravas

For more information:

By plane

From Airport Montpellier Méditerranée, take Shuttle/Bus La Navette, get off at Place de l’Europe stop to connect with city centre by tramway (line 1) and get to Gare Saint-Roch stop where you can take Bus number 6.


If you do not want to book a hotel via the registration form, we suggest a good Airbnb:

(Wel)come to Montpellier

By plane

Montpellier Méditerranée Airport is the 11th French airport and the 1st airport in Languedoc Roussillon. Six regular airlines (Air France, Alitalia, Air Arabia, Ryanair, Easyjet, Volotea) operate to and from it. In 2013, the airport features the following destinations (new destinations are likely to be available in 2015).

Direct daily flights to 4 international hubs:

  • 2 hubs in France: Paris & Lyon
  • 2 hubs in Europe: Amsterdam & London Gatwick
  • Paris Orly: 8 daily flights
  • Paris Charles de Gaulle: 4 daily flights
  • Nantes: 3 daily flights
  • London Gatwick, Lyon: 2 daily flights
  • Amsterdam: 1 daily flight
  • Frankfort: 5 weekly flights
  • Charleroi, Strasbourg: 4 weekly flights
  • Casablanca, Fes, Rotterdam, London Luton: 3 weekly flights
  • Roma, Basel, Lille, Leeds: 2 weekly flights

The airport is at 10 kilometers from Montpellier center (15 minutes drive), midway between the town and the sea. Taxis, car rental and a shuttle service (11 times/day) are available. The cost of a taxi is around €25, and the cost of the shuttle is €1.60 (intermodal ticket with city bus/tramway included: €2.60).

Montpellier Airport

Tel: +33 4 67 20 85 00 - Information: www.montpellier.aeroport
Shuttle/Bus La Navette

Air France

Tel: +33 (0)892 702 654 from abroad - Information:

Logo Air France You can benefit from the special congress rate (35% to 60% of the Air France rate depending on availability) if you book via the following link:

By train

High-speed train (TGV): 15 direct high speed trains are operating daily from downtown Paris (3h ½) and 5 daily direct high-speed trains from Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport (4 hours). The train station is located downtown Montpellier and most of the hotels. There are also direct trains to Barcelona, Geneva, Nice and Italy, Bordeaux, etc.

SNCF - French railway


By road

Montpellier is linked to Paris by the A9 and A75 Motorways (around 700 km). It is also linked to Italy, Spain, Switzerland.

Your itinerary: -

Registration fees

See more here

Standard Student Package ISESSAH-InnovSur
ISESSAH InnovSur ISESSAH InnovSur Standard Student
Early-bird until 20/02/2018 € 190 € 280 € 110 € 50 € 400 € 130
Regular rate after 20/02/2018 € 240 € 330 € 150 € 80 € 450 € 190

Get in touch

Administrative Office

Registration, accommodation

Alpha Visa Congrès
624 rue des Grèzes
34070 Montpellier - France
P: +33 4 67 03 03 00
Scientific secretariat
Avenue Agropolis
34398 Montpellier Cedex 5 - France
P: +33 4 67 61 39 18

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