Versatile Emerging infectious disease Observatory


Our vision is to establish a Versatile forecasting, nowcasting, and tracking system (VEO) serving as an interactive observatory for the generation and distribution of high quality actionable information for evidence-based early warning, risk assessment and monitoring of Emerging Infectious Diseases and Antimicrobial resistance by public health actors and researchers in the One-Health domain.VEO will be built by an iterative process between data science and technology experts, disease experts from public health and academia, social scientists, and citizen scientists. The VEO data platform will support mining, sharing, integration, presentation and analysis of traditional and novel ‘Bio data’ with a range of “Contextual data”, integrating publicly available and confidential data. The VEO analytical platform will support data-intensive interdisciplinary collaboration of geographically distributed international teams, co-creation of novel advanced analytical solutions, and involving citizen scientists through crowdsourcing of specific challenges. In addition, we will develop workflows to integrate high density laboratory data (genomics, phenotyping, immunomics) into the VEO system and into risk assessments. The VEO system is (co)designed and tested through five complementary use case scenarios, reflecting main pathways of disease emergence, to attune developments to the needs of its intended users, and obtain proof-of-principle of utility, including ethical, legal and social implications.

Project details

Unibo Team Leader: Daniel Remondini

Unibo involved Department/s:
Centro Interdipartimentale Alma Mater Research Institute on Global Challenges and Climate Change (Alma Climate)
Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia "Augusto Righi"

Erasmus Universitair Medisch Centrum Rotterdam(Netherlands)

Other Participants:
Apha Animal & Plant Health Agency (United Kingdom)
Centraal Bureau Voor De Statistiek (Netherlands)
Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (Denmark)
University Of Copenhagen (Denmark)
Eötvös Loránd Tudomanyegyetem - Eötvös Loránd University (Hungary)
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna (Italy)
Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior De Investigaciones Cientificas (Csic) (Spain)
Ifremer-Institut Francais De Recherche Pour L'Exploitation De La Mer (France)
European Molecular Biology Laboratory-Embl (Germany)
Aristotele University Of Thessaloniki (Greece)
Università  degli Studi di PADOVA (Italy)
University Of Edinburgh (United Kingdom)
UPPSALA UNIVERSITET - Uppsala Genome Center (Sweden)
Academic Medial Center (Netherlands)
Rijksinstituut Voor Volksgezondheid En Milieu-National Institute For Public Health And The Environment (Netherlands)
Friedrich Loeffler Institut - Bundesforschungsinstitut Fuer Tiergesundheit (Germany)
Epfl Ecole Politechnique Federale De Lausanne (Switzerland)
Helsingin Yliopisto (Finland)
Institut Pasteur (France)

Total Eu Contribution: Euro (EUR) 18.118.385,70
Project Duration in months: 60
Start Date: 01/01/2020
End Date: 31/12/2024

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Good health and well-being This project contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 874735 This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 874735