One Health (OH) approach to fight antimicrobial resistance

The France Excellence 2018 Summer School "One Health (OH) approach to fight antimicrobial resistance" will take place from July 8th to August 4th 2018 in CIRAD.

The Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD) is a French research and international cooperation organization working in tropical and Mediterranean regions. It is a public industrial and commercial enterprise (EPIC) under the joint authority of the Ministry of Higher Education and Research and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. CIRAD supports agricultural development, shares new knowledge and participates in the debate on the main global issues concerning agriculture in the global South. CIRAD provides services, technical knowledge, expertise, training and publications to its network of regional partners. From field to laboratory, from local to global scale, CIRAD aims to address development needs of about 90 partner countries all over the world. (


The summer school will last four weeks and will be based on a combination of technical courses, French classes and time to discover the French culture. The teaching time will be organized around academic lessons, practical, round-tables, brainstorming sessions and group work. Interactions between researchers and students will be promoted through sessions of discussion, or during practical exercises. A great importance will be given to the diversity of real case studies, to fit students own contexts. Participatory approaches and active pedagogy (role-play, simulations) will be used to learn from the real life experiences of the students. First we will remind the students about the principles of antibiotics usage (in human, animal health and the environment), the policies that govern their use, the mechanisms of resistance and transfer, the problems related to these resistances (therapeutic, production and economic), the recommendations of international organizations and the researches done to find alternatives. Then we will lead the students to think about the concepts of 'One Health' and Ecohealth. Presentations on the history of the concepts and their applications for antimicrobial resistance (AMR) will be proposed. Throughout the four weeks of the summer school, students will be working in small groups under the supervision of experienced researchers. We will ask the students to develop a model of One Health surveillance system for antibiotics-resistance and uses of antibiotics, in different settings. This work will be presented by each group the last two days of the summer school.


For the Summer Class, we will mobilize researchers from CIRAD from several research units (UMR Astre:, UMR Isem:, UMR Moisa:, UMR Pvbmt: and from a diversity of scientific fields (epidemiologists, biologists, ecologists, microbiologists, sociologists, geographers, agro-ecologists, specialists in aquaculture …). Recognised partners of CIRAD such as International organisations (FAO, OIE, WHO), research institutions (Pasteur Paris: , Oxford University in Vietnam: ) or veterinary schools (ENVT, ENVA), will be involved to bring their expertise in the field of One Health or AMR. Each presentation will be done by a confirmed researcher or expert, with years of field experience, outstanding list of scientific articles and practical knowledge on applied research.



Theme: Since the 1960‘s, antimicrobials have been widely used in aquaculture and terrestrial food animal production to contain potentially large-scale epizootics, to prevent spillover of zoonotic bacteria into the food chain, and to increase productivity. This widespread use of antimicrobials in food animals contributes––by means of natural selection––to the emergence of antimicrobial-resistant bacteria (ARB) and has significant public health implications: ARB of animal origin can be transmitted to humans through the environment and food chain and to agricultural workers by direct contact. Antimicrobial resistance is now a major threat to public health, with the potential to affect anyone, of any age, in any country. In the EU an estimated 25,000 deaths occur annually consecutively to multi- drug resistant infections, with an estimated economic impact of 1.5 billion € per year. WHO reports a very high proportion of resistance observed in bacteria that cause common infections in all regions. So AMR is becoming a major concern for the main international organizations (FAO, OIE, WHO, the Bank World) and these international agencies promote a drastic reduction in the use of antibiotics, especially in food animals’ production including aquaculture. To achieve this objective, interdisciplinary actions (with biology, medical science, SHS), in all sectors of farming systems (from traditional to industrial) are needed. Indeed the issue of antimicrobial resistance should be considered, studied and managed at the interface between public health, animal health and the environment according to One Health (OH) and (EcoH) EcoHealth approaches.



Arrival in France 

Arrival at Paris : 08/07/2018

Courses start on : 09/07/2018

Each participant is responsible for organizing its own travel to Paris.

The travel by train from Paris to Montpellier and a welcoming dinner will be organized the 08/07/2018.

Note that the participants willing to visit Paris are welcomed to do so either before or after the Summer Course official dates. People in that case can contact the organizers to have some tips to better organize their personal stay and make sure they will join the Summer Course on time and in the best conditions.


In Montpellier, the participants shall be accommodated in Vert Bois University Campus ( The 14 m2 flats are fully equipped with shower, sink, WC, cooking corner with micro-wave. The university residence provides an unlimited Wi-Fi access. The campus is situated close to the university restaurant and is well served by public transportation to the city centre and the Summer Course location.


During the week, lunch will be served in CIRAD’s staff restaurant on Baillarguet site, where the Summer Course will take place.

Participants will be given a lump sum to cover their breakfasts, dinners & week-end meals costs.


Participants will use public transportation (Bus and tramway) from the Campus to the course & visits location, using a monthly-unlimited card provided at their arrival in Montpellier.

Back to China

Courses end on: 03/08/2018 

Back to Paris: 04/08/2018



The scientific and cultural planning are complementary and conceived as a consistent whole.

Please find here the complete schedule of the summer school.


French courses :

Participants will attend intensive French as a foreign language courses. Specialised teachers from IAMM language Centre ( will teach them 9 hours per week (organised in three 3 hour-sessions each week). The lessons, adapted to their level will allow them to deepen their oral and written competences and introduce them to the rich French culture and history. A final evaluation and a certificate will validate their level in French language acquired at the end of the course.

Cultural visits

The summer Course will take place in Montpellier, a dynamic and young town gathering more than 70 000 students per year from all origins. Montpellier is ideally situated in the South of France between the Mediterranean Sea and the mountains. Its rich cultural heritage makes it an attractive place to stay.

During the Summer Course, three afternoons will be dedicated to cultural visits in English in Montpellier. For example, Montpellier historical town centre guided tour, visit of the art Museum (, Montpellier historical Medicine and Pharmacy University with its anatomical collection, etc.

During the week-ends, two 1-day discovery tours will be proposed (for example, discovery of the Camargue or Cévennes region, Sète harbour and Etand de Thau, etc.)




One Health (OH) approach to fight antimicrobial resistance

From July 8th to August 4th, 2018 in CIRAD, Montpellier.

The total number of places is limited to 20.

 The price does not include the trip from China to Paris.


Accommodation, meals and local transportation are all included. 

The summer school will deliver a certificate of attendance. 

The summer school has been designed for Chinese students and is open to other international students

To apply, please follow the application procedure described on the main page.

Price: 30.000 CNY


The French Embassy reserves a limited number of grants to students with an exceptional academic background. Grants cover the tuition fees but do not cover the trip from China