The COVID-19 pandemic is rapidly escalating globally and putting an enormous strain on medical and other front-line health and community services everywhere. It seems very wrong and irresponsible for us to continue to plan on holding the Congress in Edinburgh in June, and potentially place you and all our delegates at risk of infection.

The #WOHC2020 Organising Committee has therefore decided to re-schedule the Congress, and now plans to hold it from 30 October to 3 November 2020 instead, ending most appropriately on the annual One Health Day. 

The Congress will take place in the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC), the same venue as initially planned. All registrations will be transferred to the new dates and all abstracts that have been accepted for presentation, planned side events and special sessions will remain in the programme. The early bird as well as the submission deadline for late breaker and COVID-19 abstracts have been extended to September 18. 

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and provide further updates on our website. We hope you will all remain safe and well in the intervening period, and we look forward to welcoming you to an exciting and informative 6th World One Health Congress in October.

Stay safe!


John Mackenzie
Curtin University, Australia,
Co-founder One Health Platform Foundation,
Co-chair 6th World One Health Congress

Lisa Boden
University of Edinburgh, UK, 
Co-chair 6th World One Health Congress





If I have already registered for WOHC 2020 in June and have paid my registration fee, will it be transferred to the new dates?
Yes, registration fees for WOHC and the fee for the Farewell dinner remain in place for the new Congress date.
Can I register for WOHC 2020 now?
Yes, registration for WOHC 2020 is open. Early bird registration closes on 18 September.
My abstract was accepted for oral/poster presentation. Will I still be able to present during the WOHC 2020 from 30 October to 3 November?
The rescheduled Congress from 30 October to 3 November is a fully equivalent replacement for the planned Congress, originally scheduled from 14-18 June, and all presentation confirmations remain the same.
I received information that my application for the Fellowship programme has been approved. Is it still valid for the WOHC from 30 October until 3 November?
Yes, your grant is transferred to the new dates.
Will the registration deadline for oral presentation authors be extended?
Yes, the new deadline is 4 September.
How will presentations be handled for authors for whom there is still a COVID-19 travel ban in October?
Every oral and poster presentation is required to have a registered author. So at least one author should register and pay the participation fee. Any author who is impacted by a travel ban, will be allowed to do a remote presentation. The exact process for remote oral and poster presentations will be announced in June 2020.
What is the refund policy if I have already paid the registration fee, but cannot attend the WOHC from 30 October till 3 November?
In case of cancellation before 19 September 2020, OHP will refund the applicant 50% of the registration fee. On or after 19 September 2020, no refund will be payable to the applicant.
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