INSPIRE Knowledge Base


Network for Epizootic Animal Diseases Diagnosis and Control
Mission and Objectives: 
EPIZONE aims to develop a network of scientists to improve research on preparedness, prevention, detection, and control of epizootic diseases including zoonoses within Europe. The economic and social impact of future outbreaks of relevant epizootic disease like foot-and-mouth disease, classical swine fever, avian influenza, bluetongue and African swine fever, and others can be reduced through increased excellence by collaboration.
Formal Mandate: 
Members of the EPIZONE EU research project and sustainable EPIZONE research network within the EPIZONE European Research Group
As a virtual institute the activities within the EPIZONE network of excellence were organised in 3 horizontal integration themes (Virtual Institute, Strategic Integration, and Spreading Excellence) and 4 vertical scientific integration themes (Diagnostics, Intervention Strategies, Surveillance and Epidemiology, and Risk Assessment). Theme 1 "Virtual Institute" WP 1.1: Virtual Institute WP 1.2: Communication Theme 2 "Strategic Integration" WP 2.1: Scientific coordination and strategic planning WP 2.2: Shared resources WP 2.3: Expertise development Theme 3 "Spreading Excellence" WP 3.2: Education WP 3.3: Young EPIZONE Theme 4 "Diagnostics" WP 4.1: PCR-diagnostics WP 4.2: DNA-Chip-based diagnostics WP 4.3: DIVA Diagnostics WP 4.4: Pen-side tests Theme 5 “Intervention Strategies” WP 5.1: Vaccine technologies WP 5.2: Host responses to infection WP 5.3: Adjuvants WP 5.4: Antivirals Theme 6 “Surveillance and Epidemiology” WP 6.1: Surveillance & Epidemiology of emerging viral diseases in aquaculture WP 6.2: Field Epidemiology & Surveillance of AI and APMV WP 6.3: Experimental Epidemiology WP 6.4: Molecular Epidemiology Theme 7 “Risk Assessment” WP 7.1: Standardisation of import risk assessment WP 7.2: European online database on epizootic diseases as an early warning system WP 7.3: Decision support system for CSF WP 7.4: Impact of environmental effects on the risk of introduction of epizootic diseases in Europe: Identification and Prioritisation. Within the EPIZONE European Research Group it is aimed to continue the work on the same themes. Specific work packages have not been planned to be continued. Future research project which are to be acquired will be managed under the EPIZONE coordinating forum.
National Veterinary Laboratories within and outside Europe. Here it is the list of the SDIC members: NL, Central Veterinary Instituut of Wageningen, (CVI) DE, Friedrich-Loeffler-Institute, (FLI) UK, Institute for Animal Health, (IAH) UK, Veterinary Laboratories Agency, (VLA) FR, L'Agence nationale chargée de la sécurité sanitaire de l'alimentation, de l'environnement et du travail, (ANSES) DK, Technical University of Denmark, National Veterinary Institute, (DTU Vet) SE, Statens Veterinarmedicinska Anstalt, (SVA) FR, Centre de coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement, (CIRAD) ES, Center of Animal Health, National Institute for Agriculture and Food Research and Technology, (CISA-INIA) IT, Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie, (IZS-Ve) CN, Lanzhou Veterinary Research Institute, (LVRI) PL, National Veterinary Research Institute, (NVRI) BE, Veterinary and Agrochemical Research centre, VAR-CODA CERVA, (VAR) DE, Hannover Veterinary School, (HVS) IT, Instituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale della Lombardia e dell' Emillia Romagna Brescia, (IZSLER) CN, Harbin Veterinary Research Institute, (HRVI) IT, Food and Agriculture Organization, (FAO) NL, Digital Value, (DiVa)
Links with China and Turkey

Which role(s) do you foresee for the SDIC in INSPIRE development

  • submit reference material as input to the Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • allocate experts to Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • participate in the review process
  • yes
  • contribute to cost/benefit analysis of the draft Implementing Rules
  • yes
  • implement pilot projects to test/revise/develop the draft Implementing Rules
  • yes
  • register a project to test/revise/develop the draft Implementing Rules
  • yes
  • contribute to awareness raising and training
  • yes
  • be kept informed
  • yes
    Geographic Domain
    Societal Sector
    Central governament, regional local/governament, research, education
    Specific Expertise
    Specific Expertise: 
    Previous Experience relevant for INSPIRE development
    Data specification Data architecture Portal assessment Evaluation of data sharing/harmonization difficulties/barriers Close understanding on the use of environmental data in contingency management
    Environmental application domains
    Animal disease Prevention and Management
    Primary Business
    Animal and Public Health