Ilaria Capua Keynote Speaker

  • Director, One Health Center of Excellence, University of Florida - USA
  • Author of 'Circular Health' - exploring how humans, animals and planets should co-exist
  • Expert Virologist and Adviser on Pandemic Preparedness

Ilaria Capua's Biography

Ilaria Capua is Professor and Director of the One Health Center of Excellence at the University of Florida. Veterinarian by training and virologist by passion, she has also been a Member of the Italian Parliament for over three years (2013-2016).

In her career as a virologist she dedicated most of her professional life to viral infections of animals that can be transmitted to humans, and that cause poverty and food security issues such as Avian influenza (bird flu) and Newcastle disease and Rabies. In 2006, at the peak of the H5N1 bird flu panzootic, she provided global leadership by igniting an international debate on the transdisciplinary sharing of influenza virus genetic sequences to improve pandemic preparedness. This led to a paradigm shift in the approach to pandemic preparedness, and real-time sharing of genetic data is considered an essential component of the fight against Ebola, Zika, n-COVID2019 and other epidemic disease threats.

She has authored over 220 publications in peer reviewed journals and has published scientific books on Avian Influenza and Newcastle disease and books on careers in science for the general public. She is active in the field of science communication and in promoting female leadership in the scientific arena.

In 2007, Ilaria Capua was among the awardees of the Scientific American 50 Award for leadership in science policy, and in 2008 she was included among Seed’s Revolutionary Minds series, for her leadership in promoting sharing of information at an international level. Other international awards include the most prestigious award in veterinary medicine, the Penn Vet World Leadership in Animal Health Award in 2011, and the Gordon Memorial Medal in 2012. In 2014 she was the recipient of the ESCMID Excellence Award for Clinical Microbiology and Infectious diseases. In 2019 she received a honorary PhD from her Alma Mater, University of Perugia.

Prior to joining UF, she was elected as a member of the Chamber of Deputies of the Italian Parliament. She served for two and a half years as Vice President of the Science, Culture, and Education Commission. During her years in the legislature, she authored Parliamentary resolutions and amendments related to infectious diseases, namely antimicrobial resistance, epidemic threats (Ebola), and emerging pathogens of plants and animals.

During parliamentary office she was the victim a scurrilous “fake news“ attack in which she was accused of being a bioterrorist, and of having committed crimes punishable with life imprisonment. This was based on a 10 year long covert investigation, which was leaked to the press. All charges against her were dismissed, with clear evidence of ‘fabrication of accusations, in a context of happenings that had never occurred”.

Her vision for Circular Health at UF is to develop programs which advance health as a system. The co–advancement of health of humans, animals, plants and the environment requires the engagement with other disciplines beyond the health, agriculture and ecological domains. These include data science, economics, law, sustainability, political sciences, arts, and other disciplines. In October 2020, see the publication of the English language edition of her book ‘Circular Health: Empowering the One Health Revolution‘, in paperback.

Speaking Topics

-Circular Health – rethinking Health as a System
-Fake news, Science and Populism
-Leadership in Science
-Leadership and empowerment for gender equality
-Emerging pathogens (Ebola, Sars, Influenza, Coronavirus, Multi-resistant bacteria), Globalization and diseases, African Swine Fever

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Videos of Ilaria Capua

The Combative Researcher | Ilaria Capua | TEDxMilanoWomen
The Combative Researcher | Ilaria Capua | TEDxMilanoWomen
Ilaria Capua at ONU - 31 Marzo 2019
Ilaria Capua at ONU - 31 Marzo 2019
A new STEM for Girls 2.0 | Ilaria Capua | TEDxPompeii
A new STEM for Girls 2.0 | Ilaria Capua | TEDxPompeii
ESCAIDE 2014 keynote address: Dr. Ilaria Capua on pathogens, globalisation and politics
ESCAIDE 2014 keynote address: Dr. Ilaria Capua on pathogens, globalisation and politics
ESWI Conference SPI1 Ilaria Capua
ESWI Conference SPI1 Ilaria Capua

Blogs & Articles

Books by Ilaria Capua

Circular Health- Empowering the One Health Revolution
Avian Influenza and Newcastle Disease: A Field and Laboratory Manual

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