The One Health Summer Institute (OHSI) 2024 is a week-long class and field-based program exploring a One Health approach to watershed planning. Learn how human activity impacts the Bow River Basin, which begins in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta, and is a critical source of water supporting the basin’s human, animal, plant and ecosystem health and services as well as numerous economic activities in the region. Gain insight into the science, management strategies, and collaborative transdisciplinary skills necessary for sustaining the health and viability of the basin and the diverse ecosystems it contains.
Climate, human activities and environmental change collectively pose an accelerating and complex threat to water supplies. There is an urgent need for transformative change by all water users to preserve the quantity and quality of water in our watersheds. The fourth annual OHSI aims to provide a program for participants from diverse backgrounds to come together and advance their understanding of the challenges facing global watersheds. Participants will develop their understanding of watershed science, foster collaborative skills and capabilities, and build transdisciplinary professional networks. This program is delivered jointly by the following University of Calgary organizations:
- Identify how to select appropriate indicators to measure and / or describe key hydrological, physical, chemical, and ecological indicators of change within the Bow River Watershed
- Explore how human systems interact with the physical, chemical, and biological processes in watersheds
- Practice seeing the ecological relationships between human, animal, and environmental health
- Gain a scientific understanding of watershed management principles
- Think critically about mitigation and adaptation responses to watershed change
- Gain perspectives on Indigenous ways of knowing and its relationship with the One Health approach
- Practice working collectively within a collaborative watershed governance scenario
Trainees and adult professional learners from all disciplinary backgrounds who are interested in:
- Learning about the implications of climate change and environmental degradation on global watersheds
- Learning about the science supporting watershed management
- Understanding how water users, communities, and governments can come together to make decisions, develop policies and improve watershed governance
- Contributing to the discussions with their expertise, knowledge, and lived experience
- Expanding their professional network of individuals working in diverse fields but with an interest in a One Health approach to complex problems
- Date: June 9 – 15, 2024
- Time: Everyday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
- Format: In person, classroom sessions and field trips. All instruction and course materials will be in English.
- Credit Information: This is a non-credit course. There will be no grades or assessments. There will be a group-based project with group presentation on the last day of the course. All participants will receive a certificate of completion.
- Locations: This program is centered on the Bow River, from its source in the Icefields of the Rocky Mountains and following its course through Banff, the City of Calgary, and the surrounding prairie. 4 days will be held in Kananaskis area and 3 days in Calgary and area.
- Travel to Calgary: Each participant will be responsible for the cost and arrangements for their travel to Calgary. For participants from outside Canada, please consult the Government of Canada website to learn more about applying for a visa. If you need a visa to enter Canada, please apply as soon as possible. Participants should be aware that it may be difficult to obtain your visa in time to participate.
- Travel during the course: All travel will be by coach bus and is included in the cost.
Accommodation and meals: For the Rocky Mountain portion of program (4 days and nights), classes and accommodation will be held at the Barrier Lake Field Station in Kananaskis. It will be dormitory-style accommodation with shared rooms, bunk beds and shared washroom facilities. All meals are included in the cost with the exception of one supper in the town of Banff where the participants will have free time for the evening and will be responsible for their own supper.
We will spend the last 2 nights of the program in Calgary. For those requiring Calgary accommodations, arrangements will be made for cost-effective options (TBD), but the participants will be responsible for cost of their accommodations, breakfast, and supper. Lunches will be provided.
- Course schedule: The schedule and instructors for the One Health Summer Institute 2024 has not been finalized. While we are making some changes to the program from previous years, please review previous course agenda to determine if this program is a good fit for you.
- Step 1: Fill out the application questionnaire: As spots in the program are limited, filling out this application is a crucial step. It helps us to understand your skills and competencies, enabling us to form a diverse group of participants and ensuring a meaningful and enriching experience for everyone involved.
- Deadline to submit your application: March 29, 2024. We review the applications as we receive them.
- Step 2: We will review your application and aim to communicate our decision to you via email by April 1, 2024, provided that you meet the criteria and are accepted. We appreciate your patience and understanding.
- Step 3: Once we accept your application, you will receive the registration link from us.
- Cost: $500 for each participant. This cost includes all learning materials, all travel during the week of the course, accommodation and food at Barrer Lake Research Station, lunches on the 2 days of the Calgary and area part of the course.
- Contact: For questions regarding registration and payment, please contact Dr. Michele Anholt, firstname.lastname@example.org.
I attended One Health Summer Institute 2022 which was an incredible experience! We learnt about the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration to help address the complex problems we face today. The wide variety of expert speakers combined with the systems thinking approach opened my mind to the opportunities available when we work together. The experience enlightened me about the beautiful lifestyle of the Indigenous Peoples of Canada and the knowledge the Elders and community have to offer.
Heleen de Wit, International Student from the Netherlands
How can you support this program?
We are seeking donors to provide money for student scholarships. If you are interested in donating please contact: Dr. Herman Barkema, Director, One Health at UCalgary at