People in discussion at One Health conference

One Health 

‘One Health' is an approach to design and implement programmes and research in which multiple sectors communicate and work together to achieve better public health outcomes, recognising the interconnectedness of human, animal, and environmental health in achieving this.

Since 2019 we've hosted the national One Health Conference. 

One Health is an internationally established approach which recognises that the health of people is closely connected to the health of animals and our shared environment. It also recognises that interdisciplinary collaboration - between business, Government, academia, Third Sector, finance, and the broad spectrum of innovation agencies - is needed to find solutions to the 'wicked' One Health problems. These are the complex modern problems affecting human, animal and environmental health highlighted by changes to our planetary environment, populations, agriculture, and transport flows - such as antimicrobial resistant bacteria, emerging diseases and problems surrounding food production.

Since 2019, Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has been exploring how to support and encourage enterprise to tackle some of these One Health wicked problems. One Health companies (those working in environmental science, agritech, aquaculture, bioscience, and public health innovation) in and around Dorset have been invited to showcase what they do - alongside academic and Government One Health initiatives - as part of a series of One Health conferences. The next step is to establish a more formal network to promote and support green/clean growth enterprises to accelerate their One Health projects to global markets, and attract inward investment - placing the UK at the forefront of One Health innovation. 

The One Health Enterprise Network (OHEN)

Dorset LEP seeks to establish the One Health Enterprise Network (OHEN) to foster a thriving One Health Business Cluster, initially in the Great South West and Wessex regions, including Cornwall & Isles of Scilly, Devon, Somerset, South Wiltshire (including Salisbury), Dorset, New Forest, Hampshire & Isle of Wight County Council area, and Southampton and Portsmouth cities. Over 300 companies working in the One Health space have been identified, so far - indicating a high potential opportunity in the region to support the emergence of a business cluster. 

Dorset LEP  is the lead organisation on the OHEN, providing programme support resources for the initiative. To realise this network, they will be seeking strategic partners from industry, Govt, and academia from across these regions. The One Health 2023 conference kickstarted this process on the 13th July 2023. 



One Health Nucleus (OHN): is the cluster’s One Health-focused knowledge exchange and innovator support programme. OHN aims to deliver the following three pillar Operating Model:

  • SHOWCASE: existing and new One Health companies as well as highlighting the complementary work of government and government agencies, universities, and RTOs. This heightening the knowledge of business, supply and support chain offerings through an annual showcase conference, social media page, and a published and widely promoted One Health Prospectus.
  • CONNECT: businesses with mentors, private funders (VCs / Angels), public funders, academia, government, and multiple agencies working in innovation development, and the business incubation and support space.
  • GROW: the connection of One Health businesses with one another, and with the wider support and supply chains, through the development of a One Health partnership. This facilitated by the programme, led by the entrepreneurs themselves, with the aim of enabling the emergence of the cluster to accelerate sustainable One Health business growth.

The programme will not duplicate the activity of other agencies or convening organisations, but will work in partnership or signpost, as appropriate, building bridges between One Health businesses and the support they need, through sharing network contacts and providing a knowledgeable, proactive introductory service.

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One Health Conferences

Our annual national One Health Conference is now a firm fixture in the One Health event calendar. Hosted by Dorset LEP, it's a chance to showcase new innovations across One Health sectors and bring together government, academics and businesses to facilitate action.

Find out what happened at previous events: 

One Health 2023

Hosted by Dorset LEP, One Health 2023 brought around 100 experts and senior decision makers to Kingston Maurward College near Dorchester to share advice and insight on sustainability and our shared environment.

Delegates agreed that a steering group will be formed in autumn 2023 to progress the One Health Enterprise Network (OHEN) by defining the scope of collaboration and developing investment metrics adapted to the needs of changing priorities.  

OHEN will initially have a focus on the Great South West and Wessex regions. These include Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Devon, Somerset, South Wiltshire, Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, with further strategic partners being sought from industry, government and academia.

A copy of the slides from the event can be found here.  

One Health 2022

Our fourth national One Health conference, One Health 22: Sustainable Agri-innovation and Foodtech, brought more than 60 senior decision makers from academia, industry, and government together for a day of advice, knowledge sharing and planning.    

A copy of the slides from the event can be found here.  

One Health 2021

In March 2021, Dorset LEP hosted the third One Health Conference as a virtual event.

During the event, Dorset LEP announced the ambition of the One Health Nucleus. This is to be a knowledge exchange and support network for one health innovators, supporting start-ups to large companies to establish, stabilise and grow. These companies will be carbon-neutral or carbon-reducing, contributing to the fight against climate change.

One Health 2020 - Aquaculture Expo

OH20: Aquaculture Expo - Commercial Solutions to Global Problems was again held at Kingston Maurward College, Dorchester, on 4 March 2020. Delegates included businesses, buyers, investors, government support agencies and universities.

We designed the event to encourage businesses and investors to capitalise on Dorset’s position as a great place to run and grow an aquaculture business while addressing One Health problems such as food supply and environmental protection. Attended by over 90 delegates our event received fantastic feedback - #AquaExpo20 successfully showcased Dorset aquaculture

One Health 2019

In September 2019, Dorset LEP hosted the inaugural One Health Conference at Kingston Maurward College, Dorchester. The event both provided the launch focus for the One Health Accelerator.

Delegates explored One Health problems such as food safety, supply and security, pollinators versus pests and antimicrobial resistance.