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HONOURs is an EU-financed Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action (MSCA) training network on host switching pathogens, infectious outbreaks and zoonosis. The objective of HONOURs is to train Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) in all aspects of infectious outbreaks. The consortium consists of 10 high profile universities, research institutions and companies. Coordination is at the Academic Medical Center of the University of Amsterdam. The partners are located in Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.


The ongoing increase of the human population accompanied by growing numbers of livestock to feed this population, as well as human invasion into natural habitats of wild animals makes humans and animals progressively vulnerable to host-switching pathogens. Global trade as well as climate changes can contribute to pathogen transmission, e.g. through import of infected vectors or expansion of habitats for arthropod vectors such as mosquitoes and midges.

Preparedness needs training

Preparedness needs expertise in many areas. At surveillance sites early detection and identification of viruses involved in outbreaks is crucial. Screening of different animal species and humans who have been in close contact with (diseased) animals for known or yet undiscovered viruses will also aid preparedness. Novel viruses in these populations will have to be evaluated for their pathogenicity in susceptibility studies.

The HONOURs network will generate new health and scientific knowledge with the aim to locate, identify, characterize, contain, and control infections that are caused by zoonotic agents. HONOURs will provide training to 15 promising young researchers at the interface of veterinary and human health, virology, biostatistics, and pathogen discovery. These early stage researchers will become “preparedness- experts”.

About HONOURs organisation

Marc van Ranst song

       Mark van Ranst lied

A tribute to Marc van Ranst, the hope of Belgium in the COVID-19 outbreak. It is in Dutch yet worth viewing!


Cormac Kinsella the best at CADDE!

       Cormac prijs 2Cormac Kinsella has won the best poster award at the first CADDE genomic epidemiology workshop in São Paulo (2nd Dec- 6th Dec) - the CADDE (Brazil-UK Centre for Arbovirus Discovery, Diagnostics, Genomics & Epidemiology) project brings together experts on viral epidemiology, genomics, vectors, public health, among others to monitor and respond to arboviral disease outbreaks.


Commercialisation of vaccines at MSD Animal Health, a great finale of the HONOURs-ESRs courses


The ESRs had a fascinating week at MSD Animal Health. Ad de Groof, Senior Project Leader, put on an excellent programme, inviting speakers who covered topics across the whole pipeline of vaccine development.


The second and final course on Protein Production course for 8 ESRs by INGENASA in Madrid.

       A20 oktober madridThe last eight ESRs that did not follow the first course on Protein Production now followed the course (October 2019) that covered systems in which proteins can be expressed, how proteins can be purified, and ultimately how they can be used in diagnostic tests, in particular lateral flow assays and ELISAs.



Host switching pathogens, infectious outbreaks and zoonosis; a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network.

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 721367.