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It’s good to talk! The emergence podcasts

Producing a podcast: the evolution of emergence

The emergence website, launched in 2015 and recently redesigned, is our way to keep people informed about diseases such as foot and mouth disease (FMD), rabies or African swine fever (ASF), and the science behind them. With content covering the most pertinent diseases affecting animal populations and global disease reports, as well as a Knowledge Hub containing a wealth of resources including videos, scientific papers and infographics, the site acts as one-stop destination for topics related to transboundary and emerging diseases.  

Recently, we sought a new way to communicate with people in a means which could easily be interwoven into their daily lives. In an effort to keep our customers and readers up to date on industry developments, the emergence podcast was born, with Alasdair King, Director of International Veterinary Health at MSD Animal Health, as its host.

Designed at a length equivalent to the average commute to work, the emergence podcast aims to cultivate casual conversation between stakeholders on topics that matter to our listeners, ranging from the notification of disease outbreaks and thoughts on recent scientific articles, to reports from conferences and views from opinion leaders and experts.

What’s out now?

To date, seven podcasts have been released, covering topics including the Rabies in the Americas (RITA) conference, the Global Foot and Mouth Research Alliance (GRFA) meeting and the EuFMD Vaccine Security meeting, as well as the announcement of the first recipients of the Rabies Hero Awards, implications of the global Covid-19 pandemic on the animal health industry and the control of rabies in India.

To provide visual context to our listeners, sketches summarizing the key points during podcast episodes have been commissioned. See one of our first below!

Podcast sketch capturing the key points of a conversation.

With roughly 12 to 15 episodes planned per year, the emergence podcasts are available for free stream on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Overcast, Pocket Casts and RSS feed, as well as online through the emergence Knowledge Hub or podcast site directly.

We hope you’ll tune in!

Molly Stamm
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | Agricultural Communications Merck Animal Health | Intern, International Veterinary Health

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author.