ZOE kicked-off with its first official consortium meeting taking place at the coordinating institution – Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, 12-14 March 2024. More than 30 participants were representing the 15 partner institutions. Funded by the European Union for 4 years – ZOE will investigate a link between land use change, biodiversity loss and the risk of zoonoses. ZOE is coordinated by Felix Drexler (Charité) and Nadja Kabisch (LUH).