Environmental Dimension of Antibiotic Resistance, EDAR is a biannual conference that attempts to embrace a broad set of topics, including pollution sources and fates in the environment, environmental selection and evolution of resistance, transmission of genes and bacteria between different environments/humans/animals, surveillance, risk assessment strategies, and both technical and policy-related means of mitigating risks.
The role of the environment in the development and spread of antibiotic resistance has become more and more recognized. This is true not only among academic researchers. The environment is also becoming an important component of both national and international antibiotic resistance policies. This recognition stems from an increased appreciation that bacteria and their genes can move between the environment, human and animal microbiota (the One-Health-Concept).
Since the first EDAR meeting arranged by Professor Edward Topp in Canada in 2012, the conference series has become the largest international scientific meeting that specifically addresses the role of the environment in antibiotic resistance. The EDAR series has since the start been rotating between North America, Asia and Europe and have been given approximately every second year.