Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance

Network of European and African Researchers on Antimicrobial Resistance (NEAR-AMR)

Network coordinator: Adam Roberts, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom

Summary of the Network

The Network of European and African Researchers on Antimicrobial Resistance (NEAR-AMR) represents a group of experts from leading institutions throughout Europe and Africa, within multiple disciplines (clinical, pharmacy, veterinary, environmental microbiology, epidemiology, molecular biology and evolution) encompassing a One Health approach to AMR. The comprehensive geographical spread allows different, country-specific insights into the two focal areas of this Network:

  1. Determining which common capacity and capability training needs exist for young investigators hoping to establish themselves within any area of AMR research from Europe and Africa.
  2. Informing on the preferred profile, and realistic limitations, of global surveillance data sharing platforms, informing expectations on what is possible within a range of existing healthcare infrastructures from multiple geographical settings.

Network outputs will be included within a dedicated NEAR-AMR website, and will inform on the strategic direction of the JPIAMR-VRI as it develops. The overall aim of this Network is to focus international efforts for maximal benefit and to ensure that results are translatable on intercontinental scales.

Network composition

Expected outputs of the Network

  • White paper on training junior researchers
  • Open access position paper on preferred platform profile for data sharing tool taking in account resource limitations, capabilities (current and future) of different health systems and geography
  • e-Platform (
  • Meeting month 4 in Africa. Meeting month 9 in Liverpool (to coincide with the 11th European Congress on Tropical Medicine and International Health (ECTMIH)
  • Webpage for NEAR-AR for communication in the network and dissemination of results to stakeholders
  • Final grant report


JPIAMR priority topics: Surveillance