Taking wildlife health on the European continent-scale: a step further: EWDA Wirkshop, 25 Aug 2014, Edinburgh, Scotland


Document and more info: EU Wildlife Health prog 8.docx

Taking wildlife health on the European continent-scale: a step further’?

One day workshop at the EWDA (European wildlife disease association) conference,
Edinburgh Monday 25 August 2014.

The purpose of the workshop is to bring together experts from several EU FP7 research programs (including ANTIGONE, APHAEA, EDEN next, EuroWestNile and WildTech) and other recognised scientists, to share ideas. These include the most recent concepts in the knowledge of this most difficult art of collecting data from free-living populations. The information is essential in gathering evidence for the management of wildlife related diseases and zoonoses. As well as the veterinary and human health concern, this discipline is increasingly important for the conservation of biodiversity.

The workshop will have invited short presentations. These emphasise new technologies and approaches to surveillance in the field, in the lab, in front of a computer, and in the office of policy makers. A large part of the workshop will be dedicated to round-table discussions (RTD) which will address the following challenges. (List of round table discussions)

Title of the RDT Chair of the RDT

  1. Selecting targets for sampling (for targeted surveillance) Mariana Boadella

  2. Improving the tests (for surveillance) Lisa Yon

  3. Data (for surveillance) in Europe Marc Artois

  4. Surveillance for preparedness of ‘emergences’, Thijs Kuiken

  5. Where are vectors? Supplementing surveillance with modelling, William Wint

  6. Recognition of skills in the wildlife health discipline, Paul Duff

  7. Assessing progress and communication with stakeholders. Marie-Pierre Ryser


09h00 11h30 Introductory session

No break, but coffee available in the room

09h00 09h15 Welcome address. State of the art, challenges and opportunities: M. Artois

09h15 09h30 1 Updates and new trends in wildlife health investigations: M.-P. Ryser

09h35 09h50 2 Merging population monitoring with disease surveillance: M. Boadella

09h55 10h10 3 Field sampling and co-variables: Christian Gortazar

10h15 10h30 4 Surveillance of drivers of emerging infectious diseases? T. Kuiken

10h35 10h50 5 Surveillance and modelling of vectors, hosts and diseases: W. Wint

10h55 11h10 6 Mutiplex or mass sequencing, what is best? L. Yon

11H15 11H30 7 Wildlife health surveillance: is it an issue? P. Duff

11h30 13h30 Poster display and lunch

... 13h45 distribution in groups for round table discussion

14h00 16h00 Round table discussions, writing a recommendation (one/group)

16h00 17h00 Poster display and coffee break (rapporteurs to prepare recommendations)

17.00 18.00 Short presentations of recommendations and conclusions by rapporteurs. Concluding remarks