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Promoting a sustainable livestock sector in Europe


Roadmap for Sustainable EU Livestock

Making food production more sustainable is one of the greatest challenges of our times. In the face of global population growth, increased demand for animal protein, and climate action commitments, we need to ask ourselves how the EU livestock sector can become more sustainable? How can more be produced with less?

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10th International Symposium on the Nutrition of Herbivores

02-06 September 2018
Clermont-Ferrand, France
The International Symposium on the Nutrition of Herbivores (ISNH) is an international scientific conference that addresses a whole range of issues linked to the nutrition of herbivores in production systems or in the wild. The French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) invites the 10th edition of the ISNH to Clermont-Ferrand, France
The 10th International Symposium on the Nutrition of Herbivores conference will be a forum to discuss herbivore  nutrition supporting agro-ecological and sustainable intensification approaches. The Symposium will feature plenary sessions, paper sessions, and posters by international experts. The sessions of the Symposium will cover basic herbivores nutrition to nutritional strategies to improve nutritional efficiency, product quality, health and animal welfare, and environmental issues. Contributions from young scientists are encouraged.

Submission is open until 1st of February 2018
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Congress on Controversies in Bovine Health, Industry & Economics (BovineC)

25th-27th February 2018
Tel Aviv, Israel
The congress on Controversies in Bovine Health, Industry & Economics (BovineC) is a unique get-together meeting where controversial topics inbovine health, industry and economics will be discussed between  veterinaries, scientists and farmers. The main subjects of the Congress should be related to cattle however, abstracts related to sheep and goats will be also accepted. Abstract submission deadline:  October  3,  2017.  For  more information please visit the congress website

1st European Symposium on Livestock Farming in Mountain Areas

20th-22nd June 2018
Bozen-Bolzano, Italy

The Symposium is a joint initiative of the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, the EURAC Research Center, FiBL Switzerland, Università degli studi di Padova and EAAP. It will be held for the first time in 2018 at the Eurac Research Center in Bozen-Bolzano. The overall objective of the Symposiums is to bring together scientists that deal with questions regarding livestock farming in mountain areas in Europe. Mountain regions face challenges due to their environmental condition that affect the success of production and that are similar regardless of geographic location. Therefore, the symposium covers a broad range of topics including all species relevant to mountain farming. Invited speakers, theatre presentations as well as poster presentations are foreseen.

Important dates:
Call for abstracts: 12/2017
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 03/2018
Abstracts notifications and final programme: 04/2018

For further information please see the attachment
or get in contact with Prof. Dr. Matthias Gauly (

69th EAAP Annual Meeting
(EAAP 2018)

27th-31st August 2018
Dubrovnik, Croatia
The Organising and the Scientific Committees are delighted to announce that Croatia has been chosen as the venue for the 69th Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science. The meeting will take place from 27th to 31st August 2018 in Dubrovnik, one of the most prominent tourist destinations in the Mediterranean. The venue for the meeting will be the Valamar Resort. EAAP 2018 builds on the success of previous EAAP meetings, and it will provide an excellent opportunity for scientists working with a wide range of animal species and in related disciplines to meet and discuss the latest developments in animal sciences.

For registration and other information about the European animal science annual meeting, please visit EAAP 2018 website.

6th European Veterinary Immunology Workshop

5th-7th September 2018
Utrecht, The Netherlands
The European Veterinary Immunology Group (EVIG) and the local organizing committee are organising the 6th EVIW, EVIW2018 in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Plenary and concurrent session topics will include:
1. Innate immunity;
2. Adaptive immunity;
3. Infection and immunity;
4. Vaccination;
5. Clinical immunology;
6. Allergy;
7. Mucosal immunology;
8. The microbiome in relation to immune responses.

Further information on registration, abstract submission and deadlines will be available soon at

International Scientific-Expert Conference on the Preservation of Animal Genetic Resources

25th-27th October 2018
Osijek, Croatia
The conference is organized by the Croatian Agricultural Agency, the University of Zagreb, the Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek and the University of Zadar. It provides the possibility for verbal presentation, presentation via posters and the presentation of your institution/company or as a participant.

For further information, please read the first notification of the conference and visit the conference website.

International Symposium on Ruminant Physiology

3rd-6th September 2018
Leipzig, Germany
The Symposium about Ruminant Physiology will be held in Germany in 2019 at the Kongresshalle am Zoo of Leipzig. The Symposium is the major international conference on ruminant physiology. It provides an overview of current, important scientific findings and areas of research in the physiology of ruminants of all kinds.

For more information, please visit the symposium website.

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Seminar on Resource-use Efficiency

The Animal Task Force will be organising its yearly seminar:

"Resource-use Efficiency: Implications for the Sustainability and Competitiveness of the European Livestock Sector”

7 November 2012
Brussels, Belgium

Wednesday November 7, ATF organises its yearly seminar. This year's theme is: Resource-use Efficiency.
Resource-use efficiency is a major challenge to the sustainable development of the livestock sector in Europe. At the seminar politicians, industry representatives, knowledge providers and policy-makers will discuss questions like 'How does Europe's livestock sector remain competitive in a context of growing resource scarcity and a need to address climate change? What are the opportunities and challenges to improve the European livestock sector resource-use efficiency? What would a European Agenda of Action for a sustainable livestock sector look like?'
Together, we will create an European Agenda of Action for a resource-use efficient livestock sector in Europe.

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Global Agenda of Action

This seminar is organised in close cooperation with Copa-Cogeca and the FAO. The FAO hosts the global initiative 'Global Agenda of Action for sustainable livestock sector development'. This GAA deals with resource-use efficiency on a global level through three initial focus areas:

1) Closing the efficiency gap.
2) Restoring value of grasslands
3) Zero discharge

The seminar will discuss the implications of the Global Agenda of Action for Europe.

Please click here for the invitation.