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Institute of Animal Science – Czech Republic


Institute of Animal Science – Czech Republic

About the Institute of Animal Science (IAS)

Institute of Animal Science (IAS) is a scientific institution founded by the Ministry of Agriculture of the Czech Republic. Since its foundation in 1951 its activities have been aimed at biological and biotechnological principles of animal husbandry. The IAS has close contacts with universities, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, partner research institutes, breeders associations and with the agricultural community.

Main focus areas of basic and applied research are:

  •      Biology of reproduction
  •      Molecular genetics
  •      Genetics and breeding of farm animals
  •      Physiology of nutrition and quality of animal products
  •      Nutrition and feeding of farm animals
  •      Ethology
  •      Technologies in farm animal systems
  •      Cattle production systems
  •      Pig production systems


The Instituted fulfils a role of a key expert institution, as it has always based its work on the latest results of science and research, formed the shape of the modern livestock production and contributed to its successful development as an essential part of the national food security and self-sufficiency.

IAS in the Animal Task Force

The IAS represents the Czech knowledge institutes in the ATF. The Institute takes part in the education of university and PhD students and provides extension and advisory services for agricultural enterprises. It also provides expert, advisory and information assistance for the Ministry of Agriculture and other state authorities. In addition, it pursues international cooperation of a high standard and is in permanent contacts with world knowledge in all areas of its theoretical and practical specialization.

More information

Dr. Ludek Barton

Institute of Animal Science

Pratelstvi 815

104 00 Prague

Czech Republic



News Headlines

2nd White Paper of ATF - 06 February 2017
2016 was an important year for the European Horizon2020 research agenda setting. The ATF has worked all year long on a Second White Paper (2016) of suggested priorities for research and innovation for the Horizon2020 2018-2020 Work Programme.
Today, we are pleased to announce that the Second White Paper is now available.
This update of the First White Paper (2013) and Addendum (2014) was prepared by the Animal Task Force Presidency and members. It was largely inspired by a dialogue with key stakeholders and institutions in Europe and through the participation of various events related to the European research and innovation agenda and policy setting, to provide a consulted contribution from the animal production sector to the agenda setting for research and innovation.

2nd White Paper
Appendix 2 of the 2nd White Paper