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National R&D Institute for Animal Biology and Nutrition (IBNA) - Romania

About IBNA

The National Research-Development Institute for Animal Biology and Nutrition (IBNA) is the most important research unit of the Romanian animal science sector. The institute operates under the coordination of the Ministry of National Education and Research / National Authority for Research, Development and Innovation.

Located in North of Bucharest (near Otopeni airport), the institute runs 30-40 R&D projects / year, covering a broad range of topics within the animal biology and nutrition field, thus ensuring a consistent flow of research results towards a broad range of beneficiaries (academia, innovative companies, farmers, etc.). The institute has one of the most intense international activities within the agricultural research in Romania, in terms of projects, ISI articles, etc. and is strongly connected to the Romanian animal production sector. Some examples of involvement in international projects are: FP7 SOLID; FP7 Feed to Food, FP7 FoodSEG, FP6 Feed for Pig Health, FP6 FeedSEG, EUREKA, ERASMUS+, etc.


The National Research-Development Institute for Animal Biology and Nutrition (IBNA) aims to maintain its position as the main knowledge provider in Romanian animal science sector, while increasing its role at European level and its degree of integration within the European Research Area.

It also aims to provide a broad range of research outputs (from basic to applied, tailored to fit the various types of beneficiaries) that support the animal production and the related economic sectors to counteract the challenges of the 21st century: limitation of the resources, protein dependency, climate change, globalization, etc. while continuing to address the current issues: livestock production efficiency, quality and safety, consumer preferences, environment, welfare, etc.

IBNA in the Animal Task Force

IBNA contributes to the pan-European coverage of ATF, by valorizing its experience within Eastern European research & agricultural systems. It also seeks to promote, at European level, the region-specific R&D topics, such as climate change, efficiency issues, technological transfer, etc.

Last but not least, it aims to enhance the overall R&D activity in the Eastern Europe (increase the standards of scientific production; reduce the disparities among European regions, bringing research teams together, etc.).

More information

Scientific Director / senior researcher in ruminant nutrition
National Research & Development Institute for Animal Biology and Nutrition (IBNA Balotesti)
Calea Bucuresti nr. 1, Balotesti, Ilfov, 077015, Romania
Office phone: 0040-21-3512084

News Headlines

2017 ATF events - 08 June 2017
ATF-EAAP Special Session
28 August 2017
Tallinn, Estonia

ATF annual Seminar
26 October 2017
Brussels, Belgium


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


Roadmap for Sustainable EU Livestock. - 30 June 2017

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?
Official website 

Environmental sustainability of livestock production - 14 February 2016

Following the first debate entitled “Environmental sustainability of livestock production” organised by ELANCO, EU40 presented “Sustainable EU Livestock Actions Towards an Innovative, Climate", at the European Parliament, Brussels, 27 April 2016. We are pleased to share the ppts and videos of the event, below:


Videos: Overview of the session:

Interview with the ATF President Mr. Jean Louis Peyraud:

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WAFL2017 - 21 November 2016
7th International Conference
on the Assessment of Animal Welfare
at Farm and Group Level

5-8 September 2017

Wageningen, The Netherlands

Official website here