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Promoting a sustainable livestock sector in Europe

Polish Academy of Sciences

About the Polish Academy of Sciences
The Institute of Genetics and Animal Breeding of the Polish Academy of Sciences at Jastrzebiec /Warsaw is one of the leading Polish institutions in the field of animal science and genetics. The Institute has a European status of the Centre of Excellence in Genomics, Biotechnology and Quality of Animal Products in Sustainable Production Systems with Consideration of Animal Welfare - ANIMBIOGEN in EU (FP7 project). Our mission is to promote innovation and biological progress in agriculture, and the use of animal biotechnology methods to improve the quality of human life, by conducting novel research in genetics, animal breeding, reproductive biology and animal behaviour.

It is the Institute’s vision is to deliver know-how and innovation for the development of sustainable livestock production. We conduct research in the field of animal breeding and genetics; quality of food of animal origin; sustainable animal production systems, animal welfare; functional genomics; reproductive biology; biotechnology; nutrigenomics, development of basic tools and technologies, including transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics, epigenetics and bioinformatics.

Polish Academy of Sciences in the Animal Task Force
IGAB PAS represents the Polish institutions in Animal Task Force. We are a member of the Polish Technology Platform for Food and we collaborate closely with Polish agri-food sector. We are a leader of the biggest research applied project in Poland in the field of life sciences and agriculture - “BIOFOOD - innovative, functional products of animal origin”. The Institute provides experise in listed above aspects of genetics and livestock production to enhance innovation and sustainability in the animal production sector contributing to the development of knowledge-based bio-economy.

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Professor Jarosław Olav Horbańczuk 
Institute of Genetics and Animal Breeding of the Polish Academy of Sciences 
Jastrzebiec, 36A Postepu St.
05-552 Magdalenka

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