Keynote Lectures


P1. Antimicrobial use and resistance in food-producing animals - How can we protect the efficacy of antibiotics for reproductive diseases?

Prof Ulf Magnusson
Professor of Animal Reproduction
Department of Clinical Sciences at SLU, Sweden

Ulf Magnusson is a licensed Swedish Veterinarian, Diplomate of the European College of Animal Reproduction and is holding a position as professor of Animal Reproduction at the Department of Clinical Sciences at SLU. UM’s current research activities deals with infectious diseases in livestock that affects reproduction and might be transmissible to humans (zoonotic). The latter holds also true for his work on antimicrobial resistance. UM has a broad international network and most of his research is conducted in low/middle-income countries in Asia and Africa. He is teaching veterinary students in large animal reproduction. Leader for the Animal health- “Flagship” activities within the CGIAR program  “CRP Livestock”, 2017-. Member of the Guiding group for the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock 2012- and leading the action Network on Antimicrobial resistance – LAMP 2017- . Member of the Steering group for the CGIAR Antimicrobial Research Hub, 2019-.


P2. The negative impact of lameness on dairy cow reproduction

Prof Georgios Tsousis
Associate Professor
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Prof. Georgios Tsousis graduated from the School of Veterinary Medicine of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 2002 and completed his doctoral thesis in the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover in 2005. From 2005 to 2008 he worked in the Clinic for Cattle in Hannover as a scientific cooperator, being involved in the everyday clinical practice. He returned in Thessaloniki in 2009 as a lecturer and currently holds the position of Associate Professor. He has co-supervised or supervised six doctoral thesis. He is the author of 40 publications and over 70 congress publications. He is currently supervising projects regarding dystocia in dairy heifers, extended lactations, associations between cattle lameness and fertility and early detection of lameness with the use of machine learning techniques.


P3. Suppression of reproductive behavior and gonadal function in horses - an update

Prof. Dr. Christine Aurich                  
Professor and Head of the “Centre for Artificial Insemination and Embryo Transfer”          
University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, Austria

DVM Hannover, Germany 1990; Dr med vet Hannover, Germany 1992; Dr med vet habil Hannover, Germany 1997. Christine Aurich is the head of the Centre for Artificial Insemination and Embryo Transfer and the Graf Lehndorff Institute Vetmeduni Vienna, Austria. She is a Diplomate of the European College of Animal Reproduction (ECAR). Her current research focuses on gamete physiology, assisted reproductive technologies and pregnancy in the horse. She is the author of more than 200 scientific articles in international journals and editor of a German-language textbook on equine reproduction. She is Co-Editor in Chief of Animal Reproduction Science. Christine is also the current chair of the scientific board of the International Symposium for Equine Reproduction (ISER).


P4. Maladaptation to the transition period and consequences on fertility of dairy cows

Osvaldo Bogado Pascottini DVM, PhD
University of Ghent, Department of Internal Medicine Reproduction and Population Medicine, Merelbeke, Belgium
University of Antwerp, Gamete Research Center, Laboratory for Veterinary Physiology and Biochemistry, Department of Veterinary Sciences, Wilrijk, Belgium     

Osvaldo grew up in a beef farm in Paraguay, where his interest in bovine reproduction began. He completed his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2010 at the National University of Asuncion (Paraguay). In 2016, Osvaldo concluded his Ph.D. at Ghent University (Belgium). In 2017, he started his first post-doctoral fellowship at the Ontario Veterinary College of the University of Guelph (Canada), where he focused on improving uterine health in dairy cattle by controlling inflammation around the time of parturition. As of 2019, Osvaldo is a post-doctoral fellowship in a joint project between the University of Antwerp and Ghent University (Belgium). His current research aims to demystify the role of extracellular vesicles in pre-implantation embryo development in a dairy cow model. Osvaldo is author of over 50 (A1) peer-reviewed publications, half of them as the first author.


P5. 25 years after Dolly: update on long term effects of embryo biotechnologies

Dr Pascale Chavatte-Palmer
Director of mixed Research Université Paris-Saclay, UVSQ, INRAE, Ecole vétérinaire d’Alfort – BREED – Biology of Reproduction, Environment, Epigenetics and Development, France

Initially trained as a veterinarian, I specialized in animal, and particularly equine reproduction with a focus on pregnancy and neonatology through my internship, residency and PhD, post-doctoral fellowship and initial position. After my recruitment at AgroParisTech and subsequently INRAE in France, I have been more widely focusing on feto-placental development and the developmental origins of health and disease (DOHaD), with a dual purpose in agriculture and as biomedical models. The aim of my research is to understand the role of the placenta in the programming of long term post-natal health, in the context of the developmental origins of health and diseases. I have recently taken the lead of the new Biology of Reproduction, Environment, Epigenetics and Development (BREED) research unit focusing on the development of the mammalian embryo from the formation of the egg cell to birth and development to adulthood. Meanwhile, I pursue my own research programs on effects of maternal and post-natal breeding conditions, including nutrition, on metabolic and osteoarticular outcomes in the foal. I have served as PI or co-PIU to several national and European research projects. CV and publications:

Theme: Overlay by Kaira Thessaloniki, Concert Hall