The Conference will take place at the premises of University of Thessaly in Larissa. In particular, the Auditorium Hippocrates, the…

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Travel to Larissa

Larissa is in the center of Greece and is the capital of the region Thessaly. It counts about 150.000 people,…

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The organizing committee has contacted some wonderful hotels in the city of Larissa and negotiated rates for the 13th European…

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Invited Speakers

Dr Herve Zeller

"Wildlife and Vector-borne diseases in Europe"

Dr. Ruth Cromie

"How do we get action for a healthier planet? The lead ammunition case study"

Dr. Laskarina-Maria Korou

“Current epidemiological data for Rabies in Greece. Steps to eradicate the disease”

Final Program - Timetable

Final Program

  • 13:00-20:00 EWDA Wildlife Health Surveillance Network meeting
    Amphitheater 1, Faculty of Medicine Building, 2nd floor
    13:00-14:00           Welcome Coffee
    14:00-14:05 Welcome and introduction (Thijs Kuiken)
    14:05-14:15 Overview of wildlife health surveillance in Europe as of 2009 (Thijs Kuiken)
    14:15-14:30 Review of requirements of a wildlife health surveillance programme (Marie-Pierre Ryser)
    14:30-15:30 Start-up and growth spurts of established wildlife health surveillance systems in a selected number of countries, part 1 (4 x 15 min; Paul Tavernier, Belgium; Antonio Lavazza, Italy; Jorge Lopez, Spain; Marie-Pierre Ryser, Switzerland)
    15:30-16:00 Break and Poster Viewing
    16:00-16:30 Start-up and growth spurts of established wildlife health surveillance programmes in a selected number of countries, part 2 (2 x 15 min; Jolianne Rijks, The Netherlands; Becki Lawson and Paul Duff, U.K.)
    16:30-17:15 Panel discussion: what worked, what didn’t? (Panel: all speakers on start-up and growth spurts of established programmes. Chair: Thijs Kuiken)
    17:15-17:45           Break and Poster Viewing
    17:45-19:00 Situation reports of a selected number of countries who wish to start a wildlife health surveillance programme (5 x 15 min; Kastriot Korro, Albania; Daniel Mladenov, Bulgaria; Gudrun Wibbelt, Germany; Charalambos Billinis, Greece; Sara Sevic, Serbia)
    19:00-19:45 Panel discussion: how to get started? (Panel: all speakers on countries wishing to start a programme . Chair: Thijs Kuiken)
    19:45-20:00 Concluding remarks (Thijs Kuiken)


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    ECZM Annual Meeting

  • 09:00 to 21:00

    EWDA pre-conference Students Event…[click for Programme]…

  • All Day – 13th EWDA Conference Workshops
    10:00-18:00 Dep. of Ichthyology and Aquatic Environment, Un. Thessaly, Volos & visit to the sea Marine Priority Habitats and species: Applied biomonitoring in Marine Protected Areas and the special-case of Marine Mammals
    09:00-17:00 Classroom 1, Faculty of Medicine Building -3rd Floor

    2nd EWDA Wildlife Histopathology Workshop



    Computers Classroom, Library Building-1st Floor

    & Visit to LAke Karla

    Methods to investigate the association between wildlife and human cases in a zoonotic disease outbreak; the WNV example
    10:00-14:00 Classroom 2, Faculty of Medicine Building-3rd Floor Wildlife disease monitoring: techniques and Cost-benefit trade-offs analysis
    09:00-13:00 Classroom 3, Faculty of Medicine Building-3rd Floor

    Disease Risk Analysis for Translocations


  • Available Soon

    ECZM Annual Meeting

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    ECZM Dinner

  • Tuesday, August 28
    08:00 – 19:00 Registration – submission of auction objects (Registration Desk, Foyer)
    08:15 – 08:30 Welcome (Hippocrates Auditorium)
    MORNING SESSION I: Wildlife Health, Management and Conservation | Hippocrates Auditorium
    Chairs: Thomas Tully and Becki Lawson
    08:30 – 09:15 Keynote: How do we get action for a healthier planet? The lead ammunition case study. Ruth Cromie
    09:15 – 09:30 British Veterinary Zoological Society (BVZS) Good Practice Guidelines for Wildlife Rehabilitation Centres. Elizabeth Mullineaux
    09:30 – 09:45 OIEparser: The data management tool for OIE-listed diseases. Katalin Maria Horvath
    09:45 – 10:00 Reestablishment of a non-migratory flock of whooping cranes (Grus americana) in Louisiana, USA. Thomas N. Tully
    10:00 – 10:15 The Great Tit Parus major pox disease in France: evidence of emergence and spatio-temporal distributions from citizen science-based data. Phillippe Gourlay
    10:15 – 10:30 Spatio-temporal dynamics and aetiology of proliferative leg skin lesions in wild British finches. Becki Lawson
    10:30 – 10:45 Investigation of mass mortality in Arctic terns (Sterna paradisaea) at a breeding colony in Wales. Paul Holmes
    10:45 – 11:00 Prevalence of avian influenza and Newcastle disease viruses in local populations of wild birds in contact with Houbara bustards conservation breeding programmes in the United Arab Emirates. Julien Hirschinger
    11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break(Foyer) | Auction team meeting
    MORNING SESSION II: Wildlife Health, Management and Conservation | Hippocrates Auditorium
    Chairs: Erik Ågren and Miriam Maas
    11:30 – 11:45 Disease and health implications of free living wildlife on a captive zoo population. Debbie Myers
    11:45 – 12:00 Histopathological study of eye tissues from semi-domesticated reindeer with infectious keratoconjunctivitis caused by cervid herpesvirus 2 in an experimental setting. Javier Sánchez Romano
    12:00 – 12:15 Spatiotemporal spread of sarcoptic mange in the red fox (Vulpes vulpes) and other wild carnivores in Switzerland. Simone R. R. Pisano
    12:15 – 12:30 Epidemiological study of Dichelobacter nodosus in free ranging Alpine ibex (Capra ibex ibex) and other potential hosts: identifying maintenance hosts and risk factors for infection. Gaia Moore-Jones
    12:30 – 12:45 Disease risk analysis for the western barred bandicoot (Perameles bougainville). Rebecca Vaughan-Higgins
    12:45 – 13:00 Epidemiological analysis of Aujeszky disease in wild boar in Italy. Stefania Calο
    13:00 – 13:15 Plasticosis from intact and micronizing plastic in birds, reptiles and mammals, including humans. Branson W. Ritchie
    13:15 –14:45 Lunch (Venue Restaurant)
    AFTERNOON SESSION I: Genetics-Disease Association |  Hippocrates Auditorium
    Chairs: Marie-Pierre Ryser-Degiorgis & Zissis Mamuris
    14:45 – 15:00 An update on the puzzling world of human and animal pathogenic treponemes. Sascha Knauf
    15:00 – 15:15 Does stress impair healthy aging? Relationship between stress and telomere length in roe deer. Emmanuelle Gilot-Fromont
    15:15 – 15:30 MHC class II DQA locus variation in the species of European Brown hare: pathogen-driven genetic differentiation. Themistoklis Giannoulis
    15:30 – 15:45 Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpesvirus (EEHV) infection in Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) possible correlated hereditary coagulation disorder. Sónia Alexandra de Jesus Fontes
    15:45 – 16:00 Genomic response to experimental infestation with Sarcoptes scabiei in Iberian ibex. Arián Ráez Bravo
    16:00 – 16:15 High prevalence of heart anomalies of suspected genetic origin in a reintroduced Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx) population, Switzerland. Marie-Pierre Ryser-Degiorgis
    16:15 – 17:15 Coffee break and poster session (Foyer) See more…
    AFTERNOON SESSION II: Health and conservation of neglected species (focus: bats) | Hippocrates Auditorium
    Chairs: Lineke Begeman & Gudrun Wibbelt
    17:15 – 17:30 Landscape immunology across the range of a widespread Neotropical bat species. Gábor Á. Czirják
    17:30 – 17:45 Disease ecology of Lyssaviruses in the greater mouse-eared bat from South Tyrol (Italy). Stefania Leopardi
    17:45 – 18:00 Vector-borne pathogens in tissues of bats from Central and Eastern Europe. Alexandra Corduneanu
    18:00 – 18:15 Passive surveillance of bat lyssavirus infections in the Netherlands, a three decade overview. E.A. (Bart) Kooi
    18:15 – 18:30 A passive surveillance for emerging viruses in bats in Italy- Implications for Public Health and biological conservation. Antonio Lavazza
    18:30 – 18:45 Detection and characterisation of multiple herpesviruses in free-living Western European hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus). Helle Bernstorf Hydeskov
    18:45 – 19:00 Does bat diversity explain Ebola spillover? Julie Shapiro
    19:00 – 19:15 Is stress caused by anthropogenic changes responsible for virus spillover from bats to other species? Vikram Misra
    19:15 – 19:25 WDA looks to the future. Richard Kock
    19:2519:30 EWDA Student Chapter. Anna Hillegonda Baauw
    19:30 – 19:45 Opening Address (Hippocrates Auditorium)
    19:45 – 20:45 EWDA AGM (Hippocrates Auditorium)
    21:00 Welcome dinner (Venue Restaurant)


  • Wednesday, August 29
    08:00-15:30 Scheduled excursion to Meteora (lunch included)
      Meeting point: Larissa Central Square, Kyprou & Filellinon str.
    AFTERNOON SESSION I: Aquatic animals and ecosystems | Hippocrates Auditorium
    Chairs: Aleksija Neimanis and  Anastasia Komnenou
    16:00 – 16:15 Grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) predation on marine mammals in German waters. Stephanie Gross
    16:15 – 16:30 Antibiotic resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae causing illness in juvenile common seals (Phoca vitulina) on the East coast of England. J Paul Duff
    16:30 – 16:45 Genome-wide screening and functional MHC components reveals susceptibility to lungworms in female striped dolphins. Georgios A. Gkafas
    16:45 – 17:00 So why do they strand? What we know from 25 years of marine mammal surveillance in the UK. Andrew Brownlow
    17:00 – 17:15 Toxoplasmosis in free-ranging Eurasian beavers (Castor fiber) from Switzerland. Samoa Zürcher-Giovannini
    17:15 – 17:30 Surprisingly Long Lungworms from Common Seals of the Dutch North Sea. Jocelyn Elson-Riggins
    17:30 – 18:15 Coffee break and poster session (Foyer)See more…
    AFTERNOON SESSION II: Aquatic animals and ecosystems | Hippocrates Auditorium
    Chairs: Aleksija Neimanis and Athanasios Exadactylos
    18:15 – 18:30 Clinical Significance of Uncinaria spp in Orphan Mediterranean Monk Seal Pups in Greece. Komnenou Anastasia
    18:30 – 18:45 Vomiting in seals indication of bycatch? Jooske IJzer
    18:45 – 19:00 Changing ecosystem dynamics: Increasing evidence of direct lethal, indirect lethal and non-lethal interactions between grey seals and harbour porpoises. Lonneke L. IJsseldijk
    19:00 – 19:15 Dead useful; Separating the Signal from the Noise through Marine Mammal Strandings Surveillance. Mariel ten Doeschate
    19:15 – 19:30 Marine debris and plastic pollution – an emerging non-infectious threat to aquatic wildlife and human health. Anja Reckendorf
    21:00 Student-Mentor-Mixer (“Klimax”, Ifaistou & Eleftheriou Venizelou, Larissa)


  • Thursday, August 30
    08:00 – 13:00 Registration – submission of auction objects (Registration Desk, Foyer)
    MORNING SESSION I: Vector Borne Diseases | Hippocrates Auditorium
    Chairs: Nikos Papadopoulos and  Károly Erdélyi
    08:30 – 09:15     Keynote: Wildlife and Vector-borne diseases in Europe. Herve Zeller
    09:15 – 09:30 National-wide survey for vector-borne pathogens in wild and domestic canines and associated ticks and fleas in Chile. Javier Millán
    09:30 – 09:45 A survey of tick-borne pathogens in ixodid ticks and their wild boar hosts in the Barcelona metropolitan area. Raquel Castillo-Contreras
    09:45 – 10:00 Landscape and invasive species effects on infection dynamics of Bartonella in indigenous rodents from southern Africa. Luiza Hatyoka
    10:00 – 10:15 Understanding wildlife disease requires good host data: wild boar and ASF risk. Graham Smith
    10:15 – 10:45 Coffee break (Foyer)
    MORNING SESSION II:  Vector Borne Diseases | Hippocrates Auditorium
    Chairs: Nikos Papadopoulos and  Károly Erdélyi
    10:45 – 11:00 Pathogenic potential of Bagaza virus in tree Phasianid species: red-legged partridge, grey partridge and common pheasant. Elisa Pérez-Ramírez
    11:00 – 11:15 Past and current features of Usutu virus circulation in Hungary and Austria. Károly Erdélyi
    11:15 – 11:30 Seasonal longevity of the West Nile virus vector mosquito Culex pipiens. Nikos Papadopoulos
    11:30 – 11:45 Magpies and West Nile Virus: Reservoir or Sentinel? Ursula Höfle
    11:45 – 12:00 First report of massive deaths in wild birds with neurological signs due to West Nile Virus infection during an epizootic outbreak in Peloponnesus, Greece, 2017. George Valiakos
    MORNING SESSION III: Wildlife tuberculosis: epidemiology and control | Hippocrates Auditorium
    Chairs:  Christian  Gortázar  Schmidt and Richard Delahay
    12:00 – 12:15 Combining long-term testing and ecological data to improve the accuracy of disease diagnosis: An example from a long-term study of tuberculosis in wild badgers in the UK. Julian Drewe
    12:15 – 12:30 Temporal and spatial distribution of antibodies against Mycobacterium bovis in wild boar (Sus scrofa) in the Basque Country (Northern Spain). Lucía Varela Castro
    12:30 – 12:45 Assessment of BCG and inactivated Mycobacterium bovis vaccines in an experimental tuberculosis infection model in European badger (Meles meles). Ana Balseiro
    12:45 – 13:00 TB maintenance community: investigation on the role of red foxes. Céline Richomme
    13:00 – 13:15 The big bad wolf helping Spanish farmers – a tale on predation and tuberculosis. Christian Gortazar
    13:15 – 14:45 Lunch (Venue Restaurant)
    AFTERNOON SESSION I: Wildlife tuberculosis: epidemiology and control | Hippocrates Auditorium
    Chairs:  Christian  Gortázar  Schmidt and Richard Delahay
    14:45 – 15:00 Host heterogeneity and TB dynamics in badgers. Richard (Dez) Delahay
    15:00 – 15:15 A compartmental dynamic model for Mycobacterium bovis transmission between badger and cattle in south-western France. Malika Bouchez-Zacria
    15:15 – 15:30 Surveillance of wildlife tuberculosis in Catalonia (Spain), a low prevalent area of bovine tuberculosis, 2012-2018. Bernat Pérez de Val
    15:30 – 15:45 Quantitative characterization of the community of tuberculosis-infected hosts in the Iberian Peninsula. Nuno Santos
    15:45 – 16:00 Progress towards the development of an oral vaccine against TB in badgers. Sandrine Lesellier
    AFTERNOON SESSION II: Emerging and re-emerging diseases | Hippocrates Auditorium
    Chairs: Morten Tryland and  Efthimia Petinaki
    16:00 – 16:15 Mongolian khulan (Equus hemionus hemionus) are exposed to multiple influenza A strains. Sanatana Eirini Soilemetzidou
    16:15 – 16:30 Bufonid Herpesvirus 1 – Associated proliferative dermatitis in free-ranging common toads (Bufo bufo). Francesco C. Origgi
    16:30 – 16:45 Serological survey of hepatitis E virus in hunted wild boar (Sus scrofa) in Gipuzkoa (Northern Spain). Miriam Martinez de Egidua
    16:45 – 17:00 Lagovirus europaeus GI.2 (Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus 2) in an isolated population of mountain hares (Lepus timidus) expands the host range of GI.2. Aleksija Neimanis
    17:00– 18:00 Coffee break and poster session (Foyer)See more…
    AFTERNOON SESSION III: Emerging and re-emerging diseases | Hippocrates Auditorium
    Chairs: Morten Tryland and  Efthimia Petinaki
    18:00 -18:15 The occurrence of the moose nasal bot fly (Cephenemyia ulrichii) in Norway—an emerging disease? Andrea L Miller
    18:15 – 18:30 Serological screening for viral pathogens among semi-domesticated Eurasian tundra reindeer (Rangifer tarandus tarandus) from eight reindeer herding districts in Norway. Morten Tryland
    18:30 – 18:45 Peste des petits ruminants (PPR) as a great threat to wild ungulates in the Asian Continent. Sasan Fereidouni
    18:45 – 19:00 Chronic Wasting Disease in Norway: an update on surveillance, research and disease development. Jørn Våge
    19:00 – 19:15 The background for the management of CWD in Norway – scientific reasoning with high degree of uncertainty. Bjørnar Ytrehus
    16:00-19:00 Silent Auction (Conference Room, Faculty of Medicine Building-2nd Floor)
    19:30 Auction (Foyer)


  • Friday, August 31
    08:30 – 10:00 Registration (Registration Desk, Foyer)
    MORNING SESSION I: Wildlife and Public Health | Hippocrates Auditorium
    Chairs:   Thijs Kuiken and  Riccardo Orusa
    08:45 – 09:30

    Keynote: Current epidemiological data for Rabies in Greece. Steps to eradicate the disease.

    Laskarina-Maria Korou

    09:30 – 09:45 “Working in Silo” & “Path Dependence”: Relevance for a global Management of Wildlife and Health. Marc Artois
    09:45 – 10:00 Antimicrobial resistance in wildlife species: the potential for sentinel surveillance in a ONE HEALTH perspective. Carlos G. das Neves
    10:00 – 10:15 New tools to face old problems: Whole genome sequencing for a better insight into an outbreak of Salmonella serovar Choleraesuis var. Kunzedorf. Carlo Vittorio Citterio
    10:15 – 10:30 Invasive species as a risk for public health: raccoon dogs and raccoons in the Netherlands. Miriam Maas
    10:30 – 10:45 Non-invasive blood sampling methods in zoo animals with use of medicine leeches (Hirudo Medicinalis). Pavel Kvapil
    10:45 – 11:15 Coffee break (Foyer)
    MORNING SESSION II: Wildlife and Public Health | Hippocrates Auditorium
    Chairs: Marc Artois and James Paul Duff
    11:15 – 11:30 Pathogen screening of Norway rats (Rattus norvegicus). Rainer G. Ulrich
    11:30 – 11:45 Chlamydiaceae in wild, feral and domesticated pigeons in Switzerland. Prisca Mattmann
    11:45 – 12:00 Measuring the distribution of tick-borne encephalitis virus circulation in low endemic areas using serological screening of roe deer (Capreolus capreolus). Jolianne M. Rijks
    12:00 – 12:15 Jackals’ rabies outbreak, Israel 2017-18: Has the ORV failed? Roni King
    12:15 12:30 Oral Vaccination of Wildlife against Rabies in Europe; Past, present and future. Ferenc Kovacs
    12:30 – 13:45 Lunch(Venue Restaurant)
    AFTERNOON SESSION I: Wildlife Health, Management and Conservation | Hippocrates Auditorium
    Chairs: Jolianne M. Rijks and Ursula Höfle
    14:00 – 14:15 Invasive turtles as a threat for environment and source and vector of animal and human pathogens. Dariusz Wasyl
    14:15 – 14:30 Comparison of three methods to characterize bushpig visits into crop fields in an African swine fever endemic area of Uganda. Ariane Payne
    14:30 – 14:45 Radiographic Evaluation of Thoracic Girdle Fractures in Wild Passerine Cadavers after Presumptive Window Collisions. João Brandão
    14:45 – 15:00 Pregnancy diagnosis of Muskoxen (Ovibos moschatus) in high arctic conditions. Eva Greunz
    15:00 – 15:15 Defining animal welfare standards for hunting based on body mass and flight distance. Bjørnar Ytrehus
    15:15 – 15:30 Unraveling the potential causes of secondary hyperparathyroidism in free-living nestling white storks (Ciconia ciconia) from Central Spain. Ursula Höfle
    15:30 – 16:15 Coffee break and poster session(Foyer)See more…
    AFTERNOON SESSION II: Evidence of direct infection between species at the human-free-ranging wildlife-livestock interface in Europe | Hippocrates Auditorium
    Chairs: Richard Kock and Sophie Rossi
    16:15 – 16:30 Cattle Egret as a potential reservoir of avian pathogens in South-West France. Guillaume Le Loc’h
    16:30 – 16:45 Comparison of Rev.1 live vaccine innocuousness between Alpine ibex (Capra ibex) and domestic goats (Capra hircus): an unexpected strong species effect. Sophie Rossi
    16:45 – 17:00 Few wild birds – many domestic outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N8 during the 2016-2017 epizootic: the French paradox. Anne Van de Wiele
    17:00 – 17:15 Virulence and excretion dynamics of H5 highly pathogenic avian influenza virus of the Goose/Guangdong lineage in experimentally infected wild ducks. Thijs Kuiken
    17:15 – 17:30 Closing address (Hippocrates Auditorium)
    19:00 Travel to Volos (Meeting point: Larissa Central Square, Kyprou & Filellinon str.)
    20:00 Conference Banquet (“Rivaz”, Volos)


  • All Day

    Post conference tour “Alonissos – National Marine Park of Alonissos and Northern Sporades”

    Post Conference Tour


AUGUST 27-31, 2018 LARISSA, THESSALY, GREECE | “Wildlife health and conservation: expectations in a challenging era”.

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