13th EWDA Conference August 27 – 31, 2018 Larissa, Thessaly, Greece

Dear colleagues,
The 13th EWDA Conference is on its way. On behalf of the Organizing Committee allow me to express our confidence that it’s going to be a really fantastic event!

Larissa center, Ancient Theater

But first things first… I would like to remind you that the Conference will be held on August 27 to 31, 2018 in Larissa, Thessaly, Greece and will be hosted by the University of Thessaly. The EWDA Wildlife Health Surveillance Network meeting (August 26th) and the annual meeting of ECZM (August 26 -27, 2018) will take place in parallel. The title of the Conference has been defined as “Wildlife health and conservation: expectations in a challenging era” in our effort to focus on the changing environment and the need to promote disease and conservation management in a more effective manner.

Glareola pratincola

Further, we are proud to announce the members of our Scientific Committee, who are all famous in their fields and needless to say how kind they also are, as they are willing to help with the huge workload to come: Charalambos Billinis, Periklis Birtsas, Ezzio Ferroglio, Christian Gortázar Schmidt, Mike Hutchings, Richard Kock, Thijs Kuiken, Becki Lawson, Miriam Maas, Zissis Mamuris, Aleksija Neimane, Orusa Riccardo, Marie-Pierre Ryser Degiorgis, Ursula Siebert, Vassiliki Spyrou, Morten Tryland.

Abstract submissions will be open on the 1st of February and the deadline will be the 31th of March (New Date: April 20, 2018). We will be more than happy to see you presenting your latest work at our conference. So, we are looking forward to receiving your abstracts. Early bird registration will also be open on the 1st of February, while the deadline will be the 15th of May.

Charalambos Billinis Professor Faculty of Veterinary Medicine University of Thessaly

Various sessions and workshops are now being formulated. Besides the scientific program, we have planned for you an excursion to Meteora, which is a majestic World Heritage UNESCO site and a post conference tour (September 1st) to the island of Alonissos, which will give you an amazing opportunity to dive into the Aegean Sea famous blue waters and watch monk seals and wild birds during their migration period.

For the months to follow, you are kindly invited to visit our website EWDA2018.vet.uth.gr to watch our latest news. You can also find us on Facebook, please do not forget to Like our page “EWDA Conference 2018”. We are really excited and working on how to make the conference an unforgettable experience… But that will only happen if you will be there with us. Looking forward to meeting youat the 13th EWDA Conference,
August 27-31, Larissa, Greece.

EWDA Pre-Conference Student Event

Update 22.08.2018: Click for Event’s Programme

The 13th European Wildlife Disease Association Conference will take place from August 27-31, 2018 in Larissa, Greece. The EWDA Wildlife Health Surveillance Network meeting (August 26, 2018) and the annual meeting of ECZM (August 26-27, 2018) will take place in parallel.

To benefit from the gathering of wildlife professionals from all over Europe and beyond, the EWDA Student Chapter is organising a Pre-Conference Student Event on Sunday August 26th, 2018.

Combining these events will provide students with the opportunity to not only get to know peers, but to connect with leading scientists before the conference starts. We aim to assist the students in shaping their career path and update their knowledge in the field of wildlife diseases with the specific focus on how this knowledge can lead to a tangible outcome that can be measured.

The Sunday morning will start with an intoduction to EWDA and scientific lectures. After lunch interactive panel discussions and practical sessions will take place.

We will wrap up with a brainstorming session where student participants will be asked to provide input about what they wish to get out of EWDA Student membership and how these needs can be met better.

The day’s content can be further discussed during the cultural evening, whilst enjoying delicious food from all over Europe.

Thank you for your interest. Please do not hesitate to contact us for additional information. We are looking forward to seeing you in Greece!

Website: https://ewdastudent.wordpress.com/

Contact: ewdastudent@gmail.com

Past EWDA students events:

ECZM Annual Meeting


 Draft programme

Sunday morning: Executive committee meeting

Sunday afternoon:

  • Exam committee meeting
  • Education committee meeting
  • Credential Committee meeting
  • Website Committee meeting
  • Scientific Committee meeting

Monday morning: Specialty meetings (Avian, Herp., SM, WPH, ZHM)

Monday afternoon: AGM

Conference banquet

Friday, August 31,2018 – approx. 19:00-22:30

The official EWDA dinner will take place in the restaurant “Rivaz (ex Aquarium)”, in the city of Volos. Registered banquet participants will meet in Larissa- at the point the organizers will announce – at around 18:00 and will be transferred by bus to the banquet venue at Volos. A bus ride is organized as well in order to return them back  in Larissa at around 23:30. Participants are kindly asked to request their tickets at the Conference registration desk.


 Rivaz is settled in a historical site of Volos at Anavrou Square. It has been renovated lately and has a capacity of receipting about 400 persons. A huge terrace over the beach offers an amazing view of the Aegean Sea.  Dinner and beverages have been carefully selected to satisfy every taste. Welcome drink (greek tsipouro), a variety of appetizers, main dishes (meat and vegan choices), salads and side plates, fruits and desserts, as well as drinks and beverages will be offered to make your experience worth remembering.

 EWDA Conference dinner will be the ideal way to socialize with your colleagues in a relaxed environment and close the conference works in the most delightful way.

We will be pleased to meet you there. Please make sure you do not forget to make your reservation on the registration page of the Conference.

Excursion to Meteora


Wednesday, August 29,2018

The Meteora is a rock formation in central Greece hosting one of the largest and most precipitously built complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries. The six monasteries are built on immense natural pillars and hill-like rounded boulders that dominate the local area. It is located near the town of Kalambaka at the northwestern edge of the Plain of Thessaly near the Pineios river and Pindus Mountains. Meteora is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List under criteria I, II, IV, V and VII. The name means “lofty”, “elevated”, and is etymologically related to meteor.

(via Wikipedia)

You can find more about Meteora, its Geology and History, following the link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meteora

Our excursion is scheduled to include a guided visit to the two of the six remaining monasteries of Meteora, the St. Stephen’s and the Varlaam Monasteries. We will enter the monasteries and at the same time make a trip in time, going back to the centuries to learn the story of the first hermits and monks who arrived at the area that was going to evolve to the monastic community of Meteora, as is known nowadays. We will learn how the monasteries were established and why monks chose to settle at this place, where they would have to climb these steep rocks and use ropes and baskets to move around.

The Monastery of St. Stephen has a small church built in the 16th century and decorated in 1545. This monastery rests on the plain rather than on a cliff. It was shelled by the Nazis during World War II who believed it was harboring insurgents and was abandoned. The monastery was given over to nuns in 1961 and they have reconstructed it into a flourishing nunnery, with 28 nuns in residence in 2015.

The Monastery of Varlaam is the second largest monastery in the Meteora complex, and in 2015 had the largest number of monks (seven) of the male monasteries. It was built in 1541 and embellished in 1548. The old refectory is used as a museum while north of the church is the parekklesion of the Three Bishops, built in 1627 and decorated in 1637.

Next step is the Museum of Natural History of Meteora and Mushroom Museum, in the city of Kalambaka. As you can guess, there are two museums housed in one building (1100 m2) that host two permanent collections:

The first one is about animals and contains approximately 350 species of mammals and birds, while the second one is about mushrooms and contains approximately 250 species of mushrooms. The collection of animals consists of high quality embalmed birds and mammals, made by Europe’s best taxidermists, while some of them are very rare. The mushroom collection consists of handmade mushroom sculptures that maintain the similarity of colors, shapes and size.. The sculptures were created one by one by high skilled sculptors of the wider local region.

Beyond the quality of the exhibits, we will enjoy a rather pioneering presentation of them, a theatrical scenery we would say, as animals and mushrooms are presented into dioramas, which depict exactly the natural terrain where they live and grow into (i.e. woods, wetlands etc.).

Besides the cultural interest of the sites described previously, there is a great scientific interest as well, since the area is hosting the largest Neophron percnopterus population in Greece.

Before getting back to Larissa, we will have the time to rest and enjoy our lunch in the surrounding area under the Meteora rocks. Moreover, a unique display of cooking pasta with truffle mushroom will take place especially for us.

Organising Committee

Chair: Charalambos Billinis University of Thessaly, Greece
Committee Members: Periklis Birtsas University of Applied Sciences of Thessaly
Athanasios Exadactylos University of Thessaly, Greece
George Fthenakis University of Thessaly, Greece
Apostolos Galatos University of Thessaly, Greece
Alexios Giannakopoulos University of Thessaly, Greece
George Gkafas University of Thessaly, Greece
Pagona Gouletsou University of Thessaly, Greece
Anastasia Komnenou Aristotle University
Menelaos Lefkaditis University of Thessaly, Greece
Vasia Mavrogianni University of Thessaly, Greece
Nikolaos Papadopoulos University of Thessaly, Greece
Konstantinos Papaspyropoulos University of Thessaly, Greece
Stefanos Paraskevopoulos University of Thessaly, Greece
Efthimia Petinaki University of Thessaly, Greece
Aikaterini Sideri University of Thessaly, Greece
Marina Sofia University of Thessaly, Greece
Vassiliki Spyrou University of Applied Sciences of Thessaly
Dimitrios Vafidis University of Thessaly, Greece
George Valiakos University of Thessaly, Greece
Panagiota Argyraki University of Ioannina, Greece
Yiannis Chloptsios University of Thessaly, Greece
Postgraduate: Dimitrios  Chatzopoulos University of Thessaly, Greece
Constantina Tsokana University of Thessaly, Greece
Maria Kantere University of Thessaly, Greece
 Undergraduate:  Michail Diamantopoulos  University of Thessaly, Greece
Marianthi Anastasia Dimitriadi University of Thessaly, Greece
Georgios Kotsadam University of Thessaly, Greece
Konstantina Louka University of Thessaly, Greece
Effrosyni Michelakaki University of Thessaly, Greece
Vasiliki Mylona University of Thessaly, Greece
Anastasia Rapti University of Thessaly, Greece
Stefania Tampach University of Thessaly, Greece
Garyfallenia Tsinopoulou University of Thessaly, Greece
Aikaterini Vlachou University of Thessaly, Greece



The Conference will take place at the premises of University of Thessaly in Larissa. In particular, the Auditorium Hippocrates, the Auditoriums 1 & 2 and the 4 Classrooms of the Faculty of Medicine will be used for our various sessions and the workshops. The Faculty of Medicine is located at the new buildings of the University Campus, in Viopolis, Mezourlo, Larissa.


3, Panepistimiou Str.

Viopolis, 41500, Larissa

tel. 0030 2410 685745

E-MAIL: ewda2018@uth.gr

Scientific Committee

Charalambos Billinis University of Thessaly, Greece
Periklis Birtsas University of Applied Sciences of Thessaly, Greece
Ezzio Ferroglio University of Torino, Italy
Christian Gortázar  Schmid IREC, University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM), Spain
Mike Hutchings Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), UK
Richard Kock Royal Veterinary College, UK
Thijs Kuiken Erasmus MC, The Netherlands
Becki Lawson Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London, UK
Miriam Maas National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), The Netherlands
Zissis Mamuris University of Thessaly, Greece
Aleksija Neimane National Veterinary Institute, Sweden
Orusa Riccardo The Veterinary Medical Research Institute for Piedmont, Liguria and the Aosta Valley, Italy
Marie-Pierre Ryser Degiorgis University of Bern, Switzerland
Ursula Siebert ITAW, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Germany
Vassiliki Spyrou University of Applied Sciences of Thessaly, Greece
Morten Tryland UiT – Arctic university of Norway, Norway