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. PhillippeGourlay
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
Amphitheater 1, Faculty of Medicine Building, 2nd floor
13:00-14:00 Welcome Coffee
Welcome and introduction (Thijs Kuiken)
Overview of wildlife health surveillance in Europe as of 2009 (Thijs Kuiken)
Review of requirements of a wildlife health surveillance programme (Marie-Pierre Ryser)
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)
Break and Poster Viewing
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.)
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
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)
Panel discussion: how to get started? (Panel: all speakers on countries wishing to start a programme . Chair: Thijs Kuiken)
13th EWDA Conference AUCTION Thursday evening, August 30, 2018
It is already a tradition to hold an Auction during the EWDA Conferences.
The auction is an important fundraiser for the EWDA student chapter and it is a great opportunity to show them our support! Plus, the auction night is a great opportunity for funny and lively moments to remember! Participants are kindly requested to bring a relevant good quality item with a wildlife theme suitable for auction!
Examples could include a book, piece of artwork, T-shirt or hat, or any other piece of wildlife-based memorabilia that a member of the EWDA or other conference delegate would find interesting and be willing to pay for. We are looking forward to this year’s event and ask for your assistance to make it a success!
Αuction item… “Beauty of Bath”
The auction of the “beauty of Bath” (attached picture) will be a highlight of the EWDA Conference … this unique object is a “new tradition” of our association!
This Beauty will be auctioned with the hope of exceeding the bets of the Berlin conference. Guess what it is ?
and you also tell us what extraordinary object you are going to auction …
We are glad to inform authors that EWDA2018 will introduce 90 oral presentations.
Oral presentations will be allocated to 9 different sessions:
Genetics – Disease Association
Health and Conservation of neglected species (focus: bats)
Wildlife Health, Management and Conservation
Aquatic Animals and Ecosystems
Vector Borne Diseases
Wildlife Tuberculosis: Epidemiology and Control
Emerging and re-emerging diseases
Wildlife and Public Health
Evidence of direct infection between species at the human-free-ranging wildlife-livestock interface in Europe
Each presentation is allocated 15 minutes in the programme. This time consists of 10 minutes lecture and 5 minutes for discussion.
Presenters are encouraged to have their presentations on a USB/ flash drive in widescreen format (16:9).
Presenters speaking in the program must visit the Conference Technical Support the day before your session to load your presentation and ensure it has been checked and tested. If you cannot check it earlier, but only on the day of your session, please come by at least 2 hours prior to the start of your session. You will be briefed on how to use the system when you meet with the audiovisual technicians.
Oral presentations will be given in a quite large auditorium. So, we would recommend presenters to prepare your slides according to the following guidelines to ensure that the entire audience will be able to see your presentation.
Fonts: A minimum font (type) size of 24 point should be used.
Spacing: Leave as much “white space” as possible to make the text easily readable.
Please make your slides easily readable by the audience.
Using the conference computer
A PC with Windows 10, 16G RAM, CD/DVD will be available.
Wireless Internet access will be available from the presentation computer.
Please, bring the presentation on a USB/ flash drive in widescreen format (16:9).
Power Point presentations 97–2007 or 2016 (or higher versions) (.ppt or .pptx) are expected.
If you have a video or audio file embedded in the presentation, we recommend using a standard video and audio codec compatible with Microsoft PowerPoint.
Please note that we cannot guarantee the quality of Macintosh-based presentations.
Only fonts that are included in the basic installation of MS-Windows will be available (English version of Windows). Use of other fonts not included in Windows can cause the wrong layout / style of your presentation. If you insist on using different fonts, these must be embedded into your presentation by choosing the right option when saving your presentation, see details below:
Click on “File”, then “Save As”
Check the “Tools” menu and select “Embed True Type Fonts”
* Using own computer
It is highly recommended that the speaker’s final presentation be on a USB/Flash drive, as we are unable to guarantee compatibility with the venue AV equipment.
If you opt to use your own computer to connect to the projector please consider that AV Staff will not be hold responsible for any issues that may arise with your personal machine.
EWDA Network Meeting: How to start up a wildlife health surveillance programme.
Date: August 26, 2018 | Time: 13:00 to 20:00
Out of 49 European countries, we know of only 14 countries that have a wildlife health surveillance programme at a level 2 or 3. Level 2 means partial general surveillance, i.e. wide range of programmes but restriction in various ways, e.g. geographical regions or covered species. Level 3 means comprehensive general surveillance, involving the entire country, and a wide range of species and diseases covered. Therefore, we have no or only poor knowledge of the state of wildlife health in the majority of European countries. In wildlife health surveillance, as in many other areas, “The first step is the hardest.” How did those European countries who do have partial or comprehensive general surveillance of wildlife health get started? Knowledge of their histories may be useful for people who are keen to start wildlife health surveillance in their own country. However, this information is not generally available. The goal of this EWDA Network meeting is to use the knowledge from OIE training programmes, plus the start-up periods of countries with established wildlife health surveillance systems to help other countries to set up their own systems.
Anyone who is involved in wildlife health surveillance in Europe and wishes to present information about this for his/her country or region, is invited to submit a poster that will be available for viewing during the workshop. Those intending to present a poster at the workshop are asked to contact Becki Lawson (email: Becki.Lawson@ioz.ac.uk) by 15th July 2018 to confirm their intention to participate and receive guidelines for abstract formatting. Poster abstracts (maximum 500 words) should be sent as Word files to Becki Lawson (email: Becki.Lawson@ioz.ac.uk) by the deadline of 1st August 2018.
Posters will follow the EWDA conference guidelines – please note the use of e-Posters formatted in landscape orientation. Details are available @
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)