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)


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)


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)


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)


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


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)