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

TIME VENUE 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

 

08:30-18:00

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)

 

[Updated] – Auction

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 …

Rosine, Paul and Marc (masters of auction)

Oral Presentation Guidelines

 

We are glad to inform authors that EWDA2018 will introduce 90 oral presentations.

Oral presentations will be allocated to 9 different sessions:

  1. Genetics – Disease Association
  2. Health and Conservation of neglected species (focus: bats)
  3. Wildlife Health, Management and Conservation
  4. Aquatic Animals and Ecosystems
  5. Vector Borne Diseases
  6. Wildlife Tuberculosis: Epidemiology and Control
  7. Emerging and re-emerging diseases
  8. Wildlife and Public Health
  9. 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.

 

[Updated] – EWDA Wildlife Health Surveillance Network meeting

EWDA Network Meeting: How to start up a wildlife health surveillance programme.

Date: August 26, 2018 | Time: 13:00 to 20:00

Background:

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.

Posters:

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 @

https://ewda2018.vet.uth.gr/2018/06/25/e-poster-guidelines/

 Programme:

  • 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)

 

NEW WORKSHOP OFFERED “Disease Risk Analysis for Translocations”

Disease Risk Analysis for Translocations

Coordinator: Tony Sainsbury BVetMed MRCVS CertZooMed DVetMed DipECZM (Wildlife Population Health) PGCAP FHEA

This workshop will provide an introduction to disease risk analysis for translocations using examples from conservation translocations conforming to IUCN Guidelines.  No prior knowledge of disease risk analysis is required.   We will tackle real translocation scenarios to gain an understanding of the method, possible pitfalls and how these can be addressed.  The tutors have experience of undertaking over 20 detailed disease risk analyses for translocations compliant with IUCN guidelines for invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.

This half day workshop will be held on Monday, August 27th, 2018 from 09:00 AM to 13:00 PM

Workshop registration includes materials, light lunch and refreshments. Registration is limited to 30 participants.

Workshop Tutors:
Tony Sainsbury BVetMed MRCVS CertZooMed DVetMed DipECZM (Wildlife Population Health) PGCAP FHEA
Rebecca Vaughan-Higgins BSc BVMS CertAVP(zm) PhD DipECZM (Wildlife Population Health)
Jenny Jaffe DVM MSc MRCVS
Others to be confirmed

POSTER PRESENTATIONS (ePOSTERS GUIDELINES)

POSTER PRESENTATIONS

We are glad to inform authors of abstracts accepted for poster presentation, that EWDA2018 will introduce e-posters.

All posters will be presented as e-posters, so poster presenters do not need to bring a printed copy of their poster at the Conference.

E-posters will be presented on special monitors at the conference venue.

WHAT IS AN E-POSTER?

  • The e-poster is a poster presented as a power point presentation.
  • The e-posters will be presented on monitors and not on poster boards.
  • Three monitors (e-poster stations) placed at the conference venue will be used to display the posters. Posters per station will be announced at the venue.
  • The e-posters will be viewed on a high resolution screen during all the days of the conference. E-posters will be presented per session – one session per day. Posters will be presented in a loop and slides will be changing periodically.
  • Four (4) separate e-poster sessions will be announced in our program, while posters per session will be announced in the E-posters schedule.
  • E- Posters will be displayed on the monitors during the whole day of the poster session and only during the poster session presenters will have to be available for presentations and questions.
  • The e-poster option allows attendees to watch all e-poster presentations, to search by author, title or session.
  • E-posters comply with EWDA 2018 dedication to go green!

GUIDELINES FOR E-POSTERS

  • The e-poster should bear the same title, authors, order of authors and their affiliations, as the abstract submitted.
  • You can create the e-poster on Powerpoint as usual. Please use Powerpoint 2013 or earlier, and then save the presentation in ppt/pptx format, as well as pdf format.
  • Ιt is important you make sure to use the following settings at the Page Setup: “Custom Size: width 90cm X height 50cm” and “Orientation: Landscape
  • The presentation should consist of only one (1) slide (ppt/pptx)
  • You should send the e-poster in ppt/pptx format
  • E-posters will be displayed on monitors with full HD resolution (1920X1080) pixels and a widescreen ratio 16:9.
  • Available time for every e-poster presentation should not exceed the five (5) minutes, comments and conversation included.

You are kindly requested to send us the e-poster by e-mail (ewda2018@uth.gr) at your earliest convenience and no later than the 17 th of August.