AVANT in the 5th International Conference on Responsible Use of Antibiotics in Animals

Join us on 8 June 2021 to discuss how EU-funded projects deal with the responsible and sustainable use of antibiotics in animals producing alternative solutions to fight antibiotics resistance in animals and humans

The 5th International Conference on Responsible Use of Antibiotics in Animals brings together four European projects in the fields of animal and human health, animal welfare and nutrition, antibiotics and antibiotics or antimicrobials resistance.

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is the ability of microorganisms to resist antimicrobial treatments, especially antibiotics. AMR in livestock is a public health threat due to the risk of zoonotic transmission to humans and its negative consequences on animal health and welfare when diseases cannot be treated. It is estimated that AMR is responsible for about 33,000 deaths per year in the EU, costing the EU €1.5 billion per year in healthcare costs and productivity losses.

In June 2017, the European Commission adopted the EU One Health Action Plan against AMR to develop a common One Health strategy and action plan for all EU member in the fight against AMR. Targeting into further boost in research, development and innovation, EU will shape the global AMR agenda, being the best practice region. The EU has also set up the Joint Programming Initiative on AMR (JPIAMR) which aims to better coordinate and align worldwide AMR research efforts.

These major issues will be extensively discussed reflected in this on-line event to showcase best socio-economic, technical and regulatory innovations of the four European projects, each contributing towards reducing AMR and . A panel discussion will be held with invited experts, representing industry & SMEs, academia and policy makers


Socio-Economic, Technical and Regulatory Dimensions of Sustainable Change in Antimicrobial Use in Animal Production

The contribution of four EU projects to a sustainable change in antimicrobial use:

  • ROADMAP: Rethinking of Antimicrobial Decision-systems in the Management of Animal Production (project coordinator: Dr Nicolas Fortané, INRAE, France).
  • AVANT: Alternatives to Veterinary ANTimicrobials (project coordinator: Prof. Luca Guardabassi, University of Copenhagen, Denmark).
  • DISARM: Disseminating Innovative Solutions for Antibiotic Resistance Management (project coordinator: Dr Erwin Wauters, ILVO, Belgium)
  • HealthyLivestock: Reducing antimicrobial use through improved livestock Health and Welfare (project coordinator: Dr Hans Spoolder, Wageningen Livestock Research, the Netherlands)

Chair: Dr Nicolas Fortané, INRAE, France

10:00 Chair’s introduction and short presentations of the four projects

10:15 Theme 1: Social, economic, and regulatory factors of transitions

  • ROADMAP: What can social sciences say about change and transition? Behavioural and structural drivers of antimicrobial use (AMU) on socio-economic drivers of AMU and alternatives to AMU (Dr Nicolas Fortané, INRAE, France)
  • AVANT: Regulatory pathways for alternative products to antimicrobials (Dr Klaus Hellmann, Klifovet AG, Germany)
  • DISARM: Experience with the interactive innovation approach and multi-actor projects (Dr Helena de Carvalho Ferreira, ILVO, Belgium)
  • Q&A

11:00 Break

11:10 Theme 2: Promising technical innovations to reduce AMU

  • AVANT: Non-antibiotic control of ETEC in piglets using phage and polymer strategies (Dr Liam Good, Royal Veterinary College, University of London, UK)
  • HealthyLivestock: Does the peri-hatching environment affect broiler chicken resilience? (Dr Ingrid de Jong, Wageningen Livestock Research, the Netherlands)
  • HealthyLivestock: Case study – integrated technology application of early diagnosis and immunity improvement in chicken farms (Prof. Shuming Yang, Institute of Quality Standard and Testing Technology for AgroProducts, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China)
  • DISARM: Dissemination material: database, videos, abstracts, best practice guides and toolbox (Dr Laura Palczynski, Innovation for Agriculture, UK)
  • Q&A

12:05 Break

12:15 Theme 3: Stakeholder engagement and impact

  • ROADMAP: Experiences with Living Labs as an approach towards prudent AMU in different contexts (Bernadette Oehen, Research Institute of Organic Agriculture, Switzerland and Dr Mette Vaarst, Department of Animal Science, Aarhus University, Denmark)
  • DISARM: Improving antibiotic use through multi-actor farm health plans and coaching (Annick Spaans, ZLTO, the Netherlands)
  • Q&A

13:00 Break

Download the full programme here.


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