Preliminary Programme

EAAP annual meeting, 1-4 December 2020

The timing of the sessions will be decided later. All sessions must be confirmed.

Plenary session: “Responsibility of animal production on climate change” (confirmed speakers: Umberto Bernabucci – Università della Tuscia, Italy; Georg Kaser – University of Innsbruck, Austria; Frank Mitloehner – UC Davies, USA).


  • Governance of the genetic resources. (G; WG/C)
  • Joint EAAP/ADSA/Interbull session: Breeding and genetics – ten years of genomic selection. (G; I)
  • Genetic diversity. (G; B)
  • Can you have your cake and eat it too – tools to get the most out of animal resilience and efficiency. (G; P)
  • Breeding for improved animal health and welfare. (H+W/G; T)
  • Long-term selection and limits. (G; T)
  • FABRE-TP. Climate change: How Animal Breeding faces the challenge for more climate-smart EU food systems? (G; P)
  • Breeding programmes. (G; B)
  • Breeding, climate and sustainability. (G; T)
  • Genomic evaluation. (G; B)
  • Genetics free communications. (G; B)

Health and Welfare

  • Understanding and combatting antimicrobials and anthelmintics resistance. (H+W; T)
  • Breeding for improved animal health and welfare. (H+W/G; T) (2 sessions)
  • Climate change impact on livestock health and welfare. (H+W; T)
  • Modulating gut function and microbiome for resilient livestock production. (P/H+W; T)
  • Applied animal behaviour. (H+W; B)
  • Impact of different farming practices on animal health and welfare. (H+W; B)


  • Smart Nutrition – the role of nutrition in the circular economy: improving the use of feed not competitive with human nutrition. (N; T)
  • Feed production facing climate change (new feeds, alternative fibre sources). (N; T)
  • New technological challenges (including nanotechnology) facing future feeding industry – how to value? (N; T)
  • Neonatal nutrition/ early life programming. (N; T)
  • EAAP/ADSA session: Dietary methyl donor supplementation in dairy ruminants. (N/ADSA; T)


  • Omics in animal nutrition and physiology (The European Joint Doctorate Program Molecular Animal Nutrition “MANNA”). (Ph; P)
  • Efficiency of energy metabolism. (Ph/C/ MITOcow; P)
  • Recent advances in livestock physiology: cellular, organoid and whole-organism studies. (Ph; D)

Livestock Farming Systems (LFS)

  • ‘Net zero-carbon’ – how is it possible in livestock farming systems? (LFS; D)
  • Sustainable land use for healthy humans and a healthy planet. (LFS; T)
  • Combining the diversity of resources and farming practices to ensure resilience at different scales. (LFS; T)
  • Innovative farm systems to meet societal demand. (LFS/EC; EC)
  • Livestock Farming Systems free communications. (LFS; B)


  • Young Train: Innovative research and extension in cattle. (C; EC)
  • Integration of beef and dairy production. (C; T)
  • Responsiveness of the dairy cattle industry to social needs. (C; T)
  • Physiological basis of PLF technologies to infer on animal health, welfare and production efficiency in cattle. (C; T)
  • Efficiency of energy metabolism. (Ph/C/ MITOcow; P)
  • Future of housing for dairy cattle. (C/ADSA; D)
  • Combating the increasingly negative consumer opinion on livestock’s contribution to climate change. (C; T)
  • Lameness and metabolic aspects in cattle. (C; T)
  • Collaborative international research related to beef quality. (C; I)
  • Dairy4Future project. (C; P)
  • Free communications. (C; B)


  • Genetic evaluations and breeding programs in horses and their development. (H; I)
  • New perspectives and approaches in equidae production. (H; D)
  • Horse registration, legal status of horses and its consequences. (H; C)


  • Early career competition: stressing innovation in pig production. (P; EC)
  • Energy and protein efficiency in pigs, from conception to slaughter. (P; T)
  • Modulating gut function and microbiome for resilient livestock production. (P/H+W; T)
  • Pig, poultry and rabbit husbandry for improved product quality. (P; B)
  • Mineral and vitamin nutrition in pigs and poultry. (P; T)

Sheep and Goats

  • Key pre-partum factors associated with better lamb and kid survival (including stillbirth and late abortion). (S+G; D)
  • New market demands for animal fibre: sustainability and animal welfare. (S+G; WG/C)
  • Dairy sheep and goat systems: new research in genes, nutrition and management. (S+G; T)
  • SMARTER: small ruminants breeding for efficiency and resilience. (S+G; P)
  • Resilient sheep and goats: breeding & management strategies to overcome disease and environmental challenges. (S+G; T)
  • Sheep and Goats free communications. (S+G; B)


  • Insect production: techniques, substrates and health issues. (I; T)
  • Insect welfare: is it an issue? (I; C)
  • Insects as feed and health effects for livestock. (I; T)
  • Standardization of methods, parameters and terminology in insect research and socio-economic impact. (I; WG)
  • Insect genetics: opportunities and challenges. (I; T)

Precision Livestock Farming (PLF)

  • Fitting PLF to species and animal size, possibilities for sheep, goats, poultry, horses, pigs and ‘exotic’ animals. (PLF; T)
  • Data-based PLF solutions for the cattle sector: opportunities, challenges and pitfalls. (PLF; T)
  • PLF for saving feed. (PLF; T)
  • Opportunities and risks in animal management applying AI, big data, data science tools, API economy and digital agriculture. (PLF; T)
  • Impact of PLF and sensors on phenotyping, animal breeding, animal selection and animal genetics. (PLF; T)
  • PLF as a tailor-made way to care individuals within groups. (PLF; T)
  • PLF and sensing animal health, welfare, physiological measures and behaviour of animals. (PLF; T)

Other sessions

  • ATF Session. What livestock has to offer to biodiversity & healthy soils. (ATF; P)
  • Aquaculture WG session. (EAAP; WG)
  • Young Scientist Session: Jobs of the future. (EC; C)


Cattle (C), Genetics (G), Health and Welfare (H+W), Horse (H), Insect (I), Livestock Farming Systems (LFS), Nutrition (N), Pig (P), Physiology (Ph), Precision Livestock Farming (PLF), Sheep and Goat (S+G), Animal Task Force (ATF);

Theme Sessions (T), Industry sessions (I), Bottom-Up (B), Discovery Sessions (D), Challenge Sessions (C), Early-career scientist’s Sessions (EC), Project session (P), Working Group sessions (WG)