A successful year in science communication

As PROHEALTH has been approaching its final stages, the dissemination activities have been intensifying in order to showcase the exciting outcomes and results coming through from the ongoing research carried out by the consortium. In total, the consortium members have already made more than 100 appearances at scientific conferences, workshops and industry events and in 2017 the project has had very significant contributions to a variety of events across Europe

Third PROHEALTH National Technical Conference in Poland

May saw the hosting of the 3 National Technical Conference which took place in Warsaw, Poland on the 26 and 27 of May 2017. The theme of the conference was ‘Sustainable poultry production in the post antibiotics era – practical alternatives for antimicrobials. The aim of the conference was to highlight the work done in this area and the presentations were well received by the audience, more than 250 poultry diseases specialists. The conference included five poultry focused sessions where invited speakers were made up of project partners such as Ivan Rychlik who discussed the ‘Composition of gut microbiota in poultry – what we know about it’, Tommy Van Limbergen who gave a talk entitled ‘Eliminate the risk of production diseases occurring as a part of antibiotic use reduction – EU experience’ and Piotr Szeleszczuk whose presentation was titled ‘Algorithms – diagnostics and therapeutics in selected bacterial diseases of chickens’.


Health the most important factor in profitable swine production – Poland

PROHEALTH members represented the project by presenting their findings at the XXII International Scientific Conference by the National Veterinary Institute. This conference was held in Pulawy, Poland on the 6th and 7th June. PROHEALTH were delighted to be contributors to this event which was attended by more than 1000 experts in the swine sector and included presentations by the following PROHEALTH partners: 

  • On behalf of the PROHEALTH coordinator, Prof. Ilias Kyriazakis, Prof. Piotr Szeleszczuk (managing the work of the Polish team) informed the listeners about the assumptions and purpose of our project. 
  • Ioannis Arsenakis spoke on the ‘Diagnosis of respiratory disease, and vaccination strategies against Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae’ 
  • Fanny Pandolfi presented ‘Risk factors for neonatal pig mortality’ 
  • Gema Montalvo discussed the ‘Influence of climate and environmental conditions on pig health and performance’


EAAE Congress 2017 

Aimed at scientists, policy-makers and stakeholders in both the pig and poultry sectors, the XV EAAE (European Association of Agricultural Economists) congress was held on the 29th August – 1st September 2017 in Parma, Italy. This is a triennial event that brings together members from the whole association.

The main theme of the congress was titled ‘Towards Sustainable Agri-Food Systems, Balancing between Markets and Society’.

PROHEALTH organised a special session called ‘Economic rationale of controlling production diseases in broiler and pig meat production’.

PROHEALTH members provided interesting insight by presenting on the following topics: 

  • Philip Jones, Jarkko K. Niemi and Richard Tranter – ‘ Stakeholder preffered ways to reduce production diseases’ 
  • Jarkko K. Niemi Nathalie Le Floc’h and Philip Jones – ‘Does good biosecurity in pig fattening pay- a case study’
  • Beth Clark, Gavin B. Stewart, Luca .A  Panzone, Ilias Kyriazakis ,Jarkko K. Niemi, Terhi Latvala, Richard Tranter, Philip Jones and Lynn J. Frewer- ‘Consumer views on controlling production diseases in intensive production systems’ 
  • Beth Clark, Gavin B. Stewart , Luca A. Panzone and Lynn J. Frewer – ‘Consumer willingness-to-pay and attitudes for farm animal welfare: a systematic review and meta-analysis’ 


This is one of the most international and high-level scientific-technological meetings held by Anaporc in its 38th edition. On this occasion, the XXXVIII Symposium brought together 604 specialists from the pig sector, which represents a new high record of participation. PROHEALTH was a main contributor to the event. 

The Symposium dealt with different scientific-professional topics, many of them focused on the outcomes of the PROHEALTH Project, such as:

  • Sandra Edwards (Newcastle University) – ‘Introduction to PROHEALTH project’ 
  • Dominiek Maes ( Ghent University) –‘Scoring of management and biosecurity in pig herds’ 
  • Sandra Edwards (Newcastle University) – ‘Impact of maternal and neonatal factors on piglet survival’ 
  • Nathalie Le Floc’h (INRA, France) –‘ Impacts of genetics and housing on pig health’
  • Carlos Piñeiro,( PigCHAMP Pro Europa S.L., Spain)-‘ Influence of environmental conditions on pig health and performance 
  • Neil Foster (Nottingham University) –‘Reading the genetic signatures of production diseases’ 
  • Ivan Rychlik (Veterinary Research Institute Brno, Czech Republic)-‘Age-dependent development of pig gut microbiota’ 
  • Jarkko Niemi, (Luke, Finland)-‘ The economic significance of production diseases and their control in pig farms’


Whilst many more conferences and events are on the horizon, in the meantime the PROHEALTH team are busy publishing the outcomes of the conducted research in high quality peer reviewed journals. The publications are attracting attention for their quality and impact of its findings. 

A great example of this is the research paper by T Van Limbergen et al., on behalf of the PROHEALTH consortium; Scoring biosecurity in European conventional broiler production, Poultry Science, pex296, https://doi.org/10.3382/ps/pex296. 

This research highlights the importance of biosecurity on EU broiler farms and was picked up by Poultry Word in an article entitled ‘Staff and visitors letting down biosecurity on EU broiler farms’.


Keep an eye on the website for all of the PROHEALTH consortium publications at: