University of Nottingham
This year’s conference boasts a host of exceptional speakers, who will lead delegates in the discussion on how to create a holistic approach to define the role of animal science in solving the world’s food crisis, whilst also addressing the challenges of food security, nutrition and production. Over the course of the three days, there will also be opportunities to relax and meet with friends and colleagues at the Monday Quiz Night and at the Tuesday Awards Reception and Conference Dinner.
Challenge of Change promises an incredible programme of speakers, workshops and seminars compiled to address key issues driving the field of animal science and technology. The conference addresses both business and industry issues that continue to dictate the status and future of the field, bringing together an incredible mix of business perspective, welfare, environment and animal science.
On Tuesday 31 March, the RSPCA ‘Animal Perspectives’ workshop, led by Juliet Dukes is an interactive workshop designed to challenge participants to reflect on their own views of animals-including animal sentience and cognition – and how animals might perceive their interactions with us. The session will be of interest to all life scientists, including those interested in working with animals, those completely new to research, and those who already have experience of working with animals, their tissues or data derived from them. Attendees will have a unique opportunity to reflect on the complexities of human relationships and interactions with animals, whilst also covering a wide variety of contexts, including research, farming, companion animals and wildlife. Participants will then be encouraged to debate and discuss how animals are valued and treated in different circumstances and reflect on their own opinions and choices.
On Tuesday afternoon Zoe Willis heads up an Early Careers Council Q&A session at 5pm. A panel comprised of a mix of academics, industry members and early career animal scientists will be discussing key topics in relation to animal science PhDs/early career. With questions welcomed from early careers attending the conference we hope to generate some great discussions to help our current early career researchers. Time management, dealing with colleagues and moving from academia to industry are just a few of the topics in mind to get discussions started. However, we would like the early careers to dictate the direction of discussions. This is a great opportunity to ask experienced animal scientists those burning questions.
Kicking off Wednesday’s proceedings is Nicky Thompson, Occupational Psychologist and expert on strategic and transformative delivery and implementation of change related interventions/activities on major programmes in complex organisations.
Our programme is subject to change, however you can download a draft copy of the programme by clicking below:
Last updated: 27 Feb 2020
University of Nottingham
Ramiro Alberio is Professor of Developmental Biology at the University of Nottingham, UK. He graduated as veterinarian from La Plata University (Argentina), and gained his PhD in Germany under the supervision of Prof. Eckhard Wolf (University of Munich) working on understanding the principles of animal cloning. He did his first postdoctoral training with Prof. Keith Campbell (University of Nottingham, UK) investigating the role of epigenetics in cell plasticity. He was then awarded Marie-Curie Fellowship and later a RCUK fellowship, where he concentrated his research to understanding the principles of embryo development in domestic animals, with particular emphasis on stem cell biology. His current research aims at using stem cell technologies to develop cell-based approaches to generate food products (such as meat), as well as novel methods of genetic selection and livestock breeding.
University of Veterinary Sciences Vienna
Christine Aurich, DVM Hannover Veterinary School, Germany, 1990; Doctor med vet Hannover Veterinary School, Germany, 1992; Habilitation Hannover Veterinary School, Germany, 1997; Head of Centre for Artificial Insemination and Embryo Transfer, University for Veterinary Sciences, Vienna, Austria, 1999; Founding Diplomate of the European College of Animal Reproduction (ECAR), 2000; Head of the Graf Lehndorff-Institute for Equine Science (University of Veterinary Sciences Vienna, Austria, and Brandenburg State Stud, Neustadt (Dosse), Germany, 2007; Member of the ECAR exam committee from 2016; since 2012 Member of the Scientific Board of the International Symposium on Stallion Reproduction; since 2014 Member of the Scientific Board of the International Symposium on Equine Reproduction. Current research is directed on the establishment of early pregnancy, late pregnancy and parturition as well as gamete and embryo preservation in domestic animals with main emphasis on the equine species.
University of Adelaide
Forbes is a Research Fellow with the University of Adelaide (since 2014), based at the Roseworthy campus north of Adelaide. He has both Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Agricultural Science from Melbourne University. Forbes completed a PhD in quantitative genetics and reproductive physiology at the University of Edinburgh in 1985 and then worked in Victoria and South Australia in industry development, research and research management roles for state government agencies. During that time he also remained closely involved in commercial farming, owning and managing a 650 ha wool-producing property at Nareen, near Hamilton in Victoria.
In more recent years, genetic improvement of lamb survival has been a focus of Forbes’s research, including guest-editing 2 special editions in the journal Animal Production Science on behalf of the Sheep CRC. Together with a colleague, he has written annual genetic reviews of Australian Wool Innovation’s breech flystrike R, D and E program since 2011 and has also led and participated in other AWI-funded projects and consultancies. Forbes is the President for AAABG (Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics) for the 2021 conference, to be held in South Australia and is currently an Associate Editor for the journal Animal Production Science. He has published over 120 papers in scientific journals and refereed conference proceedings and currently has several industry-funded projects in applied research in livestock genetics, reproduction and wool harvesting.
University of Nottingham
Martin Broadley is Professor of Plant Nutrition at the University of Nottingham. His research seeks to increase our understanding of mineral nutrient dynamics in agriculture and food systems. A particular focus is on improving the nutritional quality of crops, and the movement of nutrients to humans and livestock diets. This work includes collaborations with soil and crop scientists, human/animal nutritionists, and social scientists. It also includes the development of long-term research and training partnerships with higher education and government research institutes in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Recent research highlights include characterising spatial controls of micronutrient deficiencies in Malawi. Long-standing experience working in SSA and South Asia, including multi-sectoral work in Pakistan on Communicating Nutrient Stewardship, for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and wheat improvement projects in India. Martin is a part-time Senior Research Fellow (Agriculture & Food Systems), in the Research & Evidence Division, of the Department for International Development (DFID), UK.
Juliet is an animal scientist with a background in molecular biology and genetics research, and now works in education at college and university level. She has a PhD in Zoological Genetics and has worked in diverse areas including forensic science, neuroscience, veterinary virology and human cancer research.
Since 2014, Juliet has worked in the RSPCA’s Research Animals Department as Senior Scientific Officer developing and delivering the organisation’s tertiary education programme. Her focus is education for life scientists who may use animals in their professional or their personal lives, and includes working with universities and doctoral schools to embed animal welfare and ethics in graduate training programmes.
Juliet is an independent external Animal Welfare and Ethical Review Body (AWERB) member, a member of the ‘Agriculture, Environmental & Animal Care’ Route Panel at the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education, and is also a member of the Genetics Society.
From the Erasmus generation, I studied and worked in most central and western European countries. As an agronomist and animal nutrition specialist, I often conduct projects aiming at increasing, describing and/or marketing the added value of special animal products. So far, my projects covered the valorisation of local dairy goat meat, the registration of a broiler production as protected designation of origin (PDO), the description of the effects of mountain pastures on beef characteristics and lately the marketing opportunities for dual-purpose poultry products. I am based in Switzerland since 2012. The size and culture of this country make it a laboratory for new trends in added value animal products.
University of Nottingham.
Phil Garnsworthy is Professor of Dairy Science at the University of Nottingham.
He has spent over 40 years researching nutrition of dairy cows to make milk production more efficient, produce healthy products, improve animal welfare and, more recently, reduce environmental impact.
In 2019, he was given the Leroy Fellowship Award by the European Federation for Animal Science, for “an outstanding scientific contribution to Animal Production over a sustained period”.
Queen's University Belfast
Sharon's key research interests lie in understanding the role that rumen microbes play in ruminant food security. Her research is strategically focused on understanding the functionality of rumen microbes—with the aim of addressing food security and human health—coupled with industrial biotechnology related to the rumen microbiome. Sharon also has a general interest in microbiomes and occasionally focuses attention on poultry, pig and even human lung microbiomes.
Sharon coordinates the global 'Rumen Microbial Genomics' network, is an editor for the journals Microbiome and Frontiers in Microbiology, as well as a ruminant nutrition section editor for the journal Animal.
Michael is a ruminant nutritionist, Head of Sustainable Agricultural Sciences at North Wyke, and Leader of the Institute Strategic Programme, Soil To Nutrition. He graduated with first class honours in Animal Science from University of Wales, Aberystwyth in 1997 and gained a PhD in ruminant nutrition from the University of Aberdeen in 2001; he was awarded a postgraduate certificate for teaching in higher education from Aberystwyth University in 2012. He worked for the Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research from 2001-2008, before the merger with Aberystwyth University where he stayed as a principal scientist and senior lecturer in animal nutrition and rumen biochemistry. He moved to the University of Bristol in 2013 as a reader in sustainable livestock systems. In 2015, he took up a joint appointment between Rothamsted Research and the University of Bristol as head of site at North Wyke, and was also promoted to Chair in Sustainable Livestock Systems. He has published more than 190 research articles and papers. He was awarded the Sir John Hammond Memorial Prize in 2015 for services to animal science. In 2016, he was elected Vice President of the European Federation of Animal Science Livestock Farming Systems Commission.
University of Nottingham
Jean, while originally from the UK, has lived and worked in S America and New Zealand and consulted in China and Thailand for many years, so has a truly global approach to the dairy industry. Having completed her BSc, she gained the Roberts Scholarship and studied a PhD developing natural dairy calf-cow milking and suckling dairy production systems. She has subsequently held teaching, research and professorial positions in S. America, UK, NZ and Thailand respectively. Jean has led funded research projects on QTL Mapping of Maize Silage Quality (EU SILGENQUA), Calf Gastro-Intestinal Tract (GIT) and General Health and Dairy Heifer Growth, Mobility, Longevity and Lifetime Productivity (NZ MPI). She has coinvestigated Mammary Epithelial Cell Function and Cell Signalling (NZ MPI) and the Lowering Nitrogen and Carbon Emissions from Dairy Systems (P21). Jean is currently working at the University of Nottingham, School of Biosciences https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/biosciences/research/themes/animal-and-livestock.aspx researching Feed Efficiency in a Research Partnership investigating the Animal Health, Welfare and Nutrition of Dairy Cattle (AHDB Dairy) https://dairy.ahdb.org.uk/resources-library/research-development/health-welfare/#.XkKl4zH7TIU. She is also working on Natural Alternatives to Antimicrobials, Molecular Assessment of GIT Microbiome and the Growth, Health, Behaviour and Lifetime Function of Dairy Heifer and Bull Calves. Jean is the lead academic establishing a new Dairy Calf Facility, due to open in 2020 at the University of Nottingham Centre of Dairy Research and Innovation (CDSI) https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/research/groups/cdsi/index.aspx. This was established with University, CDSI and Innovate UK funding https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/innovate-uk, gained though the Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock (CIEL) https://www.cielivestock.co.uk. Her main interest lies in naturally enhancing the lifetime wellbeing and function of dairy cattle, to increase feed efficiency by allowing more nutrients to be captured into food products https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/biosciences/people/jean.margerison, which lowers the carbon footprint of dairy food production, while enhancing the wellbeing of animals and humans globally.
Elanco Animal Health
Sara is the Chief Sustainability Officer at Elanco. Prior to Elanco, she was the senior director for sustainable beef production research at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and an assistant professor in sustainable beef cattle systems at Oklahoma State University. She received her PhD in Animal Biology from the University of California, Davis, a BS in Animal Science from Cornell University, and an AAS in Agriculture Business from Morrisville State College.
University of Nottingham
Working mostly with cattle and sheep, Kevin’s research interests lie in metabolic programming during early development, where epigenetic outcomes are determined in embryonic cells and tissues, and long-term developmental consequences assessed in offspring. His group were the first to discover that developmental anomalies following in vitro embryo production (IVP) and transfer (ET) were due to errors in genomic imprinting. Also, the first to demonstrate that B vitamin and methionine deficiencies in maternal diet lead to epigenetic modifications to DNA methylation associated with hypertensive and insulin resistant offspring. Subsequently demonstrated that paternal malnutrition epigenetically modifies DNA methylation and adversely affects cardio-metabolic health in offspring. Published the first detailed reports of cardio-metabolic and musculo-skeletal health in aged cloned offspring. Ongoing work with industry is assessing the nature and extent of aneuploidy and epigenetic dysregulation following bovine embryo culture in a programme that seeks to develop efficient and safe IVP-ET for use in advanced cattle breeding.
University of Bologna
Post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences, University of Bologna, working in the team lead by Prof. Massimiliano Petracci. Author of about twenty-five peer-reviewed articles in the field of poultry production and co-author of the chapter entitled “Muscle metabolism and meat quality abnormalities” published on 2017 in “Poultry Quality Evaluation” (Eds. Petracci M. and Berri C.) by Woodhead Publishing. Research interests deal with particular emphasis on the evaluation of quality traits of meat affected by muscular abnormalities (white-striping, wooden breast, Spaghetti meat and PSE-like) by investigating their technological properties, chemical composition, histology and protein profile.
Association for Business Psychology
Nicky is a subject matter expert in change management and an Occupational Psychologist. She specialises in transformational change geared around behavioural and cultural change. Nicky’s professional roles centre around strategic and transformative delivery and implementation of change related interventions/activities on major programmes in complex organisations. Her experience includes: Change communication strategies, behavioural safety/safety culture, cultural change, collaborative working, leadership and career coaching, resilience/conflict management, process reviews, and psychometric assessment centre design and delivery. Nicky has extensive change management experience in designing, delivering, and leading continuous improvement of culture and behavioural change, which support and facilitate the change processes and overall people performance within organisations. Nicky’s professional approach is geared towards leading individuals, teams and organisations to be operationally and strategically effective, supportive sustainable and embedded change.
University of California, Davis
Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam is a Cooperative Extension Specialist in the field of Animal Genomics and Biotechnology in the Department of Animal Science at University of California, Davis.
She received a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from the University of Melbourne in Australia, and both an MS in Animal Science, and a PhD in Genetics from UC Davis. Her publicly-funded research and outreach program focuses on the use of animal genomics and biotechnology in livestock production systems. Her current research projects include the development of genome editing approaches for cattle.
She serves as the bovine genome coordinator for the USDA National Animal Genome Research Program and is an elected Fellow and current chair of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Agriculture, Food, and Renewable Resources Section O. She has given over 650 invited presentations to audiences globally, and uses a variety of media to inform general public audiences about science and technology. She frequently provides a credentialed voice on controversial scientific topics. A passionate advocate of science, Dr. Van Eenennaam was the recipient of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) 2010 National Award for Excellence in Extension, American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) 2014 National Extension Award, the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) 2014 Borlaug Communication Award, University of California – Davis 2019 James H. Meyer Distinguished Career Achievement Award, and ASAS 2019 Rockefeller Prentice Award in Animal Breeding and Genetics.
University of Reading
Dr. Gemma Walton is a lecturer in Food Microbiology / Metagenomics at the University of Reading and has been researching the gut microbiota and its role in health for the last 17 years. It is apparent that the microbiota has a big role to play in health and disease; furthermore with the ease of being able to use the diet to impact on this microbial community there exists an easy way to impact health through the microbiota. Gemma uses both in vitro and in vivo approaches to explore the effects of dietary changes on the gut community and ultimately on health parameters.
University of Warwick
Zoë has been chair of the BSAS Early Career Council for nearly two years. She is currently looking for a position, she recently passed her PhD from the University of Warwick working on the main bacterium that causes footrot in sheep, Dichelobacter nodosus. Zoë's PhD incorporated epidemiology, microbiology, molecular biology and genomics. She also did a considerable amount of knowledge exchange work with farmers, vets and the general public and produced new resources to help get across our research and recommendations.