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Detailed Scientific Programme

Please click on the link Detailed program for the most recent in depth view on the scientific program (including all sessions and time slots for oral presentations)

Poster presentations will be highlighted by a ‘dynamic slide show’ on Tuesday 21 June from 18.00-19.00 h. The posters are highlighted in two minutes using one powerpoint slide. The order of the presentations will be made available at the start of the conference.

Selected oral presentations are given each a time slots of 15 minutes, from which 12 minutes presenting and 3 minutes discussion are scheduled. The presentations are divided over 4 sessions, held on Wednesday June 22 till Friday June 24.

Interactive workshops (1 hour) are scheduled for Thursday 23 June in the afternoon. Conference attendees that have registered will be assigned to workshops based on interest and availability. The list for the workshops will be available at the start of the conference.


‘IBV in the lab’ (Hélène Verheije, Steven van Beurden)

Fundamental research on IBV is key to our understanding of avian coronavirus tropism, virulence, immunogenicity, etc. In this workshop, we will interactively discuss in technical detail various laboratory techniques used around the world to study these aspects of IBV, including sequence analyses, anti-viral activity assays, the use of recombinant DNA techniques and cell culture. In particular, we would like to discuss with the workshop participants how we can bridge the gap between in vitro and in vivo results, and how we can translate fundamental understanding into useful applications for the field.

IBV vaccination (Sjaak de Wit, Lonneke Vervelde)

Vaccination against IBV is an important tool to reduce the damage by IBV infections in poultry. In many areas in the world the demands to the vaccination program is high due to the early and high prevalence of IBV, required mass-application methods, interference by maternal antibodies and vaccinations against other diseases and presence of a number of variants that often require the induction of cross-protection. In this workshop we will discuss the available and lacking knowledge regarding the immune response to IBV, the importance of the local responses compared to the systemic responses for the different ages of chickens and the ways to influence the immune response. What knowledge do we need to be able to develop the vaccines of the future?

IBV pathology (Erik Weerts)

‘What do all these pink and purple dots mean?’

Understanding pathomorphological changes in tissues, whether macro- or microscopically, is essential for understanding consequenses of host-pathogen interactions for tissue functioning. In this workshop, we want to clarify detailed aspects of pathomorphological tissue characteristics visible over time during IBV infections, analyse (subtile) differences in various organs and highlight the influences of infections with complicating pathogens (e.g. E. coli). Futhermore, we want to interactively discuss these morphological changes in relation to (for example) specificity of immunohistochemical staining.


Basic principles of veterinary epidemiology (Arjan Stegeman)


Scientific communication (by Artesc – organized by the ECI network/PhD school)

Communication is essential in science. However, in most educational programs the development of competencies like scientific writing, writing grand proposals, giving presentations, time management, and efficient literature reading and searching are given little attention. This interactive workshop will teach one or more of such non-laboratory skills to researchers which are in the early stage of their career.