Object-oriented Sessions

The program features object-oriented sessions integrating various approaches to address a complex challenge, and specialized sessions corresponding with the scope of WPSA working groups.
Session TitleInvited speaker
Adapting poultry production to climate change​Anne COLLIN (FR)​
Diversity of production systems and services delivered to humans : towards an agroecological perspective​Bertrand MEDA (FR)​
Early management of broilers: from embryo to the end of the starter phase​Zehava UNI (IL)​
Emerging (re-emerging) poultry diseases​David SWAYNE (US)​
Genetics by environment interactions and epigenetics​Frédérique PITEL (FR)​
Genetics by nutrition interaction on the digestive microbiota​Amelia CAMARINHA-SILVA (DE)​
Innovative strategies to answer new expectations from the society​Cesare CASTELLINI (IT)​
Integrated strategies to control meat quality defects ​Massimiliano PETRACCI (IT)​
Keel bone damage in layers​Mike TOSCANO (CH)​
Mananagement of broiler breeders​Martin ZUIDHOF (CA)​
Mitigating the environmental impacts of poultry production​Ermias KEBREAB (US)​
Pluridisciplinary approaches to reach the One health objectives​Hein IMBERECHTS (BE)​
Poultry production for ensuring food security​Robyn ALDERS (AU)
Robotics and big data for precision farming​Thomas NORTON (BE)​
Social role of poultry production in the Mediterranean area​Nuhad DAGHIR (LN)​
Towards longer carriers in layers ​Maureen BAIN (GB)​
Understanding nutrition by genetics interaction to optimize feed efficiency​Sandrine GRASTEAU (FR)​
Understanding the microbiome for an improved management of Health and Welfare​Richard DUCATELLE (BE)

Invited speakers

Maureen BAIN

Over the past 30 years I have developed an interdisciplinary line of research developing novel methods for assessing egg and eggshell quality and have been involved in a number of EU and BBSRC funded collaborative projects concerned with improving the quality and safety of eggs. My expertise and research profile in egg quality research and avian reproduction has led to the establishment of longstanding partnerships with industry stakeholders including breeding companies in both the egg and meat sectors of the industry. I have supervised many undergraduate and post graduate research projects, published over 140 scientific papers, written numerous book chapters and delivered talks on the subject of egg quality through various media both nationally and internationally. I am currently a council member of the UK branch of WPSA, and British Poultry Science Ltd and, until 2018 was the chairperson of the European Poultry Federation WG4 (Egg and Egg products). Through these roles I have been able to influence policy and provide support for early career researchers and workers involved with the poultry industry.


Ph.D. in Natural Sciences from the TU Braunschweig, Germany with broad experience in molecular biology and animal microbiome. Head of the Livestock Microbial Ecology department at the Institute of Animal Science, University of Hohenheim since 2018. Main area of expertise is the phylogenetic and functional characterization of the complex microbiome that colonizes the digestive tract of the livestock with NGS technologies.


EDUCATION & ACADEMIC APPOINTMENT Degree in Agricultural Science and Ph.D. Researcher at the Agricultural Faculty of Perugia 1990-2001. Associate Professor at the Agricultural Faculty of Perugia University and Department of Agricultural Food and Environmental Science Perugia University (2001 to present). SCIENTIFIC ACTIVITY Produced 400 papers, reviews, chapter of book, monografies, proceeding; 155 papers are recorded by scopus (h index =31, about 3200 citations). Presented communications, reviews and invited papers at National and International Congresses. President of several Scientific Committee. Main research interest is rabbit and poultry production. Researches are mainly focused on the effect of estensive rearing system on the performance, quality, welfare and environmental impact of poultry. In particular, recent studies analysed: Muscle metabolism in different genetic strains and rearing systems; Lipid metabolism in local vs. fast-growing strains; Nutritional quality of poultry and rabbit meat (n-3 fatty acids, antioxidant, oxidative stability); Safeguard of poultry biodiversity; Exploitation of alternative feed sources for poultry and rabbits (by-products, local feed sources); Organic and low-input rearing system in poultry (environmental sustainability, adaptation of different genetic strains, kinetic activuty, role of outdoor, health and welfare). He cooperates with various National and International research groups. Reviewer of many International journals and member of the Editorial board of IJAS and Animals. MEMBERSHIP. Member of several Scientific associations: Associazione Scientifica di Produzione animale, WRSA (World Rabbit Science Association) and WPSA (World Poultry Science Association). President of Italian branch of WRSA. Member of the Technical Commission of AIA (Association of Italian Breeders) who establishes the scheme for the genetic improvement and safeguard in rabbit and local poultry breeds.


Senior researcher in incubation physiology, metabolism and thermal programming in avian models at the Avian Biology and Poultry Science (BOA) unit of INRAE, University of Tours in France. She conducts research on the long-term effects of embryo thermal manipulations on the bird adaptive capacities, performance, health and welfare, and on its progeny. She is the co-leader of the team ‘Avian Metabolism, Quality and Adaption’ in this unit, in charge of the topic dealing with bird adaptive capacities, and INRAE representative for the CERSA project 'Regional Centre of Excellence in Avian Sciences' in West Africa funded by the World Bank. Member of WPSA working groups 6 and 12, she was the Chair of the Scientific Committee of the last ‘Incubation and Fertility Research Group’ and ‘Physiology and Perinatal Development in Poultry’ combined workshop organized in Tours in 2019. She currently leads the Horizon 2020 PPILOW project funded by the European Commission and aiming at improving Poultry and Pig Welfare in Low-input outdoor and Organic systems.


Dr N.J. Daghir received his BSc from the American University of Beirut (AUB) in 1957 and was immediately appointed by AUB to provide agricultural extension services to the central and northern Beqa’a region in Lebanon, to where he introduced commercial poultry production. He earned both his MSc and PhD degrees from Iowa State University in 1959 and 1962, respectively. In 1962, he helped establish the Lebanese branch of the World Poultry Science Association and became president of that branch until 1984. During the same year, he started his teaching and research career at the AUB. In 1967, he was promoted to associate professor and in 1975 to full professor. He has served as adviser for over 50 MSc graduate students, many of whom have later received PhD degrees from US universities and are now occupying key positions all over the world. Dr Daghir is a member of several professional and honorary organizations and has served as a consultant to poultry companies in Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Egypt, Kuwait, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia and Yemen. He has participated in lecture tours on poultry production in countries all over the World and has served on special assignments for several organizations such as the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, American Soybean Association, and the Kuwait Institute of Scientific Research. He also served on many international, regional and national committees such as the International Standing committee of WPSA on Nutrient Requirements and the committee of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences (commission VI, committee 8) on Nutrition of Poultry. Dr Daghir has had over 100 articles published in scientific journals and the proceedings of international meetings as well as several chapters in books and compendia. The second edition of his book “Poultry Production in Hot Climates” was published by CABI in 2008. His research has covered a wide range of subjects, such as factors affecting vitamin requirements of poultry, utilization of agricultural by-products in poultry feeds, nutrient requirements of poultry at high-temperature conditions, seeds of desert plants as potential sources of feed and food, and plant protein supplements of importance to hot regions. His research has received funding from the US National Institutes of Health, the International Development Research Centre of Canada and the Lebanese National Council for Scientific Research. He has served as Chairman of the Animal Science Department, Associate Dean and Dean of his Faculty at AUB. From 1986 to 1992, he served as Director of Technical Services at the Shaver Poultry Breeding Company in Cambridge, Ontario, Canaada. He served as Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences at the United Arab Emirates University, AI-Ain, UAE, from 1992 to 1996, and as Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences at AUB, from 1996 to 2006. In 2012, he was inducted into the International Poultry Hall of Fame and in 2018 received the Golden Medal for Education and Service to Agriculture from the President of Lebanon.


Veterinarian, graduated from Ghent University in Belgium in 1978. PhD in veterinary pathology from Ghent University in 1983. Scientific advisor for the Belgian government from 1985 till 1989. Professor in veterinary pathology at Ghent University, Belgium, since 1989. Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Pathologists. Diplomate of the European College of Poultry Veterinary Science. President of WVPA Belgian branch since 1991. Past-president of the European Society of Veterinary Pathology. Member of the board of directors of Ghent University. ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— Scientific publications Author or co-author of more than 650 scientific publications listed in the web of science and more than 400 abstracts in proceedings of international congresses. Invited speaker at more than 100 national and international congresses. Inventor on more than 10 patents. —————————————————————————————————————————————————— Research Research interest is mainly in gastro-intestinal health, with a focus on poultry, calves and pigs. Mentor of more than 20 PhD theses in this field of research.

Bertrand MEDA

After an engineer degree and a Ph.D in animal sciences, I joined in 2011, the INRAE unit “Avian Biology & Poultry Research Unit” (UMR BOA) located near Tours. In the AliSÉ team (Animal Feeding and Livestock Systems), my research is focused on the consequences of new feeding strategies and the use of new feed ingredients on the sustainability of broiler production systems, with an emphasis on the issue of protein self-sufficiency in France/Europe. I also started to work on the evaluation on the services provided by poultry production, using systemic approaches. I work with several nutritionists from INRA as well as from private companies, and use modelling approaches at different scales (animal, farm), such as Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to evaluate the environmental impact of poultry production systems. I am currently taking part in several national and international projects on poultry nutrition. Especially, in the European H2020 Feed-a-Gene project ( I am working on the development of precision feeding in poultry.

Massimiliano PETRACCI

Since 2018, he has been Full Professor at the Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences, University of Bologna and currently he is also Coordinator of the PhD Programme of Agricultural, Environmental and Food Science and Technology. His research activity involves several aspects of poultry and rabbit production and product quality and currently is mainly focused on the characterization of the emerging meat abnormalities in poultry (white striping, wooden breast and spaghetti meat). He is author of more than 85 peer-reviewed articles, and he jointed as invited speaker several international congresses. Recently, he has been editor for the book “Poultry Meat Evaluation” published by Elsevier. He chairs the Working Group 5 “Poultry Meat Quality” of the European Federation of the World’s Poultry Science Association since 2014. He was also member of the BIOHAZ Working Group on Mechanically Separated Meat (2012-2013) and of the AHAW Panel on “Assessment of studies on the use of carbon dioxide for stunning rabbits” (2014) towards European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). In addition to his research responsibilities, he currently teaches courses on production of food of animal origin, seafood quality and innovations in meat and egg processing.


Dr. David E. Swayne is the Laboratory Director (1994-present) of U.S. Department of Agriculture’s in house high biocontainment laboratory for poultry health research. He has a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (University of Missouri, 1984), M.Sc. in Veterinary Pathology (University of Missouri, 1984), a PhD in Veterinary Pathology (University of Georgia, 1987), and is a board certified in Veterinary Pathology and as a Poultry Veterinarian. For past 32 years, his personal research has focused on pathobiology and control of avian influenza in poultry. Dr. Swayne has served on World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) committees to update the Avian Influenza chapters in Terrestrial Animal Health Code and Manual, and completed a 16 month sabbatical at OIE to study global highly pathogenic avian influenza control programs. He served as chair for the World Health Organization committee to update the Research Agenda for Zoonotic Influenza. He is past Chair of the Executive Committee for OFFLU, the joint OIE/FAO Animal Influenza Network. He has participated in missions or conferences on avian influenza control and biosafety/biosecurity in 51 countries during the past 24 years. He has published over 335 peer-reviewed papers and 114 book chapters on poultry health issues, principally avian influenza and other emerging viral diseases, and has given 314 invited presentations on poultry health issues. He is the editor of the textbook, Avian Influenza (Wiley, 2008); Associate Editor (11th edition, 2003; 12th edition, 2008) and Editor-in-Chief (13th edition, 2013; 14th edition, 2020) of Diseases of Poultry (Wiley); Editor of Animal Influenza (Wiley, 2017), Avian Section Editor of Fenner’s Veterinary Virology (4th edition, 2011, and 5th edition, 2017); and Poultry Editor for Merck Veterinary Manual (2017-2020). He is on the editorial board of Avian Diseases, and is an Associate Editor for Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses and Emerging and Infectious Diseases. Formerly, he served as a tenured faculty member in the College of Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio S


Dr. Martin Zuidhof is a Professor of Precision Feeding & Poultry Systems Modeling at the University of Alberta. Martin Zuidhof has been studying Broiler Breeders for over 25 years. His team developed and patented a precision feeding system to feed each bird the right amount of the right feed at the right time. In addition to its commercial potential, the system doubles as one of the best poultry research tools in the world. Dr. Zuidhof‘s goal is to revolutionize the way the world studies and feeds broiler breeders. Dr. Zuidhof is academic leader of the Poultry Innovation Partnership (PIP), a unique collaboration between the University, Government, and the poultry industry. The PIP is committed to relevance and excellence in research, learning, and extension, and it plays an important role training the next generation of leaders in the poultry industry.