Plenary sessions

11 plenary talks will address major issues for the poultry sector as a whole and will take place on Monday, 8 August 2022 all day and Thursday, 11 August 2022 morning.


Session TitleKeynote's titleInvited speaker
Economy and sustainabilty of the Poultry Production ChainGlobal Challenges for the economy of the poultry sector​Peter VAN HORNE (NL)
Economy and sustainabilty of the Poultry Production ChainCould poultry production become more sustainable?Joel AUBIN (FR)
One health - One WelfareFrom poultry welfare to ethical issues about poultry farmingDavid FRASER (CA)
The bird and microbiotiaThe intestinal microbiota, a central actor in the development of the immune responseBernd KASPERS (DE)
The bird and microbiotiaHighlights from studies on poultry microbiome: what is missing to turn research into innovationAlessandra DE CESARE (IT)
Breeding and nutrional strategies for sustainable poultry production schemesOpportunities offered by genomic selection to breed for diverse production systems?Jack DEKKERS (US)
Breeding and nutrional strategies for sustainable poultry production schemesNutrition and selection for sustainable poultry production schemesIlias KYRIAZAKIS (UK)
New frontiers in poultry sciencePGC & Genome Editing: from laboratory to practiceJae Yong HAN (KR)
New frontiers in poultry scienceEpigenetics, domestication and adaptationDominic WRIGHT (SE)
New frontiers in poultry scienceEthical issues of biotechnologies in animal productionThomas HEAMS (FR)

Invited speakers

Alessandra DE CESARE

Alessandra De Caesare is Associate Professor of Food Safety and Inspection at the Department of Veterinary Medical Sciences, University of Bologna (Italy). She obtained her Master Degree in Molecular Microbiology and PhD in Food Sciences. She has been and is currently involved in many national and EU funded projects as both researcher and evaluator. Her main research topics focus on bacteria genotyping, metagenomic investigations of the chicken gut and poultry meat as well as definition of risk assessment-based food safety criteria to decrease prevalence and concentration of pathogenic bacteria in foods of animal origin. She is author of 71 publication in peer reviewed journals and is vice-editor in chief of the Italian Journal of Food Safety. She serves as Expert in the Biohazard panel of the European Food Safety Authority. Scopus author ID 56188134400; ORCID ID

Jae Yong HAN

Prof. Han, Jae Yong received his bachelor and master degrees in Seoul National University, Korea. Since his completion of Ph.D. degree in University of Minnesota in 1991, he appointed as a professor of Department of Agricultural Biotechnology, Seoul National University. His academic specialties are avian transgenesis, genome editing and germ cell biology. He has made outstanding achievements in his researches on production of avian germline chimera by germ cell manipulation and genome editing. Specifically, his laboratory developed in vitro long-term culture system of chicken primordial germ cells (PGCs) for subsequent genome modulation of the PGCs. More recently, he has expanded to his research to early embryo development of avian species for in depth understanding of germ cells as well as embryo itself. Up to date, he has published more than 200 research articles in the internationally prominent journals. Based on the his achievements, he was awarded 2012 World’s Poultry Science Association Award (Research), and now he runs the project “Center for Avian Germ Cell Modulation and Cloning” awarded by National Research Foundation of Korea.


Ilias Kyriazakis is the Professor of Animal Science at the Institute for Global Food Security of Queen’s University Belfast. He is a veterinarian by training who specialises in the effects of animal management on their performance, the ability to cope with challenges, such as pathogens, and their environmental impact. He has worked with a variety of animal species ranging from mice to cows, but more recently his research has focused on pigs and poultry. His recent work in poultry addresses: 1) the effect on nutrition on the ability of birds to cope with pathogens, such as coccidian; 2) the use of alternative and home grown feeds in poultry systems and 3) the development of methods to assess the environmental impact of local and global poultry systems. His team was responsible for the assessment of the environmental impacts of the UK poultry systems and the identification of hotspots responsible for such impacts. Professor Kyriazakis is the recipient of several awards, including the Leroy Award by European Federation of Animal Sciences (EAAP) for International Excellence in Animal Science, and Fellow of national and International bodies.