Editon 2015

Climate Change & Wildlife Health

16th of October 2015

In addition to the presentations by invited speakers, illustrating the main symposium theme, we invite all attendees to submit abstracts for poster or oral presentations dealing with topics on wildlife diseases its broadest sense. The best poster will be awarded. All abstracts and presentations should be in English. Abstracts will be evaluated by the organising committee, after which you will be informed about acceptance.

Accepted oral communications will be included in the program in order of date of receipt. The abstracts should be submitted electronically by September 15th, 2015. Notification of acceptance of the abstract will be sent by e-mail. You will have to be registered for the symposium.


Moderators: Tim Adriaens (INBO) & V. Vandenberge (CODA/CERVA)

08:30 - 09:30 Registration and coffee

09:30 - 09:40 Welcome (P. Heyman, president BWDS)

09:40 - 10:05 Global climate change: facts and myths (D. Verschuren, BE)

10:05 - 10:30 Emerging parasites in the North (A. Oksanen, FI)

10:30 - 10:45 The Asian tiger mosquito yearly reappearing in Belgium: time to act against before climate change facilitates its permanent establishment! (I. Deblauwe, BE)

10:45 - 11:15 Coffee Break

11:15 - 11:40 Harmful algal blooms in lakes and ponds (W. Vyverman, BE)

11:40 - 12:05 Impact on mosquito vectors of diseases (D. Bicout, FR)

12:05 - 12:20 Wild raccoon dogs in the Netherlands: public health problem or not? (M. Maas, NL)

12:20 - 13:30 Lunch/Poster session (on site)

13:30 - 13:45 TBEV seroprevalence and test accuracy in Flemish wild boar (S. Roelandt, BE)

13:45 - 14:10 Belgium under global warming

(R. Hamdi, BE)

14:10 - 14:35 (Sub)tropical consequences of climate change (M. Niedrig, DE)

14:35 - 14:50 Two divergent hantaviruses are simultaneously circulating in the European mole in Belgium (L. Laenen, BE)

14:50 - 15:20 Coffee Break

15:20 - 15:45 Harmful algal blooms in coastal waters (K. Sabbe, BE)

15:45 - 16:10 Impact on diseases in arctic wildlife

(J. Godfroid, NO)

16.10 - 16.25 Increase in tick population abundance: host related factors and relation to climate change

(V. Obsomer, BE)

16:25 Closing remarks, Poster awards & Coffee



Registration and abstract submission

Early bird: € 40 before August, 2015

Normal fee: € 60 from August, 2015.

Students: €30

Lunch is included in the registration.


Registration deadline 30th of September

Abstract submission deadline 15th of September


Payment on account number of the BWDS:

IBAN BE78 9796 3333 0886



Please mention: 6th Wildlife Symposium + name participant(s)


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