Symposium 2016

Wildlife crossing borders

7th of October 2016

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Institute of Tropical Medicine

Sint Rochusstraat 43, Antwerp

Aula: P.G. Janssens



In addition to the presentations by invited speakers, 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 the 1st of September, 2016. Notification of acceptance of the abstract will be sent by e-mail. You will have to be registered for the symposium.


Early bird: € 25 before July, 2016

Normal fee: € 30 from July, 2016.

Students: €25

Lunch is included in the registration.


Registration deadline 15th of September

Abstract submission deadline 1st of September




Payment on account number of the BWDS:

IBAN BE78 9796 3333 0886


Please mention: joint Symposium DSWH & BWDS + name participant(s)




Moderators : S. Roelandt, V. Vandenberge, W. van der Poel, R. Bodewes & J. van der Giessen

09:30 - 10:00 Registration and coffee

10:00 - 10:05 Welcome (Paul Heyman,BWDS & Wim van der Poel, DSWH)

Keynote speech

10:05 - 10:50 Landscapes and infectious disease - where are the boundaries? (Richard Kock, RVC – UK)

Session: drivers of emerging diseases

10:50 - 11:10 Invasive species (Tim Adriaans, INBO – BE)

11:10 - 11:30 Avian Influenza in migrating birds (Marjolein Poen, ErasmusMC – NL)

11:30 - 11:50 Rabies in bats and wolves (Steven Van Gucht, WIV – BE)

11:50 - 12:30 Spread of Echinococcus multilocularis in foxes in the Netherlands and Belgium

(Joke van der Giessen, RIVM – NL & Leen Claes, ITG – BE)

12:10 - 12:30 Poster pitches (max. 3 slides and 3 minutes each)

12:30 - 14:00 Lunch/Poster session (on site)

Session: specific habitats in relation to conservation biology/ecology

14:00 - 14:30 Infections in Ecosystems (Hans Heesterbeek, FD – NL)

14:30 - 14:50 Toxoplasma in Marine mammals (Norbert Van de Velde, UGent – Be)

14:50 - 15:10 Ecological drivers of Lyme borreliosis (Hein Sprong, RIVM – NL)

15:15 - 15:30 Coffee Break 

Session: surveillance WL diseases & public Health

15:30 - 15:50 Wildlife surveillance in Belgium (Annick Linden, Ulg – BE)

15:50 - 16:10 Wildlife surveillance in the Netherlands (Andrea Gröne, DWHC – NL)

16:10 - 16:30 Wild boar: CSF & ASF (Willy Loeffen, CVI – NL)

16:30 Closing remarks, poster awards & drinks



Belgian Wildlife Disease Society