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Invited Speakers

María Cambra-López, PhD

Nutrition Session: Alternative methods in rabbit nutrition trials
She is an Associate Professor at Animal Science Department at the Universitat Politècnica de Valencia, Spain. She has 17 years research experience in the field of animal production and precision nutrition in non-ruminants. She is member of the European Association of Precision Livestock Farming (EA-PLF). She has published 60 scientific papers and her professional career is characterized by an active participation in R&D projects and scientific forums. She has been awarded 7 positive recognitions to her research activity.

Yee Huang, PhD

Pathology and Hygiene Session: Study on novel vaccines and adjuvants for rabbit infectious diseases
She is an Associate Researcher at the Institute of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Sciences, Zhejiang Academy of Agricultural Sciences 310021, Hangzhou (China). Dr. Huang mainly focused on the prevention and control of rabbit bacteria diseases. Specifically, she worked on the development of a novel vaccine against bacteria and nano-adjuvants based on Chinese herbal medicine. Related work has been published in journals such as Nature Communications, International Journal of nanomedicine…

Angela Trocino, PhD

Ethology and Welfare Session: Welfare indicators in rabbits (use in the field, positive indicators)
Full professor, Department of Agronomy Food Natural Resources Animals Environment, University of Padova. During the last 10 years, her research has been especially devoted to the development of alternative housing systems for growing rabbits and reproducing does, in view of animal welfare and behavior, growth performance and product quality based on a One Welfare approach. Among the most recent research topics, strategies for improving performance, product quality, health and welfare of poultry and laying hens. Initially, main research topics were harmonization of rabbit feed evaluation; energy and protein metabolism, nutritive requirements and relationships with health status in growing rabbits and reproducing does.

Juan Pablo Sánchez, PhD

Breeding and Genetics Session: Exploring innovative approaches for enhancing the efficiency and sustainability of rabbit production. A critical analysis of cutting-edge technologies and currently established methods.
Researcher at IRTA’s animal breeding program, he got his PhD from the Animal Science Department at the Polytechnic University of Valencia in 2006. During his PhD he started his career as rabbit geneticist, focusing on the study of the female’s longevity. Afterward he worked on animal breeding problems in multiple livestock species, in different Spanish and abroad institutions; and since 2011, at IRTA, he is working on different features of the feed efficiency in rabbits and pigs, in particular the development of new traits reflecting the feed efficiency of the individual animals, the interactions between group members, the role of the gut microbiota on the efficiency, and how all this information can be considered in breeding programs.

Nicolaia Iaffaldano, PhD

Reproduction Session: Advances in rabbit semen criopreservation
Dipartimento Agricoltura, Ambiente e Alimenti. Via de Sanctis Snc, 86100 Campobasso (Italia). Professor in Zooculture. Coordinator and scientific responsible of European and national projects. Her recent research activity consists of in situ and ex situ in vitro conservation strategies for the safeguard of Italian poultry and rabbit breeds, in particular she studied efficient semen cryopreservation procedures for the creation of national cryobanks of genetic resources. She is the authors of over 157 publications including scientific articles and participation in conferences.

Davi Savietto, PhD

Farming Systems and Economy Session: Climatic impact of rabbit farming (intensive and extensive): carbon footprint & energy consumption
BSc in Animal Science at the University of São Paulo (Brazil), and PhD in Animal Science and Technology at the Polytechnic University of Valencia (Spain). He then moved to the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (Yale University, CT, USA) to try to understand how species evolve and interact with their environment. He then moved to the French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE Toulouse, France) where he works on several aspects related to rabbit production (nutrition, genetics, animal behaviour), but also on the development and evaluation of alternative rabbit production systems, which is his main area of interest.

Simone Mancini, PhD

Quality of Products Session: Meat quality with an approach to processing products and the use of spices or specific ingredients as antioxidants.
PhD Veterinary Sciences, he is a research assistant at the Department of Veterinary Sciences of the University of Pisa, Italy. He is author of more than 70 JCR publications and in the year 2022 he was inserted in the Top 2% list of International Scientists in the subject Dairy & Animal Science (data of 2021). He has expertise in (rabbit) meat quality, mostly in relation to diet effects and processing steps.

Sylvie Combes, PhD

Biology and Physiology Session: Microbiota of the rabbit - impact on health and performances
She is deputy director of the GenPhySE INRAE unit, first led studies on rabbit meat quality and moved on to studies on microbiota establishment in young suckling rabbits. Her recent work has focused on the transition from milk to solid feed, gut microbiota colonization and health in the young rabbit. She is currently continuing her research on milk oligosaccharides, that may play an indirect role via the microbiota or a direct role in the maturation of digestive immune system.

Tomás Norton, PhD

Miscellaneous Session: Digitalization and livestock precision farming tools for rabbit farming
Associate professor at KU Leuven where he leads the research on sustainable precision livestock farming (animal health, welfare and productivity) in the M3-BIORES (Measure, Model, Manage Bio-responses) group at the Division of Animal and Human Health Engineering. He is currently chair of CIGR Section 2: Agricultural Buildings and Environment and Editor-in-Chief at Computers and Electronics in Agriculture. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology (FRSB), Institute of Agricultural Engineers (FIAgrE) and of the International Academy of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (FiAABE).

Important Dates

    • 4 December 2023
      Call for prepoposal
    • 26 January 2024
      Registration open
    • 31 January 2024 8 February 2024
      Deadline for prepoposal submission
    • 1 February 2024
      Call for communications
    • 29 February 2024 7 March 2024
      Deadline for communication submission
    • 31 May 2024
      Notification of acceptance/rejection of communications
    • 2-4 October 2024
      WRC 2024