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2024 Annual ECSRHM Conference & AGM

July 4th & 5th 2024
Turin, Italy

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Annual ECSRHM conference

Come join us for our annual veterinary conference with great speakers and learning opportunitities

ECSRHM General meeting

As per the tradition of our college, we will also take the time for the yearly general meeting of our college

Discover the city of Turin, Italy

We will be gathering in the beautiful city of Turin with many breath taking sights and it’s fabulous gastronomy


Quick summary

Event Details

Early bird registration: register before 31st March for a discounted price (ECSRHM members) and to secure your place. After this date, registration will open to participants outside our college, as we’re hoping to attract colleagues from different institutions to share knowledge and expertise. As we have a limit of 100 delegates, please make sure to reserve your place before the deadline (31st March).

We are kindly hosted by the “Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale del Piemonte Liguria e Valle d’Aosta (IZSPLV)”. They focus on diagnostic, research and epidemiology of infectious diseases and are the National Reference Laboratory for transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSE). This is a fantastic opportunity to exchange ideas and build lasting collaborations and colleagues there are really looking forward to meeting you all.

Visit the institute website: https://www.izsplv.it/it/

Discover Turin

Event Location

Nestled in the shadow of the Alps, Turin has a captivating contemporary allure. Wander through Turin’s historic streets adorned with baroque architecture, visit iconic landmarks like the Mole Antonelliana, and walk along the Po River. Known as the chocolate capital of Italy and celebrated for its fine wines, Turin also offers a gastronomic experience.



Conference Program

Preliminary conference program

Subject to change

Day 1: Thursday 4th July

  • Morning Session

    • 8:00 am – 9:00 am: Registration
    • 9:00 am – 9:15 am: Opening Remarks
      • Speakers: Valentina Busin, Giuseppe Ru and Mattia Begovoeva

    Theme 1: Transboundary diseases

    • 9:15 am – 10:00 am: Keynote Address: “Bluetongue”
      • Speaker: Rene’ van den Brom (ECSRHM)
    • 10:00 am – 10:45 am: Short presentation – Session 1
      • Oral presentation 1:
      • Oral presentation 2:
      • Oral presentation 3:
    • 10:45 am – 11:15 am: Coffee and Networking Break/Poster session
    • 11:15 am – 12:00 am: Keynote Address: “Peste des petits ruminants”
      • Speaker: Paula Menzies (ECSRHM)
    • 12:00 am – 12:45 pm: Short presentation – Session 2
      • Oral presentation 4:
      • Oral presentation 5:
      • Oral presentation 6:
    • 12:45 pm – 1:45 pm: Lunch
  • Afternoon Session

    Theme 2: Endemic diseases

    • 1:45 pm – 2.30 pm: Keynote Address: “Iceberg diseases”
      • Speaker: Jarosław Kaba (ECSRHM)
    • 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm: Short presentation – Session 3
      • Oral presentation 7:
      • Oral presentation 8:
      • Oral presentation 9:
      • Oral presentation 10:
    • 3:30 pm – 4.00 pm: Coffee and Networking Break/Poster session
    • 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Short presentation – Session 4
      • Oral presentation 11:
      • Oral presentation 12:
      • Oral presentation 13:
      • Oral presentation 14:
    • 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm: AGM
  • Evening Reception

    • 8 pm – 10:00 pm: Gala dinner

Day 2: Friday 5th July

  • Morning Session
    • 9:00 am – 9:15 am: Explanation of afternoon visits
    • Speaker: Valentina Busin

    Theme 3: Neurological diseases

    • 9:15 am – 10:00 am: Keynote Address: “Scrapie”
      • Speaker: Ciriaco Ligios (IZS Sardegna)
    • 10:00 am – 10:45 am: Short presentation – Session 5
      • Oral presentation 15:
      • Oral presentation 16:
      • Oral presentation 17:
    • 10:45 am – 11:15 am: Coffee and Networking Break/Poster session
    • 11:15 am – 12:00 am: Keynote Address: “Neurological diseases”
      • Speaker: Antonio D’Angelo (UniTO)
    • 12:00 am – 12:45 pm: Short presentation – Session 6
      • Oral presentation 18:
      • Oral presentation 19:
      • Oral presentation 20:
    • 12:45 pm – 13:00 pm: Closing Remarks
      • Speakers: Valentina Busin, Giuseppe Ru and Mattia Begovoeva

    13.00-14.00pm: Lunch .

  • Afternoon Session

    (2-5pm) – optional (only one option possible)

    • Tour of Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale del Piemonte Liguria e Valle d’Aosta (IZSPLV)
    • Tour of Turin Veterinary School

Day 3: Saturday 6th July

  • Farm visit


We are looking for contributors

Call for Papers

Deadline for abstract submission: 12th May

Abstract Submission


Handy information



Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale del Piemonte, Liguria e Valle d’Aosta

Via Bologna 148
10154 Torino

We would recommend accommodation in this area (10-15 minute walk to the city centre and well connected to the airport) and using the bus lines 8 or 49 to come to the Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale (IZSPLV) for the conference.

Hotel Diplomatic ****

Address: Via Cernaia, 42, 10122 Torino TO

Website: https://www.hotel-diplomatic.it/en/index.html

Google Maps: https://maps.app.goo.gl/XhtxXsmvNyJcjcxU8

Price per night: 141 €

Connection to IZSPLV: Bus Line 8, Bus Line 49



Hotel Dock Milano ***

Address: Via Cernaia, 46, 10122 Torino TO

Website: https://dockmilano.bqhotel.it/en/

Google Maps: https://maps.app.goo.gl/PTxtaUWTqiSkJXV6A

Price per night: 82 €

Connection to IZSPLV: Bus Line 8, Bus Line 49



Hotel Orchidea ***

Address: Via Claudio Beaumont, 31/c, 10138 Torino TO

Website: http://www.hotelorchidea.com/

Google Maps: https://maps.app.goo.gl/TFWpX9YiFCpsAV1RA

Price per night: 93 €

Connection to IZSPLV: Bus Line 8, Bus Line 49



Eco Art Hotel Torino **

Address: Via Principi d’Acaja, 17, 10138 Torino TO

Website: https://my.xenion.it//ecoarthotel/paginaprenotazione?idstructure=1&lang=en

Google Maps: https://maps.app.goo.gl/W5YhfFmNSnT1P4jJ9

Price per night: 57 €

Connection to IZSPLV: Bus Line 8, Bus Line 49



Eco Art Hotel Torino **

Address: Corso Regina Margherita, 128, 10152 Torino TO

Website: https://thisiscombo.com/location/combo-torino/

Google Maps: https://maps.app.goo.gl/qytahM5vuBoRwh3WA

The price per night will depend on the type of room selected. Rooms with 2-3 beds or a single bed in shared rooms are available for booking.

Connection to IZSPLV: Bus Line 8



Torino Caselle

This is the closest airport, however there might not be direct flight connection, or they might be more expensive compare to Milan Malpensa.


Shuttle service Torino Caselle – Turin train station (Torino Porta Nuova or Torini Porta Susa):


Milan Malpensa

This is about 2 hours car journey from Turin. There are many flights available, especially with low-cost companies.


Shuttle service Milan Malpensa – Turin train station (Porta Susa)


(Tickets need to be pre-purchased online)

Local Transport


The conference venue can be reached with bus line 8 and 49. Stop: Ponchielli.



We are thrilled to share that catering will be provided by the nearby “Istituto Beccaria”, a professional school for Italian food, wine and hospitality.



Coffee and Networking Breaks: selection of biscuits, selection of savoury snacks, coffee, tea, water and fruit juices.

Lunch 4th July: pesto lasagna, vitello tonnato (a typical piedmont starter), potato quiche, pizza margherita, pizza marinara, insalata russa (another typical piedmont starter), apple pie, bread and bread sticks, water, coffee.

Lunch 5th July: mediterranean cous cous, courgette flan with parmesan sauce, pizza potatoes and provola cheese, panini, tomato and cheese salad, leek quiche, bunet al caramello (a typical piedmont dessert), bread and bread sticks, water, coffee.

Registration and Fees

Full conference (which includes coffee breaks and lunches) ECSRHM members: €120.

Additional costs:

  • Gala dinner (Thursday, 4th July evening)
  • Farm visit (Friday 5th July, pm)


Gala dinner & Turin Sightseeing

Further details to come.

Get amazing insights

Keynote Speakers

Meet our Keynote speakers who will share with us their knowledge based on their many years of practice in the veterinary profession

I work at the Istituto Zoprofilattico Sperimentale of Sardinia (Italy), a veterinary public health institution that provides technical and scientific services within the framework of national and regional legislation. I am responsible for the histopathology, virology, and bacteriology of animal diseases within the long-term strategic health plan for zoonoses, diffuse viral diseases and prion diseases. I create my scientific career with studies on prion diseases in small ruminants and emerging threats to animals from arthropod-borne viruses, in particular bluetongue virus, constantly pursuing the one- health aim.


Ciriaco Ligios

In 2008, René started working part-time at Royal GD, Deventer, as veterinarian in small ruminant health. Due to the human Q fever outbreak with a suspected relation to dairy goats, a large portfolio of (veterinary) research started with the aim to obtain additional information on Coxiella burnetii infections in small ruminants, in which René participated from the beginning. Since 2010, René works full-time at GD Animal Health, and from that moment on he started writing scientific papers. His external PhD-program started after publication of his first research paper. In 2013, René qualified as specialist in small ruminant health management, and currently is diplomat of the European College of Small Ruminant Health Management (Dip.ECSRHM). In 2015, René received his PhD-degree on his thesis “Veterinary aspects of a Q fever outbreak in the Netherlands between 2005 and 2012”. René has an extra interest in infectious diseases in small ruminants. Since 2023, he was involved in the advisory board of the Mininistry LNV, regarding the bluetongue serotype 3 outbreak.


René van den Brom

Royal GD, PO Box 9 7400 AA Deventer, Netherlands

2007 has been awarded the Diploma of the European College of Bovine Health Management (Dip. ECBHM). 2008 has been awarded the Diploma of the European College of Veterinary Neurology (Dip. ECVN). 2017 Full Professor, Department of Veterinary Science – Clinical Section, University of Turin. 2018 – present, Vice Dean, Department of Veterinary Science - University of Turin. 2018 – present, Chairperson of the Research Committee of the Department of Veterinary Science - University of Turin. Invited speaker at many national/international congresses, seminars and educative courses. Author of more than 100 scientific publications [79 on international peer - reviewed Journals with IF (ISI)].

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Antonio D'Angelo

Dep. of Veterinary Science - university of Turin

Prof. Jarosław Kaba, Dipl.ECSRHM is a graduate of the Warsaw University of Life Sciences. He graduated from both the Faculty of Animal Breeding and the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. Since 1992, he has been a research and teaching employee at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences dealing mostly with clinical and scientific issues of veterinary epidemiology as well as goat diseases. He is the vice-president of the Polish Society of Veterinary Sciences and the vice-president of the European College of Small Ruminant Health Management.

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Jaroslaw Kaba

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Warsaw University of Life Sciences – SGGW, Warsaw, Poland

Paula Menzies has been a teacher, practitioner, and researcher in sheep and goat health management for over four decades in Ruminant Health Management at the University of Guelph, Canada, where she is now Professor Emerita. Since 2017 she is a member of the Advisory Committee to the WOAH UN FAO Peste des Petits Ruminants Global Eradication Program, with the goal to eradicate this viral disease of sheep and goats from the world by 2030. She is also a Dip.ECSRHM and active on the boards of the ECSRHM, International Sheep Veterinary Association and the International Goat Association.

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Paula Menzies

University of Guelph

The team behind the scenes

Event Organisation

Scientific Committee

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Veterinary consultant
Giuseppe Ru
Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale di Piemonte Liguria e Valle d'Aosta The Veterinary Medical Research Institute for Piedmont, Liguria and the Aosta Valley
Mattia Begovoeva
Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale del Piemonte, Liguria e Valle d'Aosta, Turin, Italy
Sebastian Mignacca
Sebastian A.
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine - Ireland
Gian Lorenzo
Almarai, Saudi Arabia
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Department of Animal Medicine Production and Health. University of Padova

Organising Committee

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Giuseppe Ru
Mattia Begovoeva

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