SmartCow Final conference – Agenda

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6 April 2022

Venue: Fondation Universitaire – Rue d’Egmont 11 – Brussels

08:30 – 09:00 Registration

09:00 – 09:10 Welcome and introduction – René Baumont (INRAE) – project coordinator

09:10 – 09:45 Session 1: Networking of cattle infrastructures and improving experimental approaches and methods in cattle experiments

  • Interactive map and survey of cattle facilities across Europe – Patricia Ryan, Michael O’Donovan – TEAGASC; Pauline Madrange (IDELE)
  • Standardizing vocabulary and methods, sharing data: ontologies, book of methods and data platform – Bjorn Kuhla (FBN); Catherine Hurtaud (INRAE); Anisa Aubin (Agrimetrics)

09:45 – 10:30 Session 2: Advances in cattle phenotyping capabilities (1st part)

  • Refining gold standard methods in cattle nutrition – Chris Reynolds (UREAD); Jan Dijkstra (WU)
  • Proxies to predict feed efficiency and emissions – Cécile Martin (INRAE); Frédéric Dehareng (CRA-W), Gonzalo Cantalapiedra (INRAE)

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break

11:00 – 11:45 Session 2: Advances in cattle phenotyping capabilities (2nd part)

  • Sensors techniques to phenotype behavior and health – Isabelle Vessier (INRAE), Kees van Reenen (WUR-DLO)
  • Ethics and implementation of 3R in cattle experiments – Kenny Rutherford (SRUC)

11.45 – 12.30 Session 3: Opening access of cattle facilities to new academic and industry users

  • An overview of Transnational Access (TNA) program in SmartCow – Richard Dewhurst (SRUC)
  • Feedback from TNA users

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 14:45 Session 4: Policy makers

  • Infrastructure work program in Horizon Europe – Jimena Arango Montanez (REA – DG Research)
  • Societal challenges and research need for the livestock sector – Jean-Charles Cavitte (DR AGRI)

14:45 – 15:45 Round table: Industry and academic needs for research infrastructures in animal science

Arnaud Bouxin (FEFFAC), Ana Granados (EFFAB/ATF); Sven Dänicke (FLI); Nicolas Friggens (INRAE – GENTORE); Marc Vandeputte (INRAE – AquaExcel); Jaap van Milgen (INRAE – PigWEB)

15:45 – 16:05 Session 5: The future of SmartCow – René Baumont (INRAE)

16:05 – 16:15 Closing

A poster session for TNA users will be held during breaks