Antibiotic resistance - is livestock farming a health risk?

About the event

Antibiotic resistance ranks as one of the most severe health issues in the future for humans. Moreover, livestock farming is well known as one of the significant users in the past, but what about now? How are authorities and regulations changing the use of antibiotics – and does it change the risk of resistances? The effectivity of antibiotics is with no doubt a huge success story for human and animal health. What can be learned from the antibiotic mode of action for an antibiotic-free future? A multitude of alternatives are already available on the market but where are they leading? These questions should be discussed in a holistic way at the Kaesler Forum.

The Kaesler Forum is a unique event in cooperation with the institute of animal nutrition of the Freie Universität Berlin. Right next door to the newly opened Veterinary Centre for Resistance Research (VCR²) and the only accredited FAO Reference Centre for Antimicrobial Resistance in Germany. To meet the aim of a holistic discussion an international scientific advisory board of different European experts will ensure to bring the latest results regarding antibiotic use in livestock production and insights into all the challenges around it. The Kaesler Forum offers a platform for exchange and controversial discussion between science and practice and is looking out for solutions for modern animal nutrition.

Building bridges between industry, authorities and practice the event is open for everyone who wants to know more about the status of science and discuss new feeding concepts to reduce antibiotics in livestock production. As discussing new opinions is best done in person we are optimistic to be able to meet each other in person in March 2022 despite the current Corona pandemic.


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Seminaris Campushotel Berlin

With its home on the campus of the Free University, the Seminaris CampusHotel Berlin is located in a place that transforms a great deal of knowledge into new goals and projects. The attached Event & Conference Center right next door will implement all necessary hygiene procedures.for a safe event. Rooms are available from 110€/night onwards.

Topic Speaker Organization
Session 1: Global Antibiotic (AB) usage in livestock farming
In order to find ways for the future one needs to look at the past and current use of antibiotics in different parts of the world and different species. What makes them so successful and what makes them so dangerous?

Speakers are: Prof. Thomas Van Boeckel, Dr. Ferdinand Entenfellner

Session 2: Transmission, monitoring and surveillance of Antimicrobial resistance (AMR)
What are recent insights and emerging frameworks of various multi-level factors influencing AMR within livestock production system? What are the current methodological challenges and knowledge gaps? What should be the criteria for an optimal AMR monitoring program?

Speakers are: Dr. Noelle Noyes, Dr. Pierre-Alexandre Beloeil

Session 3: Nutritional strategies on livestock health
Functional nutrition to boost animal health is an available tool for producers to decrease the need for antimicrobials in animal. How the current knowledge can be implemented as optimal practices in animal nutrition? To what extent these nutritional practices could allow the reduction of antimicrobials?

Speakers are: Dr. Hyun Lillehoj, Prof. Mick Bailey, Alexandra de Athayde, Philippe Becquet

Session 4: Antibiotic usage and housing management from practitioner perspective
When and to what extent AB application in the field makes sense? Is it possible to maintain animal welfare without any AB use? What type of stabling uses the lowest AB? How farm biosecurity can be linked with animal health, production and AB usage?

Speakers are: Prof. Jens Peter Nielsen, Prof. Nicole Kemper, Prof. Jeroen Dewulf

Session 5: Solutions of tomorrow and future trends
Should we remain hopeful with the concept of precision livestock farming and its implementation in the farm? How modern genetic breeding concepts and genomic tools could help with more disease-resistance livestock?

Speakers are: Prof. Tomas Norton, Dr. Pieter Knap, Dr. Simon Lillico, Dr. Eva-Maria Saliu



Prof. Thomas Van Boeckel

ETH Zürich

Dr. Ferdinand Entenfellner

Tierarztpraxis Entenfellner GmbH

Dr. Hyun Lillehoj


Prof. Mick Bailey

University of Bristol

Alexandra de Athayde


Philippe Becquet


Dr. Noelle Noyes

University of Minnesota

Prof. Jens Peter Nielsen

University of Coppenhagen

Prof. Nicole Kemper

TiHO Hannover

Prof. Jeroen Dewulf

Ghent University

Dr. Tomas Norton

KU Leuven

Dr. Pieter Knap


Dr. Simon Lillico

The Roslin Institute

Dr. Eva-Maria Saliu

Freie Universität Berlin

The poster session of the Kaesler Research Award gives an insight into the latest research results from universities and institutes from all over Europe. Strategies and ideas around antibiotic reduction in ruminants, swine and poultry are highly welcomed.

Young researchers will have the opportunity to present their research as a poster to the critical eye of the scientific advisory board as well as the people with vast practical experience in the industry during the event.


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Scientific Advisory Board

Prof. Jürgen Zentek

Freie Universität Berlin

Prof. Paolo Trevisi

Bologna University

Prof. Cristina Castillo

University of Santiago de Compostela

Prof. Lothar Kreienbrock

University of Veterinary Medicine in Hannover

Prof. Charlotte Lauridsen

University of Aarhus

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