Meetings & Events
More information will be available in the coming months.
The summer school will focus on the basics of planning disease control programmes. Target audience are primarily SOUND control members from ITC countries. More information will be available in the coming months.
From 11th to 13th June 2020 you are invited to join 25th Mediterranean Federation for Health and Production of Ruminants Congress which will also take place in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
The kick-off meeting of the SOUND Control COST Action was on 29 October 2018 in Brussels. Our COST Action selected as one of the pilot groups which meant that we tried a different approach than ‘normal’ to get acquainted with the rules of regulations of COST and to discuss our Action. In general this meant that the day was very interactive starting with a short presentation of COST and the rules and regulations of participating in a COST action. This presentation was intermingled with short activities to get to know each other, to give the group a dynamic boost and a pop quiz to test if we really listened. One of the activities involved splitting the group into smaller groups and to let them discuss each of the working groups that were proposed for the Action. The people that indicated to be interested in a leader or co-leader position before the start of the Action were asked to lead the discussion and to present the outcome. During the afternoon session, first the group voted for the Grant-Holder institution, the chair, vice-chair, STSM committee, Science Communication Manager, and the WG-leaders and co-leaders (the result of this voting can be found on this website). Thereafter the elected chair presented the contents of the project which can be found in the MoU of our project that can be found and downloaded from this website and discussed the actions to be taken for the next meetings that will be organised during the first grant period.
In Porto we started with a short Core Group meeting to discuss activities that we were organising in the first grant period such as organising a few Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs) and a big COST SOUND Control event on the end of March in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Additionally, the activities for the second grant period were discussed given that a work and budget plan had to be submitted and approved by COST that describes our planned activities.
In the WG1 meeting questions were discussed such as: which non-EU regulated diseases should be included in this project? It was discussed that we include all infectious cattle diseases not from the animal health law list A and B but for which there are collective control programmes in place in the Cost Action member country. There was already a first evaluation for which non-EU regulated diseases control programmes exist. The first results were discussed and it was agreed that all countries should provide additional information based on a pre-defined list of cattle diseases that meets the criteria that was discussed in this meeting.
At the end of the day there was a short interactive session with the members of WG5 in which we discussed the contents of a communication plan in which we discussed possible dissemination activities and provided input for the plan to the WG-leaders and co-leaders of the Action.
During this meeting the members of WG1 met and discussed the first outcomes of the WG. In between the previous and this meeting, there were two STSM conducted as part of this WG. As result a first version of the first deliverable was drafted in which all cattle disease control programmes (CPs) were mapped that were conducted within the COST countries that participated in the Action. During the meeting it was discussed that these CPs are updated constantly and that the document with the overview which disease control programme are conducted in which country and the country specific disease status would be updated throughout this Action. The most recent version of this deliverable can be downloaded from the website. The second deliverable of WG1 involved creating a list with contact details of relevant organisations involved in control of endemic diseases in each of the participating countries. The first results were presented by the STSM candidate and difficulties in light of GDPR (law on privacy regulations) were discussed. It was decided that no personal email addresses would be added on the list but instead of that general emails of the companies.
A one day WG4 workshop was dedicated to answering the question: What information is needed to make a decision about importing cattle for disease in which non-standardized surveillance is in place? Different scenarios were explored, where importing and exporting countries could claim that they (the whole country or region) were free from a certain disease (BVD, IBR or paratuberculosis) or not. Participants worked in large and small groups to create the lists of needed information which we then presented and discussed by the whole group. We divided the needed information into groups of data on animal, herd, regional or country level, diagnostic tests, laboratories, responsible institutions and surveillance programme design. We agreed that the underlying issue in making such decisions is trust in the available data which is very hard to incorporate in a mathematical model. In addition, the information needs were ranked considering their relevance.
The next step is to compare this information with the information that is created in WG1 and WG2 and to identify the aspects that are not yet included in existing methods and control programmes.
Main topics at the CG meeting were plans for grant period 3 and organization of upcoming events. The next big SOUND control event with MC, CG and WGs meetings as well as training school are planned early June in Ljubljana, Slovenia.