ESDAR Conference 2018

Tentative Scientific Programme

Thursday 27th September 2018

Pre-conference sessions

Practical parallel sessions

Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine



1 Equine oocyte collection

Katrin Hinrichs (Texas, A&M University, USA)


2 Ovarian ultrasound and endoscopy for artificial insemination in dogs

Alain Fontbonne (The National Veterinary School of Alfort, France)
Catharina Linde Forsberg (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences,Sweden)


15:30   ESDAR Board meeting (conference venue)


20:30   Welcome reception

Rectorate building, University of Cordoba, Avda. Medina-Azahara 5, 14005 - Cordoba


Friday, 28th September 2018

ESDAR Conference sessions


08:45-09:15    Opening session. Auditorium

President of ESDAR, Rector of University of Cordoba, Chair of the local organizing committee


09:15-10:30    Plenary session I. Auditorium


09:15-09:50    Keynote lecture 1: Assisted-Reproductive Techniques in mares

Katrin Hinrichs (Texas A&M University, USA)


09:50-10:30    Keynote lecture 2: Embryo gene expression

Christine Wrenzycki (Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany)


10:30-11:00    Coffee break


11:00-12:00    Poster session I


12:00-13:15    Oral communications I: Young scientist competition
(5min presentation + 1min discussion)


13:15-14:45    Lunch break

Meeting of the ESDAR Country Representatives


14:45-16:00    Oral communications II
(4 parallel sessions, 12min presentation + 3min discussion)


16:00-16:30    Coffee break


16:30-18:00    Parallel workshops 1-5


WS1: Embryo technologies: how do they affect embryo quality?

Moderator: Cristina Cuello (University of Murcia, Spain)


WS2: Artificial Insemination with frozen semen in the bitch: how to make it successful

Moderator: Alain Fontbonne (The National Veterinary School of Alfort, France)


WS3: Developmental programming and the use of epigenetics in farm animal production

Moderator: Mieke Van Eetvelde (University of Ghent, Belgium)


WS4: Assisted-reproductive technologies for the conservation of wildlife species

Moderator: J.Santiago-Moreno (Institute for Agriculture Food Research and Technology, Spain)


WS5: Models to predict fertility: flow cytometry analysis

Moderator: Isabelle Barrier (The French Horse and Riding Institute, France)


21:00               Gala dinner



Saturday, 29th September 2018


09:00-11:30    Plenary session 2. Auditorium


09:00-09:40    Keynote lecture 3: Embryonic maternal interaction in cattle and its relation with infertility

Patrick Lonergan (University College of Dublin, Ireland)


09:40-10:20    Keynote lecture 4: Recent advances in physiology of pig reproduction

Bas Kemp (Wageningen University, The Netherlands)


10:20-10:50    Coffee break


10:50-11:30    Keynote lecture 5: Sperm cytometry analysis

Fernando Peña (University of Extremadura, Spain)


11:30-15:45    Oral communications II

(4 parallel sessions, 12min presentation + 3min discussion)


12:45-13:15    ESDAR annual business meeting


13:15-14:45    Lunch break


14:45-15:45    Poster session II


15:45-16:15    Coffee break


16.15-17:45    Parallel workshops 6-10

WS6: Novel fertility traits and genomic markers in dairy cows

Moderator: Mark Crowe (University College of Dublin, Ireland)


WS7: Assisted-reproductive techniques in cats applied to wild felids conservation

Moderator: W. Nizanski (Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences, Poland)


WS8: Sperm selection

Moderator: J.M. Morrell (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden)


WS9: The use of Anti-Mullerian hormone in fertility management

Moderator: Francesca Mossa (University of Sassari, Italy)


WS10: Endometritis/Endometrosis in the mare: applications of stem cells

Moderator: Graça Ferreira (University of Lisbon, Portugal)


17:45              Closure of ESDAR


21.00              Equestrian show




Important deadlines:

Abstract submission: opens 15th January – closes 1st March

Early bird registration: 1st July