ASD – 2023 – Lipica – Slovenia
by Jozef Polák
The ASD Symposium is an annual meeting place for the exchange of experiences and achievements among PhD students, scientists, researchers and stakeholders in the field of animal production. It was launched in 1993 and aims to improve research in animal science in the partner countries of Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Slovakia, and Slovenia. The platform, which connects eight universities and researchers from related research institutes in the field of animal sciences (genetics, breeding, nutrition, husbandry, welfare), enables the exchange of ideas and opens up opportunities for efficient cooperation. This conference is also a venue aimed at supporting the next generation of young researchers, scientists and professionals, and we hope that their participation in the event will make it easier for them to continue their scientific work. This goal has also been supported by the organisation of course before the symposium. The impact of this regional meeting of researchers and faculty members from eight universities was also recognised by the European Federation for Animal Science (EAAP), whose goal is to improve knowledge and disseminate research results in farm animal science. Therefore, ASD2023 is organised under the patronage of the EAAP.
The conference featured keynote speakers, insightful presentations selected from participants’ contributions, on-site poster sessions, and an exhibition. This year’s programme included a session on ethology and animal welfare, which has also been the topic of the course for students: Animal Welfare and Sustainability, which was held on September 19.
There were seven participating countries represented by the following universities: University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty, Zootechnical Department, Ljubljana, Slovenia; the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Agricultural, Zagreb, Croatia; University J. J. Strossmayer, Faculty of Agricultural, Osijek, Croatia; Hungarian University of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Hungary; University of Padova, Padova, Italy; University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria; Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra, Nitra, Slovakia; Czech University of Life Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic. For more information and programme, please visit webpage www.asd2023.net.
As mentioned before, this important event, which strengthens the international relations in science in Central Europe was actively attended by members of our team prof. Ing. Radovan Kasarda, PhD., doc. Ing. Nina Moravčíková, PhD., Ing. Adrián Halvoník, and Ing. Monika Chalupková. We look forward and invite you to the next 32nd ASD meeting in Austria, next year.