webinar organized by dANISH LIVING LABS
"Is there research based evidence that antibiotic resistance among humans is caused by usage of antibiotics in animal production?"
The facilitators from the Danish Living Lab (LL) on pig production organised a webinar on 13 January 2021 for the members of the two Danish LLs on the research based evidence that antibiotic resistance among humans is caused by usage of antibiotics in animal production.
This was based on doubts raised by participants, in particular in the Living Lab on pig production, on whether AMU in animals poses a significant threat for humans. The three presenters – Prof. John Elmerdal Olsen, Jesper Larsen and Anders Rhod Larsen gave examples of scientific analyses, experiments and research over the past decades, which confirmed connections especially with regard to zoonotic diseases, and also highlighted the influence of other factors than AMU, on the spread of AMR. Whilst emphasising the fact that Denmark generally ‘do very well’ regarding keeping AMU and AMR under control in Danish large-scale and intensive production, and is used as a ‘model country’, there is still a huge difference between ‘low users’ and ‘high users’ within the country. Therefore Denmark should continue to improve practices which reduces the need for treating sick animals. It was highlighted by one of the presenters that, keeping animals healthy through prevention forms a better basis for a sound economy. However, this does not seem to be the case for calf production for slaughtering due to EU slaughter calf premiums that seem to encourage farmers to produce as many calves in the limited space as possible.
presentation of roadmap at sab meeting
During ROADMAP's first Stakeholder Advisory Board (SAB) meeting, project coordinator Nicolas Fortane presented general information about the project for the SAB members. You can watch the presentation below and also on ROADMAP's YouTube channel.
first danish living lab on dairy cattle and calves
On the 1st October 2020, 9 of the 12 core members of the Danish Living Lab on dairy cattle and calves met at Research Centre Foulum for a whole-day meeting.
The actors were selected on background of a number of stakeholder interviews and interactions during the spring and summer 2020. Each of them represent a unique background of experience and focus, and represent a wide range of different organisations and companies involved in the dairy sector, such as different types of veterinary practices, the Danish farming sectors own advisory service centers (SEGES og SAGRO), the Danish Veterinary Society, companies involved in dairy production (Arla Foods amba), meat production (Himmerlandskød) and a company delivering equipment and advisory services for calf care (Calvex), and the education of veterinarians and agricultural advisors at Copenhagen University.
The Living Lab bridges dairy cattle and calves at all age groups, and will involve other stakeholders along the way in debates, workshops and farm visits and discussions (depending on the possibilities due to Covid-19). The next Living Lab meeting will take place in January 2021 and go a step further in identifying actions at different levels in the dairy and calf sector.
ROADMAP meets sAB MEMBERS
ROADMAP has organized its 1st Stakeholder Advisory Board (SAB) meeting virtually on 22 October 2020.
The meeting started with the welcome speech by the ROADMAP coordinator Nicolas Fortane, followed by the introduction of each SAB member and their organisation's activities on antimicrobial resistance (AMR). The progress of the each work package in ROADMAP was presented by the work package and deputy leaders.
The last part of the meeting included an interactive session by bringing ROADMAP partners together with the stakeholders in the breakout rooms dedicated to the ROADMAP pillars. SAB members were actively involved in these sessions, by sharing their valuable feedback and great recommendations. We thank to our SAB members and we hope that their active engagement continues for the future progress and success of the ROADMAP project!
commentary on roadmap in amis
Antimicrobials in Society (AMIS) is an online resource, curated by anthropologists at the LSHTM, that brings together research relevant to antimicrobial resistance (AMR) from across different social science disciplines. AMIS hub also releases newsletters including updates on the activities, recent publications and events. The October issue of the AMIS newsletter features a commentary on ROADMAP by our project coordinator Nicolas Fortané.
In this article, Fortané describes the AMR problem, introduces the ROADMAP project with its aim, structure and pillars, describes what "prudent" use of antibiotics is and explains the case studies and Living Labs in detail. Read the full commentary here.
post-doc position in epidemiology
INRAE and the National Veterinary School of Toulouse (ENVT) are seeking for a post doctoral candidate to work on antimicrobial prescription practices in the veterinary sector. This position builds on the ROADMAP project and the objective of the post-doctoral position is to analyze sociological drivers influencing veterinarians’ attitudes, and practices regarding prescription of antimicrobials in animal health production. Deadline for application is 18 October 2020. For more information, please visit here.
disarm's newsletter mentions roadmap
The 5th issue of the Disarm Project's newsletter includes very interesting news, Disarm's handy practice abstracts and short videos and also introduces ROADMAP project. Disarm Project (Disseminating Innovative Solutions for Antibiotic Resistance Management) aims to reduce antibiotic resistance by reducing the need for antibiotics in livestock farming by focusing on disease prevention and prudent use of antibiotics.
This newsletter in 8 languages could be read here.
INTRODUCTORY VIDEO OF roadmap
ROADMAP's project coordinator Nicolas Fortané describes the ROADMAP project, project consortium, the aim of the project and its pillars. Watch this very informative video below!
VIRTUAL ANNUAL MEETING
ROADMAP consortium gathered online on 3-4 June 2020 for the Annual Meeting. We had a very fruitful 2-day with interesting presentations from case studies, inspiring discussions and an interactive break-out session of Living Labs.
roadmap's FIRST newsletter is published!
We are happy to announce that our first newsletter is published! This very first issue includes information about the Living Labs, ROADMAP Stakeholders Communities, the ROADMAP management team, introductory video about ROADMAP by the project coordinator Nicolas Fortané and recent publications. Please click the image below to enjoy the read!
General assembly of roadmap
The General Assembly meeting of the ROADMAP project took place in Paris, on 5-7 February 2020.
The discussions during the meeting included the organisation of the case studies, fieldwork activities, on-going research and socio-economic analysis of AMU. We had an impact training on how to best interact with other Work Packages, in particular regarding group discussions with major stakeholders. Within the multi-actor approach, the Living Labs methodology was presented.
At the meeting, we also discussed the guidelines to analyse the various regulatory systems and institutional contexts, as well as agri-food market structures and private standards, that determine AMU in the different countries. The last day of this intense and successful meeting included two parallel training sessions on qualitative methods.
Call for papers: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Antimicrobial Use in Livestock Farming
The research topic "Interdisciplinary approaches to antimicrobial use in livestock farming" in Frontiers in Vet science, seeks to create bridges between qualitative veterinary research on the one hand, and social sciences on the other. The objective is to offer a true interdisciplinary dialogue which takes each side seriously.
Proposals are welcomed which rely on such an interdisciplinary dialogue and try to grasp both individual, collective and structural components of AMU. For more information visit the Frontiers website.
The International Society for Economics and Social Sciences of Animal Health (ISESSAH) was formed at the final NEAT-meeting with the intention to carry on the work of NEAT and to include the field of social science in veterinary related issues. ISESSAH aims to improve animal health and welfare policies, programme and projects through more nuanced use of concepts and tools available in economics and social science disciplines. In the process it will provide opportunities for animal health professionals globally to achieve wider societal benefits from animals in society.
UPDATE: Due to Covid-19, the ISESSAH 2020 conference is postponed to 13 – 14 November 2020 and it will take place in Copenhagen. The main topic will be “Economics and social science applied to animal health surveillance“. For more information, please visit the website.
ROADMAP participated in Fitter LIvestock Farming workshop
ROADMAP participated in the FitterLivestockFarming Workshop about “What R&I can deliver to support climate mitigation and adaptation in livestockfarming on 6 November 2019 in Brussels, Belgium. The workshop was jointly organized by Animal Task Force (ATF) and Common Dissemination Booster (CDB) cluster projects. Marie-Helene Pinard talked about the aim of the ROADMAP project and mentioned that linking health and management data with the environmental data is crucial. This workshop brought together animal scientists with livestock professionals and advisors, as well as researchers, non-profit & societal organisations and industry representatives. By joining this workshop, ROADMAP had a chance to meet the stakeholders in the early project’s lifetime.