The Danish Living Lab on pigs is up and running
The 11 core members of the Danish Living Lab (LL) on pigs have met in November 2020 and June 2021 at the Research Centre Foulum for two whole-day meetings. This LL also met in a virtual meeting in March. The actors were selected on the basis of stakeholder interviews, each of them representing a unique background of experience and focus. The multi-stakeholder group has representatives from farmers, different types of vet practices, SEGES (advisory service), Danish Agriculture & Food Council, Danish Crown and Coop as well as research (research in consumer behavior). The group started out with a main focus on marketing of pork with low or no antibiotic use. However, it has developed into including a broad range of issues which the members find to be important for lowering AMU. The LL has discussed and initiated different activities to test and implement – in the first instance the focus is on developing an App which connects information, data and advice on choices on using antibiotics or not, in everyday practice in the pig herds. The second activity is organizing a roundtable for discussions at a higher level, in order to create mutual understanding between actors.
JOINT PROJECT SESSION AT THE "RESPONSIBLE USE OF ANTIBIOTICS IN ANIMALS CONFERENCE"
ROADMAP joined its forces with AVANT, HealthyLivestock and DISARM projects in the joint project session on 8 June 2021 at the 5th International Conference on Responsible Use of Antibiotics in Animals. The project session "Socio-economic, technical and regulatory dimensions of sustainable change in antimicrobial use in animal production" was composed of 3 themes:
The valuable speakers from the AVANT, HealthyLivestock and DISARM projects presented interesting presentations under each theme. You can see the whole programme here. After each theme, Nicolas Fortane moderated the interactive Q&A sessions.
Overall, the session reached out to almost 75 participants from different countries and stakeholder groups. In addition, ROADMAP and AVANT, HealthyLivestock and DISARM projects have a virtual booth to present various communication and dissemination project materials such as brochures, fact sheets and videos. The project booths will be available until the 1st of August for all participants of the conference. The recording of the joint project session ara available on ROADMAP's YouTube channel! You can subscribe to the channel to receive notifications when a new video is published.
EU Green Week 2021 - Zero pollution society
On the occasion of the celebration of the EU Green Week 2021, ROADMAP partner FEUGA organizes an online event under the title "ZERO POLUTION SOCIETY: citizens and industry to climb on a circular strategy". In this online event on 9-10 June, a number of innovation projects will be presented including their contributions to achieving the zero pollution target set by the European Commission. The presentation of the projects at the European Green Week offers the opportunity to see the complementarity between the different initiatives.
On 9 June, Tamara Rodríguez from FEUGA presented the ROADMAP project "ROADMAP: Regional stakeholder meeting towards antimicrobial use reduction" at this event! Watch the presentation in Spanish here and with the English translation here!
WP2 in the ROADMAP project
Anja Byg from James Hutton Institute is former WP2 Leader. Watch the video to get more information about their role in the project.
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ROADMAP AT JOINT PROJECT SESSION
At the 5th international conference on Responsible Use of Antibiotics in Animals, on 8th of June, ROADMAP, AVANT, HealthyLivestock and DISARM projects will have a joint project session on "Socio-Economic, Technical and Regulatory Dimensions of Sustainable Change in Antimicrobial Use in Animal Production".
The presentations at the joint project session will be based on 3 themes. ROADMAP coordinator Nicolas Fortané (INRAE) will make a presentation on "What can social sciences say about change and transition? Behavioural and structural drivers of antimicrobial use (AMU) on socio-economic drivers of AMU and alternatives to AMU" under "Theme 1 - Social, economic, and regulatory factors of transitions".
Dr. Mette Vaarst (Department of Animal Science, AU) and Bernadette Oehen (FiBL) will make a presentation on "Experiences with Living Labs as an approach towards prudent AMU in different contexts" under "Theme 3 - Stakeholder engagement and impact."
We look forward to the event! You can register here.
stakeholder mapping in denmark
On last week's ROADMAP internal seminar, we focused on the stakeholder mapping in Denmark, based on key informant interviews from the Danish pig case study and Danish dairy cattle case study. The presentations were given by Mette Vaarst and Hanne Kongsted from Aarhus University and they explained the interview and mapping processes, the Danish sector of AMU regarding legislation and the influences to reduce AMU in pig and dairy cattle sector.
Save the date - open for registration now
Save the date for the 5th International Conference on Responsible Use of Antibiotics in Animals, that will take place virtually between 07-09 June 2021!
In this conference, ROADMAP is joining its forces with AVANT, HealthyLivestock and DISARM projects in the joint project session on 8 June 2021. The session will include interesting presentations by the project coordinators and project partners on the aim and progress of each project. The programme of the session can be found on the conference website.
Register to the conference here!
Read the flyer about the conference here!
ROADMAP Second annual meeting
ROADMAP held its second annual meeting between 20-22 April 2021. The first day of this virtual meeting involved the interactive Stakeholder Advisory Board (SAB) session and the joint project session with other EU-funded projects namely HealthyLivestock, AVANT and DISARM.
SAB session started with the follow-up of the SAB recommendations from the 1st SAB meeting in October 2020. ROADMAP SAB has 2 new members from ENOLL (European Network of Living Labs) and STAR-IDAZ, and they introduced themselves and their organisation briefly. Later on, SAB discussion started with the questions regarding:
- the concerns on implementation of The European Veterinary Medicines Regulation;
- the main challenges regarding concerning ban/controls of antibiotics as growth promoters;
- main concerns for the animal feed industry regarding the Medicated Feed Regulation within VMP, specifically for the ban on the preventive use of antimicrobials via medicated feed;
- the ways to encourage more bottom-up/grassroots/participatory forms of engagement to include all actors in change;
- the contribution of the new breeding techniques on reducing antibiotic use,
- the environmental component of OneHealth;
- the action that inter-disciplinary projects like ROADMAP can do, such as providing advice to policymakers, supporting market-driven strategies and addressing the blind spots of AMR research.
After the very interesting SAB discussion, the meeting continued with the joint project session. The coordinators of HealthyLivestock, AVANT and DISARM projects discussed the issues on the main social, economic and institutional drivers for transition in AMU, the priorities in terms of technical innovation to foster a more preventive approach in animal health, the type of methods/tools proved to be efficient to engage stakeholders in transition and innovation towards prudent AMU.
The ROADMAP meeting continued with the plenary and workshop sessions on the second and third day of the meeting. After an intense 3-day, the meeting ended with the great participation of all partners, SAB members, coordinators from other projects and interesting workshop sessions. We hope to meet in person next time!
internal seminar on living labs
ROADMAP's monthly internal seminars continue at full speed! Yesterday's seminar was about the Living Labs. Mette Vaarst (Aarhus University) and Florence Beaugrand (Oniris Nantes) presented very interesting facts and shared their experiences about the Living Labs (LLs).
During the seminar, Mette Vaarst explained the LLs in the ROADMAP project and shared their experiences, some facts and issues in the LLs. Vaarst said that: "We learn in the Living Labs, with the Living Labs and about the Living Labs, and respecting the context and diversity is paramount".
Florence Beaugrand explained the research impact assessment and she told that "Living Labs help to open the black box between research and its impact and making knowledge actionable through the collaboration of many stakeholders, not only researchers".
The seminar ended with a very interactive and interesting Q&A session.
roadmap internal webinars
ROADMAP's monthly internal webinars kicked off in January with the project coordinator Nicolas Fortane (INRAE)'s interesting presentation on systemic transitions towards prudent antimicrobial use.
The second webinar was held on 18 February with the presentations by Jonathan Hercule (ITAVI) and Christine Roguet (IFIP) on antibiotic-free labels in France in poultry and pig sector.
Dairy Calf Rearers WorkshoP
Researchers at The James Hutton Institute are running a dairy calf rearers' workshop to share challenges and solutions in a supportive environment. This workshop will take place on 3rd of March and it is the first of 3 online workshops being organised by the James Hutton Institute as part of the ROADMAP project!
During this workshop you can expect to:
dANISH LL meeting on dairy cattle and calves
The second Danish Living Lab (LL) on dairy cattle and calves gathered online on 11 January 2021 to continue the work on finding common grounds and interests across and among stakeholders. All 10 participants shared their suggestions for relevant actions from their point of view based on their daily work and focus areas and a wealth of ideas came up.
Danish LL are currently in the process of forming thematic groups with separate focus-points. Members of the LL will work with concrete actions at different levels. For example, one of the thematic groups intends to engage with agricultural colleges to work with teaching and material on antibiotic reduction. Another thematic group will work with different group approaches in advisory service/coaching.
Additionally, a new group has been formed for legislative issues relevant with the use of antibiotics. The LL bridges dairy cattle and calves at all age groups, and the work is so far taking place across the whole dairy sector, although some stakeholders are specialised in either milking cows or calves. The next LL meeting will take place late spring 2021.
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 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.