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(Virtual Event) International Symposium on Sustainable Animal Production and Health – Current Status and Way Forward

28 June–2 July 2021, Vienna, Austria

Symposium on Sustainable Animal Production and Health 2021

Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, this event will now be held virtually.

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Participants must be officially designated and register by sending their Participation Form (Form A) through their national authority (e.g. Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Permanent Mission to the IAEA or National Atomic Energy Authority) to the IAEA or be members of organizations that have been invited to attend (see the list of invited organizations listed on this website). Persons who take an active role in the event have to be officially designated participants.

Systems of livestock production in developing countries are becoming progressively more intensified as producers and traders respond to increasing demands from consumers in urbanized societies for milk, meat, other livestock products and animals. This includes the challenges of increasing productivity without degrading feed and genetic resources, and of ensuring that diseases of a transboundary or zoonotic nature are early recognized and brought under control. Increasing demand can only be met through the selection of animals that produce more meat and milk and show disease resistance and heat tolerance; the optimal utilization of local resources that simultaneously protects animal biodiversity and the environment; and the protection of animals and their caretakers from diseases.





The symposium will cover recent developments in technologies applied to animal production and health. The Joint FAO/IAEA Programme welcomes both academic and practice-based contributions, especially but not limited to the following topical areas:

  • The use and application of atomic, nuclear, nuclear derived and related technologies in animal nutrition, reproduction, breeding and health.
  • Feed resources and feeding strategies under grazing and cut-and-carry production systems in developing countries: what is being done and mechanisms for sustained improved productivity.
  • Assisted reproductive technologies for enhanced fertility and offspring with greater productive indexes.
  • Radiation hybrid mapping and gene-marker selection in animal characterization and breeding programmes: what do we know and what is missing in developing countries.
  • Early and rapid animal disease diagnostic tests in national and decentralized laboratories: staff proficiency, preparedness, emergency response to outbreaks, quality control and quality assurance, international standards (ISO 17025).
  • Emerging and re-emerging transboundary and zoonotic animal diseases: threats to food security, public health and international trade.
  • The FAO/IAEA Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VETLAB) Network. Its role on capacity building, transfer of technology and sharing of knowledge and experience.
  • Irradiated vaccines. New approaches to inactivate or weaken animal pathogens for developing vaccines against animal and zoonotic diseases.
  • Stable isotope tracing: New approaches to trace and monitor migratory and transported animals and their role in the introduction of emerging and re-emerging transboundary animal and zoonotic diseases.

The symposium will be held in English. The programme will comprise keynote addresses, plenary presentations from invited speakers, satellite meetings on selected topics, and group discussions.


The symposium will be in English. No interpretation will be provided.


  • 15 January 2021: Submission of Form B to the IAEA through official channels
  • 15 January 2021: Submission of synopsis to the IAEA
  • 28 February 2021: Notification of acceptance of synopses

Submission of Synopses

The synopses can be one to maximum three printed A4 pages, in single space, including tables, figures and references. More than one synopsis per participant is allowed. All communications and papers must be sent in English.

Synopses must be prepared in MS Word or similar software and sent to the official symposium email address.

Submission of synopses only (without submission of Forms A and B) will not be considered.

Authors of papers already received for this event on its original date will be contacted and allowed to update or withdraw their submissions.


To demonstrate its commitment to sustainability, the IAEA will organize this conference as a 'green meeting' according to the guidelines of the Austrian Ecolabel.

There will be a focus on the areas of paper smart documentation, waste reduction and recycling, and environmentally friendly catering.

Conference app

The IAEA Conferences and Meetings App provides a one-stop access to information on the Conference and  exhibitions. The app also allows users to put together their own personalized schedule of events. Via this app participants will be able to view contributed papers and the latest conference programme, message other participants, and view PowerPoint presentations released after the event. Participants will receive an email inviting them to register for the app approximately one week before the symposium.

For iPhone or iPad users, get your free download through the Apple iTunes Store; those with Android devices can visit the Google Play Store.

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