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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

Update on Meetings →

This symposium had to be postponed owing to the COVID-19 outbreak and will now be held at the IAEA’s Headquarters in Vienna, Austria, from 28 June to 2 July 2021.

Member States and participants will be provided with further details as soon as possible.

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.

It is necessary to assess and manage the risks and the opportunities arising from intensification and to control emerging and re-emerging animal and zoonotic diseases to minimize adverse effects on farmers’ livelihoods. In turn, this requires developing capacities to adapt and foster the application of the appropriate production and protection enhancing technologies, as well as sound and mutually supportive policies.

The symposium will draw on lessons learned and current best practices to provide a roadmap for the sustainable improvement of animal production whilst protecting the environment. The focus of the symposium will be on the contributions and impact of nuclear technologies and applications.


The objectives of the symposium are to provide information and share knowledge on modern and novel technologies in animal production and health, and their application to support sustainable livestock production systems. Besides, to identify capacity and research needs and to address gaps and new opportunities for the effective transfer of nuclear and nuclear derived/related technologies and building capacities for ameliorating or solving factors that are limiting livestock productivity and causing animal diseases.


  • The use and application of atomic, nuclear, and nuclear derived/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.
  • Assisted reproductive technologies for enhanced livestock productivity.
  • Radiation hybrid mapping and gene-marker selection in animal characterization and breeding programmes.
  • Early and rapid animal disease diagnostic tests in national and decentralized laboratories.
  • Threats to food security, public health and international trade due to emerging and re-emerging transboundary and zoonotic animal diseases.
  • The role of the FAO/IAEA Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VETLAB) Network in capacity building, transfer of technology, and sharing of knowledge.
  • Irradiated vaccines.
  • The use of stable isotopes to trace and monitor migratory animals and their role in the introduction of transboundary animal and zoonotic diseases.


The symposium welcomes scientists, academics, research managers, laboratory personnel, policy-makers from governmental and non-governmental organizations, private sector actors and representatives of international and national donor agencies, foundations and trusts.


No registration fee is charged. All persons wishing to participate in the symposium must be designated by an IAEA Member State or be members of organizations that have been invited to attend (see the list of invited organizations in the website).

Limited funds are available to assist certain participants. Approved grants will be issued in the form of a lump sum payment that usually covers only part of the cost of attendance.


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


Information to be provided shortly.

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.


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 conference.

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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