30 years of VEE – Registration until 16 October.

“A Glimpse into the Future: Animals, Health, and the Environment”

Thursday 26 October 2023, Galileegebouw FOD, Brussels

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Dear VEE friend,

We are delighted to invite you to the 30th Annual Conference of the Flemish Society for Epidemiology and Economics. This year, we are proud to celebrate our organisation’s three-decade anniversary, marking a significant milestone in our commitment to advancing knowledge and collaboration in the fields of epidemiology and economics in Flanders.

Throughout the years, innumerable people from academia, government institutions and industry have contributed to our society. Some engaged to the board, others organised workshops in their home institution and yet others frequently attended our activities. Over the years, new activities were organised such as the best poster award, the tri-annual VEE award and the New Year’s drink. VEE also contributed to international conferences (ISVEE, SVEPM) in the Low Countries. We thank all people that have contributed over the years making VEE come to plenty adulthood. We hope you will join us celebrating this common achievement.

Coming of age, we would like to use this moment to bring up some old joint memories. Please share memories and pictures for a presentation and a slide show during the reception! Where were the times that epidemiology was a new and emerging science, fighting for recognition among more traditional sciences? But especially, we would like to look forward. “Sustainability” is everywhere, but what does it mean and how can veterinary epidemiology contribrute? As the title suggests, in this foresight looking, we want to focus on animals, health and the environment. As per definition of One Health, healthy animals and a healthy environment are prerequisites for healthy humans. For each of these themes, we have selected distinguished speakers and during the conference we will especially be looking for the interconnectedness of these 3 topics. Additionally, we have the traditional oral and poster sessions on selected research topics, providing an excellent platform for networking and knowledge sharing among participants.

Thus, we look forward to welcoming you to the 30th Annual Conference of the Flemish Society for Epidemiology and Economics. Let us seize this opportunity to shape the future of veterinary epidemiology research in Flanders and our Society.

Stefaan Ribbens President VEE

Johannes Charlier Secretary VEE


Part  1                  Keynote speakers

08h45-9h15:        Coffee

9h15-9h30:          Stefaan Ribbens (DGZ, President VEE) – Let’s celebrate 30 years of VEE!

9h30-10h15:        Herman Claeys (Head of Service Animal and Plant Health Policy, Federal Public Service Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment) – Welcome and setting the scene: A Glimpse into the Future: Animals, Health, and the Environment

10h15-11h00:      Jaap Wagenaar (Utrecht University) – One Health, a global view

11h00-11h30:       Coffee break & networking, poster session

Part 2                   Keynote speakers

11h30-12h15:     Geertrui Rasschaert (ILVO)Antibiotic resistance in a One Health perspective: from animal to the plant

12h15-13h00:     Tim Nawrot (UHasselt)Fine particulate matter with relevance to human, animal & environmental health

13h00-14h00:      Lunch & poster session

14h00-14h30:      General assembly VEE

Part 3                   Scientific session

14h30-14h45:     Jozefien Callens (DGZ)Monitoring besnoitiosis in northern Belgium

14h45-15h00:     Bénédicte Callens (AMCRA)Data collection on antibiotic use in companion animals and horses and benchmarking of veterinarians: challenges ahead!

15h00-15h15:     Maries Lissens (AMCRA)The consumption of veterinary antibacterial products in Belgium in 2022 and its evolution since 2011

15h15-15h30:     Tong Wang (Kreavet)Wormwize® – condensing research in a worm control expert tool

15h30-16h00: Coffee break & networking, poster session

Part 4                   Scientific session

16h00-16h15:     Helena Ferreira (ILVO)The costs of improving biosecurity practices across seven European countries, after applying different types of supporting measures

16h15-16h30:     Julia Gabrielle Jerab (UGent)Antimicrobial use in on-farm hatching systems vs. traditional hatching systems: a case study

16h30-16h45:     Anna Catharina Berge (Berge Veterinary Consulting)Prevalence, biosecurity and management risk factors of bovine coronavirus infections in calves on dairy farms in Europe

Part 5                    Award session & reception

16h45-17h00:      Tri-annual VEE prize, Avia-GIS best presentation

 17h00-18h30:    Anniversary reception with photographs of 30 years of VEE activities


Online registration until 16 October via this form.


  • Non-member: € 100
  • VEE-member (inclusive renewal of annual membership of € 35): € 85
  • Effective VEE-member: € 50
  • Master-students: free

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