Invited Speakers


Martin Faldyna

Martin Faldyna, DVM, Ph.D. graduated in veterinary medicine at the University of Veterinary Medicine and Pharmaceutical Sciences Brno, Czech Republic in 1994. Since 1994 he is an employee of Veterinary Research Institute, Brno, Czech Republic. From 2001, when he defended his Ph.D. thesis in veterinary microbiology and immunology, dr. Faldyna became head of Immunology Department of Veterinary Research Institute. He is also involved in teaching of veterinary immunology as assistant professor at Institute of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology of the University of Veterinary Medicine and Pharmaceutical Sciences Brno. Current research activities cover clinical and anti-infectious immunity in farm and pet animals, incl. host-pathogen interaction mainly on swine model, flow cytometry and postnatal development of immune system. He is a (co)author of more than 100 scientific papers published in peer reviewed journals.

Bruno Gonzalez-Zorn

Prof. Bruno Gonzalez-Zorn, DVM, PhD is Professor of Animal Health at the Veterinary Faculty in the Complutense University in Madrid, and Adjunct Professor of Biotechnology at the University for Development Studies in Ghana. He gained his DVM in 1996 studying in Spain and Germany and his european PhD in 2001. After his Postdoc at the Pasteur Institute in Paris he received a Ramon y Cajal tenure-track contract from the Spanish Ministry of Science to return to Spain. In 2011 he was awarded the National Microbiology Award, the bianual Jaime Ferran Award from the Spanish Society for Microbiology Currently he leads a group of young researchers working on molecular microbiology and the ecology of antimicrobial resistance in Madrid. His research interests focus on the role the ecology of antimicrobial resistance, including humans, animals, food and the environment, focusing his research on genomics from a One Health perspective. He is part of numerous Committees on Antimicrobial Resistance at National and International Institutions. He is the President of the Molecular Microbiology Group of the Spanish Society for Microbiology.

Paolo Martelli

Paolo Martelli (DVM) graduated in Veterinary Medicine with honour in 1984 and since 2002 he is Full Professor of Internal Medicine (Veterinary Clinical Medicine) at the University of Parma - Department of Veterinary Sciences. Paolo Martelli was Head of the Department for 8 years and Vice Rector of the University of Parma for three years. He is Founding Father (2004) and Diplomate of the European College of Porcine Health Management (ECPHM). Currently, Paolo Martelli is President of the ECPHM (2016-2019). He was President of the International Symposium on Emerging and re-emerging Pig Diseases (Rome – Italy, 2003) and of the 6th European Symposium on Porcine Health Management (Sorrento – Italy, 2014). He was chair of the Scientific Committee of the 24th IPVS/8th ESPHM – Dublin 2016. He acted also as President of the Italian Pig Veterinary Society (1995-2001 and 2007-2013).

He has in charge the teaching of Physical examination and Internal Medicine - Clinics of Large Animals. The research activity focuses on porcine health management.


Dik Mevius

Prof Dik Mevius, DVM, PhD, veterinary microbiologist is an expert in the field of molecular epidemiology of antimicrobial resistance. At the Wageningen Bioveterinary Research in Lelystad, the Netherlands, he is responsible for the Dutch national reference laboratory on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in animals. He coordinates numerous research projects on molecular epidemiology of AMR. Since 2007 he holds a Chair on antimicrobial resistance at Utrecht University. The current research of his group is focused on Extended Spectrum Beta-Lactamases, the plasmid mediated colistin-resistance gene (mcr-1), plasmids and other mobile genetic elements involved in the epidemiology of resistance genes and isolates and the association between AMR in bacteria in animals and in humans.

Prof. Mevius has from 1996 onwards been a member of various scientific advisory or expert working groups on antimicrobial resistance of CVMP, EFSA, DG-SANCO and the Dutch Ministries of Health Welfare and Sports (Health Council) and Economic Affairs (Raad voor Dieraangelegendheden) and several ad hoc Dutch Expert Advisory panels on AMR.


Joaquim Segáles

Academic degrees: DVM (1991), PhD (1996), Dipl. European College of Veterinary Pathologists (ECVP, 2000) and Dipl. European College of Porcine Health Management (ECPHM, 2004, founding member)

Current position: Director and researcher of the Centre de Recerca en Sanitat Animal (CReSA) and Associate Professor at the Veterinary School of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (main subjects: pathology and swine clinics). Current Past-President of the ECPHM, for which was Vice-president (2010-13) and President (2013-16).

Veterinary service activity: Diagnostician at the Pathology Department of the Veterinary School of Barcelona since 1996. Responsible for the pathological diagnostic activity in swine (1996-2012).

Research activity: Involved in research of swine diseases since 1993, mainly infectious diseases (including infections by porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV), Aujeszky’s disease virus, porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2), swine hepatitis E virus, swine Torque teno sus viruses (TTSuV), Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae, Haemophilus parasuis and Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae). He has co-authored more than 250 articles in international peer-reviewed journals. He recently started working on MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome)-coronavirus infection animal models.

Wolfgang Schafzahl

Curriculum Vitae available here.


Tomasz Stadejek


Professor Dr. Tomasz Stadejek graduated from the Veterinary Faculty of the University of Life Sciences in Lublin, Poland in 1990. From 1991 to 2011 he worked at the Department of Swine Diseases of the National Veterinary Research Institute in Pulawy, Poland. He obtained there his Ph.D. in 1996 and D.Sc. in 2002. In 2007 Prof. Stadejek was nominated by the World Organization for Animal Health (O.I.E.) as an expert for PRRS, and in 2007-2011 he was the head of the O.I.E. Reference Laboratory for PRRS. He is a member of Arterivirus Study Group of the International Committee for Taxonomy of Viruses. In 2008 he obtained diploma of the European College of Porcine Health Management and from 2011 to 2013 he was a board member of the secretary of the college. Since 2012 he is full professor of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences, at the Department of Pathology and Veterinary Diagnostic. Current research is focused on diagnostics and epidemiology of viral diseases of swine. He is a co-author of more than 60 scientific papers published in peer reviewed journals.


Jürgen Zentek

Prof. Zentek received his degree as veterinarian in 1985 from the Veterinary school of Hannover. He received his doctoral degree in 1987 and the degree as specialist in animal nutrition and dietetics in 1993. The habilitation (venia legendi at the Hannover Vet School) was finalized in 1994. He had an extraordinary professorship at the Hannover vet school from 1999-2001. After one year as research scientist in Bristol/UK, school of veterinary science, he was appointed on the chair of clinical nutrition at the Veterinary University of Vienna where he became the head of the institute of nutrition. In 2005, he was appointed as professor at the Institute of Animal Nutrition, Freie Universität Berlin. The main research interests cover the role of nutrition for the intestinal microbiota and immunity of the gastrointestinal tract. Prevention of health disorders in domestic animals is one of the main topics of the institute with a specific focus on gastrointestinal diseases. Prof. Zentek had directed a collaborative research group on the mode of action of probiotics in pigs and has been involved in many European and national research projects on feed and food safety.