The next International Conference in wildlife health and conservation will be virtual

    This is a mandatory appointment for scientists and professionals interested in wildlife and biodiversity management that, organized by the IREC as a research center of the University of Castilla-La Mancha, will be taken virtually.

    The Instituto de Investigación en Recursos Cinegéticos (IREC – CSIC, UCLM, JCCM) leads the organization of the "69th Annual Wildlife Disease Association (WDA) and 14th Biennial European Widllife Disease Association (EWDA) Joint Conference”, an international conference that has brought together the scientific community and the professionals of animal health, ecosystem health and wildlife conservation for 70 years.

    The conference, which has become an International benchmark for veterinarians, ecologists, epidemiologists, wildlife managers, farmers and biodiversity conservation managers, will be organized for the first time in Spain between August 31 and September 2, 2021.

    The “69th Annual Wildlife Disease Association (WDA) and 14th Biennial European Widllife Disease Association (EWDA) Joint Conference” will be taken virtually between August 31 and September 2, 2021.

    Throughout the three days of the conference, attendees will hold virtual training activities and workshops, activities of communication and scientific dissemination, professional meetings and round tables, all around various aspects related to the management of wildlife health for the sustainability of ecosystems.

    The main areas that the conference will cover include new methods for the surveillance of wildlife health, the inclusion of health parameters in population models and conservation programs, the management and control of the transmission of pathogens and diseases in the fauna-livestock-human interface and emerging diseases, among many others.

    Scientists, managers, authorities, professionals and the public in general will have a unique opportunity to meet experienced professionals in these fields and interact with them. In addition, the participants of the conference will have the opportunity to enjoy a large virtual cultural agenda within the incomparable framework offered by the city of Cuenca, the original conference venue, declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

    The deadline to submit communications will remain open until April 30, 2021 and the deadline for the registration of speakers and the interested public will be open until August 15, 2021. All the information about the conference, including the program, invited plenary speakers and the registration form, are available on the conference website:

    In the process of submitting communications, which will remain open until April 30, 2021, the conference will welcome those related with all aspects of managing wildlife diseases for sustainable ecosystems.

    As a complementary activity to the conference, the IREC has also organized a virtual training workshop, completely free, entitled “Emerging zoonoses, environment and global health: latest advances in prevention and control”. This workshop is structured in 2 sessions of 5 hours each, which will take place on April 28 and October 15, 2021. All the information related to this whorkshop, including the program and registration form, can be consulted this link.