News about the course:

From 24-27 April 2007 we organized the scientific course ‘Decision Support and Decision Making in Highly Contagious Livestock Diseases, Particularly Avian Influenza’ at the Faculty of Veterinary Science in Budapest. The aim of this course was to provide an up-to-date scientific basis for those involved in policy making on highly contagious livestock diseases with emphasis on Avian Influenza and examples from other diseases.

The subjects covered by this course included lectures on poultry production and trade, geographical information systems, economic considerations, role of wildlife, database management and use, epidemiological models, contingency planning, communication in outbreak situations, etc.

Thanks to the excellent presentations of the lecturers, the lively discussions with the participants, the good atmosphere in the group and the hospitality of the Department of State Veterinary Medicine and Agricultural Economics of the Szent István University, we look back at a very successful event.


Anyone who is interested in organizing a similar course, please contact our course leader Helmut Saatkamp. For more information on the course details, see also our brochure and course program.

Here you can see photos of the course that give you an impression of the lectures, practical, lunch/dinner and excursions. Many thanks to Oszkár, Barbara and Thanawat who made the photos available to us!