Registration for the EWDA UK Student Chapter One-Day Symposium is now open.

Students from non-UK countries are very welcome to participate too. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Register here:


The Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW) in Berlin did an amazing job on organising the 12th Conference of the European Wildlife Disease Association (EWDA). From the August 27-31, wildlife health professionals and students from Europe and beyond gathered at the BfR – the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment. Our Chair Anne-Fleur and Communications Officer Miguel attended the conference to represent the Student Chapter Board.

The scientific programme was very well set up, not only focusing on wildlife diseases, but addressing topics such as management strategies and conservation as well.

Miguel presented the Student Chapter’s progress during the General Meeting on Sunday, with a special focus on the changes in Student Chapter membership requirements that were implemented several months ago.

On Monday, Anne-Fleur gave a presentation about the way the Student Chapter is build-up, the Country Representative system and recent developments regarding the 7th Student Workshop.

In the afternoon we visited the beautiful  UNESCO biosphere reserve Spree Forest. We went on a very relaxing boat journey navigating the quiet stream branches, before reaching the location where we would have dinner and where the auction would be held. The auction was a great success, with over €2,900 being raised for the Student Chapter.

Tuesday evening, we organised the Student-Mentor mixer. Twelve professionals and forty students participated in this event.

Wednesday was already the last official day of the conference. Congratulations to the winners of the Student Presentation Awards:

  • Lydia Franklinos
  • Iris Marti (highly recommended)
  • Monica Salvioli (highly recommended)

And the winners of the Student Poster Awards:

  • David Walker
  • Cecilia Tegner (highly recommended)
  • Ezgi Akdesir (highly recommended)

The locations of future conference were revealed as well. The next WDA Conference will take place in Mexico and the 13th EWDA conference will be held in Greece.

The new Chair of the EWDA Board Marie-Pierre Ryser-Degiorgis wrapped up the conference with the take-home message that within the next years we should try and focus on solutions for the problems that we are researching, not only the problems themselves.

The conference ended with a delicious banquet, during which Victor Simpson received the WDA Distinguished Service Award.

Compliments to the organisation and a big thank you to all the participants for the interesting lectures, inspirational new ideas, the donations during the auction and above all: the fun.

We’re looking forward to the next conference and hope to see you there!

The EWDA Student Chapter Board


The Student Chapter board is organising the student-mentor-mixer evening, taking place on the 30th August from 18 to 21pm. This is an informal event, to provide students a chance to meet and chat with EWDA professionals from a wide variety of backgrounds and to meet fellow students from around Europe and beyond.

Mentors invited are familiar with previous similar sessions and with tutoring students, and they accepted our invitation promptly.

There will be 6 tables, each with a particular research field and 1 to 3 mentors. Accordingly, 6 rounds of approx. 20 minutes will take place and the idea is that students change table each round and get the chance to talk to all mentors. Drinks and snacks will be available at the beginning of the sessions and between rounds.

The approximate schedule will be as follows:

18-18.20 Welcome, drinks & snacks

18.20-18.30 Introduction by EWDA student board

18.30-18.50 Round 1

18.50-19.10 Round 2

19.10-19.30 Round 3

19.30-19.50 Round 4

19.50-20.10 Round 5

20.10-20.30 Round 6

20.30-21 Leisure time


Table 1: Wildlife pathology

Victor Simpson (Wildlife Veterinary Investigation Centre, Cornwall)

Daniel Martineau (Faculty Veterinary Medicine, Montreal)

Table 2: Disease surveillance

Antonio Lavazza (IZLER, Brescia)

Marco Ignasi (UAB, Barcelona)

Table 3: Virology

Alex Greenwood (IZW, Berlin)

Carlos das Neves (Norwegian Vet Institute, Oslo)

Steven van Beurden (University of Utrecht) – Supervisor of student activities in the EWDA Board

Table 4: One Health approach

Christian Gortázar (SaBio IREC, Ciudad Real)

Lisa Yon (University of Nottingham)

Table 5: Wildlife rehabilitation

Elvira Schenck (Freies Institut fur Wildtierschutz, Wisen)

Table 6: Disease outbreaks

Aleksija Neimanis (SVA, Uppsala)

Thijs Kuiken (EMC, Rotterdam)


Please find additional information on the Conference, including conference booklet, on

We look forward to meeting you there!

EWDA_Conference_Berlin-75eba611The EWDA SC Board,

Anne-Fleur Brand, Sofia Mlala, Miguel Veiga and Catharina Vendl

The EWDA Student Chapter is pleased to announce that the UK Country Representatives will be hosting their first symposium. This one-day symposium will take place in London on October 29th 2016.


Information about the speaker line up will follow soon as well as details on discussion topics, timings, food, how to sign up and get involved!!


We are very proud to announce that our very own EWDA Student Board Advisor, Catharina Vendl was elected as the new Student Representative on the WDA Council! It is for the first time in years that a European student takes this position. With over 3 years of EWDA Student Board experience and a current PhD position is Australia, you are the right person for this position.

We are confident that you will do a great job representing the interests of all student members and can contribute to connect WDA Student Chapters worldwide.

Congratulations Cath!


The 12th European Wildlife Disease Association Conference, organized by the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research will take place from 27th-31st August 2016 in Berlin, Germany.

The conference is themed “Wildlife health and conservation challenges in a changing world”.

On Friday, August 26, there is also the EWDA Network meeting in Berlin.

On Tuesday, August 30th, a Student-Mentor Night is organised. This will be an informal mixer to provide you a chance to

1) meet and chat with EWDA professionals from all sorts of backgrounds and

2) to meet fellow students from around Europe and the world! 

The Scientific Committee awards a small number of Travel Grants to European wildlife scientists. The deadline is June 15th, 2016. Click here for more information about the Travel Grant.

Please find more information such as the preliminary conference schedule and registration here

We hope to see you there!

The EWDA Student Board

Dear EWDA Student Chapter members,


The WDA and the European section, the EWDA, have been supporting our Student Chapter for years, both by making students feel a part of the organisation and by developing their careers in the field of wildlife disease. It was recently announced that a formal and clear relationship between each WDA section, and the Student Chapter in that Section has to be established.

Therefore, in order for a Student Chapter to say that it is a member of a Section of the WDA, all the student members must be paying members of the WDA. This will be the case for the EWDA Student Chapter as much as for all the other Student Chapters.

As a student member of the WDA, you will automatically be a member of the EWDA Student Chapter if your current address is in Europe. You can register at the WDA website.

Student Chapter members have exclusive access to:

  • Online content via the WDA website, including live scientific presentations, instructional webinars (e.g. publishing science, media training, grant-writing)
  • Conference sessions at the biennial international conference
  • Active in-person and online networking events
  • Discounted conference registration
  • Membership for your student chapter
  • Application for small grants for the organisation of local events
  • Student awards
  • Journal of Wildlife Diseases subscription, digital and print
  • Career mentorship from members
  • Exclusive emails with job board, including scholarships, internships & PhD positions


These changes will gradually become effective within the next month (although this might be subject to delays) starting with making our webpage exclusive for members only.

We will keep you updated with any relevant developments.

Please email us ( if you have any questions about this and we will try our best to answer your query. Also, please note that the EWDA student chapter is run by volunteers who carry out this role in their own free time so bear in mind we might sometimes not reply as promptly as we wish.

Kind regards,

Andreia Correia da Costa

On behalf of EWDA student chapter board