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Final Conference

We welcome you to the final conference of the COST Action ASF-STOP- Understanding and Combating African Swine Fever in Europe that will be held in Brescia (Italy) 29-30 January 2020. Since the Launch Conference of ASF-STOP celebrated in Pulawy (Poland) in December 2016, African swine fever (ASF) has continued to challenge scientists, stakeholders and animal health authorities. Within this short period ASF has further spread across Eurasia and continues advancing into south-eastern Asia causing devastating effects to the pork production and industry. Staying at the cutting edge to combat ASF requires close collaboration of scientists from multiple disciplines and from a broad geographical range. ASF-STOP, with its 31 participating countries in Europe and its extended international network, provides the optimal platform for knowledge sharing on ASF.  

The Final International Conference of ASF-STOP, kindly organised by our colleagues of the Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale della Lombardia e dell’Emilia Romagna (IZSLER), seeks to disseminate and exchange scientific knowledge on ASF. The two-days scientific programme will cover topics related to ASF virology, vaccinology, molecular biology, epidemiology, surveillance and diagnostics, as well as contingency planning, wild boar ecology, biosecurity and policy making. The venue will be Centro Pastorale Paolo VI, in the historic center of Brescia, more information on how to reach it can be found below.

The conference encourages the participation of Early Career Investigators through specific sessions and award competitions. ASF-STOP aims at inclusive collaboration with a good gender balance and wide geographical representation, thus, researchers from Inclusiveness Target Countries (ITC) and women are encouraged to participate. Stakeholders are also welcome; a session will be dedicated to bridge knowledge between stakeholders and researchers.

Important Dates

20th October 2019 – Abstract deadline

7th November 2019 – Expected abstract acceptance communication

17th December 2019 – Registration deadline

20th December 2019 – Payment deadline

Registrations and payment deadlines have been extended!! New deadlines are

6th January – Registration deadline

6th January – Payment deadline

Local organising committee

Silvia Bellini

Marco Tamba

Luisa Garau

Gabriele Casadei


Scientific committee 

Silvia Bellini (chair)- Italy

Dolores Gavier-Widén – Sweden

Francisco Ruiz-Fons – Spain

Laura Iacolina – Croatia

Ferran Jori – France

Maria Montoya – Spain

Erika Chenais – Sweden


Members of the MC of ASF-STOP and a number of selected speakers who receive the official e-COST invitation will be not need to pay conference fees but everyone attending the conference needs to register through our website. The list of invited speakers will be available by the 1st November. Those not invited, please see the payment tab below for how to make your payment of 100 € fees (including coffee breaks and the conference dinner) by bank transfer or card. Payment is required before the 15th December. Lunches are not included but several options are available nearby. You will need to make your own travel arrangements and hotel reservations, those of you invited by COST will need to follow the instructions of COST.

The conference venue is the Paul VI Center, Brescia, Italy.

By plane

You can reach us by plane flying to Milano Linate, Milano Malpensa or Milano Orio al Serio (Bergamo).

From Orio al Serio airport there is a shuttle bus to Brescia, whilst from Milano Linate there is a bus to Milano Centrale railway station, where you can take a train to Brescia (direction Venice). Milano Linate airport is currently under renovation, works should finish end of October 2019 and will make it possible to reach Milano Centrale railway station directly with metro. From Milano Malpensa there is a bus to Brescia.

By car from Milano – Venezia – Brescia highway

Take the exit “Brescia centro” and follow directions for “Centro”. Several parking options are available nearby.

From the bus and train station

Just outside the train station there is the Metro station “Stazione” where you can take the line to “Vittoria” station, just one stop away. The conference venue is ca 900m from Vittoria station, a nice walk through the old centre.

How to get around in Brescia

The venue and the main points of interest are connected by Metro lines, “Stazione FS” is the train station, “Volta” is the closest stop to the venue, while “Vittoria” is Brescia downtown.

A greener option is BICIMIA, a network of bike rental points. Bikes can be rented using the Omnibus Card and the closest point to the venue is “Zooprofilattico” in via Cremona, just outside the entrance.

An interactive city map is available here.


Centro Pastorale Paolo VI

Via Gezio Calini, 30


Tel. +390303773531

This hotel is downtown, walking distance from the metro station (Vittoria).

Novotel Brescia due

Via Pietro Nenni 22


Tel: +390302286811

This hotel is at walking distance from the venue.

Full Programme

The full program and the abstract book are both now available for download:

Key Times

29th January 2020

8:00-9:00 Registration

9:00-9:30 Opening Session

9:35-10:20 Plenary talk, invited speaker Dr. Nguyen Van Long

10.25-12.10 Session I: Virus, Diagnosis and Vaccinology

12:10-13:10 Lunch break

13.15-15.00 Session II: ASF in wild boar and Control Strategies

15:00-15:25 Coffee break

15.25-17.15 Session II: ASF in wild boar and Control Strategies

19:00 Conference dinner

30th January

9.00-10.45 Session III: ASF in domestic pigs and Biosecurity

10.50-12.10 Session IV: Infection Dynamics and Control

12:10-13:10 Lunch break

13.15-14.45 Session IV: Infection Dynamics and Control

14:45-15:10 Coffee break

15.15-17.00 Session V: Knowledge Communication

17:00 Closing remarks

Registration for the Final ASF-STOP conference is now closed. Please contact a relevant workgroup leader if you have any queries.