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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 hosted 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 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.

How to reach us

The conference venue (Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale della Lombardia ed Emilia Romagna – IZSLER) entrance is on Via Cremona 284, Brescia.

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”. A parking place is available in via Bianchi 9.

From the bus and train station

You can reach us on foot by taking the underground exit for via Sostegno. Turn left and follow via Sostegno for ca 600m, then turn right in via Cremona and continue till number 284.

Just outside the train station there is the Metro             station “Stazione” where you can take the line to S. Eufemia, get off after 3 stops in “Volta” station. Turn right in via della Volta and go straight till you pass the rail crossing, the Institute entrance is on the left.

There is also a bus connecting the train station with the Institute. Outside the train station, turn left in via Vincenzo Foppa, cross via Solferino and turn right in via XX Settembre. In front of number 38 there is the bus stop, take bus n.2 (Pendolina-Chiesanuova) and after 7 stops get off at stop “Sperimentale”, just in front of the venue.

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.

Program

29th January

8:00 – 9:00 Registration

9:00 – 9:30 Opening

9:30 – 12:00 Session I

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch

13:00 – 15:00 Session II

15:00 -15:30 Coffee break

15:30 – 17:00 Session III

19:00 Conference dinner

30th January

9:00 – 12:00 Session IV

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch

13:00 – 15:00 Session V

15:00 -15:30 Coffee break

15:30 – 17:00 Session VI

17:00 Closing

Hotels

Centro Pastorale Paolo VI

Via Gezio Calini, 30

25121 BRESCIA

Tel. +390303773531

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

Novotel Brescia due

Via Pietro Nenni 22

25124 BRESICA

Tel: +390302286811

This hotel is at walking distance from the venue.