Risk assessment – improving public health and animal

Seminar and postgraduate course (3 ECTS)
13th Crane Seminar:
Risk assessment –
improving public health
and animal welfare
in food production
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Skara, Sweden, 24 March – 11 April 2014
Main lecturers:
Dr David Vose, Vose Software , Belgium. Dr Vose is an international
expert in risk analysis. He founded Vose Consulting (presently EpiX
Analytics LLC), has developed the risk analysis training and reference
software ModelAssist, and has authored the fundamental volume Risk
analysis: a quantitative guide.
Dr Maarten Nauta, Danish Technical University, Denmark. Dr Nauta is an
international expert of quantitative microbiological risk assessment in
public health, with a background in mathematical biology. He has long
experience in mathematical modelling of biological systems.
Prof Telmo Nunes, University of Lisbon , Portugal. Prof Nunes performs
research and teaching in epidemiology, risk analysis, animal welfare, and
food safety. He has carried out several expert tasks as risk assessor in
projects launched by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
The course is open to everyone admitted to a PhD or residency programme in
medicine, veterinary medicine, animal science, or biology. In case the course is full,
PhD students will be given priority.
Upon completion of the course the students shall be able to:
 Explain concepts and principles of risk assessment;
 Explain the application of basic risk assessment techniques to public health and
animal welfare in food production;
 Interpret results from risk assessments applied to public health and animal
welfare in food production.
The course consists of three parts: a pre-campus period, a 5-day on-campus seminar,
and a post-campus period. All participants will be expected to read material provided
by the lecturers and distributed 1 week pre-campus. On campus, plenary presentations
are given by three main lecturers, followed by short counter-presentations by
experienced teachers or researchers. Group work and discussions in plenum stimulate
the dialogue across disciplines. Material and studying questions will be distributed to
participants 1 week pre-campus.
Examination: Passed participation during at least 3 days on-campus; Passed
completion of post-campus assignments in writing…
Fees: PhD students… Residencies… Seminar participants…
Registration… Susanne Lindwall [email protected] latest 1 March 2014
Seminar website www.slu.se/craneseminar
Additional information: Assoc prof Stefan Gunnarsson [email protected] and
Assoc prof Jan Hultgren [email protected]
Short program:
14 Mar Distribution of course material
24 Mar Submission of written assignment
31 Mar What I am going to tell you is…
1 Apr
Lecture: Risk assessment as methodology
Comments to the main lecturer
Group work and plenary discussion
Crane excursion to Lake Hornborga
2 Apr
Lecture: Risk assessment in public health
Comments to the main lecturer
Group work and plenary discussion
3 Apr
Lecture: Risk assessment in animal welfare
Comments to the main lecturer
Group work and plenary discussion
Course dinner
4 Apr
What I really meant to say was...
What I think they said was...
11 Apr Submission of written assignment
17 Apr Feedback on written assignments
Crane Seminars are recurrent interdiciplinary
events organised by the Department of
Animal Environment and Health every 2nd-3rd
year to connect human, animal and biological
sciences under current themes of high
societal relevance

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