Invited speakers

 Prof. Christopher Lu, University of Hawaii (USA)

Professor Lu is a ruminant nutritionist, with a Ph.D. In Dairy Science and Biochemistry from University of Wisconsin – Madison, USA. He is a Professor Emeritus and former Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at University of Hawaii-Hilo. He also served as President of Argosy University – Seattle, Dean of School of Agriculture and Natural Resources at State University of New York – Morrisville, and Dean of College of Agriculture at Sultan Qaboos University in Oman. Professor Lu was the founding director of American Institute for Goat Research at Langston University, Oklahoma. He was President of International Goat Association during 2004-2008, after spending more than 20 years in IGA serving as a board director, Vice President twice and Associate Editor of Small Ruminant Research.  Dr. Lu is experienced in research, teaching and higher education administration and accreditation with more than 300 scientific and other publications. He is the author of “Dairy, Science, Society and Environment” in Oxford University Research Encyclopedia. 

Dr. Veerasamy Sejian, ICAR—National Institute of Animal Nutrition and Physiology (India)

Dr Veerasamy Sejian, M.V.Sc & PhD., is a Principal Scientist at ICAR-National Institute of Animal Nutrition and Physiology (NIANP), Bangalore, India. His major thrust area of research is on “Climate Change and Livestock Production”. Dr Sejian is the team leader to establish the concept of “Multiple stresses impacting small ruminants”. His current research focuses on identifying molecular markers for different environmental stresses in small ruminants with the primary focus to develop agro-ecological zone specific thermo-tolerant breeds. Dr Sejian has published 161 peer reviewed articles, 110 book chapters, 285 invited/lead papers, 171 conference papers and 22 technical manuals. Further, Dr Sejian has published four International Springer books. His h-index is 38 and i10 index is 102. His total citation is 4715. His Research Gate Score is 37.75 with overall publication reads of 2,22,206 with total research interest of 5007. Dr Sejian did his first post doctorate at The Ohio state University, USA. Dr Sejian was bestowed with Endeavour Research Fellowship by the Australian Government to pursue post doctorate at The University of Queensland, Australia. For his outstanding contribution in animal science, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has bestowed him with the prestigious Lal Bahadur Shastri Outstanding Young Scientist Award in 2012. Further, Career360 an academic organization in India had selected Dr Sejian to be one of the top 10 scientists in India under environmental sciences category during 2017-18. Dr Sejian is also listed in world top 2% scientists by Stanford University, USA both during 2020 and 2021. Dr Sejian is also listed in world top 1% scientists by PubMed based on last 10 years of publications in heat stress. In addition, Dr Sejian is also serving as Field Editor in Springer’s International Journal of Biometeorology, Associate Editor in Elsevier’s Small Ruminants Research and Academic Editor in PLOS Climate. Apart from this he is also serving as editorial board member in 24 international journals. He has developed four technologies and also has one patent granted. He has guided 15 Masters and 2 PhD students. Presently, he is collaborating with researchers from Australia, USA, France, Italy and Brazil.

Dr. Christian Nawroth, Research Institute for Farm Animal Biology (Germany)

Christian is interested in how animals perceive and interact with their physical and social environment. His research focuses on the cognitive capacities of livestock (goats, horses, pigs, sheep) and zoo animals (great apes, penguins) and how this knowledge can ultimately be used to improve management conditions and human-animal interactions.


  • Animal Cognition
  • Human-Animal Interactions
  • Animal Welfare Science


17-22 PDRA | Institute of Behavioural Physiology | Research Institute for Farm Animal Biology

17-18 PDRA | Centre for Proper Housing of Ruminants and Pigs | Agroscope Tänikon

15-17 Research Fellow | School of Biological and Chemical Sciences | Queen Mary University of London

10-14 Research Assistant | Institute of Animal Breeding and Husbandry | University of Halle-Wittenberg


2015 Ph.D. in Agricultural Sciences | University of Halle-Wittenberg | Germany (summa cum laude)

2009 Diploma (M.Sc) in Biology | University of Würzburg | Germany (marked 1.3)


Zobel, G., Nawroth, C. (2020) Current state of knowledge on the cognitive capacities of goats and its potential to inform species-specific enrichment. Small Ruminant Research 192: 106208. doi: 10.1016/j.smallrumres.2020.106208

Nawroth, C., Langbein, J., Coulon, M., Gabor, V., Oesterwind, S., Benz-Schwarzburg, J., von Borell, E. (2019) Farm animal cognition: Linking behaviour, welfare and ethics. Frontiers in Veterinary Science 6: 24. doi: 10.3389/fvets.2019.00024

Nawroth, C. (2017) Invited review: Socio-cognitive capacities of goats and its implications for human-animal interactions. Small Ruminant Research 150: 70–75. doi: 10.1016/j.smallrumres.2017.03.005

Nawroth, C., Brett, J. M., McElligott, A. G. (2016) Goats display audience-dependent human-directed gazing behaviour in a problem-solving task. Biology Letters 12: 20160283. doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2016.0283

Nawroth, C., von Borell, E., Langbein, J. (2015) ‘Goats that stare at men’ – Dwarf goats alter their behaviour in response to human head orientation but do not spontaneously use head direction as a cue in a food-related context. Animal Cognition 18: 65–73. doi: 10.1007/s10071-014-0777-5


Christian is Communications Officer of the International Society for Applied Ethology (ISAE, 2020-2024). He also serves as editor for the journals Archives Animal Breeding, Animal Behavior & Cognition, and Frontiers in Veterinary Science.


Twitter: @goatsthatstare

Dr. Mary C. Smith, Cornell University, USA

Dr. Mary C. Smith is currently a professor in the Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences at Cornell. She has been a clinician in the Ambulatory and Production Medicine Clinic at Cornell since graduation from the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine in 1972. This involves teaching senior veterinary students while providing service on farm calls. Although all large animals are fascinating, her special interests include the ‘miscellaneous species’ (goats, sheep, camelids), gross pathology, and poisonous plants. Elective courses taught include Sheep and Goat Medicine,  Llama Tutorial, Poisonous Plants, Food Animal Welfare, and Overview of Complementary Medicine.  Dr. Smith has coauthored two books: Goat Medicine, now in its third edition (with David Sherman) and Color Atlas of Diseases and Disorders of the Sheep and Goat (with Karl Linklater).



Dr. Serge-Yan Landau, Agricultural Research Organization – the Volcani Center (Israel)

Small Ruminant Research

Born in Paris in 1953, emigration to Israel in 1971.
B.Sc. (Animal Science, 1974), M.Sc. (Animal Science; 1975-1978) and Ph.D. (Applied Biochemistry ; 1989-1993) at the Faculty of Agriculture of the Hebrew University (Rehovot, Israel).
Nutritionist with the Sheep and Goats division of the extension Service, Ministry of Agriculture (1978-1996). Post-doc at West Virginia University (Morgantown, WV); Researcher at the Department of Natural Resources of the Agricultural Research Organization (ARO, the Volcani Center) from 1996. Sabbatical leaves at Utah State University (Logan, UT) and at CIRAD (St Pierre, La Reunion).
Research interests: Nutrition of free-ranging domestic and wild herbivores, Near-infrared spectrometry (NIRS) in agricultural and food sciences, plant secondary metabolites, self-medication in grazing animals, and integrated rain-fed semi-arid production systems.
Founder (2012) and leader of the joint-venture of ARO and the Gane HaNadiv (Edmond de Rothschild) Natural Park, “GoatWise” on goat grazing in Mediterranean woodland.
Recipient of grants from national (Ministries of Agriculture, Health, Environmental Quality, Commerce and Industry) and international (US: Bi-National Agricultural Research and Development, International Arid Lands Consortium, and Middle East Research Cooperation; France-Israel) sources of funding.
Tutored 20 M.Sc. and Ph.D. students, authored or co-authored 103 papers in refereed literature , 15 book chapters, more than 60 popular articles and 120 papers and abstracts in symposia proceedings.
Associate Editor for Nutrition for two terms with Small Ruminant Research. Nominated Editor-in-Chief of Small Ruminant Research (Elsevier) in 2016.

Dr. Jun Luo, Northwest A & F University (China)

Northwest A&F University, Yangling, Shaanxi 712100, P.R. China

Dr. Jun Luo obtained his B.S. degree in Animal Husbandry, M.S. degree in Animal Production and Ph. D degree in Animal Genetics and Breeding in 1994 from Northwest Agricultural University of China, and he is currently the professor of College of Animal Science and Technology of Northwest A&F University and the director of dairy goat committee of China Dairy Association, the chairman of AADGN, and the regional director of International Goat Association.

In 1990, he stayed in Netherland for 6 month training and collaboration research in dairy goat production and milk processing technology. From 1997 to 1999 and 2000 to 2003, he worked in American Institute for Goat Research of Langston University of US for post-doctorial and collaboration research in goat breeding, nutrition and production.

His research interests focused on the dairy goat breeding and reproduction, utilization of goat breeds resources, and molecular genetics of goat milk fatty acids metabolism, he has published more than 200 papers and 10 books/chapters in dairy animal breeding and production. He is also actively involved in the dairy goat extension and industry development in China and research collaboration with international partners.

Gosia Anna Zobel
Senior Scientist Animal Behaviour and Welfare AgResearch Ltd, Ruakura Research Centre (New Zealand)

Gosia Zobel has an MSc and a PhD from The University of British Columbia, in Canada.  Since 2015, Gosia has worked at AgResearch Ltd, a Crown Research Institute in Hamilton, New Zealand.

Stemming from an interest in improving the lives of animals, yet recognising that there are many facets that contribute to their welfare, she has developed a diverse portfolio of research expertise, in goat, cow and rodent welfare; she uses her understanding of natural behaviour to promote housing and management improvements. She has a strong interest in developing sustainable future systems, thus she works closely with industry, and aims to include indigenous (NZ Māori) perspectives in her research.


Felix Njeumi, Food and Agriculture Organisation,Rome (Italy)

Dr Njeumi Felix is a Cameroonian and holding a PhD in epidemiology and control of zoonosis from Bologne University (Italy), DVM from Parme University (Italy) and Bachelor in Natural Science from Yaounde University (Cameroon).

Is currently FAO coordinator of the FAO and OIE joint Global Secretariat for the Peste des petits ruminants Global Eradication Programme. Has served as the Global Rinderpest Eradication Programme (GREP) Secretary from 2007 to 2011 when the disease was globally eradicated.

He was awarded by the 39th FAO Conference for his upstanding contribution to rinderpest eradication. In 2015, he was awarded as veterinary of the year by Parme University in Italy for his contribution to veterinary science. In 2018 he was awarded by the government of Côte d’Ivoire as “commandeur de l’ordre national du mèrite agricole”. In March 2022, he was awarded by the African Union Commission for his contribution to rinderpest eradication and improving animal health in Africa. Between 2010 and 2019, he also received 22 awards from several governments, institutions, NGOs.

He speak fluently English, French, Italian, Spanish and several local languages of Cameroun. He has published more than 25 peer reviews papers and authors of several books as well as attended and present/chair several international conferences. Assistance professor in Bologne University (Italy). He is visiting scientist in several universities around the world.  He has visited more than 140 countries to advise and assist governments and international institutions to control transboundary animal diseases, improve livestock sector, trade, pastoralist, public health and agricultural development among other. He is also member of several ad hoc groups, working groups, steering committees addressing transboundary animal diseases and pastoralist.
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Prof. Dr. Nazan Koluman, Dept.of Animal Sci.-Faculty of Agriculture,Cukurova Univ. (Turkey)

She born in Mardin in 1969.  She completed her primary and secondary education in İzmir.  She graduated Ege University Agricultural Faculty in 1989.  She completed Msc and PhD programme in Çukurova University. She became Asistant Professor in 2000 and Associate Professor in 2003. She is Professor at Çukurova University since 2008. She founded Tufanbeyli and Feke Vocational Schools of Çukurova University. Between 2011 and 2014, she was the director of Feke Vocational High School. She is the chair of Animal Breeding Section of Animal Science Department of Agricultural Faculty of Cukurova University since 2018. She has collaborated many project with Spain, U.S.A., Japan and Israel. She was consulted many UN/FAO and Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry Projects. She is referee or editor of many  national and SCI-Expanded Journals.  She is reviewer of HORIZON-2020 Susan Projects. She is founder and director of Koluman-Gen Research&Consultancy Company in Çukurova Tecnocity since 2018 and she is mentoring private company to establish agricultural enterprises. She has published 7 books, 5 international chapters and more than 400 scientific works. She has  served on the board of directors and scientific committees of many national NGOs. She was board member of International Goat Association in U.S.A between 2007-2021. She has participated to more than 80 national and international projects and organized more than  35 National , 18 International Scientific Meetings. She is coordinator of projects on Registration Hellim PDO in Cyprus. She is also a columnist in local newspapers and has a biweekly programme in National Thematic TV as “Küçükbaş Uzmanı, Nazan Hocayla Küçükbaş”. She knows English and has a son.

Dr. Gerrit Koop, Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Public Health, Associate editor of the Elsevier journal Small Ruminant Research (The Netherlands)

I am a veterinary epidemiologist and my current research focus is on the epidemiology of Staphylococcus aureus. I have a PhD in the epidemiology of mastitis in dairy goats (Utrecht University). I am a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Public Health (subspecialisation population health) and am an associate editor of the Elsevier journal Small Ruminant Research. 

Scientific objective:

  • My aim is to identify drivers behind pathogenicity and transmission of mastitis-causing bacteria
  • I do that by studying host-pathogen interactions using a methods from epidemiology, molecular biology and pathogen genomics
  • I have a specific focus on ruminant mastitis caused by Staphylococcus aureus and mastitis control in the developing world

Apart from research, I teach in the bachelor and master of Veterinary Medicine and in the postgraduate master ‘Veterinary epidemiology and economics’. My main subjects are (molecular) epidemiology, statistics, clinical reasoning and small ruminant health.

I am teaching coordinator for the department Population Health Sciences and a member of the educational committee of the Graduate School of Life Sciences of Utrecht University

Professor Aldona KAWĘCKA, National Research Institute of Animal Production, Kraków, Poland – in Session 7 – S-07 “Recent research and advances in goat food products

Sheep and Goat Breeding Plant


  • Head of the Sheep and Goat Breeding Department
  • Coordinator for the conservation of sheep genetic resources
  • Member of the Group for the Protection of Genetic Resources of Farm Animals
  • Member of the Group for the Conservation of Sheep and Goat Genetic Resources

Scope of activities

– coordination and supervision of the implementation of programs for the protection of genetic resources of sheep and goats;

– implementation of research topics in the field of sheep and goat breeding, protection of genetic resources of native breeds, evaluation of the genetic value of sheep; nutritional, dietary and pro-health quality of traditional dairy products obtained from native breeds of sheep and goats;

– development of original scientific papers, training materials, popular science articles and the results of the evaluation of genetic and performance value of sheep;

– organizational and educational activities aimed at promoting knowledge about native breeds of sheep and goats: organization of exhibitions of native animal breeds, symposiums, training courses and scientific conferences; development of information materials;

– cooperation with sheep and goat breeders’ unions, research centers and local government organizations related to breeding and protection of genetic resources of farm animals.

Dr. María del Rosario Fresno BaqueroUnidad de Producción Animal, Pastos y Forrajes, Instituto Canario de Investigaciones Agrarias, La Laguna, Spain

Curriculum vitae María del Rosario ( Marichu) Fresno Baquero

Degree in veterinary science from the University of León (1983) and a PhD in veterinary science from the University of Córdoba (1993). Diploma in Food Safety (1984).

Researcher (1987-until now) as Coordinator of Programs in the Canary Institute of Agrarian Research (Instituto Canario de Investigaciones Agrarias, ICIA). Professor of Dairy Industries (University of La Laguna, work leave). Between 1992 and 1996, General Director of Agriculture Production from the Canary Islands Autonomous Government and Scientific Director of ICIA (2015- 2021).

Vice-president (2005-2009) and President (2009-2010) and Technical Vocal as specialist (1997-2014) of the protected designation of origin (PDO) Palmero Cheese. Technical collaboration with the Regulatory Board of Canarian PDOs cheeses: Majorero cheese and Flor de Guía, Media Flor and Guía cheese. Since 1985, has been involved in the characterization of Canarian cheeses and the legalization of raw milk cheeses. In collaboration with my research group, has developed specific methodology for the sensorial analysis of goat´s cheeses.

Corresponding academic of the Royal Academy of Medicine of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and member of the Academy of Gastronomy of Santa Cruz de Tenerife as Secretary in the staff board.

Has participated and coordinated numerous projects (23, 8 as main researcher), national and international, related to the characterization of the Canarian breeds, milk and cheese production and goat´s reproduction. Experience in projects in Europe (CRAFT and AITECH projects) and (PCT- MAC Interreg projects and CDTI) in West Africa as technical coordinator and researcher in R&D projects developed in Senegal. Collaborations with private companies with R&D projects, about cheese production.

Has also been involved in the co-direction of doctoral theses (4) and Master’s and University Degree final projects (more than 20). Professor in many University and non-university training courses. Member of several scientific organizations and reviewer in different scientific and technical publications. Has published numerous papers in scientific and technical journals (204, 101 in scientific peer review), as well presented communications in national (56) and international (183) congresses. Active member of CONBIAND Network “Biodiversity of the Local Domestic Animals”, as sectorial editor reviewer in the section of animal products.

Currently is the main researcher of the project: Past, present and future of the Canarian local poultry population: morphological, genetic and productive characterization (2018-2022) funded by Fundación Cajacanarias- and Obra Social de La Caixa (PATRI2018-31); Upgrading of traditional goat’s cheeses linked to an autochthonous breed. Traceability of the origin of the milk from molecular markers and description of new sensory quality parameters that can be identified by consumers (2014-2021) founded by Spanish National Research Program (RTA 2014-0047) and Canarian Government funds, co-main researcher of another project CAIA- 06: SCC and its roll in caprine mastitis (2019-2021) with Canarian Government funds.

Professor Gerardo CAJA LÓPEZ, Universtat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain – in Session 5

Emeritus Professor, Department of Animal and Food Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary, University Autonoma of Barcelona, Bellaterra (Barcelona, Spain)

Born in Arnedo (La Rioja, Spain), studied at the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV) and the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM), where he graduated as an Agricultural Engineer and did a PhD on Ruminant Nutrition. Later he carried out his teaching and research career at the UPM (Assistant Professor and Associate Professor), the UPV (Associate Professor and Professor) and finally at the UAB (Professor) where he founded the Ruminant Research Group (G2R) recognized as a Consolidated Research Group by the Generalitat de Catalunya. He has been a visiting researcher in the United Kingdom (U. Nottingham, Sutton Bonington), France (INRAe, Rennes and Montpellier), the United States (U. Minnesota-St. Paul, U. Wisconsin-Madison, U. California-Davis and U. South Dakota-Brookings) and New Zealand (AgResearch, Hamilton).

He has been part of the Spanish standardization committees (AENOR) and the International Standardization Working Group (ISO-WG) in electronic livestock identification, he has been an advisor to the Ministry of Agriculture of Spain (CEIEA) and the EU (DG Agri) on animal identification issues and consultant for FAO. He was elected full member of the Catalan Academy of Veterinary Sciences (2005) and received the 2006 International Prize for Dairy Production from the American Dairy Science Association (ADSA, USA). He collaborates permanently with the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza (IAMZ-CIHEAM), as scientific coordinator and professor in the biannual master’s degree in Animal Nutrition, as well as in various short specialization courses in dairy sheep production and Precision Livestock Farming (PLF).

His main areas of research are the production of dairy ruminants, including lactation physiology, nutrition and milking management in sheep and goats, adaptation to thermal stress in dairy small ruminants, practical applications of electronic identification and sensors in PLF. Lately he has created a multidisciplinary beekeeping research group (UABee) interested in the welfare and conservation of bees that includes the monitoring of hives through sensors. He has participated in 15 competitive national projects and 7 from the European Union, as well as in cooperation and development projects, and consulting with companies and public and private organizations. Currently he is involved in the EU H2020 funded project TechCare (, a multi-actor project aiming to develop early warning systems and business models using innovative and precision technologies to improve welfare management in sheep and goats.

His scientific production includes the direction of 40 doctoral and 50 master’s theses, and the publication of more than 890 research and extension articles (of which 170 in high ranked scientific journals) and 11 international patents