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Antibiotic resistance in focus at the Kaesler Forum 2022

The event aims to highlight the role of livestock farming as one of the main users of antibiotics. (Image source: Adobe Stock)

Kaesler Nutrition, a manufacturer of feed additives in Germany is organising ‘Kaesler Forum 2022’ from 30-31 March 2022 in Berlin

Experts from science and the field are expected to convene for extensive discussions on the role that animal farming plays in the development of antibiotic resistance and what alternatives are available on the market. The aim is to find solutions that reduce the use of antibiotics in livestock farming and help maintain their effectiveness in the future.

According to Kaesler, the discovery of antibiotics was a milestone in medicine and antibiotics also play a crucial role in animal farming for animal health, animal welfare and food safety. In recent decades, however, antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has become a global problem, and its use in human medicine is one of the main reasons for the spread of AMR. 

The Kaesler Forum 2022 aims to highlight the role of livestock farming as one of the main users of antibiotics in the past and will explore solutions for modern animal nutrition.

The forum is aimed at anyone who is interested in the current state of science and would like to reduce the use of antibiotics in livestock farming. A panel of 14 scientists will present their latest studies and submit their findings for discussion. 

"We are convinced that only the intensive exchange of scientific findings and controversial discussions can provide answers and solutions to this complex issue. We want to call for submissions and invite participants to take part in this discussion. The Kaesler Forum 2022 will bring together scientists, experts in the field and representatives from public organisations to discuss the latest findings on the use of antibiotics in livestock farming and the associated challenges in a way that will be controversial: how can we further reduce the use of antibiotics without neglecting animal welfare? What are the current researches and plans, what are alternatives and solutions for the future?" explains Sadjad Danesh Mesgaran, technical service manager at Kaesler Nutrition.

Sadjad has also been involved in designing the conference programme in collaboration with the Institut für Tierernährung (Institute of Animal Nutrition) at the Freie Universität Berlin (Free University of Berlin) and an international scientific advisory board, which will present the latest findings on the use of antibiotics in livestock farming. In five sessions, renowned scientists will discuss, among others, when the use of antibiotics makes sense, how antimicrobial resistance develops and how it can be controlled, what influence feed has on animal health and the solutions for the future.

The Kaesler Research Award is presented at the forum to motivate scientists to maintain their focus on the topic and to reward them for their valuable work. Young scientists are presented the opportunity to present their current research on antibiotic reduction as a showcase to the scientific advisory board and experts from the industry.