Conference on Antimicrobial Resistance

The Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) organizes an international conference on 'Optimal practices to protect human health care from antimicrobial resistance selected in the veterinary domain'. The conference will be held on October 5 and 6 2023 in the Park Inn by Radisson in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Aim of the conference

Antimicrobial resistance is generally recognized as a major public health threat. From a legal point of view the resistance that is selected by usage of antibiotics for livestock and subsequently is transferred to human pathogens is considered a zoonosis. By now, easy to apply measures to prevent development and spreading of antibiotic resistance in the veterinary sector have all been implemented. The aim of the conference is to discuss innovative measures on how to prevent development of resistance in animals. In addition, the participants will explore possibilities to prevent transfer to human health care after selection has taken place. The format consists of a conference for researchers, experts and policy makers worldwide on this subject with lectures and break-out discussion sessions. The results of the sessions are to be published in an open access journal. Each of the break-out sessions will be led by a member of the Scientific Committee that will be jointly responsible for publishing the outcome.

This conference is a great opportunity to:

  • Get insights from experts from all over the world who will shine their lights on the problem from different angles.
  • Discuss the issues with colleagues from various backgrounds and contribute to improved understanding.
  • Meet fellow researchers and policy makers who promote the science of antimicrobial resistance to expand your network and possibly start new cooperations.

Amsterdam is one of the most popular travel destinations in Europe, with an enormous variety of museums and music venues. With great connections by public transport, the Park Inn by Radisson is easy to reach from Schiphol Airport and the City Centre.

Information and registration

The conference is intended for researchers in the field of antimicrobial resistance in all stages of their career. Policy makers with a scientific background are welcome as well. The aim is to have some 120 participants in total for the conference. The number of participants will be limited to an absolute maximum of 150, because with too many participants the discussion sessions will be too large to be useful and the location is less suitable for very large numbers.

The fee for the conference is € 400,-. This includes all meals (except breakfast), the reception and dinner, coffee, tea and cake during the breaks, the high tea and the social event.


To register, please send an e-mail to with the following information:

  • First name
  • Last name
  • Title
  • Affiliation
  • E-mail address
  • Preference for breakout sessions on October 5 (please give more than 1 option in descending order of preference)
  • Preference for breakout sessions on October 6 (please give more than 1 option in descending order of preference)


Payments are to be made by direct bank transfer to the account of the Netherlands Food Safety Authority NVWA. Unfortunately credit card payment is not possible, as this would have increased the costs of the conference considerably.

Iban/account number: NL38 INGB 0705001253
Bic/swift code: INGBN L2AXXX

Bank name: ING
Street & number: Westeinde 1
Town/City: Amsterdam
Postcode: 1017 ZN
Country: The Netherlands

Currency: EURO

Street & Number: Catharijnesingel 59
Town/City: Utrecht
Postcode: 3511 GG
Country: The Netherlands

Hotel rooms

Hotel rooms at a reduced rate in the conference hotel can be reserved by opening the following link to the hotel website in your browser.

  • Select your check-in and check-out date and choose the occupancy type.
  • Click on "Selected rates" and tick "Promotional code".
  • Insert the unique group code NVWA23
  • Click "Search" and choose from the available rooms and options in the results.
  • Insert your personal details and guarantee your booking with a valid credit card.
  • Once completed you will receive a digital confirmation to the provided email address.
  • Rooms and rates are available for the event dates from 04-10-23 to 06-10-23 only. For any pre- and post-stay requests outside the official event dates please email to
  • If an error message is received during the booking process this may result from no more available rooms in the group allotment.
  • The unique group code is to be kept strictly confidential and must only be shared with the attendees of the event.

The hotel and conference center was selected for the good price/quality ratio and the convenient location 11 minutes by train from Schiphol and 5 minutes from Amsterdam Central station. Obviously you are free to stay in any other hotel, should you wish to do so.

If you have any questions or need assistance you can use the e-mail address to contact us.

Confirmed Speakers and members of the Scientific and Organizing Committees

Key-note speakers
Sukanta Chowdhury ICDDR,B, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Jeroen Dewulf Ghent University, Belgium
Lapo Mughini Gras National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, Bilthoven, The Netherlands
Sandra Brogden University of Veterinary Medicine, Hannover, Germany
Kees Veldman Wageningen Bioveterinary Research, Lelystad, the Netherlands
Maya Nadimpalli Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Bernd-Alois Tenhagen German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment, Berlin, Germany
Katarina Stärk Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office, Bern, Switzerland
Benno ter Kuile Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority and University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Delia Randolph International Livestock Research Institute, Nairobi, Kenya and University of Greenwich, UK
Luca Guardabassi University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Christian Munthe University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Scientific Committee
Kees Veldman Wageningen Bioveterinary Research, Lelystad, The Netherlands
Johan Bengtsson-Palme Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden
Monika Dolejska University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Brno, Czech Republic
Vangelis Economou Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
David Speksnijder Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Luisa Peixe University of Porto, Portugal
Todd Callaway University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, USA
Luis Pedro Carmo Norwegian Veterinary Institute, Ås, Norway
Rodolphe Mader International Center for AMR Solutions, Copenhagen, Denmark
Roberto La Ragione University of Surrey, Guildford, UK

The Local Organizing Committee

  • Benno ter Kuile
  • Els Broens
  • Kees Veldman
  • Lisa Teichmann


October 5 Program
8:15 – 9:15 Welcome and registration
9:15 – 9:30 Opening
9:30 – 10:00 Kees Veldman
AMR monitoring of livestock and meat in The Netherlands
10:00 – 10:30 Sandra Brogden
AMR One Health Approach and the Integration of the Environmental Sector
10:30 – 11:00 Christan Munthe
Ethics and value challenges for veterinary AMR policy: from production plant to farming waste management
11:30 – 12:30 Break-out sessions
13:30 – 14:00 Back reporting 
14:00 – 14:30 Sukanta Chowdhury
Antibiotic Usage and AMR in Animal Production Systems: Lessons from Bangladesh and other Asian Countries
14:30 – 15:00 Delia Randolph
One Health approaches to antimicrobial resistance in Low and Middle Income Countries
15:30 – 16:00 Benno ter Kuile
The risks of non-lethal concentrations of antimicrobials for development of resistance
 16:00 – 16:30 Bernd-Alois Tenhagen
Antimicrobial resistance in wildlife as indicator for environmental spreading
16:30 – 17:30 Social Event
17:30 – 21:00 Reception and dinner
October 6 Program
9:00 – 9:30 Lapo Mughini-Gras
Estimating the burden and sources of (foodborne) AMR using a One Health approach
9:30 – 10:00 Jeroen Dewulf
Biosecurity in animal production to improve animal health and reduce antimicrobial use
10:00 – 10:30 Luca Guardabassi
Antibiotic-free meat production: reality or chimera?
11:00 – 11:30 Maya Nadimpalli
Using genomics to survey AMR along food-value chains in low and middle-income countries
11:30 – 12:00 Katarina Stärk
Reducing the Risk of Transmission of Antimicrobial Resistance
13:00 – 14:00 Break-out sessions
14:00 – 14:45 Reporting and conclusions
14:45 – 16:00 High tea

Breakout sessions

October 5

1. Consequences of antimicrobial residues in the environment
2. Food as transmission route for resistance
3. Spreading resistance through animal transfer
4. Hygiene, animal health and animal welfare
5. Wildlife as possible transmission route
6. Improving farm management in the context of AMR

October 6

7. How to measure the outcome of preventive measures
8. Farms reviewed from a veterinary perspective
9. Application of critically important antimicrobials
10. Next generation sequencing for bioinformatic based surveillance
11. Impact of antimicrobial usage on AMR prevalence
12. Alternative treatments to reduce the need for antimicrobials