About the project
Producing safe and high quality poultry products and decreasing the incidence of zoonotic diseases are common goals of Austria and Hungary. Both countries meet challenges in improving animal welfare, decreasing environmental pollution and feeding poultry with GMO-free feedstuffs (feed free from genetically modified materials). In order to achieve these goals, poultry health and nutritional aspects are of outstanding importance.
The Poultry Clinic of Vetmeduni, Vienna, and the Georgikon Faculty of the University of Pannonia are recognized as leading institutions in poultry health and poultry nutrition. Their common project involves joint research, advisory and teaching activities; and combines their different, but synergistic scientific profiles and infrastructure. The joint handling of nutrition and health aspects of poultry production establish an unprecedented approach to the common challenges in the region and beyond.
The overall objective of CEPI – „Centre of Excellence for Poultry Innovation” is to intensify contacts between the poultry sectors of the two countries and enhance the cooperation between institutions in education and research.
Georgikon Faculty of the University of Pannonia in Keszthely is regarded as a leading institution in poultry nutrition research. By virtue of its diverse professional contact network and advisory activities, it holds a recognized position in the field.
The Clinic of Poultry Medicine of Vetmeduni Vienna is known as a first class institution in poultry disease prevention, diagnostics and medicine. At the same time it is also an outstanding place of animal health research, which is proved by several high-ranking publications.
The cooperation of these two institutions of long tradition allows for the synergy of different, but complementary scientific profiles and infrastructures. Centres for scientific research and educational activities are mainly the universities.
However, the involvement of the leading poultry boards of both countries plays an outstanding role in keeping contact with production enterprises and maintaining the flow of information, which is considered one of the key elements of the project. The role of the Hungarian Poultry Board, the Austrian Poultry and Egg Federation (ZAG), and the Austrian Poultry Health Service (QGV) in the project is to contribute to the formation of the professional contents of project, to convey the needs of the poultry sectors and disseminate the results of research and advisory activities.
The objectives of the project include joint publications for poultry and feedstuff producers as well as for consumers, and the incorporation of the knowledge base into the university curricula. The complementary fields of knowledge of the two partners give the possibility to provide Austrian producers with professional advice on issues concerning poultry nutrition, and Hungarian producers on problems regarding poultry health.
Both countries have established their own strategies in response to the emerging challenges, which offers several synergies. The planned events, conferences, workshops and plant visits shall provide space for the exchange of different experiences. Twice during the project summer schools will take place. The target groups of these shall include practicing professionals primarily.
Exchange programmes for professionals are also planned to be organized during the project. These provide the opportunity for personal discussions besides lectures and plant visits.
The overall objective of our common work is to establish an active knowledge base between science and the poultry sectors by means of an enhanced professional and intercultural cooperation of the two project partners and the three strategic partners.
The involvement of the national poultry organizations as strategic partners from both countries to raise awareness of the most relevant problems and disseminate the results of the research and advisory activities in the region is an important point of the project.
Outcomes of the project include joint publications for the scientific community, for poultry and feed producers and consumers; wider knowledge base of students; and intensified contacts of the two poultry sectors in order to exchange best practices and address shared issues. Last but not least, the various public events and intercultural activities can help establish long term personalized contacts between the participants from the two sides of the border.
On the long run, the present cooperation can generate new projects in poultry production. Better understanding of poultry health and nutrition will also support more efficient use of natural agricultural resources, and help to boost agricultural livelihoods and sustainability in the region.