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12-16 June 2022 

 

 

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Welcome to the 15th International Association for Paratuberculosis Colloquium 2022

Welcome Message from the Chairman

 

It is an honour for me as Chairman of the International Association for Paratuberculosis (Dublin 2022) Committee to formally invite you to the 15th IAP Colloquium be staged in Dublin, Ireland in June 2022. Unfortunately due to the global pandemic the conference that was due to take place in June 2020 was postponed to April 2021. The committee has decided to postpone once more to June 2022.This decision was taken due to continued restrictions on gatherings/travel in Ireland and internationally. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause but the health and safety of our speakers, delegates, organisers, and sponsors is of paramount importance to us. 

We would like to thank our speakers, delegates, organisers, and sponsors for their continued support of the conference. We believe that we had put together a highly informative and innovative conference programme for 2020/2021 to benefit policy-makers, scientists and industry stakeholders. Thanks to everyone's efforts we attracted a high number of delegates from a wide range of countries and so it is the committee’s decision to postpone the conference again so we can meet in person to share our knowledge on Paratuberculosis.

 

Our committee is made up of representatives of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, University College Dublin, Animal Health Ireland, Animal Health and Welfare Northern Ireland, Agri- Food and Biosciences Institute, Northern Ireland and Teagasc (The Irish Agricultural Research Organisation).

Paratuberculosis is increasingly being recognised as one of the most important infectious diseases affecting livestock production across the island of Ireland. Production lost to paratuberculosis is a significant barrier to farm profitability and trade in animal products. Over the last number of years, Ireland has been very successful in developing a significant programme of research into the disease involving institutes including University College Dublin, Queen’s University Belfast, Cork Institute of Technology, AFBINI, and the Central Veterinary Research Laboratory of the Department of Agriculture securing substantial national and international research funding.

The Irish agri-food industry have been pro-active in supporting the development of control programmes for Johne’s Disease. In September 2013 a control programme based on international best practice was launched in Ireland by Animal Health Ireland. This programme, financially supported by government and industry, has attracted almost 2000 dairy herds and includes annual herd screening and on farm risk assessment components which are being delivered by almost 400 veterinarians who have undergone specific Johne’s related training. It is anticipated that an equivalent programme will be launched in Northern Ireland later this year.

The Irish Agri-food sector supports over 10% of total employment in Ireland and is considered a major national priority. The Irish Government has embarked on various initiatives and plans designed to expand our Agrifood industry. Our food and drinks exports are exceeding the ambitious targets set and the quality and safety of these products are recognized worldwide. I am especially happy to state that the Committee has the personal support of the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD, the Minister of Agriculture, Environment & Rural Affairs, Northern Ireland, Criona Ni Dhalaigh, Lord Mayor of Dublin, University College Dublin, Animal Health Ireland, Animal Health and Welfare Northern Ireland, Agri- Food and Biosciences Institute, Northern Ireland , Teagasc, Food Safety Association of Ireland, Association of Veterinary Surgeons Practising in Northern Ireland (AVSPNI), North of Ireland Veterinary Association (NIVA), Science Foundation Ireland and Failte Ireland.

Attendees can expect a seamless delegate experience and cost-effective, easy access to Ireland’s shores. Accommodation is blocked around the venue to ensure a wide variety of choice to suit all budgets; furthermore many hotels and guesthouses are within walking distance of the venue, so the costs of attending the conference in Dublin will be kept as low as possible. Ireland’s destination appeal has a proven track record of creating an uplift of 10% in delegate numbers; thereby ensuring the attendance is strong and guaranteeing excellent exposure for all industrial partners.

In coming to historic Dublin you can be assured of a productive and memorable colloquium, discover Irish heritage, culture and music and, of course, experience the world renowned hospitality of Ireland.

Cead Mile Failte (one hundred thousand welcomes).

Peter Mullowney
Chairman

Ireland is Open for Visitors

Unprecedented efforts are under way to safeguard public health and limit the spread of COVID-19 on the island of Ireland. The ICP 2022 Organising Committee continues to monitor the situation closely and our planning towards an in-person Colloquium in June 2022.

From the 19th of July 2021, the Republic of Ireland is operating the EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC) for travel originating within the EU/EEA. Ireland will also be welcoming visitors from Great Britain or North America who have valid proof of vaccination (with an EMA-approved vaccine) or have valid proof of recovery from COVID-19 in the last 180 days. Different rules apply for arrivals from outside the EEA. More information can be found here

Before arriving in Ireland, you must complete a Passenger Locator Form. The form will be checked before your departure to Ireland – by your airline or ferry company – and you may be asked to show your vaccination certificate. Upon arrival in Ireland, spot checks will be carried out on proof of vaccinations and/or negative RT-PCR tests.

For more detail on travelling to Ireland please visit the Irish Government website www.gov.ie

 

The Current Covid Restrictions in Ireland can be found here. To attend a conference all delegates must show proof of a valid vaccination certificate.