#EpiC_Friday_Shares no.9

Drottingholm castle, Stockholm © Epi-Connect
Drottingholm castle, Stockholm © Epi-Connect

How did September disappear in the blink of an eye? It has been a busy month with its fair share of visitors and outings (including my first time at Drottingholm castle, home to the Swedish royal family), a weekend trip to the Hague for a family reunion, training for and running the dreaded Lidingöloppet (largest cross-country event in the world), and on the work front, preparing and delivering a one and half days workshop on food-borne investigations to residents of the European College of Veterinary Public Health in Uppsala. Epi-Connect has also got together with the fantastic people at VirtualVet to apply to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) for funding to organise an international workshop on “The Digital Transformation of Animal Health Monitoring”in spring 2017. We should hear more towards the end of this year, keep your fingers/toes/hooves/paws crossed for us!

As a result…I was not as diligent as usual saving links to interesting articles popping up on my Twitter and news feed so this week’s share is going to be shorter than usual. I need to get myself back on track!


Animal health

  • I really loved this online article at thinkbusiness.ie on the mobile revolution in Irish farming. Unlike what a lot of people may think, farmers and agri-businesses are really open to innovation and have embraced technologies which adds value to their varied everyday tasks. From Moocall, the calving sensor device, to Herdwatch Sales Ring which automatically creates  movement certificates when livestock are moved from the seller to the buyer’s herd, the agri-tech wave is upon us and data science will form an important part of how all the data that are generated are transformed into knowledge decision-makers at all levels (from farm-level to government-level) can act upon.


  • On a related topic, I found this report untitled “Data revolution:emerging new data-driven business models in the agri-food sector” published by the European Commission and EIP-AGRI.  In June 2016, the European Commission’s Directorate General for agriculture and rural development (DG AGRI) organised a seminar in Sofia, Bulgaria. In the meeting’s final report, participants reflect on how agricultural and rural development policy can support the data revolution for an enhanced productivity and sustainability in the wide agri-food chain.


  • Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has been on everyone’s mind in the last few weeks with UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon called AMR a “fundamental threat to global health and safety” at the first general assembly meeting on drug-resistant bacteria at the end of September. This TED talk is a year-old now but givesa good insights into what a post-antibiotic world looks like and what are the things we can do to limit the emergence of drug-resistant diseases.

As always, you’re welcome to share with us in a comment to this post, links to articles or news story you have found interesting this past week.

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