Inaugural meeting

The recently formed International Society for Economics and Social Sciences of Animal Health (ISESSAH) held its inaugural meeting on the 27th and 28th of March 2017 in Aviemore, Scotland. The meeting was held in collaboration with the annual meeting of the Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine (SVEPM).

The aim of the meeting was to provide a forum to meet colleagues and leading thinkers in the field of economics in animal health education, research and policy making internationally.

It was a very successful first meeting, with over 200 participants attending the inaugural meeting with delegates from countries all over the word. Moreover 150 abstract where submitted for the conference, and all got the change to present the work in either a oral presentation, flash talk, or poster presentations. The broad theme of the presentation were:

  • Where do we come from – what has been critical progress in the use of economics and social sciences of animal health in past years?
  • Where do we stand now – how are economics and social sciences currently being used for animal health decision-making?
  • Where should we go – what will be the future challenges for economics and social sciences to improve animal health?


These themes were introduced by leading thinkers in economics and social sciences, namely:

  • Dr Karin Schwabenbauer, Chief Veterinary Officer, Germany
  • Prof. Tim Carpenter, Professor of Veterinary Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases, Massey University, New Zealand
  • Dr Gareth Enticott, Senior Lecturer in Social Research, Cardiff University, United Kingdom

The conference was closed with summarizing the ideas of how the new society ISESSAH can be structured, and new conference opportunities for the near future were suggested.

We like to thanks all the delegates for there participation and hope to see you at the next ISESSAH event.