Final Project Conference – Paris


Ruminant livestock production: Improving efficiency and reducing environmental impact

Date: 7th December 2015
Venue: FIAP Jean Monnet – Paris, France (map:
To register go to:

The aim of the RuminOmics final conference is to provide an overview of the ambitions and outputs from the RuminOmics project and offer a forum for discussing how these can be used to inform animal breeding, feeding and management to lower the environmental footprint of ruminant livestock production and improve feed conversion efficiency and product quality.

The conference will report on the most recent findings from the RuminOmics project and discuss how these can be used to improve the efficiency and sustainability of ruminant livestock production in Europe.

The event will include:

  • Keynote lectures on the linkages between the animal genome-nutrition-gastrointestinal microbiome and their impact on feed efficiency and product quality.
  • Reports on novel techniques for the rapid analysis of animal and microbial phenotypes.
  • A round table discussion on future research priorities and how the outputs from the project can be implemented in the region.


Monday, 7th December
09.30 Registration and Coffee
10.00 Introduction – project aims and description. John Wallace, Project Coordinator, University of Aberdeen

Understanding the Nutrition/Animal Genome/Microbiome complex
10.30 Nutrition – Nitrogen, carbohydrate, lipid studies. Pekka Huhtanen, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
11.00 Microbiome – Buccal samples, deep sequencing, proteomics. John Wallace, University of Aberdeen
11.30 Host effects on rumen microbiome – lessons from reindeer and twin cow studies Johanna Vilkki, Luke and Kevin Shingfield, Aberystwyth University
12.00 Ruminomics Elearning Courses. Julian Cook, EAAP
12.15 Lunch

Field-scale study of rumen function, efficiency and emissions in dairy cows. ‘The 1000 cow study’
13.45 Nutrition, emissions and efficiency. Phil Garnsworthy, University of Nottingham
14.15 Rumen microbiome. Ilma Tapio, Luke
14.45 Cow genome. Francesco Strozzi, Parco Tecnologico Italiano

15.15 Interactive Discussion and Conclusions – Linking the animal genome/microbiome/ emissions & efficiency triangle.
16.15 Coffee and Close

The conference, which is free to attend, will be invaluable to farming and breeding organisations, extension workers, research scientists, NGOs and policy makers.

The deadline for registration for the event is 27 November 2015. To register go to: Register early as spaces are limited!

Venue and Accommodation
The conference will be held at:
FIAP Jean Monnet – Paris, France (map:
30 Rue Cabanis
75014 Paris