Training school

COST Actions can share knowledge and support collaboration also through Training Schools. Training Schools can be organised by a COST Action on related research topics and can provide dissemination opportunities for an Action’s activities. Training Schools provide intensive training in emerging research topics within the laboratories and organisations involved in the COST Action. Participants are mainly, but not exclusively, young researchers involved in COST Actions. Training Schools also cover appropriate re-training as part of life-long learning.


2nd Keel bone damage training school – June 14th, 2018

The 2nd Keel Bone Damage (kbd) Training School will be held on June 14th at the Experimental Poultry Centre in Geel, Belgium.

The focus of the training school will be an overview of kbd-topics and improving participants assessment of kbd.

Target audience is the Benelux poultry industry and members of the COST action.

The current programme is:

June 13th 2018

19.30 Dinner in Antwerp (optional)

June 14th 2018

08.45-09.30 Registration
09.30-09.45 Welcome/programme/partners
Ine Kempen –  Experimental Poultry Centre

09.45-10.15 Bone formation/physiology in pullets and transition to laying phase
John Tarlton – University of Bristol

10.15-10.45 Underlying causes of kbd / Incidence of kbd in BE and NDL
Anneleen Watteyn – Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food

10.45-11.00 Coffee break

11.00-11.30 Impact of kbd on welfare and production
Michael Toscano – University of Bern

11.30-12.00 Interventions to reduce kbd
Bas Rodenburg – University of Utrecht

12.00-12.30 How to assess kbd
Ariane Stratmann – University of Bern

12.30-13.30 Lunch

13.30-13.45 Practical organization afternoon sessions
Ine Kempen – Experimental Poultry Centre

13.45-15.45 Afternoon sessions:
– Palpation in two different housing systems
– Dissection stations

19.30 Dinner in Antwerp (optional)

Interested parties are required to send a 5-line motivation for their application by e-mail to   

Further instructions regarding accomodation and transportation will be provided after acceptance of your application.

Keel bone damage – training school at the University of Bern – August 23rd-24th, 2017.

The University of Bern organized a two day training school that provided lectures and practical exercises on the assessment of keel bone damage and related topics such as pain assessment. A specific purpose was to provide training for palpation as a method to assess keel bone damage using radiographic images as a gold standard.

The Training School was organized by Sabine Gebhardt, Sabine Vögeli, and Ariane Stratmann of the Center for Proper Housing: Poultry and Rabbits in Zollikofen, Switzerland. Special lectures were provided by: Urs Geissbühler (University of Bern, CH), Jean-Michel Hatt (University of Zurich, CH), Sophie Verrier (AO Research Institute Davos, CH), Jens Peter Christensen (University of Copenhagen, DK) and Mike Petrik (University of Guelph, CA).

The full program and selected presentation materials including videos of the presentations are available HERE, for gallery click HERE.