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.


Keel Bone Damage Training School, Novi Sad, Serbia, October 10th,  Application deadline: August 30th


The Keel Bone Damage (KBD) Training School will be held at the University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Agriculture, Serbia on October 10th 2019. The Training School will be held immediately after planned Management Committee and Working Group meetings scheduled for October 8th and 9th.

The focus of the training school will be an overview of keel bone damage knowledge and to provide training for palpation as a method to assess keel bone damage using ultrasound and 3D models. The target audience is egg producers within the former Yugoslav countries, as well as poultry scientists, veterinarians, students and interested participants within the European COST Network.




October 9th 2019

18:00: Sightseeing Novi Sad (optional)

19.00: Dinner in Novi Sad (optional)

October 10th 2019

08.45-09.30: Registration

09.30-09.50: Welcome/programme/partners;

Mirjana Đukić Stojčić – University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Agriculture, Serbia

09.50-10.30:  Impact of KBD on welfare and production

Michael Toscano – University of Bern, Switzerland

10.30-11.00: Coffee break

11.00-11.30KBD  in  relation to dissemination in the Netherlands/Belgium

Teun Van De Braak – Hendrix-Genetics, The Netherlands

11.30-12.00Keel bone damage in enriched cages – How is this perceived in Belgium? Experimental Ine Kempen – Poultry Centre, Belgium

12.00-12.30: Reliable method to assess keel bone fractures in laying hens from radiographs using a tagged visual analogue scale

Vlatko Ilieski-  University Ss Cyril and Methodius Skopje, Macedonia

12.30-13.30: Lunch

13.30-13.45: Organization of afternoon practical sessions
Mirjana Đukić Stojčić – 
University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Agriculture, Serbia

13.45-15.45: Practical sessions

    • Palpation training  (Michael Toscano)
    • 3D models aiding in palpation ( Sabine Gebhardt)
    • Ultrasound (Vlatko Ilieski), 
    • Dissection stations

19.00Dinner in Novi Sad (optional)


  • Registration:

    Registration deadline is 30th August

     If you are interested in participating, please send a 5-line motivation letter by e-mail to and include your estimated travel cost to reach Novi Sad or Belgrade Airport.  Successful applicants will receive an official Trainee Grant through eCOST in early September. For more information about Trainee Grants and Eligibility, please also read pages 30-31 of the COST Vademecum.


     Novi Sad can be reached by car, bus, train (station) or air (airport). 




    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.