11th European Wildlife Disease Association (EWDA) Conference


The 2014 EWDA Conference will be held in Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland. It will be hosted by The University of Edinburgh, with the host organising committee led by Professor Anna Meredith of the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies. The host committee also includes Professor Michael Hutchings, Head of Disease Systems at SRUC (Scotland's Rural College) and Dr Elizabeth Mullineaux MRCVS.


Professor Hutchings is leading the Scientific Committee, and the theme for 2014 is "Conservation Medicine". This is a broad theme covering the interactions between animal health, human health and ecosystem health, so as well as wildlife disease topics including the "One Health" theme (wildlife/domestic animal/human interface), wildlife conservation topics will also be featured in the high quality scientific programme.

Edinburgh Castle

If you need any excuse to visit Edinburgh, it is one of the world's top ten cities, and has won more than 12 UK Best City awards. It is UNESCO's first City of Literature and its old and new towns are a world Heritage site. Edinburgh has been nicknamed the "Athens of The North" due to its many Greek neo classical style buildings. Key attractions include Edinburgh Castle, the National Gallery, St Giles Cathedral, and the National Museum of Scotland. If that isn't enough to tempt you to come, the conference will coincide with Edinburgh's world famous International Festival (8-31 August), and the end of The Edinburgh Festival Fringe (The Fringe, 1-25 August) which is the largest arts festival IN THE WORLD. So the social programme will be laid on for you and you will be spoilt for choice how to spend your evenings. There will be an opportunity to visit the world famous Edinburgh Zoo and see the only pandas in the UK, and you will be treated to true Scottish hospitality, with the final banquet featuring a traditional Scottish ceilidh (pronounced "kay-lee") where you won't be able to resist dancing with your friends and colleagues to the sound of Gaelic folk music - and don't worry, they call out instructions!

We cannot emphasise enough how important it is to book your accommodation for the conference as early as possible. Accommodation in Edinburgh is highly sought after in the month of August due to the Festivals, so look out for further announcements. And you may want to stay a little longer and go further afield to enjoy Scotland's breath-taking scenery and our Scottish wildlife. We look forward to welcoming you, and having a fantastic conference.

Professor Anna Meredith
Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, The University of Edinburgh