WIAS Seminar - The force of locomotion: from fundamental insight to practical solutions (13 June 2018)

Organised by Wageningen Institute of Animal Sciences (WIAS)

Wed 13 June 2018 12:00 to 15:00

Venue Zodiac, building number 122
De Elst 1
6708 WD Wageningen
Room Room A0107

Locomotion in the spotlight: from fundamental insights to practical solutions

Date: 13 June 2018, 12.00-15.00, including lunch

The locomotion system of vertebrates has been shaped by a long evolutionary history and is essential for their survival. Locomotion problems are identified as major health and animal welfare problems. A considerable variation in locomotion related health issues between farms has been found. Despite a large amount of research and application of management strategies (flooring, hygiene, etc.), improvement is still aimed for. This seminar aims address this topic from different viewpoints and expertises and pays also attention to the human motion system. It is organised on the occasion of the PhD thesis defence of Wijbrand Ouweltjes on 13 June 2018 and is a network meeting for science, students, sector, stakeholder organisations, industry.


Chair: Prof. Dr J.L. van Leeuwen, Wageningen University & Research

12.00 - Lunch 

13.00 - Dr S.W.S. Gussekloo, Wageningen University & Research - Biomechanics of bovine claws: from fundamental concepts to the identification of overload

13.20 - Prof. Dr P.W.G. Groot Koerkamp, Wageningen University & Research - Cow welfare from a model and design perspective

13.40 - Dr A.C. Bouwman, Wageningen University & Research - Upscaling locomotion phenotyping for animal breeding and management purposes

14.00 - Prof. Dr P.R. van Weeren, Utrecht University - When Julius Wolff may come to the rescue of William Hunter and prevent joint disease

14.20 - Dr J.H. de Groot, Leiden University Medical Centre - The human motion system: from fundamental insights to recovery from injuries

14.40 - Discussion     

From 16.00 – 17.30 h Wijbrand Ouweltjes will defend his PhD thesis, with the title: “Effects of mechanical loads on the deformation and health status of claws in dairy cows”. The defence will be in the Aula of Wageningen University, General Foulkesweg 1, Wageningen.

Please register your venue for lunch at the secretariat of EZO, Annemarie Hofs, or +31317483509.

Feel free to forward this invitation to colleagues who might be interested.