What is Antibiotic Resistance?


The Environmental Perspective of a Global Crisis and its Relation to Human and Animal Health



Foster the exchange of expertise and mutual understanding between environmental scientists and medical and veterinary experts in the area of antibiotic resistance development and dissemination.

Exchanging views, streamlining terminology, prioritizing research needs and identifying knowledge gaps. Compiling baseline information for recommendations and evidence-based guidance on environmental AMR assessment for the risk management.

Collecting views and data for a White Book report.


Clinicians, veterinarians, medical doctors, infectious disease experts, micro- and molecular biologists, ecologists, environmental scientists and engineers, risk managers and stakeholders interested in reducing the threat of AMR dissemination via environmental routes and sources.

This workshop is partly funded by the Med-Vet-Net Association.

Limited capacity (25 slots).

Limited capacitiy (25 slots). Deadline for aplication is either March 18th, 2019, or the date reaching maximum capacity of the location. Slots are allocated in order of registration.
Verantwortlich für Programm:
Mag. Dr. Markus Wögerbauer
Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES)
Division for Integrative Risk Assessment
Department for Data, Statistics and Risk Assessment
Ansprechpartner für Veranstaltung:
Mag. Christoph Unger
Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES)
AGES Academy
Spargelfeldstrasse 191
1220 Vienna
Veranstaltungsart: Workshop

Kosten: free of charge (funded by Med-Vet-Net Association)
08.30 Registration
09.00 Welcome and Setting the Scene
(Franz Allerberger, Norbert Kreuzinger and Markus Wögerbauer)
SESSION1: Risk assessment of ARGs of environmental origin
09.15Antimicrobial Resistance: The EFSA Perspective on a Global Crisis
(Ernesto Liebana, EFSA)
09:25Assessing the Risk of Antibiotic Resistance Transmission from the Environment to Humans
(Celia Manaia, Universidade Catholica Portuguesa, PORTUGAL)
09:35    Human – Animal – Environment Ecosystem Interfaces: Bottlenecks for Antibiotic   Resistance Gene Transfer?
(Thomas Berendonk, Technische Universität Dresden, GERMANY)
09:45Breakout Session – Working Groups
What is antimicrobial resistance? Clinic vs. Environment
10:45    Coffee break
11:00Plenum: Presentation and Discussion of the Results
11:30Lunch Break

SESSION 2: Selection Pressure and Horizontal Gene Transfer in Natural Environments
12:30Detecting Rare Gene Transfer Events in Environmental Bacterial Populations
(Kaare M. Nielsen, Oslo Metropolitan University, DENMARK)
12:40Dissemination of Antibiotic Resistance in the Environment: Pathways and Potential Barriers
(Eddie Cytryn, Rischon LeZion, ISRAEL)
12:50Breakout Session – Working Groups
Main drivers of AMR and HGT in soil, water, sediment, clinical, and community settings
14:00Plenum: Presentation and Discussion of the Results
14:30    Coffee Break
SESSION 3: Antibiotic Resistance Genes as Environmental Pollutants
14:45    The Role of Extracellular DNA in the Generation of New Resistance Determinants in the Food/feed Chain
(Markus Wögerbauer, Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety, AUSTRIA)
14:55    Wastewater Treatment Plants as Sink and Source for Clinically Relevant Antibiotic Resistance Determinants
(Norbert Kreuzinger, Technical University Vienna, AUSTRIA)
15:05Breakout Session – Working Groups
Critical Control Points at ecosystem boundaries, legal aspects, guidance for guidelines and regulations
15:45    Plenum: Presentation and Discussion of the Results
16.00Round Table and Plenum Discussion:
Main knowledge gaps, future research needs
Collecting data for a White Book report
16.25   Closing Remarks