1st Workshop on Wildlife Fertility Control:
What Now?  What Next?  Where To?

June 17 – 18, 2024

Spring Lane Building
University of York
York, United Kingdom


DAY 1: Monday June 17, 2024

8:30-9:30 – Welcome Coffee and Registration

9:30-9:40 – Introduction and Housekeeping
Monique Principi, Botstiber Institute for Wildlife Fertility Control, USA

9:40-11:00 – SESSION 1

  • Human wildlife conflict trends and role of fertility control
    Giovanna Massei, Botstiber Institute for Wildlife Fertility Control, University of York, UK
  • Understanding human emotions to mitigate human-wildlife conflicts
    Maarten JacobsWageningen University, The Netherlands
  • Which contraceptives are available?
    Stephanie Boyles Griffin, The Humane Society of the United States, USA                                                                                                                                       Giovanna Massei, Botstiber Institute for Wildlife Fertility Control, University of York, UK
  • Fertility control for rodents
    Jens Jacob, Julius Kühn-Institute – Federal Research Centre for Cultivated Plants, Rodent Research, Germany
    Steven Belmain, Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich, UK

11:00-11:30 – Coffee Break and Poster Session

11:30-12:50 – SESSION 2

  • Fertility control for birds in Europe
    Marco Pellizzari, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, Italy
  • Human dimensions: fertility control and public attitudes
    Andrea Monaco, National Institute for Environmental Research, Italy
  • Fertility control for wildlife: the role of zoos
    Veronica Cowl, Reproductive Management Group, Chester Zoo, UK
  • Wildlife fertility control: criteria, challenges, and opportunities
    Giovanna Massei, Botstiber Institute for Wildlife Fertility Control, University of York, UK

12:50-14:15 – Lunch

14:20-15:40 – SESSION 3

  • A view from the industry: drug registration in Europe
    Felix von Blanckenhagen, RIFCON GmbH, Germany
  • Fertility control and European law: the regulatory framework
    Léa Badoz, Eurogroup for Animals, Belgium
  • Fertility control from individuals to populations
    Kate Schoenecker, U.S. Geological Survey, USA
  • Fertility control, diseases, welfare and One Health
    Manel Lopez-Bejar, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain
    Antonio Varcasia, University of Sassari, Italy

15:40-16:10 – Coffee Break and Poster Session

16:10-17:10 – SESSION 4

  • Collaboration, communications and fertility control to effectively manage a well-established, invasive non-native mammal
    Kay Haw, UK Squirrel Accord, UK
  • Fertility control and rewilding
    Matt Heydon, Natural England, UK 
  • Delivery of oral contraceptives
    Sarah Beatham, Animal Plant Health Agency, UK

17:15-18:15 – Poster Session 
                         Pop Equus Demonstration (Room – SLB 002)

18:30 – Attendee Reception

Guest Speaker 
Lord Kinnoull
Red Squirrel Survival Trust

DAY 2: Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Where we want to be and how we get there.

Pamela Abbott, Facilitator

8:00-9:00  – Welcome Coffee

Fertility control in the media: how do we communicate the science?
Alistair Keely, University of York, UK 

Break-out group discussion session 1*

11:00-11:30 – Coffee Break

Break-out group discussion session 2*

13:00-14:30 – Lunch

Group reports, general discussion with expert panel

Summary and Conclusions

* Guided by facilitators, groups will be encouraged to discuss species, contexts, public support, feasibility and cost of fertility control as well as science communication. Specific topics of group discussions to be announced.



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