Invited speakers

Prof. Christopher Lu, University of Hawaii (USA)

Professor Lu is a ruminant nutritionist, with a Ph.D. In Dairy Science and Biochemistry from University of Wisconsin – Madison, USA. He is a Professor Emeritus and former Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at University of Hawaii-Hilo. He also served as President of Argosy University – Seattle, Dean of School of Agriculture and Natural Resources at State University of New York – Morrisville, and Dean of College of Agriculture at Sultan Qaboos University in Oman. Professor Lu was the founding director of American Institute for Goat Research at Langston University, Oklahoma. He was President of International Goat Association during 2004-2008, after spending more than 20 years in IGA serving as a board director, Vice President twice and Associate Editor of Small Ruminant Research.  Dr. Lu is experienced in research, teaching and higher education administration and accreditation with more than 300 scientific and other publications. He is the author of “Dairy, Science, Society and Environment” in Oxford University Research Encyclopedia. 

Dr. Veerasamy Sejian, ICAR—National Institute of Animal Nutrition and Physiology (India)

Dr Veerasamy Sejian, M.V.Sc & PhD., is a Senior Scientist at ICAR-National Institute of Animal Nutrition and Physiology (NIANP), Bangalore, India. His major thrust area of research is on Climate Change and Livestock Production and handled seven major projects in this field. Dr Sejian is the team leader which established the concept of “Multiple stresses impacting small ruminant production in the changing climate scenario”. His current research is focused on identifying molecular markers for different environmental stresses in small ruminants with the primary focus to develop agro-ecological zone specific thermo-tolerant breed. Dr Sejian has published 133 peer reviewed research/review articles in the field of stress and climate change physiology. Apart from this, he also published 85 book chapters, 217 invited/lead papers, 155 conference papers and 19 technical manuals. He has organized 10 short term training programs in the field of climate change and livestock production. His h-index is 25 and i10 index is 61. His total citation is 2019. His research gate score is 35.08 with overall publication reads of 97570. Further, Dr Sejian has published three International Springer books –“Environmental stress and amelioration in livestock production”; “Climate change impact on livestock: Adaptation and Mitigation” and “Sheep production Adapting to climate change”. Dr Sejian underwent three month International training on carbon trading/carbon sequestration/climate change in animal science at The Ohio state University, Columbus, USA. Further, Dr Sejian was bestowed with Endeavour Research Fellowship by the Australian Government to pursue post doctorate at The University of Queensland, Gatton Campus, Queensland, Australia. For his outstanding contribution in climate change and livestock production, Indian council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has bestowed him with the prestigious Lal Bahadur Shastri Outstanding Young Scientist Award. In addition, Dr Sejian is also serving as editorial board member in 27 international journals pertaining to climate change and livestock production.

Dr. Christian Nawroth, Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology (Germany)

I am interested in how animals perceive and interact with their physical and social environment. My research focuses on the cognitive capacities of livestock (goats, horses, pigs, sheep) and zoo animals (great apes, penguins) and how this knowledge can ultimately be used to improve management conditions and human-animal interactions.


  • Animal Cognition
  • Human-Animal Interactions
  • Animal Welfare Science

17-20 PDRA | Institute of Behavioural Physiology | Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology
17-18 PDRA | Centre for Proper Housing of Ruminants and Pigs | Agroscope Tänikon
15-17 Research Fellow | School of Biological and Chemical Sciences | Queen Mary University of London
10-14 Research Assistant | Institute of Animal Breeding and Husbandry | University of Halle-Wittenberg

2015 Ph.D. in Agricultural Sciences | University of Halle-Wittenberg | Germany (summa cum laude)
2009 Diploma (M.Sc) in Biology | University of Würzburg | Germany (marked 1.3)

Nawroth, C., Langbein, J., Coulon, M., Gabor, V., Oesterwind, S., Benz-Schwarzburg, J., von Borell, E. (2019) Farm animal cognition: Linking behaviour, welfare and ethics. Frontiers in Veterinary Science 6: 24. doi: 10.3389/fvets.2019.00024
Nawroth, C., Albuquerque, N., Savalli, C., Single, M.-S., McElligott, A. G. (2018) Goats prefer positive human emotional facial expressions. Royal Society Open Science 5: 180491. doi: 10.1098/rsos.180491
Nawroth, C., Brett, J. M., McElligott, A. G. (2016) Goats display audience-dependent human-directed gazing behaviour in a problem-solving task. Biology Letters 12: 20160283. doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2016.0283
Nawroth, C., von Borell, E., Langbein, J. (2015) ‘Goats that stare at men’ – Dwarf goats alter their behaviour in response to human head orientation but do not spontaneously use head direction as a cue in a food-related context. Animal Cognition 18: 65–73. doi: 10.1007/s10071-014-0777-5

Twitter: @goatsthatstare

Jean-Paul Dubeuf, INRA, Laboratoire de Recherches sur le Développement de l’Elevage (France)

Jean-Paul DUBEUF is a researcher (“Ingénieur de Recherches”) at the French National Institute in Agricultural Research (INRA) in “Science for Action and Development”, in Corte (Corsica).

For more than twenty five years, he has been specialized in the development processes of Small Ruminant with a special focus on the Mediterranean Area. His recent works have included Social, Environmental issues and Societal changes in the sustainable Development of the SR production systems and pastoralism and considered Ecological Transitions issues. In this context, he is studying presently more specifically the implementation of public policies for these activities in several projects at International (with IFAD), National (in Morocco) and Regional (in Corsica) levels.  He has published several applied research articles, review articles and position papers on these themes. He is also exploring at what extent, pastoralism could be an alternative to the present crisis of Animal Production to redesign innovative production systems answering these challenges.

Jean-Paul Dubeuf has also developed an expertise on the conception and development of an Information System on line for the animal production sectors (data basis, documentation, workflow, synthetic analysis) as the Scientific Director of the International Resource Center on Sheep and Goats Dairy sectors (CIRVAL) from 1995 to 20007.  

He animated and coordinated several Mediterranean scientific sub networks (FAO/CIHEAM, International Dairy Federation) and cooperative international projects. He was President of the International Goat Association from 2008 to 2012.

During 10 years from 1984 to 1994, he was an Expert and Consultant to support decision making activities and extension in the dairy co – operatives sector in Central France for the Technical Bureau in Dairy Promotion (BTPL).