The University of Turin is one of the most ancient and prestigious Italian Universities.
It has about 70.000 students, 4.000 academic, administrative and technical staff, 1800 post-graduate and post-doctoral students and 120 buildings in different areas in Turin and in key places in Piedmont; the University of Turin can be considered as “city-within-a-city”, promoting culture and producing research, innovation, training and employment.

The University of Turin is today one of the largest Italian Universities, open to an international perspective in the fields of both research and training. It carries out scientific research and organizes courses in all disciplines, except Engineering and Architecture.
The University is an integral part of the community, changing it for the better, reviving urban and suburban areas, promoting cultural interaction, social integration and development, encouraging dialogue and insight into current realities.

The University of Turin virtually covers  every field of knowledge; its Medical Diagnostic, Biosensoristics and Nanotechnologies research centers are amongst the best ones in Italy.

Some of the degree courses offered are unique in Italy, such as Military Strategy, Biotechnology, Sport Sciences, Restoration and Conservation (in Venaria).

The University of Turin has a remarkable research tradition in traditional subjects such as history, philosophy, law, economics and medicine but it is currently branching out into important modern sectors, such as food science, social politics, IT, performing arts and communication sciences.

There are more than 70 university libraries comprising about two millions books: 100.000 are antique volumes. The Botanic Garden and several University Museums such as "Cesare Lombroso" - Criminal Anthropology Museum and "Luigi Rolando" - Human Anatomy Museum are well known.

The University takes a close interest in the network of local museums, on subjects ranging from Egypt to contemporary Art and it runs its own media, radio, television and film production units.
The University makes an active stand on a number of social issues, such as environment, drugs, equal opportunities and rights of people with special needs. It also acts at an international level through partnership arrangements with India, China, developing countries in Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean Area and with a number of international organizations operating in the region.

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Contact : ezio.ferroglio [a]


IZSLER is a Public Technical-Scientific Body with and autonomous technical and administrative management. It offers services in the Public Veterinary sectors i.e. to the Regional and National Veterinary Services, Breeders and Consumers.  It provides services as required by national and regional laws in the fields of animal health and food security.
IZSLER has an extensive background in wild animal management, wildlife health and in the epidemiology of diseases shared between wildlife, livestock, and humans, including vector-borne diseases.
In Italy, as the in rest of Europe, the interest in the detection of wildlife infectious diseases has considerably grown in the last decades.
Thus, IZSLER has been progressively dedicated his activity also to: 
1) planning of harmonized monitoring program on zoonotic diseases;
2) adopting of shared diagnostic protocols to obtain comparable data;
3) designing an epidemiological picture of different diseases in the area of competence (North Italy);
4) sharing knowledge among stakeholders on wildlife disease. In the IZSLER are present the OIE Reference Laboratories for Swine Vesicular disease, for Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease, Rabbit Myxomatosis, and Swine Influenza, the FAO reference centre for foot and mouth disease and vesicular disease and 13 national reference laboratories. Among which there is the National Reference Centre for Viral diseases of lagomorphs;
They manage a biobank ( including several samples and material also from wildlife. This represents a rich source of samples for use in the APHAEA project and, at the same time, warrants the state-of-the-art diagnostic skills in direct and indirect diagnostic tests for wildlife diseases.


Artemis is an independent research institute established in the Netherlands, dedicated to conducting world-class basic and applied research on wildlife health and to providing independent expert opinions and knowledge on issues relevant to improving wildlife health and biodiversity of wildlife species in Europe. To this purpose it provides scientists from all over Europe access to state-of-the-art research facilities and expert knowledge.

Contact: t.kuiken [a]


DTU-Vet at the Technical University of Denmark is the national reference centre for wildlife diseases for the veterinary and environmental authorities for more than 70 years. Therefore, the institute has a broad experience in pathology, histopathology, bacteriology, virology, parasitology, and epidemiology in wildlife diseases in Denmark. More than 1000 fallen wildlife are submitted annually from which samples are stored for use in research. DTU-Vet can provide partners with a wide range of samples in our tissue bank from Danish wildlife collected through general and targeted surveillance. The DTU-Vet are carrying of general wildlife surveillance as well as targeted surveillance for a number of species including several of the species selected for this project. DTU-Vet leads the Danish National Centre for Wildlife Health (NCWH), an interdisciplinary and cross-institutional centre dedicated to carry out research in Danish wildlife disease and surveillance of health ( The researchers associated in the NCWH have a long and broad range of expertise within the veterinary and ecological fields including disease and population modeling. Stakeholders (farmer organizations and hunters associations) are associated partners in the NCWH allowing for an easy and efficient collection of material for the research activities.

Contact: march [a]


The FIWI at the University of Bern is the national reference center for wildlife diseases for the Swiss federal authorities of environment and of veterinary affairs. The FIWI has a long-lasting experience in both general and targeted health surveillance of free-ranging wildlife, as well as in research focusing on the patho-epidemiology of wildlife diseases and on interactions between wildlife and domestic livestock. The FIWI works with the support and in close collaboration with the Swiss authorities and with the regional hunting and veterinary offices, and benefits from a solid network of contacts with people in the field in the whole country. The FIWI has tested protocols for sample collection in various mammalian species, addressing questions such as the definition of epidemiological units for sampling strategies, the shipment of samples, and the archiving of collected materials.

Contact: Marie-Pierre.Ryser [a]