Sijne van der Beek
Raised on a family farm in Herefordshire and with advanced degrees in Animal Behaviour / Welfare and Animal Breeding / Genetics. Graduating with a PhD from The Roslin Institute / University of Edinburgh and after undertaking a research position in Australia, Dr. Lewis is currently overseeing Genetic Dissemination for Genus PIC in the EMEAR region working with pig producers from developing farmers in Africa to multinational integrated food businesses. Additionally Dr. Lewis is the current chair of the steering committee for the European Forum for Farm Animal Breeders (EFFAB). Dr. Lewis has multiple published research articles and has spoken globally on practical animal breeding. Dr. Lewis is a strong advocate of science based decision making along the food chain with a focus on the use of new tools and methods being effectively taken from research to implementation to tackle changing societal demands and deliver ethical, nutritious, sustainable, and enjoyable animal protein.
Ashie Norris is the senior scientist responsible for R&D in Mowi Genetics, the salmon farming and breeding company. She is also responsible for the genetics program in Mowi Ireland and Scotland. She has worked for Mowi for over 20 years and is also on the steering committee of EFFAB representing the Aquaculture sector.
Dr. Roland Aumüller has more than 4 decades of experience as a specialist veterinary surgeon in the field of livestock reproduction, artificial insemination, biotechnology, and quality assurance.
His involvement with the pig and cattle breeding started from the beginning of his professional career. He had multiple positions as CEO of artificial insemination centers for cattle and pigs, breeding companies and research institutes.
At EFFAB he is member of from the early days and a long-term member of the steering committee plus its treasurer.
Dr. Aumüller is an independent senior veterinary consultant and lives in Landshut, Bavaria, Germany.
Sijne van der Beek
Sijne van der Beek got his master and PhD degrees from Wageningen University. His Ph.D. was on the use of genetic markers in poultry breeding. After finishing his degrees, he joined the animal breeding industry. He worked 23 years for Dutch/Flemish cattle breeding cooperative CRV in various roles in research, breeding, product management and innovation. His last role at CRV was as global manager of research and innovation. In this role he represented CRV on the Breed4Food board, the collaboration between breeding companies Hendrix Genetics, Cobb Vantress, Topigs Norsvin, CRV and Wageningen University. In November 2020 Sijne joined the EW group as Chief Technology Officer Layer Genetics. Within EFFAB he represents Lohmann Breeders GmbH, the layer genetics company based in Cuxhaven (Germany).
Sijne was born and raised on a dairy farm, married to a daughter of a dairy&poultry farmer, and has two sons that are now at university.
Clotilde PATRY is in charge of the “Phenotype and Genetics” department at ELIANCE, the umbrella organization for breeding, reproduction, and data recording in ruminants, with members in France and Wallonia. With a phD in Animal Breeding, Clotilde PATRY’s areas of expertises are many : i) implementation of genomic selection in cattle, sheep and goat (asVALOGENE operational manager) ; ii) fostering international collaborations based on dataand practice exchanges (Interbull and EuroGenomics projects) ; iii) connecting the needs of