NKJ Mastitis network

The 5th Seminar on Nordic Mastitis Research 2023 - ongoing projects and treatment protocols minimizing the use of antibiotics
The 5th Seminar on Nordic Mastitis Research 2023 - ongoing projects and treatment protocols minimizing the use of antibiotics

Mastitis continues to be the most common and costly disease of dairy cows and it is the predominant reason for antibiotic usage in dairy herds. It has a negative impact on milk production and quality, animal welfare and farm economics; overall, healthy animals are more efficient milk producers.

The Nordic researchers working on bovine mastitis and udder health, lead by Prof Päivi Rajala-Schultz at University of Helsinki, joined forces in 2018 to enhance their collaboration and to build an active network to tackle the challenges of mastitis together. This effort was supported by NKJ (Nordic Joint Committee for Agricultural and Food Research) networking funds. A long-term goal of this collaboration is to support and enhance competitiveness and profitability of Nordic dairy production through science-based knowledge and advice to the dairy sector.

The first Nordic Mastitis Research seminar was held in Uppsala in 2018, the second in Finland in 2019 and the third as a webinar organized from Oslo in 2021. The fourth seminar was organized in Copenhagen in 2022, as a hybrid meeting with the possibility for online attendance. The purpose of these seminars/webinars has been to share information about on-going udder health projects and discuss various topics related to udder health in Nordic countries.

To continue these successful meetings and discussions, the 5th Seminar on Nordic Mastitis Research will be held in Uppsala, Sweden, in September 27-28, 2023 as an on-site meeting only. Based on the aims of the latest NKJ project, this seminar will focus on mastitis treatment protocols minimizing the use of antibiotics. The program will also include presentations given by the participants about their ongoing research on any mastitis-related topic. Priority will be given to presentations by PhD students and post-doctoral researchers.

Please, make plans to join your Nordic colleagues for an informative meeting with active discussions in historic Uppsala.

Dates 2023

Wednesday, September 27 (lunch served at 12.00)

  • Official program starts at 12.30, followed by dinner and social hour and networking

Thursday, September 28

  • 8.30 – 14.00

There is no registration fee for mastitis researchers and advisers from farmer organizations in the Nordic countries actively working on udder health issues (thanks to the NKJ-networking grant), but registration is required. Registration includes lunch and coffee on both days and the dinner on Wednesday evening.

Registration will open soon

Deadline for those who wish to give a presentation is 15.8.2023.

For other participants registration deadline is 1.9.2023.

Venue for the seminar

The seminar will take place at “Långskeppet” at the National Veterinary Institute (SVA), Ulls väg 2B, Uppsala, +46 (0)18 674000, www.sva.se. SVA is situated in the suburb Ultuna approximately 5 km south of central Uppsala.

From central Uppsala you can travel to SVA by bus 4 from Uppsala central station to the bus stop “SVA” which takes approximately 15-20 min. Alternatively, you can go by taxi or take a walk along the river.

From Arlanda airport you can travel to Uppsala central station with train (SL, Storstockholms lokaltrafik or SJ). Alternatively, you can take bus 801 with UL, Upplands lokaltrafik from Arlanda to Uppsala central station and then take bus 4 to SVA. Another alternative is to take a taxi directly from the airport to SVA (see address above). You can pre-book taxi pick-up at the terminal e.g. with Uppsala Taxi +46 (10)18 100 000.


Several hotels are available in central Uppsala. Some hotels situated close to the central station and bus 4 are listed here:

Organizing committee

Karin Persson Waller, National Veterinary Institute (SVA), Sweden
karin.persson-waller@sva.se Phone: +46 (10)18 674672

Ingrid Hunter Holmøy, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway

Volker Krömker, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Päivi Rajala-Schultz, University of Helsinki, Finland