Our Keynote Speakers

We are more than happy to present our keynote speakers for 2022!

Dr Marcella Millazotto


 Marcella Milazzotto is an associate professor at the Center of Natural and Human Science of Federal University of ABC in São Paulo/ Brazil. She received a Bachelor of Biological Science degree in 1998 and Master of Science in Genetics in 2001 working on molecular markers of reproductive performance at São Paulo State University. She received her PhD in Biotechnology in 2006 studying genome edition on bovine embryos at University of São Paulo. Her primary area of expertise is the metaboloepigenetics: the relation between the metabolism and epigenetic reprogramming in embryos. She currently works to characterize the relationship between changes in culture systems and their impact on the molecular control of mammalian embryos.


Dr Milazzotto will give a talk entitled: "Erasing gametes to write blastocysts: metabolism as the new player in epigenetic reprogramming."

Dr Adam Watkins

Adam Watkins works at the University of Nottingham within the Division of Child Health, Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Dr Watkins has always had an interest in how factors affecting early reproductive and developmental processes impact on the long-term health of the resultant offspring. After studying how culture conditions affect the development of the mouse pre-implantation embryo, he studied the impact of poor maternal diet on the developing embryo and offspring. Recently, his focus has shifted onto studying how poor paternal diet affect sperm quality, embryo development, fetal growth and adult offspring cardio-metabolic health in mice.


The title of Dr Watkins' talk in Utrecht will be :"Defining the male contribution to embryo quality and offspring health in assisted reproduction in farm animals"

Dr Inmaculada Parrilla Riera

Dr Inmaculada Parrilla Riera, DVM, PhD, Dipl ECPHM holds a diplomate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Murcia (1998), and a PhD from the University of Murcia in 2005, with the thesis entitled “Advances in the sex preselection of porcine offspring by sperm sorting”. She passed two years (2006-2008) as a postdoctoral researcher in the Dpt. of Biotechnology. Institute for Animal Breeding (FAL). Neustadt-Mariensee, Germany (currently, Institute of Farm Animal Genetics”. Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut (FLI).  From 2008 to 2013 worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the University of Murcia (Dpt. of Animal Medicine and Surgery, Faculty of Veterinary Science) and from 2014 to the present she is working as an Associate Professor at the same department. Her research is focused mainly in porcine reproductive biotechnologies with special dedication to study and optimization of boar sperm cryopreservation and /or sex-sorting by flow cytometry, proteomics of the boar seminal plasma and spermatozoa,  development of techniques for insemination with low or very low sperm number and development and optimization of surgical and non-surgical embryo trasnsfer procedures in swine. Author of more than 100  research papers published in the JCR index, researcher in more than 20 research projects and national and international research contracts. Supervisor of 6 PhD Thesis. Member of the European Society of Domestic Animal Reproduction (ESDAR, from 2002 to present) and Diplomate of the European Collegue for Porcine Health Management (ECPHM, from 2010 to present).


Dr.  Inmaculada Parrilla Riera will give a lecture on: "Boar seminal plasma: overview and current insights on its potential role in assisted reproductive technologies in swine".

Dr Albert de Vries

Albert De Vries is a Professor in the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Florida. He grew up on a dairy and swine farm in the Netherlands. He went to Wageningen University where he received a BS and MS in animal science with a minor in agricultural economics. He obtained a Ph.D. in Animal Sciences from the University of Minnesota in St. Paul where he focused on dairy science, applied economics, operations research, and statistics. In 2001, Albert accepted a faculty position at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He currently teaches two undergraduate dairy courses and advises undergraduate dairy students and graduate students. His research interests are in optimization of culling and replacement strategies, economics of reproduction and genetics, precision dairy farming, and statistical process control. In his extension role, he works with the allied dairy industry and dairy farmers on farm financial management and to apply the results of his dairy systems management research.


Dr De Vries will give a lecture entitled: "Economics of assisted reproduction in farm animals."