Prof. Bas Kemp’s Visit: Sharing Knowledge, Ideas and Introduction to The Future Collaboration

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Tuesday, 15 September 2015, Faculty of Animal Husbandry – Universitas Padjadjaran has warmly welcomed Prof. Bas Kemp, a chair leader of Animal Adaptation Physiology Research Group, Department of Animal Sciences, Wageningen University, The Netherlands. His visit to the Faculty was well organized by cooperation affairs’ team under coordination of Indrawati Y. Asmara, PhD.

His activities was started by visiting several teaching and research farms in the morning. After that, he joined meeting with the Dean, Vice Deans, and the academic staffs of the Faculty. Prof. Kemp presented the profile of University of Wageningen and his Animal Adaptation Physiology Research Group while Prof. Yurmiati (Dean of the Faculty) presented Introduction to Animal Husbandry Faculty. After their presentations, the meeting was continued by an interactive discussion where Prof. Kemp shared his experience in research, publications, and collaboration with industries. He mentioned that about 60% of his research budgets is currently funded by industries while government funding is around 30%. Not to mention, he also described about the past and current research works in his research group and the possibility to join in. This meeting was lasted in about one hour.

The next schedule of Prof. Kemp was giving a talk at a general lecture titled Preserving Animal Health, Welfare, and Productivity in Challenging Environment. ‘Environmental challenges can be the condition where the animals should adapt to climate, housing systems, pathogens, and their interaction with another animals and the man’, he stated. He also explained how to improve the adaptive capacity of animals via genetic predisposition, early life experiences, and current environment to minimize the negative effect of challenging condition on health, welfare, and the performance of animals. He gave examples improving the adaptive capacity of laying hens, pigs, and dairy cows based on past and on-going research within his group in Wageningen University.

His lecture was responded amazingly. Not only undergraduate students attended Aula room (3rd floor, Building IV) but also postgraduate students and Faculty’s academic staffs. At discussion session, the moderator added 15 minutes extra time to cover most of audience’s questions. In a closing statement Prof. Kemp said that he was grateful visiting the Faculty and giving a lecture in a crowded audience. He thanked all the audience for the attention and acknowledged the cooperation affairs team of the Faculty for managing his visit.

Prof. Kemp! Thanks so much for sharing knowledge, ideas, and the introduction to our future collaboration. (Diky)