Presentation of the Key note speakers
*The content of the KN-lectures is preliminary and might be changed in the final program for 2023


Anja Varmløse Strathe, assistant professor, University of Copenhagen


Anja has been working with nutrition of sows for the last teen years both in Denmark and USA.

She is employed as assistant professor at University of Copenhagen in the Section for Production, Nutrition and Health from where she also obtained her master degree in agronomy (2009) and PhD (2017).


In her research Anja focuses on both to gain new basic knowledge on nutrition and physiology of gestating and lactating sows, but also to make applied research in collaboration with industry partners, that is readily applicable for the farmers.


The last three years she has been part of a large project investigating fetal development and nutrition of sows in early gestation.




Peter Kappel Theil, Adj. Prof, Aarhus University, Foulum

Adj. Prof Theil received his M. Sc. In Animal Science from Aarhus University in 1998 and his PhD in Animal Nutrition from The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University in Frederiksberg, Denmark, in 2002.


He received research training abroad at University of Illinois, USA, studying development, function and physiology of the mammary glands. His primary areas of research include basic and applied nutrition of pigs with most emphasis on pregnant and lactating sows. His research focus on dietary content of protein, fat, starch, fibre and energy and animal requirements of these. Great attention has been devoted to yield and composition of sow colostrum and sow milk, the farrowing process, and how the sows digest and net absorb nutrients from the gastrointestinal tract and prioritize them among various organs like udder, liver, uterus, and muscles. He has been principal investigator in many research projects focusing on nutrition and physiological requirements of sows during transition and lactation and the impact on piglet survival and growth. Adj. Prof Theil has been member of the national committee for nutrient recommendations for pigs since 2013.



Nathalie L. Trottier, Professor, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA 


Prof Trottier received a Bachelor of Science in agronomy and Master of Science in animal nutrition from McGill University in Quebec, Canada. She moved to the United States to pursue her PhD in animal nutrition from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Following completion of her PhD in 1995, she was hired as an assistant professor in the Department of Animal Science at Michigan State University and climbed to the rank of full professor in 2016.


Prof Trottier has an active teaching and research program in the area of non-ruminant animal nutrition. She teaches a senior undergraduate non-ruminant animal nutrition course with an emphasis on equids, suids, felids and canids, and a graduate protein and amino acid nutrition course.

Her research focuses on understanding mechanisms that regulate amino acid utilization in swine and equids to improve predictive models of amino acid requirements and to design feeding strategies to mitigate the impact of animal nutrition on the environment. She mentors and trains graduate students in research, and guides over 25 undergraduate research students each in her role as faculty advisor to the Animal Science Undergraduate Research Association at Michigan State University.


Prof Trottier was a member of the latest revised National Research Council on the Nutrient Requirements Swine.  She was then appointed to be part of the modeling committee of the National Animal Nutrition Program, under the umbrella of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture of the US Department of Agriculture. Her role is to contribute to the coordination and design of predictive models of nitrogen and amino acid requirements of equids and sows. Prof Trottier’s greatest gratification is to impact student learning in animal nutrition and agriculture, and guide students walking their paths to rewarding careers.




Armin Saalmüller, Professor, Institute of Immunology, Department of Pathobiology, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna


Prof. Saalmüller graduated in 1988 as Dr. rer. nat. in Biology at the Eberhard-Karls-University in Tübingen. He worked until 2004 at the Federal Research Centre for Virus Diseases of Animals -now Friedrich-Loeffler-Institute- in Tübingen with a research focus on porcine immunology and the immune response after viral infections. In 2004, Prof. Saalmüller moved to Vienna as chair of the Institute of Immunology at the University of Veterinary Medicine. His actual research focus is the porcine immune system with projects on NK cells, T-cell receptor γδ T cells, variability of the major histocompatibility complex (MHC), the adaptive cellular and humoral immune response after infection, and the development of the immunological memory. Prof. Saalmüller is author or co-author of nearly 200 publications with over 5000 citations and an h-citation-index of 44. 





Francesc Molist, Manager R&D, Schothorst Feed Research (SFR)

Francesc Molist, veterinarian and nutritionist, joined Schothorst Feed Research as a researcher and consultant in 2011. Since 2017 he leads the research group as Research and Development Manager. Schothorst Feed Research provides consulting services in animal nutrition in more than 22 countries, representing a total of 9% of the world production of feed. 


The research activities focuses mainly on swine health & nutrition, nutrient digestibility & requirements & feed processing and swine nutrition & animal behaviour & animal genetics.  


Francesc earned his degree at University of Veterinary Medicine in the Autonomous University of Barcelona. During his Masters and Doctorate in Animal Science at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, he collaborated with several major research groups in swine nutrition from across the world. Francesc is the author of numerous scientific publications and presentations as well as articles in scientific journals and conferences.



Pia Heiselberg, DVM Veterinarian, Hyovet, DVHS

August 2006 Accepted at University of Copenhagen, Veterinary Medicine


Student assistant at University of Copenhagen:
- University Teaching Hospital for Large Animals
- Department of Experimental Medicine


March 2012 DVM at University of Copenhagen
Masters Thesis in collaboration with National Veterinary Institute
”Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus in oral fluids”


March 2012 Veterinarian at


August 2012 Veterinarian at Hyovet




Vivi Aarestrup Moustsen, Chief scientist, SEGES Danish Pig Research Centre, and appointed Honorary Associate Professor in Animal Production, Pigs, at University of Copenhagen.


Vivi received her M.Sc. in Animal Science from The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University in Frederiksberg, Denmark, in 1995, and her Ph.D. in Animal Science from the same University in 2002. Vivi has been focusing on research and development of housing of lactating sows at SEGES Danish Pig Research Centre (SEGES PRC) since 2002. The emphasis has mainly been on development of systems for loose housed farrowing and lactating sows. The research includes determination of sow and piglets dimensions, space needed for important behaviours and criteria for pen design. Another important component in her research is large litters, their survival and how to ensure them milk.The aim of SEGES PRC is to develop, test and recommend the best technologies for production of pigs in Denmark.


In 2018, Vivi and her colleagues coordinated the workshop Loose Lactating Sows 2018 (LLS18) (; . The workshop was number four in a series of the subject of loose housing of lactating sows.




Yolande Seddon, PhD, Assistant Professor Swine Behaviour and Welfare & NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Swine Welfare, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, Canada


Yolande leads a swine behaviour and welfare research group at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, Saskatchewan, Canada, and is an adjunct research scientist of the Prairie Swine Centre, Saskatchewan, Canada.


Yolande trained in the UK, studying animal behaviour and welfare during her BSc (Central Lancashire, UK, 2005) and MSc (Writtle College, UK, 2006), with a postgraduate exchange (Has Den Bosch, University of Applied Sciences, NL). She received her PhD in swine health management (University of Newcastle, UK, 2011) and worked as a postdoctoral researcher with the Prairie Swine Centre, Saskatoon, Canada (2012-2015), before joining the Western College of Veterinary, Saskatoon, Canada, in 2016.


Her research goal is to contribute to the development of lasting solutions, for the welfare challenges encountered in modern swine production, supporting the advancement of animal care and farming practices. Yolande’s research includes management of the gestating sow, economic evaluation of higher welfare sow housing systems, piglet pain control and how management influences robustness characteristics in pigs.


Yolande is a regular speaker at industry meetings and workshops. She is the section editor (behaviour and welfare), for the Journal of Swine Health and Production.


SEGES Danish Pig Research Centre - Axelborg, Axeltorv 3 - 1609 - Copenhagen V - Denmark