The local organizing committee warmly welcomes you to the 17th Annual Conference of the European Society of Domestic Animal Reproduction (ESDAR), organized in Bologna, Italy, from 12 to 14 September 2013. The conference is being held at the premises of the University of Bologna, the oldest University of the western world. The venue is the building of the old and traditional Faculty of Veterinary Medicine; the meeting rooms are in a new University complex located at walking distance from the city centre.

As in Dublin last year, ESDAR is delighted that the EU-AI vets are again joining ESDAR for a joint conference from 11 to 14 September 2013. Delegates may register for either the EU-AI Vet meeting or the ESDAR meeting or the combined one.

The scientific programme deals with the most actual topics, which should be of interest for both academic people and veterinary practitioners; the invited speakers and the workshop moderators are scientists known worldwide for their experience in the field of interest. The meeting will provide a forum for presentation and discussion of state of the art in the field of veterinary reproduction; the local organizing committee and ESDAR Board are sure that the mix of plenary talks and workshops, in addition to submitted presentations (oral and posters), will provide stimulating and exciting discussions across the different fields of animal reproduction.

The support of our sponsors is greatly acknowledged. At present the list includes: Fatro, Sexing Technologies, Virbac, Minitube, Michelson Prize&Grants, Biophos, Proiser, Chemometec, IMV Technologies, Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna, Casa Editrice Ambrosiana and Assogene.

As Chair and Members of the local organizing committee, we thank all the participants – plenary speakers, workshop speakers and moderators, authors of submitted abstracts and the attending delegates.

This issue of Reproduction in Domestic Animals contains papers from 6 plenary session lectures, abstracts from 17 workshop presentations as well as 32 oral communications and 213 posters.

Conflict of interest

None of the authors have any conflict of interest to declare.