Elke was awarded her PhD from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences with a focus on managing horses in groups to improve horse welfare and human safety. She holds a Master of Science in Animal Behaviour and Welfare from Edinburgh University. Her principal research interests lie in the field of horse behaviour and the various forms of horse-human interactions. Elke has been connected with horse husbandry and training for many years and has taken every opportunity to further improve her practical and scientific skills. Elke co-chaired the local organizing committee for the 2010 ISES Conference in Uppsala, Sweden. She is spending her spare time with her PRE horse Curioso and her German sheperd Callas.