Unlocking the future of animal science: BSAS Annual Conference 2017


Changing political landscapes, technological developments, climate change and increasing demand for food mean today’s animal scientists are facing some of the biggest challenges - and opportunities - in a generation.

How are they going to harness the skills and information they need to find answers? Where are the developments in technology being made to help them? And how will they get the support and funding needed to drive developments and knowledge to create sustainable livestock systems?

Join the British Society of Animal as it brings together experts from across the globe to try and answer these fundamental questions and others at the BSAS 2017 Annual Conference.

Held at the University of Chester on 26 and 27 April, the two-day day event will focus on what’s next for global animal science and production, looking at developments in scientific technologies as well precision agriculture techniques.

Special industry sessions will focus on the latest developments animal health, nutrition and performance, while experts will tackle a range of other subjects including the latest in equine science, welfare measures of pigs, antimicrobials, and dairy cow fertility.

Tackling the challenges ahead

Hailed as the UK’s leading animal science event, the conference is set to bring together more than 500 delegates including researchers, vets, policy-makers, farmers and students from around the world.

Mike Steele, BSAS chief executive, said the event is a vital opportunity for players across the animal science and production sector to come together to discuss how it can tackle the challenges ahead in a way which is beneficial to all.

“We are facing a huge number of uncertainties at the moment, particularly around the future of the sector once the UK has left the European Union.

“Brexit brings up a huge array of questions not just about trade and industry, but about how animal science projects operate and how they will be funded in the coming years.

“The UK is a world-leader in animal science, but we can’t just sit back and rest on our laurels: We need to have a firm understanding of what we want to achieve in future, and how we are going to get there together.

“This conference provides us with a chance to discuss our ideas, understand where the challenges lie, and cement some firm actions we can all take over the coming months and years.”