Fit for the Future: Get ready for the BSAS 2019 Annual Conference

Identifying the ways livestock production can be sustainable and profitable for the long-term is set be the focus for BSAS in 2019 as the society celebrates its 75th year.

To mark its special anniversary, BSAS is gearing up to host special activities which will examine the challenges and opportunities animal science - and those working in the sector - face in future. 

In addition to the society’s usual program of member workshops and events, the highlight of the year will be the 2019 Annual Conference, ‘Fit for the Future’, which will be a celebration of animal science’s progress over the last 75 years.

Held at the iconic Edinburgh Conference Centre (pictured, right) - in the city where the society was first established in 1944 - the conference will also look ahead to livestock science’s next steps, and identify the ways the sector needs to develop to ensure it can help meet the world’s challenges.

Special sessions at the event will include a reflection on 75 years of animal science, looking at the pioneering people and technologies that have shaped the livestock sector, as well as the developments on the horizon.

Meanwhile experts from across the world will discuss the ways research is being put into practice, covering subjects from sexed semen in cattle production, to precision livestock production and herd genetics.

Speakers from industry will also talk about subjects ranging from animal behaviour, the economics of animal welfare, and the adoption of new technology in livestock production.

As usual there will be species-specific sessions, including pig, sheep and equine, as well as workshops on aquaculture, companion and zoo animals, nutrition and youngstock. As part of the celebrations there will also be a gala conference dinner.

'Celebrating the developments'

Bruce Beveridge, BSAS chief executive, said the huge changes facing the livestock sector meant that the society’s 75th anniversary was the perfect time to look at how far the industry had come - as well as where it was heading.

“The coming years are going to see massive changes in the way animal science and our food systems operate - not just from a regulatory standpoint, but also in terms of trade, human health and nutrition,” he said.

“There’s no doubt there are challenges but also opportunities in the horizon, and that animal scientists have the skills, knowledge and drive to address them head-on.

“Through our ‘Fit for the Future’ annual conference, BSAS wants to examine and celebrate the developments are being made by animal scientists to create sustainable, profitable and productive livestock systems.

“We’re not just using 2019 as an opportunity to look back at where we’ve come from - we want to look at the sector’s exciting new steps, and start to imagine where we might end up in the next 75 years.”

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