Animal appetites and circular food systems on the bill for the BSAS 2019 Annual Conference

Scientists from across the world, including Professor Eileen Wall from Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), will gather in Scotland’s capital from 9-11 April to discuss the latest advancements in animal science at the British Society of Animal Science (BSAS) 75th anniversary conference.

Held at Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC), the three-day event, entitled ‘Fit for the Future’, will focus on the opportunities around animal science and the challenges surrounding feeding a growing world population with fewer resources.
Maggie Mitchell, Chief Executive of the British Society of Animal Science, commented: “We are very much looking forward to welcoming delegates to Edinburgh for the 75th BSAS Annual Conference for a truly global celebration of the innovation and progress that has been made in animal science over the last 75 years.”
Global experts from as far afield as Australia have been invited to discuss the pioneering technologies shaping the future of animal production. Professor David Raubenheimer, a renowned nutritional ecologist from Sydney University with 25 years of experience in the sector, will present a headline lecture on the critical roles of specific appetites in animal and human nutrition.
Another keynote speaker is Dr Hannah van Zanten from the Netherland’s Wageningen University’s Animal Productions Systems group, who will share her topical insight into the role of farm animals in the circular food system and the pathways available for sustainable production and consumption of animal-sourced food.
 Numerous celebrated scientists will give invaluable insights into a diverse range of topics. Speakers from industry will also discuss subjects ranging from animal behaviour, the economics of animal welfare and the adoption of new technology in livestock production.
As well as a comprehensive list of influential speakers, there will also be species-specific sessions including pig, sheep and equine, as well as workshops on aquaculture, companion and zoo animals, nutrition and young stock.