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

Scientists from across the world 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 75th anniversary conference. 


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. 

Held at Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC), the three-day event, entitled ‘Fit for the Future’, will focus on the difficulties and opportunities animal science - and those working in the sector - face in trying to feed a growing world population with fewer resources, as well as identifying ways to meet the world’s challenges. 

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.

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. 

“A fantastic programme of seminars and international speakers has been organised across the three days, covering a range of sectors and species. Seasoned animal scientists and students alike are encouraged to attend for what promises to be an educational and progressive course of discussions surrounding the future of animal science.”

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.

A full list of speakers and information about purchasing tickets can be found HERE

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