International line-up of leading animal scientists announced

Scientists from across the world will gather in Scotland’s capital this spring to discuss the latest advancements in animal science at the BSAS’ 75th anniversary conference.

The event, ’Fit for the Future’, will focus on the challenges 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.

Held at the iconic Edinburgh International Conference Centre from 9-11 April, the conference will be a celebration of the progress animal science has made over the last 75 years.

Global experts invited to discuss the pioneering technologies which are shaping the future of animal production include:

  • Canadian microbiologist Dr Trevor Alexander discussing the growing challenges and threats to human and animal health from antimicrobial resistance from beef cattle production.

  • Professor Cathy Dwyer, head of one of the largest animal welfare research groups in Europe will consider the early life environment of young farmed livestock, and the methods of optimising their management to improve their adaptation, growth and welfare.

  • Australian physiologist and nutritionist Professor Frank Dunshea will describe the role of computer vision, machine learning and artificial intelligence in measuring physiological responses in consumers and livestock to improve assessment of emotional and physiological state in real time.

  • Assistant Professor in the Animal Production Systems, Hannah van Zanten will evaluate the role of animals in a circular food system and the pathways available for sustainable production and consumption of animal-sourced food which makes optimal use of the earth's natural resources.

  • Agricultural entomologist Dr Chrysanthus Tanga will provide an interesting insight into the development of insect proteins and their utilisation as a feed in Africa.

  • Canine behaviourist Dr Anne Carter will examine recent research investigating non-invasive methods of monitoring body temperature in in a range of domestic species.

There will also be species-specific sessions including pig, sheep and equine, as well as workshops on aquaculture, companion and zoo animals, nutrition and youngstock.

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.

The full list of invited speakers is available HERE

Details on registration for the event - including early bird ticket offers - is also available HERE

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