Overwhelming response to EAAP 2016 abstract call

EAAP 2016 has received an overwhelming response to its call for abstracts, with nearly 1200 submissions being made by people hoping to present at Belfast this summer.

Beating last year’s submission figures, abstracts were sent from 66 countries across the globe, ensuring EAAP 2016 will have a truly international flavour.

The presentations will now be organised into a four-day schedule for the event, which will take place at the Waterfront Conference Centre (pictured) in Belfast from 29 August to 1 September.

Sessions will cover a huge array of topics ranging from genetics and livestock nutrition to pig, sheep and poultry production and aquaculture, as well as one-day symposiums including Amazing Grazing and Precision Livestock Agriculture.

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As well as the scientific-orientated sessions there will also be half-day events that will cover the tricky problems of succession in farming, food fraud and how to feed animals to achieve healthy human diets.

The plenary session on Tuesday 30 August will cover land use and food security, with world experts Tim Searchinger (WRI, USA), Philip Thornton (ILRI, Kenya), J F Sousanna (INRA, France), Pat Dillon (Teagasc, Ireland) and Ian Givens (Reading University, UK) addressing how those issues can be balanced.

Sinclair Mayne, head of the EAAP organising team, said he was delighted by the number of abstracts submitted for the 67th annual EAAP meeting in Belfast.

“The conference represents an excellent opportunity to showcase the very best of UK and Irish livestock farming to an international audience,” Dr Mayne said.

“It’s also a chance to bring scientists and those working in livestock agriculture together to discuss how research can help address the challenges that face the European livestock industry.  

“It’s great timing for the biggest animal science conference in Europe to come to Belfast and we hope everyone will use this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend, listen, learn and network.”  

Whilst the deadline for papers is now passed there is plenty of room at the newly-extended Waterfront venue, in the centre of Belfast, for delegates and exhibitors to come and join in. 


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