Sponsors take first look at world-class EAAP2016 conference venue

Sponsors of EAAP 2016 have been treated to a look behind the scenes at the newly-finished venue for this summer’s event.

Guests from companies including Devenish Nutrition, Dunbia, AFBIS, Germinal and Alltech were given a tour around the state-of-the-art Waterfront Centre in Belfast, which has undergone a dramatic transformation ahead of the EAAP conference.

The aim of the tour was to let sponsors and conference organisers see how theatre presentations, commercial displays and scientific posters will be positioned to ensure scientists and those working in the livestock industry will be able to get the best from the event.

With Europe’s biggest annual scientific conference coming to Belfast in 29 August – 1 September, everyone agreed that the extended venue will offer a fantastic networking opportunity for delegates.

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Mike Steele, chief executive of UK host organisation BSAS, said: “The conference only comes to the UK every 25 years, so it’s a great opportunity to profile Britain’s and Northern Ireland’s livestock agriculture, and perhaps even influence the 2030 research agenda.

“With 1200 experts and scientists from 66 countries giving over 1000 presentations across four days, we see this a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to kick-start a dialogue between farmers, consultants and researchers who can help solve scientific and technical problems,” he added.

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Whilst the Waterfront Centre will be the hub of the EAAP 2016 conference, delegates will be able to see and sample Belfast City and Northern Ireland through a comprehensive social and visit programme.

This will include a St George’s Victorian Market Food and Livestock show, a series of farm visits, a City Hall reception, and a spectacular banquet in the Titanic Centre.

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