Fit for the Future      

The BSAS 2019 Annual Conference, ‘Fit for the Future’, 9-11 April will be a celebration in Edinburgh of animal science’s progress over the last 75 years.

Special sessions will include a reflection on 75 years of animal science, looking at the pioneering people and technologies that have shaped the livestock sector, as well as the developments on the horizon.

Experts from across the world will discuss the ways research is being put into practice, covering subjects from sexed semen in cattle production, to precision livestock production and herd genetics.  Speakers from industry will also talk about subjects ranging from animal behaviour, the economics of animal welfare, and the adoption of new technology in livestock production. 

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



Edinburgh International Conference Centre

We are thrilled to be hosting the 2019 Annual Conference at the iconic Edinburgh International Conference Centre.  Situated at the heart of the city, the EICC is one of the world's outstanding and adaptable conferences and events venues. Winner of the Best Conference Venue at the Conference Awards 2016 and Best Large Venue winner at the Scottish Events Awards 2015.

Not only does Edinburgh double as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it has a huge amount of attractions.  So why not extend your stay and take in the sites, steep yourself in history, and enjoy this vibrant city. 

The British Society of Animal Science looks forward to welcoming you to Edinburgh to celebrate the society's 75th year.

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Invited Speakers

World-renowned animal science experts gather in Scotland for a one-off opportunity to learn and share expertise and the latest advances in research.

Invited speakers joining us in Edinburgh for BSAS 2019: Fit for the Future include:





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The conference will start on Tuesday  9 April 2019 commencing from 10:30 and finishing on Thursday 11 April at 17:00 hours. A draft of the  programme will be on the website by mid January.  

There will be a student programme on Monday commencing at 11:45 hours, followed by a  social event  in the evening - meal, quiz and ceilidh. All other delegates can also book the evening event via the registration site.

All authors must register by 8 February, failure to register by this date may result in the summary being withdrawn from the programme and not being published in the proceedings. The Conference registration fee includes the electronic version of the BSAS Proceedings. Registration for the discounted rate must also be received by 8 February.
A special low rate conference fee is offered to BSAS students/post graduates and retired members.
Registration entitles you to attend.
• All BSAS Sessions
• Joint WPSA/BSAS Session 
• WPSA Conference - all delegates are invited to attend the WPSA Gordon Memorial Lecture and the Hammond Lecture

All students attending the conference can register to attend the Student Day on Monday.  Non-students and other delegates are also welcome to register if they are attending the conference. 

Delegates are responsible for booking their own accommodation.   It is advisable that accommodation is booked early as April is a busy month and accommodation can be in short supply if left too late. There is a booking service on the website via Convention Edinburgh - please note rooms will be released by Monday 25 February.

We accept payment using the following credit cards: Visa (credit and debit), Mastercard (credit and debit) , Maestro, Solo and Amex or you may prefer to pay by cheque, made payable to BSAS. JCB cards are not accepted. Please make your payment in £ sterling. Cheques must be drawn on a UK bank. Delegates can also request an invoice when paying online or contact the BSAS Office.

30 days prior to the conference full refund less a £50 administration fee. Within 30 days of the conference: No refund. BSAS will not be held responsible if for any reason the conference is unable to commence or curtailed early.

BSAS will not be held responsible for any loss or damage of personal items of the delegates, accompanying persons, or exhibitors or injury at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

There are various pay and display car parks within walking distance of the venue.

FREE wifi access available in all areas.

Current BSAS Members can pay their membership subscription via the registration site or the normal link on the BSAS website. New members should apply via the BSAS website and not the registration site.

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