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.

Edinburgh Guide  Venue

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:




Programme outline


11:45-17:30 Early Career Council (Student Event) - venue SRUC Kings Buildings
19:00 - to late Social Evening - buffet, quiz, ceilidh - The Three Sisters
09:30     Registration opens
09:30-10:50 Coffee/Tea
11:00-12:30 Sessions
12:30-13:30 Lunch
13:30-15:00         Sessions
13:30-14:30 Industry Prize Session
15:00-15:30 Coffee/Tea
15:30-16:40 President Prize Session
15:30-17:00 Sessions
18:30-20:00 Reception - Signet Library (wine and canapies)
08:00 Registration
09:00-10:00   Hammond Lecture
10:00-10:30 Coffee/Tea
10:30-12:30 Sessions
12:30-13:30 Lunch
13:30-15:00 Sessions
15:00-15:30 Coffee/Tea
15:30-17:00     Sessions
17:00-18:00 BSAS AGM
19:30-22:30 BSAS Conference Dinner - Assembly Rooms, George Street
08:00 Registration
09:00-10:30 Sessions
10:30-11:00 Coffee/Tea
11:00-12:30 Sessions
12:30-13:30     Lunch
13:30-15:00 Sessions
15:00-15:30 Coffee/tea
15:30-17:00 Sessions
17:00 Close of Conference
NB: Programme may be subject to minor changes



  Until 8 Feb From 9 Feb At the conference 
Full Conference £395 £450 £505
Full Conference Student/Retired  £170 £200 £230
One Day  £220 £275 £295
One Day Student/Retired Day  £115 £150 £160
Full Conference £520 £570 £600
Full Conference Student/Retired  £245 £270 £300
One Day  £310 £365 £385
One Day Student/Retired  £175    £205 £240
Monday 8 April  * Early Career Council (student event) including Quiz and Ceilidh   
    *  Student Member £10 Non member - student £65 | Others £80
Tuesday 9 April  £20 Reception - Signet Library
Wed 10 April £75 Conference Dinner - Assembly Rooms

Existing members can renew their Membership for 2019 at a discounted rate
when they register for the conference.

If you wish to join the society, please complete your Membership HERE before 
proceeding with your registration at the members rate.


COnference fees - pdf



Social Events

Monday, 8 April  - Buffet, Quiz and Ceilidh: The Three Sisters

The Cowgate has long been a place for the people of Edinburgh to socialise, and nowhere more so than The Three Sisters bar. Named in memory of the three MacKinnon sisters who were popular performers in the 1740s, The Three Sisters remains Edinburgh's gathering social hub.  We look forward to seeing you during the evening from 19:00 - late.


Tuesday, 9 April - Evening Reception : The Signet Library 

Please come along to the BSAS Reception and enjoy wine and canapés whilst taking delight in the ambience of this lovely building. The Signet Library is situated in the heart of Edinburgh Old Town and is an excellent example of Georgian architecture and elegance. It is also home to The Society of Writers to Her Majesty’s Signet – aka the WS Society – who are an association of Scottish Lawyers and are one of the oldest professional bodies in the world.

NOTE: Following the reception, 19:00-21:00 hours, delegates are free to explore and enjoy the delights this exciting city has to offer.

Food and Drink  Entertainment


Wednesday,10 April - Conference Dinner : Assembly Rooms

The Assembly Rooms was built between 1783 and 1787 to provide a place of entertainment for the wealthy residents of the New Town. Historically, assemblies were a symbol of civility for communities large and small, providing a focus and forum for community life. Over 200 years later, it still retains its function as a venue for society to gather. We hope you will join us in this very special venue for BSAS Conference Dinner 19:30-22:30 hours.


An enhanced range of sponsorship packages have been defined to offer organisations unique ways of associating their brands or messages with different aspects of the conference.

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With a convenient city centre location, the EICC is just a 12 minute walk from Haymarket Train Station, 12 minutes by taxi from Waverley Station, 20 minutes by car/taxi from Edinburgh Airport. There are also bus and tram options, as well as several car parks in close walking distance to the EICC - you could even bring your bike!


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A confirmation receipt will be issued to all delegates and can also be downloaded from the delegates registration account. 

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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