BSAS industry firsts and ground-breaking debuts

On April 12-15, the British Society of Animal Science (BSAS) will be making history with the launch of its first ever virtual conference – ‘The Challenge of Change – The New Normal?’ The conference promises a series of firsts for the society, making history with its first Equine Symposium and specialist webinars part of a first ever venture into a globally accessible virtual platform.

Sunday, 21st March 2021, 11:00 am

Also, a first for the society, BSAS will host a series of specialist webinars with a focus on agriculture, industry and animal science. The webinars, which can be booked individually and are free to attend, welcome globally renowned specialists who will explore topics at the heart of their specialism. These webinars sit under the theme of the ‘challenge of change’ and feature the future of beef farms, climate and biodiversity, the hyperprolific sow and developments in the dairy sector.

The society also looks forward to hosting its first ever Equine Symposium, where attendees will get to enjoy panel discussions with international equine scientists, as they address the challenge of change in an equine context.

Attendees to the symposium, chaired by Dr Barbara Murphy (Head of Subject for Equine Science, University College Dublin), will get to enjoy panel discussions with leading equine specialists debating the latest hot topics and headlines, hearing from highly respected keynote speakers – Prof Martin Nielsen and Prof Christine Aurich, as they address the challenge of change in an equine context.

The conference programme hosts a plethora of world-renowned scientists and animal technologists inciting lively debate and discussion around the conference theme. Joining the conference for the Future of Farming session is Tom Heap, Countryfile and Costing the Earth presenter, who will partake in a question-and-answer session with Early Careers scientists about how their professional pathways can positively impact the future of farming, particularly given current uncertainties. Other programme highlights include The Global Approach to Net Zero, chaired by Dr John Gilliland OBE, which addresses the ongoing debating and identifies key actions already taken, as we work towards the goal of net zero.

The speakers will also offer an invaluable insight into the latest ground-breaking research developments, practical solutions to underpin sustainable animal production, and what they feel the sector needs to do to unify its approach to improve the performance and wellbeing of animals.

Also, brand new for this year’s event, are sessions and workshops devoted to supporting and engaging those in the early stages of their career. Through a series of bespoke sessions and informative industry workshops, the ‘Developing Talent’ days, will allow fledgling scientists to get abreast of the latest research, network with industry leaders, and learn the tips and tricks they need to help them stand out to future employers.