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Just about every country has some sort of poultry industry conference, such as the VIV Asia held in Bangkok. Additionally, conferences relating to animal production generally include poultry science components. However, the purpose of this article is to highlight some of the core conferences and events dedicated to the poultry industry that are accessible to a broad, worldwide audience.
The World’s Poultry Science Association (WPSA), established during the early 20th century, held its first official conference in 1921 in The Hague. It is held every four years in a different WPSA member country. Under the banner of The World Poultry Congress (WPC), it covers all aspects of poultry science and education, along with commercial exhibitions over three to four days. For more information about the WPC, please visit the official website of the WPSA at www.wpsa.com or search “World Poultry Congress + year” to find the specific website of the next conference.
The Poultry Science Association (PSA) is a North American organisation established in 1908. The annual scientific meetings are held in various cities in the USA and Canada usually during July. Please visit the PSA official website at www.poultryscience.org or search “Poultry Science Association annual meeting + year”.
The European Poultry Conference (EPC) is organised by various European branches of the WPSA and is held every four years in various European cities. This conference covers all aspects of poultry science and runs over two to three days.
The Australian Poultry Science Symposium (APSS) is an annual meeting held in February by the Poultry Research Foundation at the University of Sydney. It covers most aspects of poultry science, except those relating to health and disease, which are covered in the Australian Veterinary Poultry Association (AVPA) meetings. AVPA meetings are held biannually, with one immediately after APSS. The websites for APSS and AVPA are: www.sydney.edu.au/vetscience/apss/ and www.avpa.asn.au where the meeting dates and venue are usually given well ahead of time.
The European Symposium on Poultry Nutrition (ESPN) is held every two years in various European cities sometime between July and September. ESPN exclusively covers poultry nutrition and thus attracts delegates from all across the globe. There is no single dedicated portal for this conference but it can be found easily with the search term “European Symposium on Poultry Nutrition”.
Poultry Information Exchange (PIX) is an initiative of the Australian poultry industry and is a biannual industry event held between April and May on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. PIX is focused on applied solutions for industry challenges and is well attended by Australian poultry industry personnel. More information about PIX is available at www.pixamc.com.au.
This is perhaps the largest poultry exposition in the world and is held in Atlanta, Georgia every January. It is known as the “Atlanta Poultry Show” by most industry people. The show attracts around 20 thousand visitors each year. Although its focus is trade display, concurrent seminars are conducted to cover various topics throughout the three day event.
The Asia-Pacific Poultry Conference (APPC) is organised by the Asia-Pacific Federation of the WPSA and is held every three years in various Asian cities. APPC covers all aspects of poultry science.