After an absence of over three decades, the 24th edition of the World’s Poultry Congress will take place in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, in August 2012.
Home to one of the most dynamic poultry industries in the world, Brazil plays host to this year’s event. The World’s Poultry Science Association celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, so the event promises to be not only bigger and better than ever, but also offers a variety of events commemorating the centennial.
Bigger than ever
Some 7,000 visitors and 3,000 participants are expected to attend the Convention Center in Salvador de Bahia for the event that runs from August 5-9. The venue, which has been completely remodeled, is approximately 15 minutes from the airport and faces Salvador Bay. It has 57,000 m2 of area spread over four floors and offers 17 auditoriums. But it is not only the scale of the venue that is impressive; this year has seen a record number of abstracts submitted for the conference, with over 1,000 papers submitted.
In order to stimulate student participation and the presentation of papers by students at the World’s Poultry Congress, the organizers will be giving monetary awards for the best student paper presented. A special technical committee will select a total of 22 papers or posters and each will be given an award of US$1,000.
Given that 2012 is a centenary year, a number of special events are being planned. A luau will be held at the Hotel Gran Stella Maris for all invited speakers. A special World’s Poultry Science Association booth will be erected at the event to act as a meeting point for all its members from around the world. The booth will also act as a showcase for the association’s publications and events in its history with historical photographs and videos from around the world. The event will also have centennial posters on display via large television screen.
This year’s event is being organized by the Foundation of Poultry Science and Technology, FACTA, the Brazilian Branch of the World’s Poultry Science Association, and a number of Brazilian-themed events are planned. The official World’s Poultry Congress dinner will be held in the format of a very typical Bahian party – a Festa de Larg – which is usually held in a garden area with several very large booths for drinking, talking and dancing with two to three different bands playing simultaneously.
Lectures by internationally renowned researchers and experts will cover topics including poultry genetics, nutrition, health and management. Areas addressed will include meat and egg production, ranging from live production – management, nutrition, health, the environment, and animal welfare – to technology and the final product. In addition, Dr. Peter Hutton, from World’s Poultry Science Association Canada and one of the former presidents, will deliver a talk on some of the main accomplishments of the association since its foundation 100 years ago.
It has been 34 years since the event was last held in Brazil and a lot has changed. No place will this be more evident than in the commercial exhibition where hundreds of companies will show products with the most advanced technology to promote the development of production systems.