This year's Poultry Science Association annual meeting will bring together some of the world's foremost experts in the field to present and discuss their latest findings in a range of critical areas in the poultry industry. The meeting will be held in San Diego from July 21-25.

"Poultry and eggs are and will continue to be a staple in the American diet. And with the global population rise, many countries are increasing poultry production to improve human nutrition and attain food security," said Dr. Mike Kidd, Poultry Science Association president and director of the Center of Excellence for Poultry Science at the University of Arkansas.

"The Poultry Science Association annual meeting is a venue where the world's experts in poultry research present and discuss findings. The face-to-face exchange is a key component for research collaborations and synergies among poultry science experts. Research areas presented include behavior and well-being, nutrition, genetics, physiology, pathology, environmental management, endocrinology, reproduction and processing. Dr. R. Jeff Buhr, chairman of the Poultry Science Association   program, has put together an exceptional array of symposia which also includes topics such as computer modeling, nutritional interventions, food safety and genomics. We look forward to seeing you in San Diego," added Kidd. 

Based on preregistration numbers, the Poultry Science Association anticipates approximately 900 members at this year's meeting. 

Keynote Address and Symposia

This year's keynote address is entitled "Modeling as a Research Tool in Poultry Science." It will be delivered by Dr. Rob Gous, University of KwaZulu-Natal School of Agricultural Sciences and Agribusiness. The keynote  officially known as the WPSA Lectureship  is sponsored by the United States branch of the World Poultry Science Association. The co-chairs for the WPSA-USA Lectureship will be M. J. Zuidhof, University of Alberta, and Robert E. Buresh,  Novus International Inc. 

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In addition to the keynote, the meeting will feature the following eight symposia: 

  • Informal Nutrition Symposium: "From Research Measurements to Application: Bridging the Gap" (Chair: Mamduh Sifri, Archer Daniels Midland Company)  
  • " Poultry Science Association"   (Chair: Jose-Otavio Sorbara, DSM) 
  • The National Extension Workshop: "Communications Options for Extension" (Co-chairs: F. Dustan Clark, University of Arkansas, and Richard Reynnells, U.S. Department of Agriculture Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Services) 
  • " Fundamentals of Feed Efficiency  Animal to Genome" (Walter G. Bottje, University of Arkansas, and Sammy E. Aggrey, University of Georgia)  
  • " Applying next generation sequencing to solve poultry problems" (Co-chairs: Robert Taylor, University of New Hampshire, and Christopher M. Ashwell, North Carlonia State University)
  • Student symposium: "The Global Importance of Poultry" (Co-chairs: Gretchen Nagel, Auburn University, and Kristen Byrne, University of Arkansas)  
  • Opportunities for Poultry Scientists Worldwide:   Bernie Murphy, Jones-Hamilton Co.
  • Future of the Worldwide Poultry Industry: Mario Penz, Nutron Alimentos  
  • "Nutrient Requirement Evaluation and Publication for Poultry: United States and Global Perspectives" ( Chair:   Todd J. Applegate, Purdue University) 
  • "Reducing Salmonella enteritidis Contamination of Shell Eggs with an Integrated Research and Outreach Approach"( Chair: Paul H. Patterson, Penn State University)  

Other Activities

In addition to the symposia there will also be a Student Technical Workshop and a Technical Workshop from the San Diego Zoo on "Efforts to re-establish the California Condor, America's largest flying bird," and "Germ stem cell, eggs, sperm and avian conservation."  

The meeting will also feature a unique "Family Workshop" for all ages, conducted by the San Diego Zoo Education Department. That program, titled, "Dr. Zoolittle and his birds," will feature live birds.