Working Group No. 2 has a long history since the first activities were initiated almost 45 years ago. In the WPSJ from 1965, vol. 21 (issue 4), information was given about European Federation of branches of the WPSA. At an Executive Committee Meeting in 1962 a resolution for the creation of six Working Committees was taken and at a further meeting in 1963 the composition of the six Working Committees was made official. The Working Committees should deal with different subject, for WG No. 2 the subject was: Standard method of evaluation of Poultry Feedstuffs. Dr. J. Baelum from Denmark was appointed as the chairperson. Already from 1966 the Working Committees changed names to Working Groups.


Prof J. Baelum, Denmark
Prof Reyntens, Belgium
Dr W. Bolton, UK
Prof H. Vogt, Germany
Dr C. Fisher, Scotland
Dr N. Rand, Israel
Dr M. Larbier, France
Dr C.C. Whitehead, Scotland
Dr S. Steenfeldt, Denmark

From 1965 and until 1977 the WG2 held their scientific meetings on a regular basis, often in connection with the European Conferences. The first European Poultry Nutrition Symposium was held in 1977 and since then the Poultry Nutrition Symposia have been organised bi-annually at different locations in Europe.

1st 1977 Elsinore Denmark
2nd 1979 Beekbergen The Netherlands
3rd 1981 Peebles United Kingdom
4th 1983 Tours France
5th 1985 Jerusalem Israel
6th 1987 Konigslutter Germany
7th 1989 Lloret de Mar Spain
8th 1991 Mestre-Venice Italy
9th 1993 Jelenia Gora Poland
10th 1995 Antalya Turkey
11th 1997 Faaborg Denmark
12th 1999 Veldhoven The Netherlands
13th 2001 Blankenberge Belgium
14th 2003 Lillehammer Norway
15th 2005 Balatonfüred Hungary
16th 2007 Strasbourg France
17th 2009 Edinburgh United Kingdom
18th 2011 Çesme Turkey
19th 2013 Potsdam Germany
20th 2015 Prague Czech Republic
21st 2017 Salou Spain
22nd 2019 Gdansk Poland
23rd 2023 Rimini Italy

The Poultry Nutrition Symposia has attracted an increasing number of delegates being 567 in Edinburgh in 2009 compared with 73 delegates in Denmark in 1977. The structure of the Poultry Nutrition Symposia are organised in a special way in order to stimulate the delegates to be active in the discussions of the scientific topics presented by invited speakers. There are no parallel sessions and in each session 3-4 speakers are covering different aspects of a topic within one hour. Thereafter, the audience is divided into a number of discussion groups that will discuss topics raised during the speaker session. All participants will then meet again and there will be discussions taking place between the speakers and the rest of the participants for another hour. This structure assures a very good communication between participants and challenges the speakers. Delegates find this an attractive feature at the Poultry Nutrition Symposia. 

WG2 is always active in the planning of the Nutrition symposia in co-operation with the local branches and organising committees. WG2 holds regular annual meetings in connection with the Nutrition Symposia or during the European Conferences and World Poultry Congresses.

At present WG2 has 29 members representing 16 European countries. It meets annually and its main function is to set up the meetings held every two years under the title ‘European Symposium on Poultry Nutrition’. So far, 21 Symposia have been organised.
During the years several sub-committees has been generated under the WG in order to solve specific problems. The work of the subcommittee dealing with feed energy values resulted in a publication: “European Tables of Energy Values for Poultry Feedstuffs”, which has been quite successful and have become an important tool for many poultry nutritionists. The WPSA equation for predicting ME in compound feeds has continued in use in the EEC for control. A third edition of the European Tables for Poultry Feedstuffs was published in 1989 including a Multilanguage index in 15 languages. In 1992 the WG2 published the European amino acid tables having a similar format to the energy tables.

A phosphorus sub-committee has been established during the WG2 meeting in Edinburgh 2009. The main goal of the group will be to review and clarify the position regarding available phosphorus and requirement recommendations.

These Symposia have a novel format. Each session starts with several plenary presentations, the delegates then discuss these papers in small groups and then reassemble for a final plenary session where the papers are discussed along with comments from the speakers. These Symposia thus demand a lot of effort from the delegates but are very popular and attract a large audience from all around the world. This Symposia series can increasingly be considered to be the major poultry nutrition forum on a world basis.

The Working Group also publishes on an occasional basis information of interest to poultry nutritionists.

For more information on the Working Group and its activities, contact the Chairman:

Dr S. Steenfeldt
Landevejen 225
8370 Hadsten