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Date: 28 November 2023

WPSA is present at

  • 7-9 September 2023, EggMeat Symposia, Krakow, Poland
  • 20-22 November 2023, VIV MEA, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates



President Prof Dr Estella Prukner-Radovcic (Croatia)
1st Vice-President  Prof Dr Carlos Garcés Narro (Spain)
2nd Vice-President Prof Sjaak de Wit (The Netherlands)
Secretary and Treasurer

Prof Dr M.A. Grashorn
Schlehenweg 9
74321 Bietigheim-Bissingen
Phone: +49 714 232 593

Following the creation of national branches of the Association it was a logical development for members in such branches to discuss possibilities for liaison on matters of common interest. In Europe, where around half the branches of the Association are located, collaboration between them was a natural development. The fact that the 1958 World's Poultry Congress was held a long way from Europe led to the idea of arranging regular meetings within the region that would facilitate reasonable participation costs. At a meeting in Rome in May 1959, and stimulated by the enthusiasm of Major Ian Macdougall, the formation of the European Federation of WPSA Branches became a reality. In 1960 the first in a series of European Conferences (see below) was held in Utrecht, the Netherlands. These events are held at four-year intervals, but two years out of phase with the World Congresses so as to avoid a clash. In addition these conferences, which are organized by the branch of the host country, tend to follow a different pattern from that adopted by the Congresses. The Presidents and Secretary-Treasurers of the Federation since its inception are listed below.

Another successful initiative by the European Federation has been the establishment of scientific and technical Working Groups, six of which were initiated in 1962. These groups, listed below, variously produce reports and arrange meetings and symposia. They have done much to stimulate international liaison and collaboration between scientists and technologists in the poultry industry.
Currently, branches joining the federation pay a small fee per member to defray administration costs. All members of branches making up the federation have the right to attend its quadrennial conferences and the symposia organised by Federation Working Groups.

European Poultry Conferences

First 1960 Utrecht The Netherlands
Second 1964 Bologna Italy
Third 1968 Jerusalem Israel
Fourth 1972 London United Kingdom
Fifth 1976 Attard Malta
Sixth 1980 Hamburg Germany
Seventh 1986 Paris France
Eight 1990 Barcelona Spain
Ninth 1994 Glasgow United Kingdom
Tenth 1998 Jerusalem Israel
Eleventh 2002 Bremen Germany
Twelfth 2006 Verona Italy
Thirtienth 2010 Tours France
Fourteenth 2014 Stavanger Norway
Fifteenth 2018 Dubrovnik Croatia
Sixteenth 2023 Valencia Spain

Officers of the European Federation of WPSA


Dr Rupert Coles (United Kingdom)
Mar Harald Ebbell (Switzerland)
Mr A. Thumin (Israel)
Professor Dr S. Scholtyssek (Germany)
1986 - 1994
Professor J. Fris Jensen (Denmark)
1994 - 1998
Professor Geoff Mead (United Kingdom)
1998 - 2002
Mr Ben Ami Ron (Israel)
2002 - 2006
Professor Dietmar K. Flock (Germany)
2006 - 2010
Professor Achille Franchini (Italy)
2010 - 2014
Dr Yves Nys (France)
2014 - 2018
Prof Dr Birger Svihus (Norway)
2018 -
Prof Dr Estella Prukner-Radovcic (Croatia)


1960 - 1968
Major Ian Macdougall (United Kingdom)
1968 - 1981
Ir Jan F. Helder (The Netherlands)
1981 - 1993
Ir Douwe A. Ehlhardt (The Netherlands)
1993 - 1998
Mr Thorkil Ambrosen (Denmark)
1998 - 2010
Professor Colin C. Whitehead (United Kingdom)
2010 -
Professor Dr Michael A. Grashorn (Germany)

The European Federation of WPSA Branches, recognizing the importance of person-to-person contacts to promote scientific knowledge, started to establish “Working Groups” in 1960, following the first European Poultry Conference in Utrecht. The Membership Directory 2001 lists 8 Working Groups, two have been re-activated since then and two new ones added. 
There are no plans to re-activate WG7, Poultry Hygiene and Pathology, because the subject area is too broad for a Working Group and covered more adequately by the World’s Poultry Veterinary Association (WVPA). Current WVPA president is Prof. H.M. Hafez (address given under WG 10). Specific information on different Working Groups can be found in the following pages, the WPSA website and the Calendar section of WPSJ.
The Working Groups vary widely in how they organize their activities. WPSA members who are not yet familiar with this highly effective element of communication within the WPSA, should know that the secretaries of all Branches of the European Federation are regularly invited to nominate members for the WG committees, usually limited to two per branch. Working Group 6 communicates informally by e-mail. 
The chairperson of each WG is elected by the committee, usually for a period of 4 years and with the option for re-election. Some WGs also elect a secretary and/or treasurer. Each WG is responsible for its own expenses. Most WGs hold business meetings during the EPC.
Unless they decide otherwise, most WGs organize Symposia in odd years, between World Poultry Congresses and European Poultry Conferences. Participants from outside Europe and non-members of WPSA are generally welcome at the Symposia.
The Working Groups of the European Federation of WPSA contribute significantly to communication in poultry science. 
All branches of the European Federation are invited to identify members who should become active in a specific Working Group in order to make best possible use of this network of poultry science.

In connection with the establishment of new Working Groups and the change of chair persons, the following information may be helpful:

  1. Establishment of Working Groups: WGs of the European Federation have been established since 1962. Depending on the subject area, communication skill of the chairperson and other variables, some WGs have been more successful than others. New WGs can be established on request of WPSA members with an interest in a subject area which is not adequately covered by existing WGs.
  2. Officers and Membership: Each WG has a chairperson who is elected during the annual business meetings for a period of 4 years. Re-election is possible, but service beyond 8 years should be an exception. In some WGs, a secretary/ treasurer assists the president.
    The secretary of the European Federation will ask the secretaries of all EF branches annually to review the members of each branch and to suggest changes if appropriate. The general recommendation is to have 1-2 members per branch in each Working Group, depending on membership of the branch. This rule should be handled with sufficient flexibility to allow active representation of science and industry. There is no need to nominate candidates who are unlikely to attend the meetings, while more than two active members may be allowed.
  3. Symposia: The main activity of working groups is to organize symposia, typically every two years, in odd years between the World Congresses and European Conferences. The host branch and the chairperson share the responsibility for planning and carrying out the symposia. Participation in the Symposia is open to WPSA members as well as non-members from any country.
    Usually proceedings are offered to participants at the beginning of the symposia, with short versions of all papers. It is recommended to print additional copies, for the general secretariat of the WPSA, the secretary of the European Federation, the editor of WPSJ and (on request) to secretaries of those branches which were not represented by delegates.
  4. Finances: The Working Groups are responsible for their own budget, which is to be kept in a separate account. The branches organizing the Symposia are expected to cover the cost, including proceedings, from registration fee and contributions of sponsors. Net earnings may be passed on to the WG or the branch organizing the next symposium. The European Federation has limited possibilities to support symposia, e.g. by covering the travel expenses for invited speakers.
  5. Business meetings: Working Groups hold business meetings, during the symposia and/or at World Congresses or European Conferences. Main topics for business meetings are the planning of the next symposium, election of officers and current scientific and public issues relating to the WG activities.
  6. Reporting and Advertising: The chairpersons are asked to send an informal annual report about their activities to the President and Secretary of the EF, which may be identical to a short contribution for the website of the WPSA. Main contents should be: last symposium (when, where, how many participants from how many countries), next symposium (when, where) and e-mail address of the chairperson.
    Since not all WPSA members will visit the website, the announcement for the next Symposium should be included in the WPSJ Calendar, at least one year ahead of the date.

Contact Working Group

Economics and Marketing (1)

Mrs B. Grabkowsky
Marderweg 26
49393 LOHNE

Nutrition (2)

Dr S. Steenfeldt
Aarhus University
Department of Animal Science
Faculty of Science and Technology
Blichers Allé 20

Breeding and Genetics (3)

Dr Steffen Weigend
Institute for Animal Science of the Federal Agricultural Research Centre
Hoeltystrasse 10
31535 Neustadt

Egg Quality (4)

Drs C. Alamprese
Università di Milano
Via Mangiagalli 25, IV piano
Phone: +39 250319187
Fax: +39 250319190

Mr J. Gautron

Poultry Meat Quality (5)

Dr M. Petracci
Università di Bologna
Piazza Goidanich 60

Reproduction (6)

Mrs Ampai Nangsuay

Hygiene and Pathology (7)

Area covered by the World Veterinary Poultry Association (WVPA)

Waterfowl (8)

Working Group 8 - Waterfowl has been transferred to the Asia Pacific Federation

Poultry Welfare and Management (9)

Mrs Virginie Michel
14 rue Pierre et Marie Curie
94701 Maisons-Alfort Cedex
Phone: +33 156291881

Turkeys (10)

Prof Dr Hafez M. Hafez
Free University of Berlin
Institute of Poultry Diseases
Königsweg 63
14163 Berlin

Education and Information (11)

Dr E. Sossidou
1 Selefkou

Physiology (12)

Dr B. Tzschentke
Pappelallee 5

Ratites, including ostriches, emus and rheas (13)

Working Group 13 - Ratites has been transferred to the Asia Pacific Federation



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