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March 2016 Newsletter

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Volume 35, March 2016  Newsletter Editor: Dr G.B. Havenstein,  


Executive Committee

President's Report

silva EdirFollowing are conferences in which I have recently participated as either an invited keynote speaker for making a presentation at the opening ceremony, or to give other lectures.

2016 news PresidentActions in Africa: I was invited by Prof. Tona to deliver some lectures and to support him as the President of the Toga Branch of WPSA, when they launched the regional ‘Centre d'Excellence Regional Sur Les Sciences Aviaires (SERSA)’ at the Université of Lomé, Togo. Their country was selected and is financially supported by the World Bank (WB) through a competitive program for coordinating the SERSA that should include 22 regional countries. The relevance of this event can be measured by the importance of the invited guest list, which included the President of Toga, the Toga Minister of Research, and the Executive Director of the World Bank, among others. They couldn't attend the opening ceremony due to their tight agenda, but they were expected to be at the closing ceremony. Prof. Okanlawon Onagbesan, the past President of the Nigerian WPSA Branch, was also there, enrolling with the program. Prof. Tona organized a very good program. We were received by the University Dean at his office, and we had dinner with him and his wife. For my first lectures on ‘The Brazilian Poultry production development’ and on ‘The WPSA and its contribution to the development of poultry production’, Prof. Tona invited all of the university’s Faculty staff, poultry producers and graduate students. There were more than 60 attendees, including people from Benin and Ghana. Another day was dedicated to graduate students, and my lectures covered the control of diseases in poultry. We also spent one whole day visiting poultry farms and talking to local producers. I think this was a good opportunity for the WPSA to get closer to the African branches, and for making WPSA more visible to potential future members from the region.

IPPE Atlanta, GA, USA 2016: This major poultry exhibition was open to the general public from 26th to 28th (Tue to Thu) of January. Our WPSA booth has become a meeting point for WPSA members, delegates, friends, events, and the advertising of WPSA events from around the world (including WPC2016), and for making contact with our sponsors. Our General Secretary Dr. Roel Mulder and our Treasurer Dr. Francine Bradley also attended this exhibition and spent time in the WPSA booth. Our booth was also next to the Latin American Poultry Association’s booth (ALA) where they were advertising the Latin American Poultry Congress (LPC) that will be held in Guadalajara in 2017. Concerning the LPC, Dr. Francine Bradley and I had a meeting with Benjamin Ruiz (WATT Editor) to discuss further steps in mutual cooperation with WPSA and ALA.

Edir N. Silva
WPSA President

Secretary's Report

mulder roelBoard meeting: The annual board meeting will be held 4-5 September 2016 in Beijing, China, during the 25th Worlds Poultry Congress. The Council meeting is planned for 8 September 2016.
The latest information on WPC 2016 can be found elsewhere in this newsletter.

Council meeting: During the Council meeting officers for the Board 2016-2020 will be elected.
Dr Avigdor Cahaner, Israel, chair of the Nominating Advisory Committee has started the work of this Committee. The main task of the committee is to come forward with a list of candidates for the WPSA board officers to be elected.
In addition, according to our Constitution, branches and individual members are invited to nominate candidates to the Secretary General as well ().

Honorary Life membership: Ordinary members who have given long and valued service to the Association, may be elected as an Honorary Life Member with retention of all existing membership rights.
Honorary life membership may also be conferred on non-members who have made distinguished contributions to poultry science and the poultry industry. Nominations for Honorary Life Membership shall be made to the WPSA secretariat by any member or branch two (2) month's before the next Council meeting. If approved the nomination shall be put to the Council meeting for election by majority vote.
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Programmes: Part of the activities of WPSA is to support branches, poultry networks and individual members in order to organise meetings, to apply for speakers in their meetings or for travel grants to attend meetings. Please check the WPSA website for more details.

Promotion of WPSA: For general promotion of WPSA, WPS Journal and WPC 2016, WPSA was present at IPPE Atlanta USA (January), and VIV MEA Abu Dhabi UAE (February). During VIV MEA on 15 February 2016 a mini-conference was organised in co-operation with MEAP Middle East Agriculture Publishers. Click here for the programme.
The 5th Poultry Outlook Forum 2016 will be organised by the UAE branch on 13 March 2016 in Dubai, UAE, during the AGRA ME exhibition. For more information see their website (
WPSA will be present at VICTAM Asia in Bangkok, Thailand from 29-31 March.

Journal: All members are entitled to the online version of the Journal. On request the printed Journal will be send. Members who would like to receive the printed Journal are requested to contact the secretariat: .

Invitations from branches and symposia: Upon invitation, the first International Poultry Conference 19-20 May organised by the Azerbaijan branch and the Scientific sessions organised by the Chilean branch in June will be attended.

Cooperation with the organization on World Veterinary Education in Production Animal Health (WVEPAH): Some years ago, it was agreed to start a formal co-operation with the WVEPAH, a non-profit organization which now also organizes training courses on poultry (for 3 à 4 weeks) in several countries ( Activities are announced on our website and in the WPS Journal.

E-mail WPSA Newsletter: The newsletter has over 1500 subscribers and contains increasingly more information on Branch activities. Members and other interested in the work of WPSA are requested to subscribe personally.

Treasurer's Report

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In the midst of preparing the WPSA financial reports for last year, I had the pleasure of representing WPSA at the International Production and Processing Expo in Atlanta. Along with Drs. da Silva and Mulder, I welcomed many members and interested visitors to our booth on the huge exhibit hall floor. It was a special honour to receive the initial paperwork and funds for the establishment of a WPSA Branch in Bolivia. It was also very gratifying to meet with some young scientists who are experiencing the benefits of WPSA membership.*

In February I represented the United States of America Branch at the Pacific Egg and Poultry Association (PePa) Convention in Santa Barbara, California. The Branch is the oldest, continuous sponsor of the Pacific Egg and Poultry Association’s (PePa) Student Programme. With the support of the WPSA Branch, students from across the western states of the USA are able to attend this poultry trade association meeting, present their work, and interact with poultry industry leaders. The leaders of the Branch are to be applauded for their dedication to and financial support of young (predominantly undergraduate) poultry scientists.

mariana moraes newsWPSA Travel Grant Programme: In 2015, WPSA awarded Mariana Moraes, a doctoral student in Brazil, a Travel Grant to present her research at the scientific meetings in Atlanta prior to the IPPC.This January, Mariana wrote to me to ask if I was coming to ATL and said she wanted to meet with me. She came to our WPSA booth and told me what the WPSA Travel Grant had meant to her. With WPSA's assistance she came to Atlanta last year, presented her paper, and had several job interviews. She accepted one of the offers and now she has her PhD and a good position with Jefo, the species-specific feed additive company. She was very generous in crediting WPSA with making this success story happen.

Dr Francine Bradley

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Beijing to host the World's Poultry Congress

The XXV World’s Poultry Congress (WPC2016) will take place in Beijing during September 5-9, 2016. After Brazil which hosted the event in 2012 to celebrate centenary of the founding organization, China plays host to this year’s event. The 'Poultry Olympic' will witness its 25th edition in Beijing, China for the first time in history. This congress is co-hosted by the China Branch of the World’s Poultry Science Association (WPSA-CN) and the Chinese Association of Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine (CAAV).

Poultry industry is expanding in the world, but we are facing more and more challenges ranging from restriction of feed resources to quality and safety issues of poultry products. As one of the largest chicken producer and the top one food market in the world, China aims to promote the sustainability of the poultry industry. The theme of this year’s Congress is 'the quality and safety of the poultry products:meeting humans' needs”, and the WPC 2016 will address a wide spectrum of subjects ranging from nutrition and feeds, genetics and breeding, diseases control and prevention to poultry welfare and behaviour, environmental control of poultry houses, poultry production systems and so forth.

The multidisciplinary scientific programme of the WPC2016 will provide a unique and comprehensive platform for sharing and discussing the latest developments in scientific research and technology transfer for poultry production worldwide. The scientific programme is designated to include 10 plenary lectures, more than 50 invited talks on various subjects, nearly 200 parallel presentations and hundreds of posters. In addition, several symposiums will be held to address practical issues of poultry production in collaboration with industry partners and sponsors. More than 700 abstracts have been received from over 50 countries and regions. With a focus on global leadership in poultry science, the congress will convene hundreds of experts, including many of the world’s most influential speakers.

As a courtesy to WPSA members from low income countries classified by WPSA By-law, WPC2016 has provided a special offer so that they can register at a reduced fee (1900RMB, equivalent to 300USD). On the other hand, WPC2016 also institute a youth programme and a young scientist programme to assist them to attend the congress. Supports of the youth programme include registration fee, accommodation and a post-congress tour. The young scientist programme include registration fee, accommodation, and round trip economy air fare ticket. Furthermore, the Chairman of Scientific Committee of WPC2016, Changxin Wu, will award 20 young scientists and students by a fund on his name from China Agricultural University with 1000 US dollars each person, to encourage excellent young scientists and students who work in Animal Genetics and Breeding field to participate in WPC2016.

During WPC2016, the congress will collaborate with VNU to jointly present a special VIV China Show, which will feature a large scale exhibition for poultry industry to allow international and local companies and organizations to show their products and expertise to a worldwide market.

As a historical city and a modern and dynamic metropolitan, Beijing has many tourist attractions, including four World’s Culture Heritages. Delegates from around the world can reach the city by direct international flights from major cities in the world, and will enjoy wonderful social programmes and experience famous Chinese hospitality during your stay.

We look forward to welcoming you to Beijing and offering attendees the perfect blend of the stimulating scientific exchanges and rich cultural programmes.

Organizing Committee of WPC2016
Tel: + 86 (10) 62732741

Click here for the WPC2016 Eblast

European Federation

The European Federation has numerous conferences planned between now and the end of 2017.
News from a number of European Federation's working groups is provided below.

WPSA European Working Group News


Poultry Nutrition

The Organizing Committee, and IRTA like local organizing Group are pleased to announce that the 21st European Symposium on Poultry Nutrition (ESPN 2017) will be held in Salou, (Tarragona) Spain on May 8-11 2017.

During the four days of the Symposium, the convention Centre in Port Aventura will serve as the primary area for all scientific knowledge, discussions, and innovations concerning poultry nutrition. With more than 1.000 attendees at the last edition of the Symposium in Prague, the European Symposium on Poultry Nutrition is a must for everyone involved in the poultry sector.

If you are a poultry professional, be sure to note the dates of May 8-11 on your 2017 calendar.


Quality of Eggs and Egg Products

The next meeting for WG4 will be at the WPC in Beijing in September 2016. The WPC scientific committee has put out a call for proposed speakers and themes for that meeting. Please feel free to forward your proposals to either or Yves Nys () who are on the scientific committee for this conference.

Plans for the next EGGMEAT symposium which takes place in Edinburgh on the 3-5th September 2017 are now reaching an advanced stage. The scientific programme for the 2017 meeting has been condensed into just 2 days in the hope that this might attract more delegates. The Turkish Branch of WPSA has offered to host the EGGMEAT Symposium in 2019.

If you would like to join WG4 or would like further details then please contact Prof. Maureen Bain from the University of Glasgow (E-mail: )

Maureen Bain, Chairperson, WG4, and Massimiliano Petracci, Chairperson WG5


Quality of Poultry Meat

The next EggMeat Symposia will be held in Edinburgh (Scotland) during September 2017.


Poultry Welfare and Management

A first proposal for the 1st Workshop for French Veterinary Practitioners ‘Improving Poultry Welfare at the Farm Through Practical Assessment Tools’ has been sent to X European Symposium on Poultry Welfare Organizers. This will be discussed during the Annual Meeting of WG9 ‘Poultry Welfare and Management’ 15 March 2016 in Belgium.



The 9th International Symposium on Turkey Production will be held in Berlin Germany, during June 2017. I hope to see you in Berlin.

Prof. Dr. H.M. Hafez, Head of the Institute of Poultry Diseases Free University Berlin


Education and Information

A first proposal for the 1st Workshop for French Veterinary Practitioners ‘Improving poultry welfare at farm through practical assessment tools’ has been sent to X European Symposium on Poultry Welfare Organizers. This will be discussed during the Annual Meeting of WG9 ‘Poultry Welfare and Management’ 15 March 2016 in Belgium.

The 5th Mediterranean Poultry Summit of the WPSA will take place on board, a ship cruising in the Mediterranean between Italy, Spain and France, October 20 to 25, 2016 ( We believe that this cruise will stimulate interest in all countries of the Mediterranean region and beyond and will attract more scientists and industry people to the next meetings.
Among other innovations, and after the success of the Graduate Students Session during the 4th MPS held in Beirut 2014, the WG11 of the WPSA and the Committees of the 5th MPS decided to establish a Session that will encourage the students to participate in international events. A number of graduate students will have a free registration and accommodation in double cabin with a low cost. Part of the extra cost to cover the Session organization and students’ attendance will be covered by the local branches and other funding resources i.e. projects, etc.

Asia Pacific Federation

2016 is a big year for conferences in the Asia Pacific region.

  • WPSA is supporting AgraME. This is the Middle East’s well established and dedicated trade and business event for the poultry and livestock industry. It runs from 13 - 15 March at the Dubai International Exhibition and Convention Centre.
  • Go to for more information.
  • On 6-7 July we have the 6th International Ratite Symposium. This is being held in Stellenbosch, South Africa in conjunction with the South African Society for Animal Science. If you are involved in ratite production you should check out the following web page where you can navigate to a first announcement and other details.
  • The China branch is putting the final details together to deliver a great World Poultry Congress from 5 - 9 September. Details can be found on the congress website 
    Branches should begin preparing now for the Council meeting that will be held during the Beijing Congress. Please review all recent communications from the WPSA Secretariat regarding branch responsibilities at these meetings.

Branches also please publicize as widely as possible any local events you are planning for this year.

Alan Gibbins, President Asian/Pacific Federation

WPSA Asia-Pacific Working Group News



The 6th World Waterfowl Conference (WWC) will be hosted by Taiwan Branch WPSA in 2017 (which was decided by the WG2 Committee Meeting during the 5thWWC held in Hanoi, Vietnam in 2013). Dr. Chih-Feng Chen made a presentation to welcome members of other countries to participate in the 6th WWC during this meeting. The Thailand Branch WPSA hope there will be more oral opportunities in the 6th WWC to encourage people to participate. This issue was brought back to the Organizing Committee of the 6th WWC to discuss. Any suggestions related to the organization of the 6th WWC are welcome and please contact the Taiwan Branch WPSA.

The bidding for hosting rights of the 7th WWC 2021 will be presented and decided in the WG2 Committee Meeting during the 6th WWC in 2017.

There will be a waterfowl symposium during the 25th World’s Poultry Congress in Beijing in 2016.

More communications will be made between Branches for the waterfowl issues in the future. If there is any issue related to WG2, please send it to the secretary of WG2, Dr Hsiu-Chou Liu ().

The next WG2 Committee Meeting will be held during the 25th World’s Poultry Congress in Beijing in 2016.

Dr Jeng-Fang Huang, Chairperson

Mediterranean Poultry Summit

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Dear Colleagues,

Preparations for the 5th MPS are underway and in full swing. We are looking forward to a most enjoyable and scientifically rewarding conference. We already have 12 internationally known keynote speakers to introduce the various sessions and abstracts have started to be received for both oral and poster presentations. Please help us by sending in your registration forms and your abstracts as soon as possible. We expect to have a big turnout with over 500 participants. All of the details for registration and abstract submission can be obtained from our website We look forward to your participation.

Digital Posters

2016 mps5 postersPaper support is no more required.
Authors after preparing their posters, they should save it on a digital file (PDF format).
Each author will have the opportunity to present orally the research and to ‘PROJECT’ his/her poster in the conference hall (2 Minutes to present the title, expose the problem and read the conclusions).
Click here for more details about the digital posters.

Graduate and Freshly Graduated Students Session

After the success of the Graduate Students Session during the 4th MPS held in Beirut 2014 and organized by the WPSA Lebanon branch, The WG11 of the WPSA (Education and Information) and the committees of the 5th MPS decided to establish a session that encourage the students to participate in international events like the MPS Session.

Poultry education and graduate students presentations
Candidates: Graduate Students (M.Sc. and Ph.D.)

- Free registration for the scientific programme.
- Accommodation will be fixed till 15 April 2016

More details and further conditions to participate can be found here.

• Poultry Nutrition
• Poultry Health: Current Challenges and Future Approaches to Disease Control
• Alternative Feed Sources for the Med. Region
• Alternative Feed Additives for Gut Health
• Poultry Products and Food safety
• Environment and genetic Interactions
• Economic Status of Poultry Industry in the Med. Region
• Poultry Housing and Management
• Acclimatization to High and Low Temperatures
• Graduate students presentations and education.
For more details about the topics visit the site:


Conference Date October 20-25, 2016
Call for abstracts January 04, 2016
Abstract Submission Deadline March 01, 2016
Preliminary Notification of Abstract Acceptance* (New) April 10, 2016
Early Bird Registration deadline April 15, 2016
Notification of Abstract Acceptance June 15, 2016
Full Paper Submission deadline July 15, 2016

* Preliminary Notification of Abstract Acceptance: This NEW DATE is to allow enough time to the authors to request the eventual aids and those living outside Shengen area to obtain their Visas
PS: The preliminary notice will not define if the presentation will be Oral or on a Digital poster:
PS: Posters WILL NOT BE PRESENTED ON PAPER SUPPORT. They will be displayed on the authors PC / Tablet and orally presented with a short speech.

Branch News


The Azerbaijani branch is proud to announce that it has organized the first Azerbaijan International conference on ‘Innovative Technologies in Poultry Breeding’ that was held on May 20, 2016, in the frame of Caspian Agro 2016 exhibition in Baku, Azerbaijan. Conference details can be obtained at the following website:

Our aspiration for inviting such an international conference to the ancient cities of our country is supported by the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Azerbaijan State Agricultural University, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Azerbaijan, as well as by the Azerbaijan Convention Bureau.

The Poultry breeding industry is one of the pivotal parts of the Agricultural industry of Azerbaijan, which is currently at the center of the Economic Policy in diminishing the state dependence on Gas & Oil production. Agricultural resources available in Azerbaijan, build potential grounds for the future prosperity of this sphere and progressive collaborations in this field are of national importance. According to the state programme approved by the president of Azerbaijan on August 25, 2008 as ‘Sustainable provision of population with food products for the years 2008 – 2015’ about 340 thousand tons of poultry meat and 1.3 billion eggs are planned to be produced by the year 2015. Certain actions are taken for the execution of this process via launching new poultry production concerns and taking steps towards developing the industry in general.

The overall aim of the conference is to equip its participants with the most up to date information on innovative technologies and tools in poultry breeding practice. This conference will provide a great chance for participants and industry entrepreneurs to gain valuable insights into efficient techniques from local, as well as international industry professionals and poultry association representatives.

Invited speakers from different parts of the world will discuss current issues, challenges and future prospects of the poultry breeding industry and further explain the latest technological and scientific advancements currently trending in the successful poultry breeding organizations of the international arena.
In addition, attendees will benefit from innovative ideas provided by the conference. Participants can have irreplaceable opportunities to meet future key partners and potential clients through this most interactive platform.

Core themes to be explored during the conference include the following:

• Poultry meat and egg production technology
• Genetics and breeding of agricultural birds
• Feeding of agricultural birds
• Veterinary and sanitary problems in poultry breeding
• Epizootic and infectious diseases of agricultural birds

Leading specialists of the following organisations are going to be speakers of the conference:

• World's Poultry Science Association
• Azerbaijan State Agrarian University
• Ak-Farm Gıda Tarım LTD
• Kutlusan Kafes Ekipman ve Hayvancılık Taşmacılık San.TİC.LTD
• Yem Soya Tekstil AŞ
• ALLtech Poultry
• Farmavet International
• Petersime
• Sealed Air Corporation
• Cobb Türkiye
• KTG Kanatlı Ürünleri

Mahir Hajiyev, President of Azerbaijan branch WPSA


In the frame of the organization of presidential elections in March 2016 in Benin, more than thirty applications were recorded and each candidate has tried to develop a social project to be submitted to the people during the campaign period. Taking advantage of this unprecedented period, WPSA has developed two strategies to contribute to the debate on development issues and specifically on the development of the poultry sector in Benin.

  • The establishment of a commission in charge to browse society programs of the candidates and draw the necessary substance for proposal for the sector
  • The organization of meetings with the campaign staff of the candidates and share with them the vision of WPSA in the organization of this sector so that they take it into account in their social project.

The aim is

  • To assess their level of control of problems in the poultry sector in Benin
  • To collect their proposals for meaningful solutions to address it.
  • Inform the candidates who are not necessarily in the sector of poultry to have the most accurate information and make a more detailed analysis of the situation in the poultry sector in Benin.

Analysis of the candidates' programs

After analysing the programs of the candidates, it emerges that:

  • In general, the majority of candidates have spoken in their program of agricultural development apart from two that have been specifically focused on the poultry sector
  • A current state of play of the situation regarding the organization of the sector has not been done in programs to assess the level of knowledge and mastery of the poultry farming development issue in Benin by the various candidates
  • No program has clearly defined the clear mechanisms for financing this sector

Candidate’s information on the issues and challenges of the sector

A WPSA expert team within the meetings with the staffs of the candidates tried to make available information on the sector focusing on key findings of the poultry in Benin including among other:

  • Benin's dependence over 90% of imports poultry material
  • The total disorganization of this field due to a lack of sufficiently strong political will
  • The existence of a strong demand for local poultry products but supply is insufficient, unavailable or unclear
  • Consumer preference for local poultry products (chicken bicycles)
  • Individual initiatives exist but are little known because of their singularity
  • The absence of exchange frames between different this industry players

Each point raised was the subject of detailed and thorough analysis of the political actors met and appropriate documentation was made out and put to their disposal in order to increase their level of control over the development issues of the poultry sector.

WPSA Benin’s Proposals for candidates

After first listening to them, make available information on the current situation, WPSA Benin, to make a poultry farm in Benin engine development proposed candidates to:

  • Promote research and control of all areas related to the Poultry Science and Industry;
  • Popularize the knowledge of the poultry industry and facilitate the exchange of such knowledge among the people who worldwide, are interested in the poultry industry;
  • Promote and ensure the promotion of poultry farmers in Benin and in the sub-region;
  • Facilitate the Headquarters Agreement for WPSA Benin to host the proposed establishment of the African Foundation for Poultry Promotion;
  • Refocus the mission of the MAFL (Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Livestock) to play an important regulatory role in the sector regarding credit issue, costs to sell drugs, pricing of delivery within an area should be harmonized ,
  • Recognize WPSA-Benin as a public utility structure responsible for coordinating the activities of the poultry sector with the assistance of World headquarters WPSA
  • Enter the development of the poultry sector to the National Indicative Program in order to concentrate European Union resources in this sector
  • Ensure all poultry extension technologies
  • Encourage poultry development at municipal level
  • Actively contribute to the creation of the African Federation of WPSA and strengthen the presence of WPSA Benin in the international arena.

Felicien Durand, phone: 95 96 77 62 or 97 47 47 71, E-mail:  


With the cooperation of the WPSA-Spain Branch, the book Poultry Diseases, edited by the WPSA-Brazilian Branch/FACTA was translated into Spanish and will be available for the affiliated in Spain.

The Brazilian Journal of Poultry Science (3 years JCR = 0.318) is published quarterly by WPSA-Brazilian Branch/Facta. It covers most topics related to poultry production in tropical and subtropical countries. Please check the last issue at:

Irenilza de Alencar Nääs


The Egyptian branch of WPSA, jointly with the Egyptian Poultry Science Association (EPSA), is organizing the 9th International Poultry Conference (9IPC), for the 7 - 10 November 2016, Hurghada – Egypt.
For more information please contact Prof. Yahya Eid, e-mail:  


The next meeting of the French Branch of WPSA (Les Jeudis de la WPSA) will take place in Rennes, Agrocampus Ouest, on Thursday, March 24th, 2016.

The meeting entitled ‘Tomorrow’s poultry’ will deal with prospective aspects of poultry production covering genetics, nutrition and animal health issues. Invited speakers from research institutes have been asked to highlight the applied perspectives of ongoing research in the field, while professionals from the poultry sector will present their expectations. The lectures will be followed by a round-table. All lectures will be given in French language.

The French branch will also hold its general assembly at this occasion, including the election of new members of the board.

Further information available at 

Dr. Michel DUCLOS, secretary of WPSA-France Branch


The German Branch continues to grow and it currently has 409 members, of which 39 are students.

The German Branch will hold its next annual meeting on 15th and 16th of March in Köthen (Anhalt) and we are looking forward to an interesting programme. Further information will be available in January on our website

The German Branch will support young scientists with travel grants to participate at WPC2016 in Beijing, PRC.

Anke Forester, German Branch Secretary


In October 2015 and in February 2016, the Israeli branch conducted two half-day symposia on several hot topics including the role of the immune system in the rehabilitation of physiological stresses in layers, detection and diagnosis of pathogens, salmonella monitoring and control methods, safety of poultry products (salmonella and campylobacter), human nutrition and health aspects of processed poultry meat.

At the end of May 2016, we will hold our 51st annual conference in Jerusalem. During the 3-day conference, there will be about 15 sessions covering Nutrition, Poultry Health and Immunology, Reproduction, Incubation and Physiology, Broiler's Production and Layer Production. There will also be a few roundtable discussions on issues concerning the poultry industry in Israel.

Once again we will be honoured to invite overseas guests who will contribute to the discussion and exchange of ideas from their scientific knowledge and experience. During the conference, 25 companies will present their unique products and technological innovations.

About 600 participants are expected to attend our conference: producers, scientists, nutritionists, veterinarians, representatives of commercial companies, extension service specialists, and others.

Yitzhak Malka, Secretary - Israel Branch


The Italian Branch of WPSA is organizing the 52th edition of its annual meeting that will be held on April 1st, 2016 in Bastia Umbra (PG) in conjunction with the 48th edition of the ‘Agriumbria’ Fair (  This meeting will deal with ‘Alternative protein sources for poultry diets in extensive and intensive systems’.

The Italian Branch is also actively involved in the organization of the 5th Mediterranean Poultry Summit that will be held on 20-25 October 2016 (website Author's Portal and the online abstracts submission page are open until 31st of March 2016. See special article in this newsletter.

New Zealand

The New Zealand branch will hold its annual meeting and Poultry Industry Conference (NZPIC2016) on 4-6 October, 2016, in Wellington, New Zealand. For further information Contact:

Dr Reza Abdollahi
Secretary/ WPSA NZ Branch
Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand


The Turkish Branch has preparations underway for a National Congress at Samsun during 5-8 October 2016.

Prof. Dr. Rüveyde Akbay, President of the WPSA Turkish Branch
Head of the Organising Committee

United Kingdom

Upcoming Meeting Dates for the Diary

WPSA UK Branch Spring Meeting
6th and 7th April 2016
University of Chester

32nd Poultry Science Symposium
3 to 5 July 2017
Clare College, Cambridge, UK

WPSA UK is pleased to announce the 32nd Poultry Science Symposium that is scheduled to be held in the historic and scenic city of Cambridge in July 3 to 5, 2017. The theme of the symposium is ‘Poultry Feathers & Skin – the past present and future of poultry integument’. The programme committee is working to ensure that this informative symposium is of wide appeal to all in the poultry industry. Please follow updates regarding the symposium at

XVII European Symposium on the Quality of Eggs and Egg Products XXIII European Symposium on the Quality of Poultry Meat
3 to 5 September 2017
Scientific sessions 4-5th September
John McIntyre Conference Centre
Edinburgh University

Further details will appear on the WPSA UK website.

Steve Lister, UK Branch Secretary


The USA Branch of the World’s Poultry Science Association is a partner with two regional technical symposia which take place this spring season. Our Branch will sponsor the keynote speaker for the Poultry Nutrition Programme at the Mid-Atlantic Nutrition Conference ( to be held in Hunt Valley, MD on March 24 at the Hunt Valley Inn. The WPSA-USA Lecture ‘Net Energy System: Merits and Limits in Feeding Commercial Poultry’ will be given by Dr. Jan Dirk van der Klis. The Branch is also a sponsor of the 2016 Poultry and Milling Seminar ( which will be held at Lake Guntersville Lodge at Lake Guntersville, AL. We are excited to partner with these symposia and look forward to future collaboration.

Dr. Mark Lyte of Iowa State University will be the invited speaker for the WPSA Canada-USA Lecture on July 13, 2016 at the meeting of the Poultry Science Association ( to take place at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside in New Orleans, LA. Dr. Lyte’s lecture: ‘Microbial Endocrinology: Why the Intersection of Microbiology and Neurobiology Matters to Poultry Health’ promises to be thought provoking and of great interest to the audience.

The USA branch is again conducting the Cliff D. Carpenter Essay Contest. The topic of the essay is: ‘Can Poultry Feed the World in 2050?’ The three students who best address the topic will receive travel grants of up to $2,000 to attend the World’s Poultry Congress September 5 – 9, 2016 in Beijing, China.

Keeping with the theme of the World’s Poultry Congress, travel grants are available to individuals who are presenting papers (oral or posters) at the scientific sessions in Beijing. In order to be eligible for a travel grant of up to $1,000, the individual must be a current member and have been paid dues in 2015; in addition, the individual must have an abstract which has been accepted for presentation at the meeting.

We are planning for a successful World’s Poultry Congress in Beijing on September 5–9, 2016. Information can be found at: The deadline for submission of abstracts is March 5th.

Ernie Pierson, President, USA Branch
Bob Buresh, Secretary, USA Branch

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