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December 2020 Newsletter

Volume 53, December 2020  Newsletter Editor: Dr G.B. Havenstein,  


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World's Poultry Congres 2021

8-12 August 2021, Paris, France



Registration for WPC2021

Registration for WPC2021 is open. Click here for details.


Executive Committee

Secretary's Report

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Board meeting and latest news

The board of WPSA held a virtual meeting early October. Annual reports from the president, secretary, treasurer, federation presidents and the Journal editor were discussed. The latest news about the World’s Poultry Congress in 2021 in Paris, France, was presented. The preparations are continuing, the programme is almost finalised and depending on the worldwide COVID-19 situation the congress will be held from 8-12 August 2021.
Several committees (International Poultry Hall of Fame, Paul Siegel Research Award, Education Award, Cliff D. Carpenter International Essay Award) finalised their work for WPC2021, the results will be kept confidential.

More information on WPC2021:

The financial situation of WPSA is in good shape, total number of members is 8165, with 76 national branches. We thank our sponsors and advertisers for their generous support.
As branches have been suffering from the COVID-19 pandemic, the board will give as much as possible support to them. Branches are invited to contact the secretariat with proposals.

Starting 2020 the World’s Poultry Science Journal is hosted and produced by Taylor & Francis Publishers. The transition from the previous publisher was well underway, than the COVID-19 pandemic came and caused an unprecedented disruption to the global distribution network. Restrictions in international freight carriage and slow operating or even closed postal services caused considerable delays. The print and distribution of the journal was resumed mid-May. The March, June and September issue have been mailed, the December issue is ready.

During the board meeting Dr Lucy Waldron announced her resignation as editor of the WPS Journal. Dr Waldron has been active in this position for almost 13 years and the board thanked her for her commitment and service to the association. A search for a new editor will start soon. On this moment Dr Julie Roberts, Australia, is our acting interim editor and together with the help of the members of the editorial board and of Taylor & Francis the next issues will be produced.

For more communication news can also be found on the WPSA website and our Facebook page ( A special calendar for  webinars from associations and our supporting sponsors and advertisers has been added on the website. New activities can be sent to

Dr Roel Mulder, General Secretary

Treasurer's Report

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I write this short report from my ‘biosecure nest.’ It is with relief that I report that while some members of the WPSA flock have experienced COVID-19 in their families, all are fully recovered or recovering. I would like to think that the biosecurity practices we have taught in the poultry industry, have made us excellent students and early adopters of COVID-19 prevention and treatment practices.

Your WPSA Executive Committee has continued to work at home. Our travel wings remain clipped and we are doing our best to keep in communication with Branches and individual members. I am delighted to report that the Secretary of the Bolivia Branch, Fernando Peña Torrez, has initiated a programme to increase WPSA’s visibility and service-to-members in Latin and South America. Details on his programme will be described in upcoming newsletters.

May you and your family end 2020 in safety, and start the New Year in good health and with the hope of effective COVID-19 vaccinations for all who need them.Dr Francine Bradley, Treasurer

26th World's Poultry Congress

Palais de Congrès, August 8-12, 2021, Paris, France


20WPC blocmarque blocdatesThe organising committee is actively working to welcome the WPSA community to Paris. We are working on all options to insure a large group of participants for the meeting. The sanitary crisis will not prevent us from holding the event in Paris, 8 to 12 August 2021,

Please look at the preliminary programme with the updated list of invited speakers Synopsis – world poultry congress | 2021 | PARIS ( All authors who submitted abstracts in 2019 and were asked to modify their texts will receive a final answer within a few days.

The submission site remains open for new abstracts, until 31 December 2020. Do not miss this chance to present your recent work.

Registrations that were already made for WPC2020 are valid for WPC2021. The same regular fee holds for new registrations until 31 December 2020. WPC2021 will give all members of WPSA the opportunity to join together to celebrate the 100 years that World Poultry Congresses have been held, since the first WPC was organised in 1921.

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Let's celebrate! 


Christophe Bostvironnois, President French Branch
Michael Duclos, Secretary, French Branch
Michèle Tixier Boichard, WPC2020, Chair of WPC2021

Poultry Educational Resources

In her role as one of the Vice Presidents of the WPSA, Julie Roberts from the Australian Branch has compiled a list of Poultry Educational Resources which are available free of charge via the internet. Some of the web sites listed also have resources for sale. However, the focus of this list is resources which are free and therefore available to all members.

The list is posted on the WPSA website, and will always be a ‘work in progress’ as some resources become available and added, or others, if they are out of date or no longer available, will be removed from the internet list.

If members are aware of other resources that are available that could be added to the list, please contact Mrs Dorien Velner at the main office by email: with the title of the resource, how to access it and a short description.

All entries will be checked on a regular basis to make sure that they continue to be available, however if you find any irregularities, please contact us at


European Federation

The next European Poultry Conference will be held in Valencia, Spain in 2022.

The European Federation has numerous conferences planned between now and on into 2022. A list of most of our upcoming conferences may be found on the WPSA Calendar at
News from several European Federation Working Groups are provided below.

WPSA European Working Group News


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In order to avoid overlapping with the WPC that has been changed to August 8 - 12, 2021, the European Symposium on Poultry Nutrition (ESPN) has been moved from 2021 to take place at the same planned venue, Palacongressi in Rimini, from 5 to 8 September, 2022. Our Branch would like to thank VET International and Palacongressi of Rimini for their cooperation and understanding during this time. Despite this difficult situation, we also much appreciate sponsors and partners who are confirming their support for our event. Of course, we will work hard during the coming months to ensure the postponed edition of the 23rd ESPN is a success. The city of Rimini is an ideal place for the European Symposium on Poultry Nutrition and the modern as well as eco-friendly Venue is the perfect stage for the event. Many attendees including both poultry research scientists and practitioners, leading speakers from across the world joining together to explore the past, share the present and will help forge the future of poultry meat science. Additional details are available at the Symposia website:


Breeding and Genetics

The 12th symposium on Breeding and Genetics is being planned. It will take place in Hannover, 8-10 November 2022, and will be hosted by the German Branch. We would be pleased if you save this date and plan your participation. Further information will follow in due course.

Steffen Weigend, Chairman of the European Federations Working Group 3


Quality of Eggs and Egg Products

Due to the postponement of the World’s Poultry Congress caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the WG4 meeting has been re-scheduled to take place during WPC2021 in August 2021, in Paris. Members who want to suggest topics to be discussed are more than welcome and can send their suggestions to the Chairpersons (; ).


Poultry Meat Quality

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As for all European Symposia, the next 'XXV European Symposium on the Quality of Poultry Meat' conjointly held with the 'XIX European Symposium on the Quality of Eggs and Egg Products' have been postponed to June 8 to 10, 2022, thanks to the cooperation with the Polish Branch. The venue will be the same in Kraków, Poland, and the conference website is already available. The next WG5 member meeting will be held during World's Poultry Congress 2021 in Paris.

Massimiliano Petracci, Secretary Italian Branch of WPSA


Incubation and Fertility Research Group (IFRG)

Due to the spread of the Covid-19 virus, which has created lots of uncertainty for traveling, WG6 (IFRG) has postponed its 2020 meeting and has rescheduled it for October 14-15, 2021 at the Holiday Inn in Leiden, The Netherlands. For more information see the website.

Ampai Nangsuay, Secretary WG6



The 11th 'Hafez' International Symposium on Turkey Production will be held in Berlin, Germany; May/June 2021. I hope to see you in Berlin.

Prof. Dr. Dr. H. M. Hafez, Institute of Poultry Diseases, Free University Berlin, Chair WG10

Asia Pacific Federation

WPSA Asian-Pacific Working Group News



There will be Ratite Research Sessions during the upcoming World Poultry Congress in Paris, France from 8-12 August 2021. Please send any suggestions for contributions and topics to .

Researchers involved in research on any Ratites (ostriches, emus, rheas, cassowaries or kiwis) are asked to contact the Ratite Group. Please send an email to .

Anel Engelbrecht, Chair


7th Mediterranean Poulty Summit

2021 7mpsDue to the current health situation and the uncertainty generated by the covid-19, the organizing Committees of the 7th Mediterranean Poultry Summit have decided to postpone again the event until October 6-8, 2021.

This difficult and sad decision is taken after a first postponement. At that time, we thought that the 6-month period contemplated for carrying out the MPS was enough time for the health situation to be controlled throughout the world. However, the world situation and the restrictions on capacity indoors suggest that a new postponement is the best option.

I hope the situation changes in one year and we can meet again face to face.

Thank you for your patience and support.

Warmest regards,

Carlos Garcés Narro

Details for the conference are shown on the website summit’s website:


World's Poultry Science Journal

From 2020 the World’s Poultry Science Journal will be published by Taylor & Francis. If you have requested an online subscription as part of your membership, you have received an email from Taylor & Francis with instructions how to access WPSJ online from the new website Please ensure that you add '' to your safe senders list to ensure these types of emails are not sent to your spam folder or blocked by your service provider. Should you have any questions about your online access please contact ”.

Upcoming articles

Articles in upcoming Journal(s)

  • E. Baéza - Characteristics of processed poultry products
  • R.A. Swick - Dietary calcium and meat and bone meal as potential precursors for the onset of necrotic enteritis
  • R. Toroghi - Implementation of high-level biosecurity measures can reduce the baseline antibody titers of Newcastle disease in non-integrated layer flocks in northeast Iran
  • E. Baéza - Use of algae in poultry production: a review
  • H. Lukanov - Domestication changes in Japanese quail (Coturnix japonica): a review
  • S. Elnesr - Nutritional significance of aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis Miller) and its beneficial impact on poultry
  • A. Salamon - Factors affecting the production of double-yolked eggs
  • S.A. Mtshali - A review of adaptive immune responses to Eimeria tenella and Eimeria maxima challenge in chickens
  • I.C.S. Araújo - Thermal manipulations of birds during embryogenesis


Characteristics of processed poultry products


Poultry is now the most consumed meat, in terms of volume. A main factor for the continuous increase of poultry production is the huge development of cut pieces and processed products. The nutritional quality of such products is quite variable. For example, the protein and lipid contents of chicken nuggets are between 9.8 and 31.0% and 7.5 and 25.0%, respectively. Different ingredients, such as vitamin E, thyme or rosemary essential oils can be used during processing to increase the shelf life of products by decreasing oxidation susceptibility and/or limiting microbial contamination. For example, adding 0.2% thyme essential oil caused a 40% decrease in TBARS value (an indicator of lipid peroxidation) in chicken nuggets stored at -20°C for six months and a 41.0% decrease in the number of Staphylococcus aureus in sausages fermented for 28 days. To answer consumer and/or public authorities’ requests, recipes for processed products can be modified to decrease, for example, their fat or salt (sodium chloride) contents. The quality of processed products mainly depends on technological processes, and preservation and cooking conditions. For instance, high cooking temperatures during frying or roasting can induce the formation of undesirable compounds which are harmful for consumers. Finally, poultry meat has high protein content and low lipid and saturated fatty acid levels. Its nutritional characteristics are, therefore, rather favourable for the health of consumers, but for the most processed products (nuggets, cordons bleus, kebabs) the industry has completely modified these characteristics to make food rich in carbohydrates, lipids and salt, which are not desirable.

Nutritional precursors for necrotic enteritis


Necrotic enteritis (NE) is an enteric disease of poultry caused by Clostridium perfringens (C. perfringens). The incidence of NE has increased in several countries as a result of restrictions on the use of in-feed antibiotics. This disease may be triggered by a combination of coccidiosis and the presence of undigested nutrients in the hindgut providing nutrients and high pH that favour the proliferation of pathogens. Meat and bone meal (MBM) inclusion rates above 4% and higher dietary calcium (Ca) inclusion rates above 1.0 % may potentially favour the overgrowth of enteric pathogens, including C. perfringens. High levels of elastin, collagen and keratin from MBM are refractory to gastric digestion and may act as nutrient substrates for C. perfringens. Such proteins are metabolised by C. perfringens by putrefactive fermentation, producing trimethylamine and ammonia, that affect gut health and increase the pH of digesta. Digesta pH may become elevated by feeding a diet high in Ca, as this nutrient has a high acid-binding capacity. Calcium interacts with phytic acid, forming mineral-phytate complexes that decrease the activity of exogenous dietary phytase. This reduces digestion and increases the influx of nutrients into the hindgut. Similarly, smaller particle sizes (dgw <75 μm) and high solubility of some Ca sources could increase digesta pH and chelation of Ca by phytic acid and decrease nutrient digestibility. Whether the practice of overfeeding Ca in order to ensure this nutrient is not limiting for bone development may be putting the bird at risk of a NE outbreak is not known. This review discusses the potential for dietary MBM to exacerbate NE in broiler chickens. The impact of Ca level and particle size to affect gut pH and phytase efficacy are discussed, with inferences to alter the onset of NE.

Implementation of high-level biosecurity measures can reduce the baseline antibody titres of Newcastle disease in non-integrated layer flocks in northeast Iran


Newcastle disease (ND) is an OIE listed viral infection that has spread throughout developed and underdeveloped countries, either as an endemic or epizootic disease. ND has been endemic in several developing countries in non-integrated poultry production systems. Serological baselines of poultry diseases can be established and monitored as a useful and reliable tool to design effective strategies for prevention and control of infectious diseases, yet almost no comprehensive report on serological baseline values is yet available. This review covers the situation of ND in northeast Iran during 2009-2018, and ND serological baselines of layer flocks in Khorasan-e-Razavi Province in Iran are presented for the first time. The mean haemaglutination inhibition (HI) titres for NDV throughout the production cycle of layer flocks in the two periods 2009-2015 and 2016-2018 were around 9.5 Log2 (range 7.9 to 11.4) and 7 Log2 (range 6 to 9.1), respectively. In addition to a 2.5 Log2 decrease in HI antibody titres, a significant decline was seen in the rate of incidence, mortality and clinical manifestations of respiratory diseases, especially ND. Interestingly, layer flocks reached a significant milestone in the adoption of biosecurity practices during the first emergence of highly pathogenic avian influenza in the early months of 2016. It was concluded that increased application of biosecurity in non-integrated poultry production systems of developing countries may take priority over the other control/preventive measures against ND. There is a need for other control and prevention studies to be promoted in developing countries, empowering them to formulate and adopt strategies that move beyond the conventional approaches and aim at international health and trade.

Use of algae in poultry production: a review


Algae represent a large and new source of nutrients with other health benefits as supplements in animal feed formulations. ‘Algae’ is a generic term that groups brown, green, and red types of both macro- and micro-algae. These marine plants may play a key role in the future for poultry production, as they constitute a new and valuable nutrient source, thanks to their nutritional composition and richness in as polyphenols, polysaccharides and fatty and amino acids. Many studies have evaluated the advantages and inconvenience of using micro- and macro-algae in poultry nutrition and their ability to improve animal health and, thus, welfare. This review describes the main nutritional characteristics of algae and the current knowledge on their effects in poultry production, impacts on animal health, growth performance and product quality (eggs and meat). The increase in laying rate and egg weight can reach +4.0 to 8.6 percentage points and +1.3 to 1.5 g, respectively. The increase in body weight of broilers and decrease in feed conversion ratio can vary from 5% to 22% and from 4% to 15%, respectively. According to the literature, a dietary incorporation rate of 2% for microalgae or a range between 1% and 5% for macroalgae is suitable for both laying hens and broiler chickens, even though these ranges greatly depend on the type of algae used and the expected benefits for poultry production.

Domestication changes in Japanese quail (Coturnix japonica)


Domestic quail (Coturnix japonica domestica) is a domesticated gallinaceous bird that originated in East Asia with ancestor the wild Japanese quail (Coturnix japonica). Subsequently to domestication, quails have undergone a number of morphological, ethological and productive changes that make them quite different from those of their wild ancestors. These reflect greater intraspecific differences than even in the differences between species in the genus Coturnix. Unlike the wild quail, a variety of other plumage colours are seen in the domestic quail, the most popular being variations of golden, tuxedo, extended brown and recessive white. The average live weight of the wild Japanese quail varies within 85-110 g, whereas the domestic quails are about 45% to more than 250% heavier, depending to their productive type. Major differences are visible in the migratory, sexual, nesting and brooding behaviour, and other ethological reactions such as vocalisation, mating calls, aggression and fighting. A number of productive parameters have been affected by domestication. Wild Japanese quails lay about 5-14 eggs per clutch, with 2-3 broods per year. Domestic quails could lay more than 250 eggs per year with average egg weight increase of 20% in egg production to 100% in meat production compared to their ancestors. This review summarises how domestication and human impact affect a number of features, significantly altering the Japanese quail. The aim is to emphasise the changes that occurred during the domestication of Japanese quails, supporting the proposal of using the term ‘domestic quail’. (Coturnix japonica domestica).

Nutritional significance of aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis Miller) and its beneficial impact on poultry


The purpose of any supplement in the diet is to take advantage of its beneficial effects on performance, development, health, with the aim of stabilisation of digestion along with improved feed efficiency. Aloe vera is one such supplement. Its use has increased in nutrition and veterinary uses because of its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial, antiviral, antiparasitic and antifungal properties. These activities come from various biologically active constituents, including minerals, vitamins, sugars, enzymes, anthraquinones or phenolic compounds, saponins, amino acids, lignin and sterols. Supplementation with aloe vera in poultry diets improves productive performance, enhances digestion and reduces disease incidence. Research has shown that dietary supplementation of aloe vera (0.1-1.0%) positively increased body weight by 7-25%, and improved immunological indices by 10-50%. Feed treatment with 0.5-1% aloe vera reduced harmful bacteria in the gut by 24% and increased beneficial bacterial populations by 30%. This review includes information on the inclusion of aloe vera in poultry feed, and how it may be useful as a natural supplement without side effects to maximise overall poultry productivity.

Factors affecting the production of double-yolked eggs


Double yolked eggs are a rare phenomenon in domestic poultry and game birds, generally ~1-2% of the eggs are double-yolked (DY) over the laying cycle. The production of such eggs is influenced by several factors from which the most important ones include genetics, selection for multiple ovulations, female age, light exposure and nutrition. It is known that higher body weight is the result of selection, and has been correlated to the increase in multiple ovulations. The increased incidence of DY eggs is a consequence of the multiple ovulations, which are more prevalent in the first 10 weeks of laying, when up to 25% of follicles develop as pairs, because the regulation of follicle maturation and ovulation is not fully established. This regulation involves endocrinological and physiological changes, which are mediated by light, and management during rearing and laying is crucial to reduce DY eggs. Restricted feeding (~50% daily feed intake of ad libitum) results in decreased follicle production and multiple ovulations, hence reduces DY egg production. Feed should contain less protein (<16%) to control body weight gain. However, if DY egg production is the goal, birds should be fed ad libitum with high protein (>16%) to achieve higher body weights. Furthermore, applying photostimulation early (6-12 weeks of age for domestic fowl), increasing photoperiod to 13-16 hours of light and light intensity (>80 lux) can help prevent DY.

A review of adaptive immune responses to Eimeria tenella and Eimeria maxima challenge in chickens


Adaptive immune responses in poultry against the invading parasites are complex, involving both specific and non-specific immunity. Attempts in finding new vaccine candidates for Eimeria parasite infection control are continuing, and any promising candidates that have been discovered so far are only effective against homologous infection. Different genes are involved in coccidiosis protection and take part in Eimeria infections. Expression library immunization (ELI) is a novel method for systematic screening of genomes to identify new vaccine candidates. Some of these antigens have yielded promising results, with rEtIMP-1 and EtIMP1-CD40L reducing oocysts output with 66% and 78% respectively in chickens challenged with Eimeria tenella by inducing immune responses. The significance of cytokines in inducing immunity against the invading parasite cannot be ignored, as they provide support to both innate and adaptive immune responses. Adaptive immune responses and genes expressed in response to E. maxima and E. tenella challenges are important. Possible immunogenic vaccine candidates derived from Eimeria antigens have potential for control, diagnosis and treatment strategies for coccidiosis.

Thermal manipulations of birds during embryogenesis


Broilers are subject to adverse environmental conditions, especially temperature, which decreases performance and increases disease vulnerability. Understanding how the mechanisms involved in thermoregulation of the embryo function is essential for improving production. Studies have shown that thermal manipulation should occur late during embryonic development (14th to 18th day of incubation) and factors, such as hormones, neurotransmitters and cytokines, are involved in programming the thermoregulatory system. Several methodologies have been applied in experimental situations regarding the frequency, intensity and duration of thermal stimuli during the embryonic period. Hatching yield can be improved, despite different handling strategies, however, there are still divergent results regarding the ability of birds to adapt to thermal stimuli. Thermal management can alter vascular development and hormone levels in embryos. In contrast to high temperature thermal manipulation, using lower incubation temperatures can positively influence the quality of newly hatched chicks. In general, positive results were observed for thermal manipulation by cold or heat when embryos were stressed for 2 to 6 h/day. Higher hatchability and performance under normal conditions was observed in experiments using temperatures from 36.4 to 36.7oC. Better performance was seen under heat stress conditions in the final phase (21-35 days) when using temperatures from 39.2 to 39.5oC. Thermal manipulation modulates the expression of heat shock proteins (HSP), which vary with stimulus type (heat/cold), breed, tissue and bird age. Finally, thermal manipulation can be effective in helping birds adapt to the breeding environment; however, it is necessary to refine certain points. The present review found thermal manipulation during embryo development was effective at increasing hatchability and performance of broilers.

Branch News


The officers of the branch’s board met by video conference on 25 September 2020. The next meeting will take place in December 2020. See

The 2021 general assembly of WPSA-France will take place online 18 March 2021, during a scientific session called ‘WPSA Thursday’ dedicated to the topic ‘Resilience of the poultry production chain following one year of COVID-19’.

The Branch renews its call to all members for their participation in WPC2021 in Paris on 8-12 August 2021, and for the preparation for this event, which will also mark the centenary of WPSAs World Poultry Congresses.

Christophe Bostvironnois, President, and Michel Duclos, secretary WPSA France 


Due to the ongoing pandemic, we will hold our annual Spring Conference for the German Branch in a digital format on March 19, 2021. Please make a note of this on your calendar.

The XII European Symposium on Poultry Genetics is being planned for Hannover, 08 – 11, 2022. Information will follow.

Inga Tiemann, Secretary, Germany Branch


2020 fier avicolaThe next annual national meeting will be organized in conjunction with the 2021 edition of FIERAVICOLA which will be held at the Rimini Expo Centre from 4 to 6 May. General information on the International Poultry Exhibition is available on the website:

The Italian Branch will host the 23rd edition of European Symposium on Poultry Nutrition (ESPN) which will be held at the Palacongressi of Rimini (Italy) from 5 to 8 September, 2022. The city of Rimini, is an ideal place for the European Symposium on Poultry Nutrition and the modern as well as eco-friendly Venue is the perfect stage for the event. Many attendees including both poultry research scientists and practitioners, leading speakers from across the world joining together to explore the past, share the present and helping to forge the future of poultry meat science. More details are already available at the Symposia website:

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Massimiliano Petracci, Secretary, Italian Branch of WPSA


The 2021 Spring Meeting of the Japan Poultry Science Association (JPSA) will be held in online (web) style. All activities during the meeting, including presentations of original research findings, a general meeting, and the council meeting, will be organised on the web at the end of March. Details will be announced soon on the JPSA web site ( In the meantime, registration for the presentations of original research findings will be started at the beginning of January 2021, and the deadline will be January 26th, 2021. The details for the registration will also be informed via the JPSA web site.

The Journal of Poultry Science (JPS - the official journal of JPSA, IF: 0.880), the official scientific journal published by JPSA, became a member of PubMed Central (PMC), and articles published in the journal can now be accessed through the PubMed search engine. We welcome the contribution of original research articles and reviews to the JPS using the following web site: Free access to download the full-published articles in JPS is available on J-Stage (, which provides an excellent opportunity for all to access the published articles.

JPSA would like to contribute not only to poultry science in Japan, but all over the world by enhancing activities with members from other countries. Thus, JPSA has a membership category for foreign citizens residing abroad as ‘Special International Member’. The page charges for publishing their papers in the JPS will be set at the regular membership price. JPSA welcomes new members from all over the world. Please visit the JPSA website ( for further information.

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a tough situation in the world, but JPSA hopes things will get better soon. Please take good care of yourself!

Naoki Goto, Secretary of WPSA Japan Branch


Scientific communication with industry: The VNITIP Federal Scientific Centre of the Russian Science Academy in Serguiev Posad, Moscow Region, recognises the importance of scientific communication with the industry and has a programme to encourage this effort. Every year more than 1000 experts from Russia and abroad attend lectures from leading scientists in poultry industry areas, exchange experiences and discuss innovations from local and foreign poultry science efforts in Ptitsegrad. All are welcome to attend the courses in Serguiev Posad.

Tatiana Vasilieva, Secretary

United Kingdom

New Opportunity: The GD Rosen Academic Career Advancement Award

The UK branch is pleased to announce a new Academic Career Advancement Award in memory of Professor Gordon D Rosen. Gordon contributed a highly logical and very descriptive approach to animal nutrition from the 1960s through to just a few years before his death in 2015. A full obituary for him is available in volume 71 of World’s Poultry Science Journal. He was an inspirational person whose curiosity and gently framed yet penetrating questions made him a legend. There is a generation of scientists influenced by his presence – always in the front row – of scientific meetings, and now his wife Vanda would like to encourage other scientists to develop their own inquisitiveness through this new award.

The GD Rosen Academic Career Advancement Award provides £2000 each year to fund an academic adventure. With this aim, the award is open in nature, while particularly encouraging people to become multidisciplinary in their approach to research. The award is open to UK branch members who are within their early career spanning from 2 years to 5 years post PhD viva. Examples of proposals might include a request to attend an academic conference (particularly one outside your core field), support for an educational tour of another country or global region, support to visit another institution to learn a new technique or approach, or support to publish a major research output in a journal requiring publication fees.

Proposal forms and conditions of the GD Rosen Award can be found on the WPSA-UK website.

Deadline for applications: 30th January 2021


WPSA Calendar

For all WPSA meetings see the WPSA Calendar

Date: 30 November 2023

Travel Grant Programme

For information about the Travel Grant Programmes click here.


Travel Grants can only be requested for WPSA events.

Only WPSA members can apply.


Travel Grant application forms

Speakers' Bureau Programme

For information about the Speakers' Bureau Programme click here.


Branch Development Proposal

In the Board meeting held during WPC2016 in Beijing, China, the Board decided to increase the funds available for Branch Development by making a formal call for Branch Development Proposals.
The maximum budget for a proposal is US$4,000.

Deadlines for submission are January 1st and July 1st.

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