MAKING HISTORY with its first globally accessible virtual programme is the British Society of Animal Science (BSAS), launching its first online conference this April.

'The Challenge of Change – The New Normal?’ will take place between April 12 and 15, promising a whole host of firsts, including its first Equine Symposium and specialist webinars with a focus on agriculture, industry and animal science.

The webinars – which can be booked individually and are free to attend – welcome globally renowned specialists who will explore the future of beef farms, climate and biodiversity, the hyperprolific sow and developments in the dairy sector.

The conference programme hosts a plethora of world-renowned scientists and animal technologists inciting lively debate and discussion around the conference theme. Joining the conference for the Future of Farming session is Tom Heap, Countryfile and Costing the Earth presenter, who will partake in a question-and-answer session with Early Careers scientists about how their professional pathways can positively impact the future of farming, particularly given current uncertainties.

Other programme highlights include The Global Approach to Net Zero, chaired by Dr John Gilliland OBE, which addresses the ongoing debating and identifies key actions already taken, as we work towards the goal of net zero.

The speakers will also offer an invaluable insight into the latest ground-breaking research developments, practical solutions to underpin sustainable animal production, and what they feel the sector needs to do to unify its approach to improve the performance and wellbeing of animals.

Also, brand new for this year’s event, are sessions and workshops devoted to supporting and engaging those in the early stages of their career. Through a series of bespoke sessions and informative industry workshops, the ‘Developing Talent’ days, will allow fledgling scientists to get abreast of the latest research, network with industry leaders, and learn the tips and tricks they need to help them stand out to future employers.

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