APSA Presidents Report
The Australasian Pig Science Association (APSA) biennial conference is widely recognised as one of the premier international pig science forums. The hard work and dedication of the APSA Committee as well as many other people over the years has seen APSA grow from humble beginnings to the international conference that it is today.
Our next Conference in 2017 marks a special anniversary for APSA as it will be thirty years since the very first APSA was held in Albury in 1987. From modest beginnings and championed by a small group of dedicated scientists, the APSA legacy has continued to grow. The APSA committee are pleased to announce that the 16th conference of the Australasian Pig Science Association will be held at the Grand Hyatt, Melbourne, Victoria from the 19th-22nd of November 2017. We hope that you will be able to join us in Melbourne and take advantage of this wonderful location. The conference program is coming together and will feature both local and international speakers addressing key issues for the pork industry. The Committee is also planning some special social events to ensure that this Conference will be truly memorable.
The APSA conference proceedings are internationally recognised for their scientific and editorial standard. There are very few conferences now held where such a high quality proceedings are produced prior to the conference. I am pleased to advise that the committee have appointed Dr Lucy Waldron and Dr Shay Hill as editors for the 2017 proceedings, Manipulating Pig Production XV. I am also very pleased to announce that, once again, the conference proceedings will be published in full as a Special Issue of Animal Production Science. This journal provides greater exposure for APSA and ensure our authors are more widely recognised for their outstanding scientific contributions.
Our task would be impossible if it were not for the generosity of a number of excellent sponsors. In particular, I would like to acknowledge our Principle Sponsors, Australian Pork Limited and the Pork CRC for High Integrity Australian Pork for their generous support of APSA. I would also like to thank all of our sponsors that have made a commitment to the 2017 conference - we truly appreciate your support. There are still some wonderful sponsorship opportunities and to view the sponsorship prospectus please visit the sponsor’s page on this website.
I would like to thank the previous Committee for all their hard work to date and look forward to working with our new Committee to the year ahead to organise the 2017 Conference. Submissions will be open shortly for abstracts (previously referred to as one page papers) and the 2017 APSA International Travel Scholarship. Please also keep an eye out for shout outs over the coming months for further information regarding the program and registrations.
Dr Pat Mitchell, President