July 17, 2017

ASAS concludes successful 2017 Annual Meeting

Transition to a meeting featuring independent, diverse symposia complete

CHAMPAIGN, ILL. [July 17, 2017] – The transition is complete. The first American Society of Animal Science [ASAS] annual meeting in 18 years has concluded and the ASAS leadership as well as its members are prepared to call the 2017 meeting and the transition from the joint meetings of the past, successful.

“When we started down this path, our mission was to return to our roots and build a meeting with programming that is of value to scientists and professional practitioners of all species and disciplines,” said ASAS President Dr. Debora Hamernik. “The best way to do that is with a meeting substantive enough to create value for everyone, and intimate enough to foster constructive learning and exchange of ideas. We accomplished that goal.”

The 2017 meeting, held at the Baltimore Convention Center July 8-12, was the culmination of a whirlwind of activity during the past six months when nearly 4,000 professionals attended several additional meetings that included international symposia, as well as Midwest, Western and Southern sectional meetings.

Society member attendees agreed with Dr. Hamernik, praising the 2017 annual meeting.

”I was impressed by the number of abstracts I wanted to see this year,” David Bravo, of feed additive provider Pancosma, said. “The science was the best yet.”

The meeting also saw the installation of President-Elect Dr. Steven A. Zinn of the University of Connecticut as ASAS President for the 2017-2018 academic year. At the ASAS Board of Directors meeting July 12, which signaled the close of the 2017 Annual Meeting, Dr. Zinn summarized the association’s plans for the upcoming year and led discussion on a variety of topics.

“I’m excited for the upcoming year,” Dr. Zinn said. “Our board is an exceptionally dedicated group that works tirelessly on behalf of animal science throughout the country.”

This year, ASAS shared its meeting location with the Canadian Society of Animal Science [CSAS]. In 2018, the meeting will be held with CSAS and WAAP [World Association for Animal Production] in July in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

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Chuck Sanger