BRAZIL - At the meeting of the World’s Poultry Science Association (WPSA), members voted for the 2020 World Poultry Congress to be in the French capital. Senior editor, Jackie Linden, reports.
After holding off strong bidding competition from Berlin and Orlando, the 26th World Poultry Congress (WPC) will be held in Paris in August 2020. The majority of the WPSA members present at the 24th WPC in Salvador, Brazil, voted for Paris by a very narrow margin. The event will be held in August 2020 at the Palais des Congrès, which is located in the centre of the city with plenty of hotel options and entertainment possibilities nearby.
The location of the next WPC was already decided four years ago. The 25th WPC will be at the China National Convention Center (CNCC) in Beijing, China on 5 to 9 September 2016. At the meeting, Dr Ning Yang stressed the advantages of the central location near the downtown area. He also mentioned a new strategic agreement with VNU, which means that the VIV China show will be held at the same venue on 6 to 8 September 2016.
Also at the WPSA meeting, five new members were elected to the International Poultry Hall of Fame for their outstanding efforts to promote poultry production and education: Dr Egladison João Campos (Brazil), Professor Peter Horn (Hungary), Dr Genda Lal Jain (India), Dr Kiyoshi Shimada (Japan) and Dr Nuhad Daghir (Lebanon). Each received an engraved plaque in recognition of their achievements.
WPSA officers for the next four years were also announced at the meeting. Dr Edir da Silva of Brazil was elected President – taking over from Dr Bob Pym of Australia – and Dr Roel Mulder (the Netherlands) and Dr Francine Bradley (US) were both re-elected unopposed as Secretary/assistant treasurer and Treasurer/assistant secretary, respectively.
National branch secretaries voted the following WPSA Vice Presidents: Dr Werner Bessei (Germany; Senior Vice President), Dr Sarge Bilgili (US), Dr Rob Gous (South Africa), Dr Julie Roberts (Australia) and Dr Michèle Tixier-Bouchard (France).