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Chicken Biology Symposium Now Open for Pre-registration

14 November 2013

UK - A symposium on chicken biology called "Towards the Chicken of the Future" is now open for pre-registration. The deadline to pre-register is 1 December 2013.

The conference, to be hosted at the Royal Veterinary College’s Hawkshead Campus on 23-24 April 2014, will highlight the biology of domestic chickens, in particular commercial broiler and layer breeds.

The top international researchers in this broad field will feature in the symposium to achieve two main aims:

  1. To disseminate research that is leading the way in our understanding of chicken biology and how this can be used to approach the significant challenges facing the domestic chicken industry.

  2. To consolidate this understanding into a statement founded on modern scientific evidence with the intent of shaping future government policy.


The chicken biology symposium, to be held over two days, will feature presentations that address the problems and potential solutions in five thematic sessions:

  • Gait and Biomechanics
  • Physiology and Pathology
  • Infectious diseases
  • Genetics and Breeding
  • Welfare and Behaviour

These sessions have been designed to facilitate discussion on a wide range of topics that concern domestic poultry.

Each session will consist of five top experts’ 30-minute presentations followed by roundtable discussions with contributions welcome from all attendees.

Talks will be broadly accessible, appealing not only to researchers but also industry and policymakers.

By bringing together a diverse range of expertise, the ideal forum for discussion of domestic chicken biology and how to confront the challenges facing the poultry industry will be provided.

For more information about the confirmed speakers and organisers, please click here.

Poster Presentations

In addition to the speaking sessions, a student/young researcher poster session will be held during an evening wine-and-appetiser social event on 23 April.

Displays and More!

Exhibitors’ displays, campus tours plus other events and activities will be held during the symposium, and a special RVC Late public engagement evening will be held following the symposium, on Friday, 25 April (details to be announced separately later).

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