Our International Symposium on Chicken Biology!


“Towards the Chicken of the Future”

A Symposium on Chicken Biology


This conference, to be hosted at the Royal Veterinary College’s Hawkshead Campus on April 23-24, 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.

Domestic chickens are an important worldwide food industry that faces many present and future challenges. For example, broiler chickens are subject to a range of health problems that are related to rapid growth rates and high body mass. Not only are these problems a significant welfare issue, but they also consequently represent an economic cost to industry.

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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, we hope to provide the ideal forum for discussion of domestic chicken biology and how to confront the challenges facing the poultry industry. For more about the confirmed speakers and organisers see here. The near-final, unofficial programme is downloadable as a pdf 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 “Night at the Vet College” public engagement evening will be held following the symposium, on Friday 25 April (details are here!).

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Download our poster (PDF), to help us promote and celebrate the symposium.

Tickets/pre-registration is now officially sold out, although if you contact us there might be last-minute openings/cancellations.

We hope to see you at the RVC in April 2014! Please watch this blog for further developments in the near future!

The near-final, unofficial programme is downloadable as a pdf here!

Thanks to our industrial sponsor Huvepharma for support!


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Commenters below: let us know what you think! What would you like to see in a symposium like this? Are you hoping to come? Excited yet? We sure are!

Cluck away!