2013 International Symposium on Animal Environment and Welfare Successfully Held in Rongchang, Chong

Date:2013-11-01 15:23:40  From:  Author:

 

The International Symposium on Animal Environment and Welfare was held Oct 19-22, 2013, in Rongchang, Chongqing, China. Thirty overseas experts from five continents of the world attended and presented at the symposium. They were from world-renowned universities and institutions, including Cornell University, Iowa State University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Purdue University, University of Tennessee, University of Missouri, University of Minnesota, North Carolina State University, North Dakota State University, University of Manitoba, State University of Campinas in Brazil, South Queensland University in Australia, Catholic university of Louvain, Wageningen University, Aarhus University, Leibniz-Institute for Agricultural Engineering in Europe, Botswana College of Agriculture in Africa. Also, 150 participants from academia and livestock industry in China were in attendance and contributed to the technical presentations. Professor Baoming Li of China Agricultural University and Professor Hongwei Xin of Iowa State University served as the symposium co-chairs and moderated the opening ceremony. Professor Maohua Wang of China Agricultural University and member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering; Professor Norman Scott of Cornell University and member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering delivered the opening speeches.
 
This is the first international symposium sponsored by the International Research Center for Animal Environment and Welfare (IRCAEW, www.ircaew.org) that was established in Rongchang in October, 2011. This symposium was locally organized by the Chongqing Academy of Animal Sciences and the Key Laboratory of Agricultural Engineering in Structure and Environment located at China Agricultural University under the auspice of Chinese Ministry of Agriculture. The generous supports from Chongqing Commission of Science and Technology, Rongchang County People’s Government and Chinese Society of Agricultural Engineering are greatly appreciated.
 
The symposium had 21 general-session presentations and 27 concurrent-session presentations. A volume of conference proceedings and CD were produced that archive the technical papers. To further foster information exchange and networking among the fellow researchers, young professionals and industry representatives, a “speed-dating” session were also held. The theme of this symposium was animal environment and welfare covering the topics of environmental control, animal behavior and welfare, production systems and equipment, and manure management and utilization. At the sessions, elite scientists in these areas shared their wisdom, informative and cutting-edge research findings and visions for the future development. It provided a platform for academic exchanges, discussion and exploration of collaborations. At the “speed-dating” session, the experts presented their current programs and achievements in related disciplines, including new technologies, new products and new intellectual property rights they have mastered and shared views with the interested attendees from local research institutions and enterprises.

In this golden autumn, all the participants experienced a rewarding and fulfilling time in Rongchang. They enjoyed a great event which is conducive to their professional networking and information exchange with global peers. Symposium of this nature is expected to have considerable impact on the growth and global reputation of the International Research Center for Animal Environment and Welfare.

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Group photo of the 2013 International Symposium on Animal Environment and Welfare held Oct 20-22, 2013 in Rongchang, Chongqing, China

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Opening Ceremony of the 2013 International Symposium on Animal Environment and Welfare held Oct 20-22, 2013, Rongchang, Chongqing, China

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