Organised by the WPSA Croatian Branch, the XVth European Poultry Conference was held in Dubrovnik, Croatia, from September 17-21st. It was held under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Croatia Kolinda Grabar Kitarović, Ministry of Agriculture, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology, Faculty of Agriculture and the Croatian Veterinary Chamber. The conference gathered 1487 participants from 72 countries from all over the world, and it was the largest agricultural conference ever held in this part of Europe. Altogether, 12 plenary lectures were presented by leading world scientists, as well as 230 oral and 285 poster presentations, in 22 parallel sections.
During the opening ceremony, the EPC 2018 was officially opened by the President of the European Federation of the WPSA Prof. Birger Svihus and the participants were also greeted by Chairlady Prof. Estella Prukner Radovcic, President of the WPSA-Croatian Branch and the mayor of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County Slaven Dobroslavić.
During the conference, a 15th Meeting of the Council of the EF WPSA was held, at which a new leadership was elected by secret ballot. President of the Croatian branch of the WPSA, Prof. Estella Prukner Radovcic was elected as the President of the EF WPSA. Prof. Michael Grashorn was re-elected as the secretary and treasurer, and Prof. Birger Svihus was elected as the past president. In the balloting for the next European Poultry Conference venue (voting for The Netherlands or Spain) it was decided that the 16th EPC will be held in 2022 in Valencia (Spain).
A Youth programme was organised for young scientists who actively participated to the conference. Altogether 22 of them got the opportunity to visit poultry producers (broilers and laying hen farms) near Zagreb, but also to exchange knowledge and build new friendship during the four-day post-conference programme.
Together with an exceptional scientific programme, numerous social events were also organised, as Welcome cocktail and Gala dinner, held in medieval fortress Revelin.
The organisers would specially like to thank the WPSA and all sponsors-diamond, gold, silver and other contributors, for their contribution to the successful organisation of the EPC 2018!
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