About the Conference

Innovation to compete in the global livestock industry

Join the British Society of Animal Science as it seeks to address this question and more at its 2018 Annual Conference, ‘Innovation to compete in the global livestock industry’.

Held for the first time in Dublin at the iconic Croke Park stadium, BSAS 2018 will see over 500 scientists, vets, policy-makers and farmers from across the world gather to hear about the challenges and opportunities facing the agri-food sector.

As well as exploring the groundbreaking technologies and innovations being made, delegates will hear an international line-up of speakers discuss topics including:

- Innovations in pig production
- Animal breeding and genetics
- Bridging the gap between academia and the equine industry
- Cutting-edge technology for feed management
- Economic challenges of BREXIT, CAP reform, globalization and climate change
- Feed efficiency and trait definition
- Fin fish production: challenges and solutions for a sustainable industry
- Global dairy systems and milk quality
- Grazed and conserved forages for dairy, beef and sheep
- Improving labour efficiency
- Innovation for sustainable livestock systems
- Nutrition, health and welfare
- PLUS special Hammond Lecture: Precision agriculture meets the omics revolution


Croke Park Stadium, Dublin 

We are pleased to hold the BSAS Annual Conference at Croke Park Stadium which is Ireland’s greatest amphitheatre. This truly is the beating heart of Irish sport and culture. It is this living legacy that makes Croke Park one of the world’s most unique and versatile conference venues to bring people together to inspire and network.  Winner of Best Purpose Built Events Venue at the Event Industry Awards 2017.

Conveniently located, just 5 minutes from the city centre and 15 minutes by taxi from Dublin’s Airport and M50 motorway – Croke Park offers the benefits, amenities and things-to-do you expect of a vibrant city location, yet without the hassle of congestion and with the advantage of on-site parking. There’s plenty of public transport options too!  More travel information.   Delegates can park their car in the Davin Car Park at Croke Park for overnight parking for the duration of the conference.  However, it is parked at the owners discretion and we nor Croke Park can take any responsibility.

The move to Ireland is also part of BSAS’s drive to enable new and different audiences to join the debate around livestock science and production, and form’s part of the society’s plans to move the event to different cities across the UK and Ireland. 

We look forward to seeing you at Croke Park. 



Outline Programme

Sunday 8th April Registration 15:00-18:00 hours
Monday 9th April Registration 08:00  and throughout conference
  Sessions     09:00-18:00
  Student Event 13:30-17:00
  Social Events ** 19:00 - late
Tuesday 10th April BSAS AGM     08:00-09:00
  Hammond Lecture 09:00-10:00
  Sessions     10:30-17:00
  Conference Dinner * 19:00 - late 
Wednesday 11 April Sessions     09:00-17:00


* Includes Reception at the GAA Museum 

**  Student quiz and social at Dicey's Garden Club  or Buffet at Croke Park Hotel followed by a stroll to join the revellers at Dicey's (see optional extas for more details).

Conference Fees

Conference fee Before 12  February      From 13 February 
  Member   Non- Member     Member    Non- Member
Full Conference fee  £        395.00    £            490.00      £      440.00    £             535.00
Full Student/Retired Conference Fee  £        170.00    £            225.00      £      195.00    £             250.00
One Day   £        220.00    £            285.00      £      265.00    £             330.00
One Day Student/Retired  £        115.00    £            155.00      £      140.00    £             180.00
Student programme only (not attending the conference)                
BSAS student member  £          25.00              
Non-member and others  £          65.00              
Social Events                
Monday Evening Buffet Croke Park Hotel £          35.00              
Monday Student Quiz and Social Dicey's Garden Club                
Tuesday Conference Dinner including Reception at GAA Museum  £          75.00              



Hotel accommodation 

Single B&B


Double/Twin B&B 




  Croke Park Hotel (1 min walk) € 185   € 215   BOOK080418   crokepark@doylecollection.com        
  Best Western Plus Academy (14 min walk) 15% discount on rack rate   BSAS Croke Park   stay@academyplazahotel.ie        
  Hilton Garden Inn (21 min Walk) € 179   € 189       book here    (enter name and dates required)        
  Key Collection   Self Catering 1 bedroom Apartments (1 min walk) €95   €95       book here        
  Key Collection  Self Catering Double room with kitchenette (1 min walk) €75   €75       book here        
  Please book direct with the hotel.  Hotels will start releasing 25% of rooms per month  on a sliding scale  from 8th January - therefore availability cannot be guaranteed.    Please quote code when booking to obtain the rates above.  If you do not wish to book the above then check websites such as Booking.com  or Trivago etc.. for favourable rates.        
  We cannot emphasise enough how important it is to book your accommodation early.  April is a popular time of year and hotels get booked very quickly.



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A confirmation receipt will be issued to all delegates and can also be downloaded from the delegates registration account. 

The conference will commence on Monday  9 April 2018 commencing from  09:00 and finishing on Wednesday 11 April at 17:30 hours. Draft programme on the website mid January.  There will be a student programme on Monday commencing at 13:30 hours.

All authors must register by 12 February, failure to register by this date may result in the summary being withdrawn from the programme and not being published in the proceedings. The Conference registration fee includes the electronic version of the BSAS Proceedings. Registration for the discounted rate must also be received by 12 February.
A special low rate conference fee is offered to BSAS students/post graduates and retired members.
Registration entitles you to attend.
• All BSAS Sessions
• Joint WPSA/BSAS Session
• WPSA Conference - all delegates are invited to attend the WPSA Gordon Memorial Lecture.

All students attending the conference can register to attend the Student Day.  Non-students are also welcome to join if they are attending the conference.  A fee is applied if not attending the conference on Monday.

Delegates are responsible for booking their own accommodation.   It is advisable that accommodation is booked early as April is a busy month and accommodation can be in short supply if left too late..

We accept payment using the following credit cards: Visa (credit and debit), Mastercard (credit and debit) , Maestro, Solo and Amex or you may prefer to pay by cheque, made payable to BSAS. JCB cards are not accepted. Please make your payment in £ sterling. Cheques must be drawn on a UK bank. Delegates can also request an invoice when paying online or contact the BSAS Office.

30 days prior to the conference full refund less a £50 administration fee. Within 30 days of the conference: No refund. BSAS will not be held responsible if for any reason the conference is unable to commence or curtailed early.

BSAS will not be held responsible for any loss or damage of personal items of the delegates, accompanying persons, or exhibitors or injury at Croke Park Stadium.

FREE car parking is available for delegates at Croke Park.

FREE wifi access available in all areas.

BSAS Members should pay their membership subscription through the normal link on the BSAS website. This facility is not available on the registration site.

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