WPSA UK Branch Meeting 2024

Join us at the Assembly Buildings conference centre, Belfast on 9-11th April 2024 where we will join the British Society for Animal Science to discuss “The Role of Livestock in Ecosystems and Environment”.

Conference tickets are available via BSAS (British Society of Animal Science) web site.

The event will be held in person only.

Meeting Programme

The programme is now available by expanding this section below. Additionally, a PDF copy can be downloaded for reference.

On-line Programme View


The Assembly buildings are a short 4 minute walk from the city centre train station Great Victoria Street.

Further details on the venue can be found via https://www.assemblybuildings.co.uk

Ticket prices do not include accommodation.


There are many hotels in the vicinity and BSAS have managed to secure some discount codes with some local hotels, please see https://www.bsas.org.uk/conference/hotels/ for more information.

We also expect there to be an additional discount code for visititbelfast.com and we will share this with you once we have the details.


Following the usual layout, dinner will immediately follow the Gordon memorial lecture and drinks reception.

Dinner plans will be confirmed asap, but we are making enquiries with the Europa hotel, a short 3-minute walk away from the conference venue. Being the city centre, there will likely be many taxi firms available for those that prefer that option, but we recommend seeking out numbers and booking in advance.

Travel grants

Travel grants are also available for students and retired members. For information on how to apply, please visit this page for further information.

Travel grant applications will close on the 5th February 2024.

Abstract submission

In addition to submitted talks and posters, we will have invited speaker sessions.

Abstract submission will close on the 20th November 2023, with the aim to notify authors of the final decision of their submission by January, giving plenty of time to apply for the travel grant, if applicable.

Gordon Memorial Trust

The Gordon Memorial Trust lecture will take place on Wed 10th April, after the WPSA programme has completed for the afternoon.

The 2024 invited Trust speaker will be Professor Ian Dunn of the Roslin Institute (UK), who will speak on “Genotype, phenotype, selection and more: improving the skeletal health of laying hens”