Finding Inspiration in Every Turn
AAAS’s unique, inclusive approach, allows everyone involved in animal science – from students, to industry professionals and researchers – to meet and learn from each other.
At the national level, the AAAS Biennial Conference provides an excellent opportunity for members to meet, exchange information and ideas and discuss the very latest advances from the world of animal science and production. At branch level, meetings are convened at regular intervals to discuss topics of local or national interest and to provide a forum for members to raise matters of importance.
Our Story - AAAS
In 1954 a group of Australian scientists decided that they needed a society to provide the then-burgeoning activity of applying science to animal production with a forum that allowed sharing of ideas, a biennial research conference, and a dedicated research publication. Each state established branches of the Australian Society of Animal Production (ASAP), which held regular meetings to discuss current research and extension developments. A feature of the early society was the inclusion of producers in branch activities and the biennial conference. Early career graduates were introduced to the legends of animal science and production, and used the conference to form networks and learn how to deliver messages from their scientific research. This society contributed enormously to the current success of animal production in Australia.
Times change, and the society gradually diminished in its relevance to researchers, students and others involved with animals, for a range of reasons. Those involved with different individual animal species started their own societies, scientists preferred going to their own discipline meetings, and other relevant groups began to service animal agriculture. In 2018, the ASAP federal council met in Sydney to develop a strategy for invigorating the society based on broader engagement across the animal sciences – and the Australian Association of Animal Sciences (AAAS) was born!
Our Story - AAAP
The Asian Australasian Association of Animal Production Societies (AAAP) is a prominent and dynamic organization dedicated to advancing animal production and agricultural sciences in the Asia-Oceanic region. Comprising a network of professional animal science societies from various countries within the region, the AAAP fosters collaboration, knowledge exchange, and scientific research in the field of animal production. With a focus on sustainable practices and the latest technological advancements, the association plays a crucial role in promoting the welfare, productivity, and efficiency of livestock industries. By bringing together experts, academics, and industry professionals, the AAAP continues to make significant contributions to the region's growth and development of animal production.
Prof Frank Dunshea (Congress Chair)
Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor and Chair of Agriculture, The University of Melbourne.
Dr Darryl D'Souza (Sponsorship Chair)
Executive GM – Technical Services, SunPork Group
Prof Brian Leury
Honorary Professor of Animal Science, The University of Melbourne
Dr Jo Newton
Research Scientist-Genetics, Agriculture Victoria
Dr Paul Cheng
Snr Lecturer-Livestock Nutrition & Grazing Management, The University of Melbourne
Prof Robyn Warner
Professor of Meat Science, The University of Melbourne
Dr Rodrigo Albornoz
Ruminate Technical Services, Feedworks
Dr Michael Rose
Director Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Dr Jeremy Cottrell
Senior Lecturer Dairy and Livestock science, The University of Melbourne
Prof Michael Friend
Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research and innovation Charles Sturt University
Dr Surinder Chauhan
Senior Lecture (Livestock Genetics and genomics), The University of Melbourne)
Dr John Pluske
Chief Scientist and CEO Australasian Pork Research Institute Ltd
PhD student, University of Melbourne
Agrivet Business Consulting
Dr Stephanie Muir
Research Scientist, Agriculture Victoria
Dr Rebecca Athorn
Acting Director Research & Innovation at Australian Pork Limited
Dr Kirsty DiGiacomo
Senior Research Fellow (Production Animals) The Melbourne University)
Dr Paula Gonzalez-Rivas
Veterinarian, Technical Services Manager - Nutrition, Virbac Australia
Dr Sarah Meale
Senior Lecturer in Animal Science and production, the University of Queensland
Managing Partner, Feedworks
PhD student, The University of Melbourne