Pig veterinary conferences – are they getting a little overcrowded?

21-02-2011 | |

There appears to be an increasing number of pig veterinary conferences on the horizon and some are overlapping. This is rather a shame as it dilutes resources and opportunities for sponsorship as well as attendees and the chances for participants to share and present new information.

In the next few months we have seven globally important conferences, and in the first six months of next year, another three have been scheduled – see below.
It is such a pity when two major conferences clash or overlap. However, on the positive side, it shows that swine research is very much alive and active, on a national, regional and international basis.
How can we overcome the double booking or overcrowding of important conferences? Could we set up a dedicated webpage or website, so that conference secretaries could put on their dates and contact details and thus try to avoid these problems in the future?
  • Asian Pig Veterinary Society Congress (APVS), Pattaya, Thailand – 7-9th March, 2011 (Every 2 years)
  • American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV), Phoenix, Arizona, USA – 5-8th March, 2011 (Annual)
  • Pig Veterinary Society (PVS) Meeting, Newcastle, UK – 12-13th May, 2011 (Two times a year – May and November)
  • European Symposium of Porcine Health Management (ESPHM), Helsinki, Finland, 25-27th May, 2011 (Annual)
  • Emerging and Re-emerging Pig Diseases Symposium, Barcelona, Spain, 12-15th June, 2011 (Every 4 years)
  • Spiroconference, Copenhagen, Denmark, 20-22nd June, 2011 (Every 2 years)
  • Safepork, Maastricht, the Netherlands, 20-22nd June, 2011 (Every 2 years)
Next year, we will have the AASV meeting again on 10-13th March, 2012, in Denver, Colorado, USA and the ESPHM meeting on 20-22nd April, 2012 in Bruges, Belgium, but also there will be the International Pig Veterinary Society (IPVS) Congress in Jeju Island, Korea on 10-13th June, 2012 and the next IPVS Congress will be in Cancun, Mexico 8-11th June, 2014.