WELCOME TO EPC2014!
On behalf of the Norwegian organising committee, WPSA and the whole academic and commercial poultry society of Norway, we extend to you a warm invitation to visit Norway in 2014. We will gather under the Nordic sun, which hardly sets before it rises again during those intense June days when the conference will take place.
In addition to the magic sensation created by the long days and the intense flourishing of everything alive, the cosy atmosphere of the wooden houses and the vibrant nightlife in the small city of Stavanger, the European capital of Culture in 2008, will add further to the unique atmosphere that we hope will give everyone attending lasting sweet memories.
Our slogan for the conference is “Gaining knowledge with a smile”. We aim to combine the straightforward and informal matter-of-factly Norwegian culture with professionalism and hospitality at the highest level. The nature in the Stavanger area is spectacular! You will find the richest agricultural area in the country to the south, and in the north and the east this is replaced by untamed mountains rising like thousand meter high walls up from the fjords. This gives you a wide range of pre- or post-conference opportunities, which will further add to a unique Norwegian conference experience.
The main factor determining the success of the conference will be the quality of the scientific presentations and the high-quality discussions and thoughts of all delegates. This will depend on all those attending the conference. However, we will do our utmost to make sure the programme is addressing core issues facing poultry production and science world-wide. Through a carefully selected scientific committee and merit-based criteria for invitation, we will ensure that the speakers at the conference add knowledge and stimulate good discussions to further improve an already very advanced and science-based industry. Thus further strengthening the industry’s position as one of the most sustainable and competitive animal industries in the world.
Thus, do not miss out on this rewarding conference, and mark your calendar now for the 14th European Poultry Conference in Stavanger, Norway June 23rd – 27th 2014.
We look forward to seeing you in Stavanger!
Best regards – Nils & Birger
To see the updated program, please click here
The registration is now open! To register for the conference, please access the on-line registration form from the link below. We kindly advise you to read carefully trough the registration form, and double-check that you have ticked all the boxes of your choice. Please note there is a reduced fee for members of World’s Poultry Science Association.
Besides the high standard scientific program, there are several options for social program in the evenings. We highly recommend the social program to meet colleagues from around the world in an informal atmosphere while you get a closer look on Norway’s beautiful scenery. Please also note that interesting technical tours are offered on Friday 27th.
LINK – ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM
The XIVth European Poultry Conference will take place in Stavanger Forum, a modern conference and exhibition centre, able to offer 25 meeting rooms with capacities from 10 to 1707 people and roughly 15 000 square metres of stand space. Stavanger Forum has organised and hosted a number of national and international events.
The Rica Forum Hotel, with 182 rooms, is part of the same complex as the conference centre, and Stavanger Forum cooperate with all the hotels in the region.
Stavanger Forum is situated 3 km from the city center of Stavanger, and 17 km from Stavanger Airport Sola.
Social program & Technical tours
Besides the high standard scientific program, there are several options for social program in the evenings. We will gather under the Nordic sun, which hardly sets before it rises again during those intense long summerdays in Norway. We highly recommend the social program to meet colleagues from around the world in an informal atmosphere while you get a closer look on Norway’s beautiful scenery. Please also note that interesting technical tours are offered on Friday 27th.
Opening Ceremony and Get-together-party: Monday June 23rd, 19.00-21.00
The WPSA Branch of Norway will host an informal get-together-party to set the atmosphere for the conference. This will be held in the brand new Stavanger Concert Hall together with the Mayor of Stavanger. Price: Free
Banquet Dinner & Party: Wednesday June 25th, 19.00-02.00
Stavanger is a Scandinavian gastronomic metropolis. This evening we would like to give you a taste of the capabilities of our leading chefs through a dining concept that we have named “Blind Dining”. We meet for cocktails before the “Blind Dining”. After dinner, it’s party time with both live music and a DJ. Do not miss out on the “chic’est chick party” that the poultry industry has ever seen! Price: NOK 750
Social programme- different options:
Boat Trip & Dinner: Tuesday 24th and Thursday 26th, 19.00-23.30
A windswept island, 20 minutes by boat from Stavanger’s city center, has in a couple of decades been transformed to a colorful palm tree garden with a well-renowed restaurant. After a lovely boat trip the participants will enjoy a garden tour before we sit down and enjoy a nice dinner in these unique surroundings, called Flor & Fjære. Price: NOK 1100
Pulpit Rock Hike: Tuesday 24th, 17.00-24.00
Pulpit Rock (Norwegian name Preikestolen) is a spectacular landmark and one of the most visited attractions in Norway. Pulpit Rock is a steep cliff with a flat plateau 604 meters above the fjord Lysefjorden, a breathtaking experience! The tour starts from Stavanger with a 45 minute ferry trip before we continue by coach to the Pulpit Rock Mountain Lodge where the hike starts. Bring along comfortable clothes and good foot wear, as we will walk in the mountains for about 1,5 hours each way to the rock. Note! You are visiting the land of the midnight sun, so even at 22.30 there will still be daylight and good vision. Price: NOK 600. For an additional NOK 250 you will get packed lunch during the hike. The alternative is to bring your own food.
City Walk: Tuesday 24th and Thursday 26th, 18.00-20.00
Stavanger has the finest, best-preserved wooden houses in Northern Europe. The tour starts in the old part of Stavanger, and includes a visit at the Norwegian Canning Museum to experience smoking and canning of sardines the old fashioned way. A stroll by the harbour area with its quaint fish market is included as well as the Stavanger Cathedral built in 1125 AD. The tour ends at the Norwegian Petroleum Museum, where the exhibition explains how oil and gas is created, discovered and produced. Price: NOK 200
Lysefjord sightseeing with dinner: Thursday 26th, 18.30-01.00
Experience one of Norway’s most breath-taking fjords. The Lysefjord is host to one of Norway’s most spectacular natural wonders; the Pulpit Rock, a rock formation 604 meters above sea level. The fjord is 42 kilometers long with steep mountainsides reaching heights of 1100 meters. We will stop and enjoy a nice dinner at the Lysefjord-Helleren restaurant. Cruising back to Stavanger you will have great views of the city. Note! You are visiting the land of the midnight sun, so even at 23.30 there will still be daylight and good vision. Price: NOK 900
Technical tours – Friday 27th
Within an hours drive of Stavanger you find some of the key hatcheries for both broilers and layers, as well as the country’s largest egg packing station and one of the largest broiler slaughtering plants. The food industry here is ultra-modern, and covers the entire chain of activities from primary production to processing-companies and distributors. Over 25 companies and organizations are working with R&D activities related to food and production in this area. The technical tour will be arranged by coach to visit some of these companies including the largest Norwegian feed mill. The tour includes a trip to a remote farm in the mountains where a gourmet buffet will be served. Along the way is a unique opportunity to view the stunning landscape of the region.
Technical tour Alternative 1 : Egg Production, 08.30-16.00
Technical Tour Alternative 2 : Broiler production, 08.00-16.30
To register for the Social Program and the Technical Tours, please tick the boxes for these in the Online registration form found under «Registration» at the Conference website www.epc2014.org