The Dutch Branch of WPSA

The Netherlands Branch of WPSA was formed on 9 December 1949 and over the years it has been very active to contribute to the goals of the main WPSA organization. Besides of the annual meetings for branch members, active participation in international symposia, conferences and congresses, it has also been active in organization of these events in the Netherlands.
Examples are the organisation of the 1st European Poultry Conference in Utrecht in 1959, the 19th World Congress of WPSA in Amsterdam in 1992 and several symposia on quality of poultry meat and eggs, nutrition and welfare.
In 2000 The Netherlands Branch finalized a video project on “Prevention of poultry diseases by good management”. This video still can be ordered. As a follow up activity this website on “Food safety in the poultry production chain” is produced.


World's Poultry Science Association

Introduction
The World's Poultry Science Association was originally established on July 18, 1912 with the formation of the International Association of Poultry Instructors. Although the main impetus for the establishment of such an organization came from the UK and the USA, the 19 participants attending this first meeting represented 14 nations – Australia, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Ireland, The Netherlands, Norway, Russia, UK and USA. At this meeting Edward Brown (UK) was named President and Raymond Pearl (USA) the Secretary. The name of the organization was changed 10 years later to the World’s Poultry Science Association. WPSA is a unique organization that strives to advance the knowledge and understanding of all aspects of poultry science and the poultry industry. Its major role is to encourage, and help facilitate interaction among scientists and educators worldwide, as well as between those in research and education with those individuals whose day to day work is in the many diverse sectors of the industry. As a non-profit organization, WPSA relies primarily on its membership subscriptions and the profit from investments of excess funds from former World Congresses. A number of poultry companies from around the world, however, do provide generous annual sponsorship funding to help meet the production costs of the World's Poultry Science Journal.
With a large and truly international membership that reached 7,500 in 2009, the objectives of the WPSA organization are promoted in a number of ways. These range from the sponsorship and organization of high-profile international congresses and conferences to the organization of the many diverse meetings, conferences and symposia that are sponsored and arranged by WPSA national branches (of which there are over 75), and by two federations of branches - in Europe and in the Asia-Pacific region. Within the Association there are many working groups and committees covering various aspects of poultry science and technology. WPSA members are dedicated to the dissemination of knowledge, education and training, and all members of the WPSA can attend the World Poultry Congresses, regional poultry conferences, and other poultry meetings that are held on various aspects of poultry production and poultry science. In addition to these educational meetings, all WPSA members also receive the World's Poultry Science Journal as part of their annual membership subscription. The Journal is published four times each year.  The WPS Journal is also available on-line.
The World's Poultry Science Journal (WPSJ) has developed an excellent international reputation for its content, which provides primarily review-type articles on virtually all aspects of poultry production and science for the poultry industry. The Journal’s papers summarize research from all over the world, and the WPSJ provides an unrivalled reference source for such review articles related to poultry science. Other WPSJ contents include book reviews, book lists, news items on WPSA Branches, reports from technical working groups, and a calendar of poultry related events that are being planned around the world, including education and training courses.

World Poultry Congresses

Even though the organization was originally founded in 1912, due to the hostilities of the First World War, plans for the first international gathering of poultrymen in 1916 were abandoned. Thus, it was not until 1921 that the First World's Poultry Congress was held in Den Hague, The Netherlands. That Congress provided the impetus needed to get the international organization actively underway. Three hundred and eighty four individuals from 23 countries attended the first congress, and the spirit of international collaboration established at that time has continued to be a strong characteristic of the Association ever since. A series of World Poultry Congresses was started at three-year, and later four-year intervals, and has now included twenty-two. The 22nd World Congress was held in Istanbul, Turkey in June, 2004. The 23rd World’s Poultry Congress will take place in Brisbane, Australia on July 4-9, 2008, and the 24th Congress has been scheduled to take place in Salvador, Brazil, during August, 2012. From the beginning, these scientific and technical events have been associated with exhibitions of poultry and the commercial sector, thereby helping to strengthen the bridges between science and practice.
World's Poultry Science Journal
In 1928, and in order to improve the ways in which it achieved one of its primary objectives - the dissemination of knowledge - the organization began publishing its own journal. Initially, the journal was know as the International Review of Poultry Science, and it was published biannually in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, and it continued that way for 13 volumes up to 1940. In 1945, following the end of World War II, the journal was re-started under a new name, the World's Poultry Science Journal, and was published on a quarterly basis. The publication frequency of four issues each year continued from 1945 until the end of 1980. For the following 16 years the journal was published three times each year, returning to a quarterly frequency with volume 53 in 1997.
At the present time, the journal’s publication is overseen by an Editor, an Assistant Editor, six Associate Editors, and 20 members of an International Editorial Board. The World's Poultry Science Journal publishes review articles on virtually all aspects of poultry production and poultry science. Some of the review articles are commissioned by the editor, but the majority are submitted unsolicited from WPSA members.

WPSA Branches
The first national branch of the WPSA was formed on October 23, 1946. At that time the two countries with the largest WPSA membership (each around 100) were the USA and the UK. In both of those countries, there was a rapidly developing interest in poultry production and poultry science. In the USA, the long established Poultry Science Association was providing a forum for discussion and a focus for activity, so it was logical that the first WPSA branch should emerge in the UK. Very soon thereafter, other countries also formed branches and today there are over 75 individual country branches. link to official website