3 December 2024

Livestock horizons beyond food production

Organised by:

SCI's Agrisciences Group, SCI’s Energy Group, BSAS (British Society of Animal Science) and UK Agri-Tech Centre

SCI, London, UK

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Prices start from £90.00

Early bird offer ends 29 October 2024

Embark on a transformative journey with an event that transcends conventional narratives to illuminate the multifaceted roles of livestock in shaping a sustainable future. Explore how responsible livestock management practices foster biodiversity conservation, harmonising ecosystems and safeguarding endangered species. Discover the transformative power of a circular bioeconomy, spotlighting livestock's pivotal role in creating value, minimising waste, and promoting sustainability. Delve into diverse economies, from biomethane production to sustainable phosphorus extraction, pharmaceutical development, and the utilisation of livestock-derived ingredients in clothing and rendering industries. Join us as we foster dialogue, innovation, and collaboration towards a more sustainable future powered by the untapped potential of livestock.
This event caters to a broad audience interested in sustainability, agriculture, and innovation. Farmers and agricultural practitioners seeking sustainable livestock management techniques will find practical solutions. Researchers exploring biodiversity conservation, circular bioeconomy, and resource recovery will discover cutting-edge advancements. Professionals in pharmaceuticals, rendering, clothing and renewable energy will learn about livestock-derived applications. Policymakers and environmental advocates can gain insights into shaping sustainable agricultural policies. Ultimately, this event welcomes all who wish to explore the transformative potential of livestock beyond food systems and contribute to a sustainable future.
Call for Posters

Contributions are invited from early-stage researchers and PhD students working on the fields of sustainable agriculture, biodiversity and environmental health and resilience, circular economy, renewable energy, resource management, pharmaceuticals, clothing and rendering. Abstracts should demonstrate how livestock, and its waste or co-products, are a key component within their project and the relevant industries.

The objective for the competition is to identify posters which best explain the outcomes of the research, and also in the context of the potential application of the results by the industry and consumers. There will be voucher prizes of £100 for 1st place and £50 for 2nd place. An abstract of maximum 250 words (250 words does not include author names, affiliations, references or figure captions) indicating title, authors, institution included with the Poster, should be sent to conferences@soci.org by Monday 18 November 2024 with the subject line “Livestock beyond food - poster submission” You can download an abstract template here.

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Tuesday 3 December 2024

Registration and refreshments
FAO's livestock agenda for ecosystem services and circular bioeconomy
Prof Michael Lee, Harper Adams University, FAO’s Livestock Environmental Assessment and Performance (LEAP) technical advisory group
Session 1: Livestock as partners in ecosystem health and resilience
Promoting healthy and resilient livestock systems: A holistic perspective
Dr Lisa Norton, UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
The multidimensional role of livestock in supporting ecosystem services and biodiversity
Prof Davy McCracken, Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC)
A policy-based view on the role of livestock on nature-friendly food production
Dr Alistair Carson, Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Northern Ireland
Panel discussion
Refreshment break
Session 2: Unlocking the hidden potential: Transforming livestock slurry into valuable resource
The place of biogas from slurry in the future role of bioenergy in the UK
Lucy Hopwood, National Non-Food Crops Centre (NNFCC)
Biomethane solutions for nutrient management
Dr Chris Johnston, Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI)
Microanaerobic solutions for small livestock farmers
Dr Ilan Adler, University College London & EcoNomad Solutions
Panel discussion
Lunch, posters and exhibition
Session 3: From waste to wealth: Exploring bio-based products from livestock
The role of animal by-products in bio-based industries and circular economy
Dr Stephen Woodgate, Beacon Consulting
Unlocking the vital role of animals in biopolymer pharmaceuticals
Prof Vitaliy Khutoryanskiy, University of Reading
Wool revolution: Enhancing british flocks for premium fibre and profitability
Andrew Hogley, British Wool
Panel discussion
Networking reception
Close of conference

Venue and Contact


14/15 Belgrave Square

Conference Team

Tel: +44 (0)20 7598 1561

Email: conferences@soci.org


Early bird - ends Tuesday 29 October
SCI/BSAS* Member- £90
Non-member - £145
SCI/BSAS* Student Member - £40

After early bird
SCI/BSAS* Member - £140
Non-member - £195
SCI/BSAS* Student Member - £70

* BSAS members should enter the Event discount code EJBPEST685 and select “Guest Member” under the section Member type. Delegates will be contacted for their BSAS membership number after successful registration.

* BSAS student members should enter the Event discount code EJBPEST685S and select “Guest Member” under the section Member type. Delegates will be contacted for their BSAS membership number after successful registration.

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Organising committee

Ilan Adler, University College London
Chris Johnston, Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute
Elizabeth Magowan, Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute, BSAS
Maggie Mitchell, BSAS
Peter Reineck, SCI
Sokratis Stergiadis, University of Reading
Paddy Tarbuck, UK Agri-Tech Centre
Annie Williams, UK Agri-Tech Centre