Welcome to the EAAP + WAAP + Interbull
Lyon, France - August 27th / 31st, 2023
On behalf of the French Organising Committee, we are very delighted to invite you to attend the Joint International Congress on Animal Science co-organised by the European Federation of Animal Science (EAAP), the World Association for Animal production (WAAP) and Interbull to be held in Lyon, the capital of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes French region, from August 26th to September 1st, 2023.
The general topic of this Congress will be “Climate change, biodiversity and global sustainability of animal production”. Different sessions will be jointly organised between the EAAP, WAAP, Interbull and also other partners to cover various areas of knowledge related to animal science, such as genetics, nutrition, physiology, animal health and welfare.
The Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region covers an area of 69 711 km2 in the central-east part of the south of France. It is characterised by diverse natural resources and topographies (including high mountains to the east and volcanos to the west), climates, cultures, folklore, architecture, and languages. The region accounts for 11.9% of the French economic output. It hosts 48500 farms (with an average of 59 ha), including 51.9% of them for the production of animal products and 10.4% with both plant and animal production. About 20% and 13% of the farms concern the production of beef and milk respectively, and 11% are with sheep, goats or other herbivores. This places the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region 3rd in place amongst the other French regions in agriculture. The region had 13% of organic farms, 30% with other labels or quality signs and 30% with short supply chains.
Apart from the outstanding scientific programme, we will organise excellent social activities in Lyon, which was the former capital of the Gauls at the time of the Roman empire, a major economic hub during the Renaissance and today the third-largest city and second-largest metropolitan area of France. The city is known as “the gastronomic capital of the world“ and is recognised for its historical and architectural landmarks and for its universities. The city is also known for its light festival and is a major center for chemical, pharmaceutical and biotech industries. Several exceptional sites of the region are inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List including the historical district of Lyon.
We welcome you and wish you an exceptional stay in Lyon!
Senior scientist of INRAE
President of the French Association for Animal Production