World Genetics Conference 2018 to be held in Auckland

Auckland will play host to an expected audience of 1300 international delegates after a successful joint bid to host the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production (WCGALP) in February 2018.

WCGALP is the premier conference for researchers and professionals from all around the world that are involved in genetic improvement of livestock. It is held once every four years.

Dr Hugh Blair, Professor of Massey University's Institute of Veterinary, Animal and Biomedical Sciences, says that the successful bid to host the conference was a result of a strong local and international science team preparing the conference programme and New Zealand being a desirable destination for delegates.

Dr Blair worked with the Auckland Convention Bureau – part of Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development – and Tourism New Zealand's Conference Assistance Programme to secure hosting rights.  

The congress is predicted to contribute an estimate of more than $3.12 million to Auckland's regional GDP.

“New Zealand has a proud record in livestock breeding and this is widely recognised. Hosting 1300 scientists is a wonderful opportunity for New Zealand to show off to the world what we have achieved in nearly 200 years since the first European livestock arrived," Dr Balir says.

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