Animal Science and Technology: Ensuring Food Security

As our society enters into a new era of opportunities, the 2017 program committee will build upon our recent successes and continue to revitalize our annual meeting. This year, the program will offer symposia that feature current issues, technologies and scientific discoveries under the umbrella of global food security. We are soliciting full symposia on topics linking to our meeting theme that include expert speakers both within and outside of the circle of animal scientists. Symposia that feature new faces and rising stars are encouraged. To further expose membership to leading scientists and unify short presentations within a topic, platform speakers will be introduced as anchors to existing sessions. These subtle changes allow for the incorporation of greater numbers of talented speakers into the program by removing structured programmatic barriers. We are excited to begin creating the 2017 annual meeting and ask for your input on both symposia and platform speakers. 

Important Deadlines


January 11: Second call for Special Events 

January 23: Invited Speakers Talk Titles Due

February 10: Early, Early Registration Deadline

March 1: Abstract Submission Deadline

March 6: Reviewer Assignments from chairs due

March 27: Accept/Reject Decisions due from chairs

March 30: Presenting author nonmember registration deadline 

April 3: Assembled Sessions due from chairs

April 4: Overall Program Chair and Program Director sort through sessions

April 5th or 6th: Overall Program Committee Call over session schedule

April 7: Overall program chair finalize schedule and rooms

April 10: Chairs able to review schedule

April 12:  Chair comments on schedule due 

April 21:  Oral presentation pre-load opens

May 8: Program draft online

May 8: Abstract Book to Committee for review

May 23: Final Program Book and Abstract Book Online 

May 26: Early Reg deadline

June 5: e-Poster Submissions due

June 9:  Launch Meeting App

July 3: Oral presentation pre-load closes

July 8-12: Meeting takes place

Have Questions? Here's who to ask:

Abstract Submission and Programming Deadlines
Samantha Walker, ASAS Program Director

Changes to Meeting Structure
Dr. Sally Johnson, Overall Program Chair


Dr. Meghan Wulster-Radcliffe, ASAS CEO

Housing, Special Event Requests and On-Site Logistics
Justin Bartlet, ASAS Director of Meetings

ASAS/CSAS Membership, Meeting Registration and Invitation Letters
Attention: Melissa Burnett, ASAS Membership Manager

Attention: Lindsey Burnett, ASAS Membership Manager

Jacelyn Hemmelgarn, ASAS COO

Attention: Dr. Meghan Wulster-Radcliffe, ASAS CEO

Overall Program Committee

 Overall Program Chair  Sally Johnson
 Vice Chair  Jack Whittier

 2nd Vice Chair  Elizabeth Kegley

 SSR Liaison  Debora Hamernik

 At Large Committee Member  Geoffrey Dahl

 At Large Committee Member  Philippe Moriel

 At Large Committee Member  Chad Stahl

 CSAS Representative  Filippo Miglior

Symposia Schedule

 Saturaday, July 8, 2017 (Preconference)

 All Day


BOLFA Symposium: The Biology of Lactation- From Genes to Cells to Milk

 ASN Symposium: Topic TBD
 Sunday, July 9, 2017

 Morning, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Afternoon, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM


Feed Safety in the Horse Industry: How Safe is the Feed They Consume?

 Ruminant Nutrition Symposium: Title TBD

EAAP/CDGKB/International Symposium: Topic TBD

CSAS Symposium: From One to All Biological Components – The New Approach of System Biology


Companion Animal: Milk Across the Mammalian Kingdom

Meat Science and Muscle Biology: International Perspectives on Animal handling and Welfare

 Monday, July 10, 2017
 All Day

PANCOSMA Comparative Gut Physiology Symposium: All About Appetitie Regulation

 Research Technology for Cattle Symposium: Title TBD
 Morning, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Afternoon, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

ARPAS Symposium: Corporate Considerations for Animal Welfare and Husbandry


Animal Science and Technology: Ensuring Food Security

 Tuesday, July 11, 2017
 Morning, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM  Afternoon, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

How do we Define Sustainability Metrics for the Livestock Sector: What is Feasible and Achievable?

Cover Crops in Livestock Production: Whole-system Approach


Graduate Student Symposium: Title TBD 

 Lunch Panel and Symposium on Funding Agencies: Title TBD
 Small Ruminant Symposium on Biomedical Models: Title TBD  

Contemporary and Emerging Issues: National Security Depends on Food Security 

 Swine Symposium: Topic TBD  

ASAS Cell Biology Symposium: Title TBD

 Exercise Physiology Symposium I: Performance Dogs  Exercise Physiology Symposium II: Equine

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Morning, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

 No Afternoon Sessions - ASAS Business Meeting

 The History of adipocyte/adipose tissue research in meat animals
 Big Data Analytics and Precision Animal Agriculture   
 Fetal Programming Symposium: Title TBD  

Platform Speakers

ASAS and CSAS are looking to refocus on 12 minute talks by reducing the number of symposia and adding 45 minute talks to the beginning of general sessions. The 2017 ASAS-CSAS Annual Meeting and Trade Show Overall Program Committee is looking for submissions from both committees and the general membership for platform speakers.

Submission closed.

Get Involved - Volunteer as a Reviewer

While committee members are expected to act as reviewers, committees often have to seek outside help to get through large numbers of abstract submissions. 

If you want to get involved as a reviewer send an email to with the subject line "Get involved - Annual 2017"

Annual 2017 Program Information for Committees

Committee List

See email for contact information or email Samantha Walker for updated information at

Travel Reimbursement

Registration for all invited speakers, regardless of their membership status, is waived for the 2017 Annual Meeting. Nonmember speakers are also entitled to limited travel reimbursement.

Travel Reimbursement Policy

Symposium proposal submission is closed. If you have an extension, send the proposal to Samantha Walker at