AAAS 2020

Welcome to the AAAS conference 2020!

It is with enormous pleasure that we invite you to Perth, Western Australia for the 33rd conference of the Australian Association of Animal Scientists (formerly Australian Society of Animal Production), which will be held at the Esplanade Hotel in the beautiful city of Fremantle, 13th– 15th July, 2020.

For the last 60+ years this conference has brought together animal production scientists, consultants, extension specialists, producers and students to share information – from blue sky research to practical outcomes.  The cross-species forum has allowed researchers to glean knowledge and ideas from outside of their areas of reference and provided an opportunity to communicate with a broad range of animal production specialists.

In 2020 we are delighted to extend this forum to an even broader range of participants with the relaunching of our Association to include all animal scientists, rather than the narrow pane of production animals.  Hence our theme this year does not have a specifically scientific or consumer focus, but simply extends a warm welcome – “The New Face of Animal Science in Australia”.  We look forward to learning and interacting with an even wider body of species!

Boorloo (the traditional name for the Perth area) is home to the Whadjuk people of the Noongar nation who have occupied and cared for the area for over 60,000 years. Walyalup (now known as Fremantle) was the country on both banks of the Derbal Yerrigan (Swan River) and has always been a significant place for the Whadjuk people. The region was traditionally covered with lakes, waterholes and wetlands as well as sand plains and hill regions teeming with plant and animal life – providing a rich food resource for the Whadjuk people.

In addition, Fremantle is the original port city of Perth, rich in history from Western Australia’s colonial past.  The well preserved 19th century buildings are utilised in the city for a range of cultural, culinary and tourism experiences.  Fremantle is also the centre of a well-established craft beer culture!  The fascinating maritime history is described across a number of museums scattered throughout the city.

Western Australia offers a range of incredible tourism opportunities from the lush wine growing regions and cold climate rainforests of the south west through to the stunning desert vistas of the Kimberly, as well as pristine coastlines to explore.

We look forward to welcoming you to Perth in 2020.

Sarah Blumer

Conference chair, on behalf of the AAAS 2020 committee.