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World's Poultry Science Journal

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Scientific Committee

  • N. DAGHIR (Lebanon), Chairman
  • M. CASSANDRO (Italy) 
  • M. FARRAN (Lebanon) 
  • H. HAFEZ (Germany)    
  • H. KHURI (Lebanon)   
  • Y. NYS (France)            
  • M. SIFRI (USA)           
  • E. SOSSIDOU (Greece) 
  • S. YALCIN (Turkey)


 Organizing Committee

  • G. SAYEGH (Italy)  Chairperson
  • R. AKBAY (Turkey)
  • A. CAHANER (Israel)
  • C. GARCES NARRO (Spain)
  • R. MULDER (Netherlands)
  • M. PETRACCI (Italy)
  • E. SOSSIDOU (Greece)
  • Y. EID (Egypt)
  • N. USAYRAN (Lebanon) 




Lebanese Branch of the 
World's Poultry Science Association (WPSA)

The WPSA – Lebanon Branch was established in 1963 when the poultry industry was still in its early stages of development. By 1965 it had developed so fast to the extent that egg producers were starting to export a good part of their production to neighbouring countries. 
The membership of the branch was about a dozen people among whom were Hassan Shuman, Philip Nasrallah, Musa Frieji, Samir Cortbawi, Raja Hajj, Hisham Saadeh, Adib Samaha, Ibrahim Akkawi, Nuhad Daghir, Antoine Sayegh and Mustafa Al-Sayed. 
In 1970 there were over 40 members registered in the branch most of whom were industry people and the branch was holding annual meetings with invited speakers from research centers from various countries. Unfortunately this very active period did not last very long because of the onset of the civil war in 1975. The branch is now active again and we have over 50 members registered in it. 
The Lebanese Branch is part of the European Federation of WPSA Branches and of the world wide association WPSA.

The French Branch of the World’s Poultry Science Association (WPSA-France)

The French Branch of WPSA is a non-profit organization (association loi de 1901). Its vision is to share the scientific progress for the poultry industry of tomorrow. Its mission is to develop a shared network and to communicate the knowledge, competencies and experiences between people from the Poultry Research and Education and the Poultry Industry. The Branch counts more than 200 members in France and organizes key scientific events every year, such as the Thursdays of WPSA and international congresses. The French Branch is part of the European Federation of WPSA Branches and of the world wide association WPSA


 Italian Branch of 
World's Poultry Science Association (WPSA-Italy)

The Italian Branch of World's Poultry Science Association (Associazione Scientifica di Avicoltura) was founded in 1960 by Prof. Alessandro Chigi, and is one of the branches of the European Federation of the WPSA. The Italian branch is open to anyone with an interest in the poultry industry and poultry science. The Branch includes about 100 members and organizes each year a National Meeting. In addition, Italian branch has been involved trough the last 10 years in the organization of several international congresses (European Poultry Conference on 2006, and many Symposia of the Working Group of European Federation).


The Spanish Branch of the World’s Poultry Science Association (WPSA-Spain)

The Spanish Association of Poultry Science (AECA) is the Spanish branch of the WPSA. Its main objective is to promote the research as well as the scientific and technical exchange among specialists in poultry. It currently has over 230 active members: researchers, technicians and professionals in the poultry sector in Spain. The Spanish Branch is active since 1924 and organizes annually a symposium since 1962. It is part of the European Federation of WPSA and participates in the organization of different international events, such as the next European Symposium on Poultry Nutrition to celebrate in May 2017.




1. To promote the advancement and dissemination of knowledge in all aspects of poultry science
and the poultry industry.
2. To promote education in the field of poultry science for students and extension services, and
to facilitate exchanges between research, education and industry.
3. To encourage the staging of local, national and regional meetings, seminars, symposia and
conferences and to facilitate the staging of World’s Poultry Congresses.
4. To co-operate with other national and international organizations in achieving these aims.

Origin and history
The origin of the World's Poultry Science Association goes back to the early years of the 20th century with the foundation of the International Association of Poultry Instructors on July 18, 1912. Although the main impetus for the establishment of such an organization came from the UK and the USA, the 19 participants attending this first meeting represented 14 nations - Australia, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Russia, the UK and the USA. At this meeting Edward Brown (UK) was named President and Raymond Pearl (USA) the Secretary. Part of the text of the Presidential inaugural speech was reproduced in 1945 (World's Poultry Science Journal 1:6-8).
Among the subsequent landmarks in its history, the following summary illustrates some of the ways in which the Association has responded to the many changes in poultry production, poultry education and poultry science that have taken place throughout the twentieth century. Much of the information comes from a detailed account by Dr A.W. Jasper (Association President 1974 - 78) in a paper published in 1978 (World's Poultry Science Journal 34:9-21).

First World Poultry Congress
Due to the hostilities of the First World War, plans for an international gathering of poultrymen in 1916 were abandoned. Thus it was not until the First World's Poultry Congress held in the Hague, the Netherlands in 1921, that the organization started to become really active. The delegate list for this event shows 384 names representing 23 countries. The spirit of international collaboration established at that time has continued to be a strong characteristic of the Association ever since. The series started in 1921 at three-year, and later, four-year, intervals has now reached twenty-one. The XXIIIrd will take place in Brisbane, Australia, June 29-July 4, 2008. From the first, these scientific and technical events have been associated with exhibitions of poultry and the commercial sector, so helping to strengthen the bridges between science and practice.
The sequences of World Poultry Congresses and Association officers holders appear as well. In 1927, at the third Congress, in Ottawa, Fred C. Elford became the Association's second President, Edward Brown having been confirmed in that office in 1921 and again at the second Congress in Barcelona in 1924. In 1928, the name of the organization became the World's Poultry Science Association.

World's Poultry Science Journal
n 1928, and in order to improve the ways in which it achieved one of its primary objectives - the dissemination of knowledge - the organization began publication of its own journal. This was the International Review of Poultry Science which was published biannually in Rotterdam (the Netherlands) and ran for 13 volumes up to 1940. The editors were Dr B.J.C. Te Hennepe (The Netherlands) and Dr Gustave Heuser (USA). In the spring of 1945 publication was resumed, but with a new name, the World's Poultry Science Journal, and on a quarterly basis. The first editor, Gustave Heuser (1945 - 1957), was also Secretary-Treasurer of the WPSA and worked in the Poultry Science Department at Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., USA - the institution which was the journal's first printer. There was a Publication Committee of five - M.A. Jull (Chairman, U. of Maryland), L.E. Card (University of Illinois), J.H. Martin (Purdue University), L.W. Taylor (University of California, Berkeley) and J.W. Kinghorne (War Food Administration Office of Distribution, Washington). Gradually the committee was enlarged and made international. At the present time, the Editor is supported by an Assistant Editor - the post having been initiated in 1996 - six Associate Editors and 20 members of an International Editorial Board. The publication frequency of four issues each year continued from 1945 until the end of 1980. For the following 16 years the journal was published three times each year, returning to a quarterly frequency with volume 53 in 1997.
As indicated under Objectives, the World's Poultry Science Journal publishes review articles on virtually all aspects of poultry production and poultry science. While some reviews are commissioned by the editor, the majority are unsolicited. See Notes for Contributors published at the back of each issue of the journal for details of requirements for the submission of papers.

Formation of Branches
Following a suggestion by Dr W.P. Blount (UK) in 1946 (World's Poultry Science Journal 2:113), the first national branch of the Association was formed on October 23, 1946. At that time the two countries with the largest WPSA membership (each around 100) were the USA and the UK. In both there was a rapidly developing interest in poultry production and poultry science. In the USA the long established Poultry Science Association was providing a forum for discussion and a focus for activity, so it was logical that the first branch should emerge in the UK. Very soon other countries also formed branches and today there are over 70



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