Working Groups

Working Groups were first established in the European Federation in 1962 in recognition of the importance of person-to-person contact to promote scientific knowledge in particular fields of poultry science such as nutrition and genetics. The Asia Pacific Federation followed this model with its first Working Group being inaugurated in 2005 at a meeting in Bangladesh. Working groups have proven over the years to be highly effective elements of communication within WPSA. The European Federation has 11 Working Groups while the Asia Pacific Federation has 3.

Each Working Group is run by a committee made up of representatives of Federation member branches. This committee elects a chairman usually for a term of 4 years. Committees may also elect a secretary and treasurer or a combined secretary/treasurer. Committees usually meet during convenient WPSA meetings such as World Poultry Congresses or Asia Pacific Poultry Conferences. Their main tasks are to oversee the organisation of Working Group Symposia, to elect officers and to deal with topical scientific and public issues related to the Working Group's activities.

Federation member branches act as host and organiser of symposia on behalf of Working Groups. Branches may bid for hosting rights according to the Federation's bidding protocols. While Working Groups are responsible for their own expenses, budgeting for symposia is the responsibility of host branches. Symposium income is raised largely from sponsorship by commercial poultry companies and registration fees.

Symposium proceedings are published and distributed to participants during registration at the beginning of the meeting. Participants from outside Asia Pacific and non-members of WPSA are generally very welcome to attend Working Group Symposia.