08/02/2016

Chester to host major international Symposium

iStock_000009742329_SmallTickets are now on sale for a high profile international conference featuring speakers and delegates from around the world in the Genetics and Breeding sector. The conference is taking place in Chester in March, as part of an £85,000 project to boost Cheshire’s reputation as a super hub for breeding and animal science.

Hosted by Chester Zoo and Marketing Cheshire, the symposium takes place between the 8th -9th March and aims to drive new advances in breeding innovations by bringing zoos, scientists, academics and industry together to share best practice and explore new opportunities and future developments.

Speakers from breeding and conservation organisations from all over the world will be taking part including Taronga Conservation Society Australia, Toronto Zoo, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden and the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria, as well as UK specialists from universities including the University of Manchester and Cardiff University.

It aims to showcase the strengths and expertise of the Breeding, Assisted Reproductive Technology and Genetics sector in Cheshire, which is home to the UK’s largest bull stud farm, the world’s largest Shire horse stud farm, and is the premier supplier of turkey breeding stock across the globe. The sub-region is also home to cutting edge developments at Cheshire’s veterinary and agricultural educational institutions and the world renowned conservation breeding at Chester Zoo.

The project is part of the GREAT Britain campaign the Government’s biggest ever marketing campaign encouraging the world to visit, do business and invest and study in the UK. TheCheshire Agri-Tech project is the only one of its kind in the North West and one of 25 projects nationally to benefit from the £2m GREAT UK Challenge Fund.  The fund, part of the GREAT Britain campaign, is administered by VisitEngland and aims to exploit market opportunities to create jobs and growth for the UK.

Katrina Michel, Chief Executive of Marketing Cheshire, said:

“This conference is the culmination of a six month project to expose to a global audience the strengths of Cheshire as a business destination in this highly specialist and growing sector, which has already involved showcasing Cheshire agri-tech businesses at major international events including the World Dairy Expo in Wisconsin and The Toronto Royal Winter Fair, as well as the forthcoming Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture in Abu Dhabi later this month.

“Cheshire and Warrington has enormous expertise in agricultural technologies. There are over 2,200 agricultural, forestry and fisheries businesses based here, with world class experience in breeding and animal science. To be able to bring such leading organisations from around the world together in Chester is a major step forward for advances in the sector, positioning Cheshire as a place of innovation, opportunity and growth.

Dr Sue Walker, head of Applied Science at Chester Zoo, said: ’’This conference is for anyone interested in the science and technology behind sustainable populations of wild or domestic species. It will bring together world leaders in breeding and population management science from zoos, field biologists, academia and industry, this meeting is an opportunity to hear first-hand about current practices, lessons learned, the reality of implementation and future developments. We invite you to join us for this exciting program and to explore new collaborations.”

The Cheshire Agri-Tech project is led by Marketing Cheshire, which promotes Cheshire and Warrington nationally and internationally to investors, businesses and leisure visitors, working in partnership with Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and leading private sector partners Cogent, Genus ABS, Chester Zoo, Bolesworth Estate, Harthill Stud, Wheatsheaf (Grosvenor Estates) and Aviagen.

The project aims to introduce at least 200 businesses to Cheshire and Warrington’s offer and generate at least £616,000 into the sub-region through business activity.

To find out more and book a place, visit http://cheshirebreeding.com/innovation-symposium.

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