COVID-19 Update

In these uncertain and unpredictable times we wanted to reassure you that it is intended AAAS 2021 will proceed as planned on 1 – 4 February 2021.

If the COVID-19 pandemic should further impact the Australian Association of Animal Sciences’s ability to hold the conference, we will be in contact with you.

We can assure you the committee will continue to closely monitor the situation and implement necessary contingency plans should the need arise.

Stay safe and best wishes.

Welcome to the AAAS conference 2021!

It is with enormous pleasure that we invite you to Perth, Western Australia for the 33rd conference of the Australian Association of Animal Sciences (formerly Australian Society of Animal Production), which will be held at the Esplanade Hotel in the beautiful city of Fremantle, 1st – 4th February, 2021.

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 2020/2021 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 2021.

Sarah Blumer

Conference chair, on behalf of the AAAS 2021 committee.

Important Dates


Second Call for One Page Papers

26 May 2020

Call for One Page Papers Closes

August 2020

Preliminary Program Announced

1 December 2020

Early Bird Registration Closes

1 – 4 February 2021

33rd Conference of the Australian Association of Animal Scientists

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Who Should Attend

AAAS is a national organisation of people dedicated to managing, developing and promoting the advancement of animal science in Australia. The AAAS Biennial Conference provides an excellent opportunity for researchers, consultants, producers, industry professionals to meet, exchange information and ideas and discuss the very latest advances from the world of animal science and production. We invite submissions from all researchers in Animal Science: from livestock and food production through to zoology, wildlife and marine animal science, and the social and economic issues that interface with the management of animal systems in Australia.

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Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges

46-54 Marine Terrace &, Essex St

Fremantle WA 6160

Organising Committee


  • Sarah Blumer (Convenor), Murdoch University


  • Professor Graeme Martin, University of Western Australia
  • Professor David Pethick, Murdoch University
  • Dr Dianne Mayberry: CSIRO QLD (AAAS Secretary and convenor AAAS 2022)
  • Esther Jones: Western Dairy, Western Australian Livestock Research Council (Secretary)
  • Dr Hayley Norman, CSIRO, WA
  • Dr Robin Jacob, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development
  • Dr Kelly Pearce, Producer, Wheatbelt Science (Director)
  • Dr Mandy Curnow, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development
  • Professor Michael Friend, Graham Centre, Charles Sturt University (AAAS President)
  • Dr Fiona Anderson, Murdoch University
  • Beth Paganoni, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development
  • Dr Sue Low, Curtin University
  • Ya-Chun Yu, Western Dairy
  • Dr Megan Trezona, Craig Mostyn Group
  • Prue Jenkins, Muresk Institute
  • Dr Tim Watts, Producer, Western Australian Livestock Research Council (Chair)
  • Associate Professor Dr Andrew Thompson, Murdoch University

Keynote Speakers

  • Professor Margaret Gill
  • Dr Caroline Lee
  • Professor John Howieson

About the Association

AAAS is the pre-eminent national professional association for animal industry scientists, consultants, industry professionals and students. AAAS contributes to building industry capability by providing a lifelong support network to students, industry professionals and researchers with access to “translated” scientific research, career and professional development opportunities and with links to highly credentialed mentors and consultants. AAAS builds on the strength of its predecessor organization, the Australian Society of Animal Production, which was founded over 60 years ago to promote animal science in Australia.

AAAS is renowned for facilitating and providing access to leading edge animal science and research through its internationally recognised biennial conference. As a member of the World Association of Animal Production, it is part of a global network of animal scientists.

We are embarking on a bold new mission to grow our membership base to connect animal science students, industry professionals and researchers. We hope you will join us on this exciting journey.

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