About ICAR 2017 UK
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This year’s ICAR Conference will be held at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) situated at the heart of Scotland's beautiful capital city and home to the historical Old town and the beautiful Georgian New town.
The EICC is one of the world's outstanding venues for conferences and events and the purpose-built centre offers the very best facilities and technology. The conference provides the opportunity for all those who work in animal recording to meet, exchange the experience and discuss recent developments in their fields of interest.
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom (UK) or Britain,[nb 6] is a sovereign state in Europe. Lying off the north-western coast of the European mainland, it includes the island of Great Britain (the name of which is also loosely applied to the whole country), the north-eastern part of the island of Ireland and many smaller islands. Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK that shares a land border with another state—the Republic of Ireland.[nb 7]
Apart from this land border, the UK is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the North Sea to its east, the English Channel to its south and the Celtic Sea to its south-southwest. The Irish Sea lies between Great Britain and Ireland. With an area of 93,800 square miles (243,000 km2), the UK is the 80th-largest sovereign state in the world and the 11th-largest in Europe. It is also the 21st-most populous country, with an estimated 64.5 million inhabitants.
Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland and a multi award-winning city with a strong reputation as one of the most attractive destinations in the world, with an ideal mix of culture, shopping, dining, music, heritage and leisure activities.
Combine this with the region’s continued culture of innovation and research excellence in such disciplines as medicine, science, energy, technology, business, education and the creative industries – and this will give you some explanation as to why Edinburgh is the perfect city to hold the ICAR Conference 2017.
Once here, delegates will enjoy a safe, compact city centre ideal for exploring on foot with green spaces, stunning vistas and most of the venues, hotels and attractions all within an easy walking distance. Edinburgh is also the gateway to the Scottish Highlands so this is a perfect opportunity for delegates to extend their visit and discover Scotland.
The total area of agricultural holdings is about 171,000 km2 (43 million acres), or 183,000 km2 including rough grazing land, of which about a third, 64,000 km2 (15.3 million acres) are arable and most of the rest is given over to grassland. During the growing season about half the arable area is devoted to cereal crops, and of the cereal crop area, more than 65% is wheat.
British farming is intensive and highly mechanised, but the country is so heavily populated that it cannot supply its own food needs. The UK produces only 59% of the food it consumes. In 2010, it exported £14 billion worth of food, feed and drink, and imported £32.5 billion. The vast majority of imports and exports are with other Western European countries.
Farming is subsided, with subsidies to farmers totaling £3.19 billion (after deduction of levies) paid in 2010. These subsidies are mostly channeled through the EU Common Agricultural Policy from member states' contributions. UK farmers receive the fifth largest agricultural subsidy in the EU, with 7% of the subsidy, after France (17%), Spain (13%), Germany (12%), and Italy (10%).
AHDB Dairy is a levy-funded, not-for-profit organisation working on behalf of Britain's dairy farmers.
What we do
We deliver extensive research and development programmes which are delivering scientifically-robust and commercially useful outcomes for our customers.
We provide products and services to improve the sustainability of British dairy farming. We do this by providing independent, evidence-based information to British dairy farmers on:
• Feed and forage
• Genetic improvement
• Animal fertility, health and welfare
• Business skills and market intelligence
AHDB Dairy is a division of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB). Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board is a statutory levy board, funded by farmers, growers and others in the supply chain and managed as an independent organisation (independent of both commercial industry and of Government).
Our purpose is to equip levy payers with independent, evidence-based information and tools to grow and become more competitive and sustainable.
Notice of cancellation received in writing more than 21 days prior to the event will be issued a refund of their registration fee minus a £50.00 & VAT cancellation charge. Cancellations received 21 days or less prior to the event will not receive a refund. *Accompanying persons can only be booked WITH a conference delegate, there can be more than one accompanying person but there has to be a conference ticket booked also.
submit an icar manuscript
The International Committee for Animal Recording (ICAR) and Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board are please to invite the interested delegates to submit their abstracts to the 41st Congress of ICAR 2017. Deadline for the submission of the proposals / Abstracts is 1 April 2017.
Abstract submissions should be emailed to email@example.com, indicating the preferred format (poster or oral presentation) and session (see below).
Authors will be notified via e-mail whether or not their abstract submission is accepted. If successful, authors will also be informed of the format of their presentation, either, Oral Presentation or Poster. This correspondence will also advise if any amendments are required before formal acceptance. Authors will be assigned a number, session, day and time of the presentation. Please note that accepted abstracts will be assigned to an appropriate session by the organising committee; however, Session titles are given below for information:
Plenary 1 - Legal implications of data provision services
Robots, Sensors and ICAR
Plenary 2 - The future of ICAR under alternative phenotyping strategies
Debate with audience participation on Plenary 2 topic
Integrating data to provide added value services - from other data sources
Impact of genomic services on milk recording organisations
Methods to gather new phenotypes
Wrap up: conclusions and next steps in ICAR
The Abstract submitted for approval must contain the following:
IMPORTANT NOTE: To present the manuscript/poster, registration fee must be paid by 15 May.
Authors will be notified in May about the necessary formatting.
A first draft of the manuscript has to be provided to the Organisers by 10 June and the final version by 20 September. Authors are kindly invited to respect the template which will be circulated to authors upon acceptance.
For this 2017 ICAR Congress, two publications are expected:
Submission of the proposal / Abstract
Communication about acceptance and instructions for paper submission and presentation
Draft programme on the web
Submission of the first manuscript draft both theatre (max 5 pages) and posters (max 3 pages).
Submission of the final manuscript for production of the Proceedings
Travel and hotels
! Due to high demand for hotel accommodation in Edinburgh during the dates of the ICAR conference, there will be no main conference hotel. However, the attached document provides information on hotels around the city with room availability. View full list of hotels and accommodation
Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland with access by air (direct flights from many European airports), cars (M8 motorway) or trains (many direct routes from UK destinations).
International flights from/to Edinburgh airport can be found here
There is a dedicated bus service from the airport to the city centre, Airlink. You can also buy tickets for this service at the airport.
You can reach the centre by taxi, or car rentals which are sign posted from the arrivals area at the airport including Alamo, Europcar, Enterprise and Hertz.
You can travel by rail, the nearest station to the conference venue is Edinburgh Waverley.
Edinburgh has a large network of buses and trams to get you around the city. Lothian Buses operates over 70 services in Edinburgh and the surrounding areas of Midlothian and East Lothian. Tickets can be pre-booked online or brought on the bus. Routes, prices and further ticket information can be found here lothianbuses.co.uk
Edinburgh Trams run frequent services from Edinburgh Airport to the city centre. Tickets can be purchased at the machines at all tram stops. More information on the route and ticket prices can be found here edinburghtrams.com
If you have any further questions regarding the travelling in or to the UK, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
You may need a visa to visit the UK, the following website will help to identify your entry requirements
The official language in Scotland is English.
No vaccination certificates are required on entry, except for those countries registered in epidemic areas. In case of an emergency, those dialing from a land line or public payphone should use 999 for emergency services. Mobile phone users should call 112 to be forwarded to the relevant department.
Immediate first aid/emergency treatment is free for all visitors, after which charges are made unless the visitor's country has a reciprocal health agreement with the UK. Full details of individual agreements are available from the Department of Health (www.dh.gov.uk).
At the time of the conference (June), Scotland will be in British Summer Time – UTC/GMT +1hour.
Electricity in the UK is 220–240v. Plug sockets have 3 rectangle pins
Temperatures in Scotland in June may vary from 9 to 17°C. There is likely to be some sunshine and cloud and possibility of rain so pack accordingly.
In general, UK cities are safe and most welcoming to visitors. However, as in all burgeoning cities, it is recommended that you are on your guard against pickpockets on trains, buses and trams, as well as other crowded places, and avoid dimly lit areas and parks at night.
Pound (GBP; symbol £) = 100 pence. Notes are in denominations of £50, £20, £10 and £5. Additional bank notes issued by Scottish banks (including £1 notes) are accepted in all parts of the UK. Coins are in denominations of £2 and £1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 pence.
American Express, MasterCard and Visa are all widely accepted. Cash can be obtained from a multitude of ATMs available across the country.
Cash can be obtained from a multitude of ATMs available across the country. Travellers cheques: Widely accepted. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take traveller's cheques in Pounds Sterling.
Food within the UK is generally safe to eat, with health and safety standards monitored by various government agencies. Tap water is considered safe to drink but bottled water is widely available. If you’re camping, always boil, filter or purify water from streams.
Local Organising Committee
The members of the local organising committee
Chairman: Marco Winters - Head of Genetics, AHDB Dairy
Member: Mike Coffey, Professor of Livestock Informatics, SRUC
Events Executive: Jenna Porch (main contact) Email
Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board
Peter Wilson Building
West Mains Road
Call us on UK telephone +44(0) 2476 478690