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On behalf of the Organising Committee, I welcome you to the 2018 Australasian Dairy Science Symposium (ADSS) to be held in Palmerston North, New Zealand from 21st to 23rd November 2018, co-hosted by Massey University and AgResearch.

The ADSS is a biennial event held alternatively in Australia (previously Sydney in 2016) and New Zealand (previously Hamilton in 2014). It is the largest technical dairy science meeting in the southern hemisphere.

The 8th Australasian Dairy Science Symposium has the theme “Dairy Science for Profitable and Sustainable Farming”, and keynote speakers from Europe and the Australasian region will focus on identifying challenges, and developing solutions, to dairying in 2030.

Massey University has a long tradition in conducting research, teaching and education/training across the dairy value chain, and ranks 22nd in the world for agriculture in the 2018 QS World Rankings. AgResearch is the Crown Research Institute tasked with enhancing the value, productivity and profitability of New Zealand’s pastoral, agri-food and agri-technology sector, of which dairying is a key component. Over the years, these two institutions have collaborated and have been instrumental in the generation of technical and scientific expertise currently delivering to the New Zealand dairy sector.

It is fitting that these two organisations come together bringing to you the 2018 edition of the ADSS.

For international delegates, Palmerston North is well located in the central North Island, with lots to see and do, as well as having great transport links to all major New Zealand cities. You might like to plan ahead and bring your family for a holiday to experience the region, or visit other parts of New Zealand.

We look forward to welcoming you in Palmerston North at ADSS2018 in November!

Professor Danny Donaghy (Massey) and Dr David Pacheco (AgResearch)
Co-Chairs, Organising Committee

Important Dates



Submissions Open 9 April 2018
Registration Open 9 April 2018
Submissions Close 1 June 2018
Notification of Acceptance 22 June 2018
Finalised Papers Due 31 August 2018
Reviewed Papers returned 5 October 2018
Early Bird Close 26 October 2018
All papers resubmitted 9 November 2018



Palmerston North Convention Centre
354 Main Street
Palmerston North 4410

New Zealand

Event Organiser

Nicky Vallender
021 033 5605

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