AAAP 2018 offers Student Travel Grant

Professor Dr Loh Teck Chwen. (photo sourced from

KUCHING, April 4: The 18th Asian Australasian Animal Production Congress (AAAP) 2018, happening Aug 1-5 at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching, is offering a Student Travel Grant scheme to students attending AAAP 2018.

According to a press release, the RM1,000 travel grant is open to eligible current senior undergraduate or graduate students who are attending and presenting their research findings at the AAAP congress. Interested students must be from any of these participating countries – Bangladesh, China (excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan), India, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.

Organised by the Malaysian Society of Animal Production (MSAP), the biannual event will be held in Sarawak for the first time and will include a conference, exhibition, workshops and technical visits after the conference, expecting to attract 1,000 international, regional and local delegates that will contribute significantly towards local tourism.

According to MSAP vice-president Professor Dr Loh Teck Chwen, the main aim of the AAAP congress is to explore the strategies for aiding the applications of modern technologies by smallholder and medium scale farmers to enhance the productivity of the livestock industry in the region and contribute to the demand for food security and safety.

“The congress is all encompassing as it includes a wide variety of topics like animal feed and food security, livestock and climate change, animal breeding, genetics, biotechnology and many more. As such, the event is highly beneficial to students, technologists, farmers, breeders and those involved in animal production industry,” he added.

Among the renowned speakers for the conference are Peter Thomson, Associate Professor of Biometry at The University of Sydney, who will be presenting a talk on ‘The digital future: the role of ‘big data’ for agricultural development in the region’ and also Professor Hsia Lang Zhou of Taiwan’s National Pingtung University of Science and Technology with his talk ‘From practical monogastric animal management to greenhouse gas production’.

The conference will also see speakers from Malaysia, the Philippines, China, Japan and Korea.

MSAP was established in 1971 with members comprising of personnel and individuals from the government, semi-government and private organization with interest in animal production, either in research, education, consultancy or associated with the practical and trading industries. Asian-Australasian Animal Production, a consortium of animal societies, was founded in 1980 with the first AAAP Congress being organized in 1980 in Malaysia.

Deadline for the Student Travel Grant application is May 30, 2018. For more information and submission of grant applications, visit or email AAAP 2018 is managed by Place Borneo Sdn Bhd. — DayakDaily