American Meat Science Association (AMSA) and Canadian Meat Science Association (CMSA) are organizing several conferences of mutual interest to their memberships. As part of a new co-operation agreement, members from both associations are encouraged to attend these conferences.

“Attending each other’s conferences is a great way to increase communication and opportunities for collaboration” says Benjy Mikel, AMSA president. One such conference of great mutual interest is the International Congress of Meat Science and Technology, of which it will be held in Montreal next year. This year’s conference was held in Belgium. The United States will be host ICoMST in 2020.

“We are very proud to be hosting ICoMST 2012 in Canada and look forward to seeing many AMSA members in Montreal next August,” says Brian Sullivan, CMSA president.

Information on ICoMST and other meat science meetings can be found on both the AMSA and CMSA websites. Some of these include:

  • Sept. 20-22, AMSA Pork 101, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
  • Oct. 6-7, Canadian Meat Council (CMC) Technical Symposium on Pathogen Reduction, Toronto, Ontario.
  • Oct. 18-20, AMSA Pork 101, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Okl.
  • Nov. 1-2, AMSA Meat & Poultry Research Conference, Kansas City, Mo.
  • May 29 to June 1, 2012, CMC/CMSA Annual Conference and Technical Symposium, Quebec City, Quebec.
  • June 17-20, 2012, AMSA Reciprocal Meat Conference, Fargo, N.D.
  • Aug. 12-17, 2012, ICoMST 2012, Montreal, Quebec.

This is the first of several short-term actions identified in a Memorandum of Understanding that AMSA and CMSA signed recently. Increased communication is seen as a foundation to greater cooperation not only between the AMSA and CMSA, but ultimately among the international meat science community.

In the short term, the memorandum will provide regular dialogue between the associations’ leaderships, increased information exchange and cross-posting of events on their respective websites, and more collaboration on white papers and information articles relevant to the meat industry in both countries. The longer-term vision is to create an alliance that will help develop the international meat science community and better serve its needs.

“We welcome the increasing opportunities that this agreement will bring to improve networking between both associations” says Randy Huffman, AMSA past president. “It is an exciting prospect to identify common needs in order to work toward an organization structure that will advance the worldwide meat science discipline.”

Source: AMSA