The International Dairy Federation's annual summit is the world’s foremost dairy event, bringing together leading specialists and key decision-makers in all dairy-related fields. This year's theme is 'Making a Difference with Dairy'.
A diverse and engaging five-day event that encompasses the major issues impacting the dairy industry globally, this year's IDF World Dairy Summit aims to inspire insights into how delegates can make a difference to the sector’s future
The Leaders Forum
The 2017 IDF World Dairy Summit opens on Monday 30 October with a brand-new event: the World Dairy Political/Agricultural Leaders Forum – a platform for the political and agricultural leaders who shape the operating environment of the dairy sector. This will be followed by the World Dairy Leaders Forum, in which senior company leaders will get the chance to discuss their vision for the sector’s future. In the afternoon’s IDF Forum, the IDF will showcase its work.
Parallel conference sessions
There will be parallel conference sessions from Tuesday 31 October to Thursday 2 November, structured around this year’s conference theme, ‘Making a Difference with Dairy’.
Each session will include a panel discussion with recognised sector leaders and expert speakers from around the world, covering topics across the spectrum, from economics to antimicrobial resistance. Delegates will have ample opportunity to contribute to the debate.
For further program details, click on the links below.
- Monday 30 October Leaders forum; opening function from 5pm
- Tuesday 31 October Parallel conference sessions (start time 9am)
- Wednesday 1 November Parallel conference sessions (start time 9am)
- Thursday 2 November Parallel conference sessions (start time 9am)
- Friday 3 November Technical tours
Keynote speakers at this year's conference will include:
A Swedish veterinarian and professor at the Department of Clinical Sciences, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in Uppsala. Over the past decades, he has been working on animal health and reproduction issues in low-income Asian and African nations. Currently, he leads the animal-health work in research program Livestock Agri-food system, hosted by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Nairobi; and the action network on antimicrobial resistance in the FAO- hosted Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock.
Hanne Bang Bligaard
Arla Foods Senior Specialist in sustainable dairy farming, Hanne Bang Bligaard is responsible for Arla Foods Sustainable Dairy Farming Strategy globally. A dairy cooperative with farmer owners in seven North West European countries, Arla Foods aims to develop its responsibility along the whole value chain.
For more information on this year's conference speakers, click here.
Several technical tours have been arranged for Friday 3 November; each costs £50 per person and includes transport, refreshments and lunch. Click on the tours below for further details.
- Tour 1: Product Concept to Market Reality at CAFRE Loughry Campus
- Tour 2: Advanced Food Safety and Quality at the Institute for Global Food Security, Queen’s University
- Tour 3: From Dairy Research to Farm Practice at AFBI-Hillsborough
- Tour 4: What’s New in Dairy, Nutrition and Health at The Northern Ireland Centre for Food, Nutrition and Health (NICHE) Ulster University Coleraine Campus
- Tour 5: Knowledge, Business and Technology Exchange – Applying Science at Greenmount Campus, CAFRE
Poster presentations are an integral part of the IDF WDS 2017 program, a starting point for the exchange of ideas and information across the global dairy community in a fast-changing world.
Social and partners’ program
The IDF WDS 2017 social program for delegates begins with the welcome reception at the world-famous Titanic Belfast, the world’s largest Titanic visitor experience. A Partners Program has been developed for accompanying guests to give them a taste of Belfast and beyond: click here to review the options;
Registration and further information
To register for the conference, go to the official 2017 event registration page.
For more information about the event, venue, host city and accommodation options, visit the IDF World Dairy Summit website.