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Some history of the International Conference on Pig ReproductionThe 2022 International Conference on Pig Reproduction (ICPR) will be the 11th of an ongoing series of conferences which was initiated forty years ago, in 1981 as part of the 34th Easter School in Agricultural Science.
The topic of this Easter School was Control of Pig Reproduction and was organized by six of the leading swine reproductive scientists in the world at that time: Drs. B.N. Day (USA), P.J. Dziuk (USA), S.K. Webel, (USA), D.J.A. Cole (UK), C. Polge (UK) and G.R. Foxcroft (UK). These six scientists formed the International Organising Committee (IOC) of the ICPR. The founders envisioned that the conference would act as a forum to bring together current knowledge in pig reproduction and its possible application within the commercial production of pigs. The title Control of Pig Reproduction -which also became the title of the published proceedings- was selected to be representative of both the physiological control of reproduction and the control exerted by caretakers in the management of swine.
After the initial meeting in Nottingham, UK the original founders established a rotation such that the conference would initially be held every 4 years. The IOC was keen to have a conference that was organized by a group with a very active involvement in reproductive research and ensure the location and facilities would continue to provide for intensive interaction among the conference delegates from both a scientific and social perspective.
Summary of Previous International Conferences on Pig Reproduction