Seventeenth International Congress on Animal Reproduction (ICAR 2012), Vancouver, Canada
We welcome the world to Canada, and specifically the beautiful city of Vancouver, for the 17th ICAR. We are confident that this will be a most memorable congress and that the proceedings will be a valuable contribution to the literature.
The organization of the Congress is an immense task; it would have been simply impossible without the commitment and efforts of numerous volunteers, particularly the members of the Local Organizing Committee. First, we acknowledge the willingness of the ICAR Executive Committee to accept our bid to host this congress – the first ICAR ever in Canada – and subsequently their advice regarding content and logistics. Ideas regarding themes, specific lectures and potential speakers were sought from colleagues around the world and, after many iterations, these were reviewed, revised and refined into a final programme. We are particularly grateful to the efforts of the session chairs; we tasked them with interacting with the invited speakers, receiving proceedings articles, coordinating peer reviews and ultimately chairing the session. The efforts of Prof. Heriberto Rodriguez-Martinez and his colleagues at Wiley-Blackwell are deeply appreciated; they were extremely patient and supportive in receiving manuscripts and getting them typeset for publication in the proceedings supplement of RDA. Similarly, we appreciate the efforts of the staff at FASS, who provided the infrastructure and support for us to receive, review and revise abstracts. In that regard, more than 700 abstracts were submitted and getting them reviewed and ensuring revisions were done was a heroic task shared by many. Collectively, hundreds of persons served as peer reviewers for the invited articles and abstracts, making critical contributions to the quality and credibility of the proceedings.
Special thanks are owing to all of those who contributed to the Congress by accepting our invitations to serve as invited speakers, as well as those who submitted abstracts; we look forward to taking in your presentations.
We are deeply appreciative of the assistance of MCI, the professional conference organizers, who have attended to a myriad of details involved in preparing for and operating the Congress. Finally, we extend our deep appreciation to all persons and companies who made in-kind or financial contributions to support ICAR 2012.
In closing, thanks to everyone who helped make this to happen. Welcome to Vancouver and enjoy the meeting!
John Kastelic, Chairman Scientific programme
Local Organizing Committee, International Congress on Animal Reproduction, ICAR 2012
Gregg P. Adams (Chair), Lori Adams, Divakar Ambrose, Muhammad Anzar, Orleigh Bogle, Ali Honaramooz, John Kastelic, Reuben Mapletoft, Roger Pierson, Rajadurai Rajamahendran, Jaswant Singh, Jacob Thundathil, Paula Tribulo, Jimena Yapura