a3 SCOTLAND 2020 conference



 30 September - 1 October, 2020

Edinburgh, Scotland

A3 Scotland 2020 is an inaugural not-for-profit conference for the Animal Health, Agritech and Aquaculture (AAA) sectors to encourage innovation, investment and collaboration.

Industry, investors, scientists and government officials from all over the world will gather in Edinburgh, Scotland's dynamic and stunning capital city, seeking strategic partnerships and to discover the latest in R&D.

We offer a packed 2-day programme featuring influential and expert speakers across each of the sectors, with a variety of informative sessions, panel discussions and networking opportunities.

The programme is enhanced further with optional pre and post conference tours showcasing some of the world-class research facilities and expertise located in Central and Highlands Scotland.

"A3 is Scotland's premier event for animal health and sustainable food production."

Professor Bruce Whitelaw, Interim Director of The Roslin Institute and Genus Personal Chair of Animal Biotechnology, University of Edinburgh


The AAA sector is of key importance for Scotland and indeed Scotland is already a major contributor in the animal science sector globally.

The optimisation of animal health, promotion of sustainable food security and stimulation of economic growth, both locally and internationally, make a major contribution towards the ambition to achieve net zero carbon emissions from UK agriculture by 2040, underlying the urgent need to work collaboratively to address the challenges of climate change.

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Animal health
Interventions that improve the health of livestock and companion animals. 
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Development of novel technology for agriculture ensuring improved productivity and sustainability.
Fish worker with salmon for Aquaculture - A3 Scotland 2020 conference
Breeding and rearing of fish, shellfish, plants, algae and other organisms in water environments.

"Scotland is a world leader in so many fields of life science, and AAA represents the important three sub sectors of Animal Health, Agritech and Aquaculture continuing at pace to lead the way in areas such as animal bioscience, regenerative medicine, digital health, cancer research, food sustainability and medicines manufacturing."

Ivan McKee, Scottish Government Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation

Innovation, Investment and Collaboration are the main drivers of A3 Scotland 2020 in the transition to net zero carbon emissions. The conference will include sessions on each of these themes, across each of the the three sub sectors, and presented by leading industry speakers. 

There will also be many opportunities for networking, a grand Gala Dinner and optional pre and post conference tours of world-renowned science and research facilities in Midlothian, to the south of Edinburgh, and in the Scottish Highlands.

Roslin Innovation Centre on University of Edinburgh Easter Bush Campus - A3 Scotland 2020 conference tour

Registration and a unique opportunity to go behind the scenes with tours of leading centres of excellence within Midlothian Science Zone, birthplace of Dolly the sheep.

Cattle and technology operator for Agritech - A3 Scotland 2020 conference

  • Registration and Welcome
  • Scotland's Innovation & Investment Landscape 
  • Opening Keynote: Scotland's Role in Reaching Net Zero Emissions
  • Opening Keynote: The Global A3 Market Overview 
  • Scotland's A3 Ecosystem for Innovation, Investment and Collaboration 
  • Sessions: Innovation and Investment (with Panel Discussion)
  • Commercialising Research
  • Closing 
  • Gala Dinner

Pigs and litter for Animal Health - A3 Scotland 2020 conference

  • Welcome
  • Session: Collaboration
  • Leaders Panel
  • Interactive Session
  • Closing Keynote: Sustainable Food Security, Scotland and Beyond
  • Networking Lunch and Sessions

Scottish Fish farm for Aquaculture - A3 Scotland 2020 conference

An introduction to opportunities for collaboration, investment and growth in Central, West and Highlands of Scotland, hosted by Highlands & Islands Enterprise (HIE).

This region includes world-class research institutions such as the BioDundee community, James Hutton Institute, the Institute of Aquaculture, the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS), the European Marine Science Park and Inverness Campus.

The renewable energy sector makes use of the region’s abundance of natural assets, and the food and drink sector exports produce such as whisky and salmon all over the world. 

Coach transfer and lunch provided. Overnight accommodation required.

We have twelve prestigious speakers presenting at A3 Scotland 2020, each an expert in their field, who recognise the value of the AAA sector and the importance of addressing current challenges. 


DR simon doherty
president - British Veterinary Association senior lecturer - Queen's University belfast 


Scottish Government - Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation


Professor GEOFF SIMM


george gunn
 FOUNDER & PARTNER - stonehaven consultING 

Edinburgh First, part of the University of Edinburgh, provides high-specification conference facilities and business meeting rooms, featuring comfortable breakout areas and relaxed lounges where A3 Scotland 2020 conference delegates can unwind. 

Edinburgh First's venues at Pollock Halls look onto Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh’s highest hill and a spectacular natural backdrop to the city, set within Holyrood Park, a peaceful escape from the bustle of the city.

Edinburgh First at the University of Edinburgh and the A3 2020 organising committee are working in partnership to bring you the A3 Scotland 2020 Conference. 

John McIntyre Conference Centre Edinburgh exterior image - venue for A3 Scotland 2020 conference
The main conference will take place in the purpose built John McIntyre Conference Centre, located on the University of Edinburgh's Pollock Halls Campus. 
Salisbury Green Hotel Edinburgh image - accommodation venue for A3 Scotland 2020 conference
Salisbury Green Hotel is next to the conference venue, adjoining Holyrood Park and close to Edinburgh’s major attractions.
Playfair Library Hall Edinburgh - dinner venue for A3 Scotland 2020 conference
conference dinner
In the heart of Edinburgh's historic Old Town, the iconic Playfair Library Hall features William Playfair's signature neoclassical barrel-vaulted ceiling.

EARLY BIRD PACKAGE:  £400 per delegate. REGISTER BEFORE Wednesday 1st July 2020.

DELEGATE PACKAGE: £500 per delegate. REGISTRATION DEADLINE Monday 14th September 2020.

Both packages include full conference attendance, options pre/post conference tours, day conference catering, Welcome Reception at the John McIntyre Centre and Gala Dinner at the Playfair Library. 

Edinburgh First at the University of Edinburgh and the A3 2020 organising committee are working in partnership to bring you the A3 Scotland 2020 Conference. 


contact us

Edinburgh First

The University of Edinburgh,
Pollock Halls,
18 Holyrood Park Road,
Edinburgh, EH16 5AY

T: +44 (0)131 651 2189

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