On behalf of the Organizing Committee, we are excited to announce the 14th International Symposium on Digestive Physiology in Pigs to be held in Brisbane (Australia) between the 21st and the 24th of August 2018 (DPP2018). We are proud to host the conference in the Asia-Pacific for the first time since the Symposium series started in Shinfield (Reading, UK) in 1979. Previous conferences have been held triennially in France, Denmark, Poland, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Sweden, Canada, Denmark, Spain, USA, and Poland and have become recognised as the definitive international scientific forum on digestive physiology of pigs.

The Australasian pig science and industry community have united and aim to meet the high standards set by the previous meetings. Among other initiatives, we are particularly proud to introduce a student program to assist MPhil/PhD candidates to attend the conference. All in all, we expect to attract around 400 attendees from Asia, Europe, and North and South America.

The scientific framework of the program will be centred around the digestive system, focusing on specific aspects such as the emerging areas of the microbiome and the nutrient chemosensory mechanisms in the pig gastrointestinal tract. In particular, we will target the latest advances in the field of digestive physiology, which will illustrate the future research trends. Our program committee would like to encourage proposals for potential Satellite Symposia as well.