The consultation had four main objectives:
- To share the experiences of those in the front-line of avian influenza outbreaks to provide a realistic, objective, and up-to-date backdrop for the consultation.
- To identify and prioritize immediate service needs that research can provide in support of preparedness and emergency responses.
- To identify and prioritize medium- and long-term research needs.
- To develop an action plan and decide how to put it in place, including the possibility of forming an inter-institutional task force.