WELCOME TO THE NETWORK
Welcome to the UK Animal Welfare Research Network (AWRN) website. The Network is funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).
It aims to bring together the UK animal welfare research community, researchers in related areas, and stakeholders with interests in animal welfare, to identify important research topics, increase collaboration, and support and encourage research activities.
Current Research Findings
Bestial boredom: a biological perspective on animal boredom and suggestions for its scientific investigation
Boredom when it is severe and prolonged is torment to humans and can cause dangerous or criminal behaviour and depression. It has been little researched from a biological perspective to date and some believe boredom is unique to humans. However, Dr ...Read more >
This interesting review by AWRN members Colline Poirier and Melissa Bateson examines what is known about pacing stereotypies in rhesus macaques. They discuss whether stereotypies can be interpreted as a sign of poor welfare or not. The review highlights the lack of ...Read more >
A recent paper published by authors including Lynne Sneddon from the University of Liverpool, examined the impact of social context on behavior and recovery from welfare challenges of zebrafish. They housed zebrafish in pairs or group and compared their responses to ...Read more >
Events and Workshops
Latest from our Blog
By Nicola Davidson The AWRN ‘Bridging the Gap between Animal Welfare Science and Policy’ workshop was funded by Defra, The Scottish Government and The Welsh Government and took place at Mary Sumner House in London. The day began with a selection ...Read more >
Measuring animal welfare and applying scientific advances – Why is it still so difficult? The 2017 UFAW international symposium was held at Royal Holloway from 27th to 29th June. The general theme of the conference was that despite progress in animal ...Read more >
The vision of the AWRN is to foster enhanced collaboration and cohesion within the animal welfare research community, with a view to increasing successful grant-funded research and promoting the impact of outputs from research. As an important strand of its ...Read more >