Bridging the Gap between Animal Welfare Science and Policy – an interactive workshop funded by Defra, The Scottish Government and The Welsh Government

Date: 14/09/2017

Mary Sumner House, 24 Tufton Street, London, SW1P 3RB



Workshop Summary


This government funded workshop is being organised by the Animal Welfare Research Network (AWRN) to bring together researchers, stakeholders and policy makers to discuss ways of improving communication and thus the conversion of animal welfare research into policy.

The day will start with researchers, and representatives from Defra and FAWC giving presentations on their different viewpoints of the links between animal welfare science and policy. There will be breakout discussion groups covering topics such as “The role of industry and markets in animal welfare policy”, “Routes for getting scientific evidence into policy” and “Brexit: future trading scenarios and their effects on animal welfare policy and research funding”. In addition, during this interactive workshop, there will be speed networking and an opportunity for delegates to give an elevator pitch (2 minutes) on their interests in areas such as “Research findings that should be turned into policy”, “How to influence policy through research”, “How animal welfare policy will change in the future” or any other issue relevant to the interface between animal welfare science and policy.

This exciting one-day event will be held at Mary Sumner House (Westminster, London) on Thursday September 14th and will offer all parties a unique opportunity to network and discuss how to increase ongoing engagement between scientists and policy makers.


Attending the meeting


– PLEASE NOTE: THIS MEETING IS NOW FULLY BOOKED. You can still complete the form to register and your name will be added to the waiting list. 

– All attendees of the workshop will be required to be members of the Animal Welfare Research Network, however membership is currently free and we welcome new applicants from both research, stakeholders and policy makers. You can apply for membership here.

– There is no charge for attending the meeting, however we are not able to cover costs of travel and accommodation for delegates.

– A full agenda will be posted as soon as possible, however if you wish to plan your travel, talks will start at 10am with registration and refreshments 9-10am and we will aim to finish at 5pm.

– The workshop will take place on Thursday 14th September 2017 at Mary Sumner House, 24 Tufton Street, London, SW1P 3RB.  Directions can be found here. 

The link to registration can be found here. Please note that being able to register does not guarantee you a place on the workshop. Places will be confirmed over e-mail as soon as possible after registration to allow time to book travel and / or accommodation.