The Science of Animal Sentience: Refining Experimental Biology – CANCELLED

Date: 05/07/2020

Clarion Congress Hotel, Prague


This workshop has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 situation.


Due to take place in Prague on 5th July 2020 this workshop on Sentience is being organised by Penny Hawkins at the RSPCA Research Animals Department. 

Clarion Congress Hotel, Prague
Society for Experimental Biology, RSPCA and LASA

Animal sentience – the ability to experience positive and negative emotions – is a hot topic. Research in a variety of disciplines has contributed to the anatomical, neurobiological, physiological and behavioural evidence base for sentience in animals, but what are the practical implications of this knowledge, for both scientists and the wider public? This meeting will discuss the biological basis for ascribing sentience, assess the current evidence for sentience in different species and identify knowledge gaps. It will also explore approaches to refining experimental biology, for researchers who wish to use the latest thinking about animals’ experiences to improve their welfare during experiments.

Speakers include:
Helen Lambert (née Proctor) (Animal Welfare Consultant, UK) – Animal Sentience: Where Are We and Where Are We Heading?
Tobias Wang/Catherine Williams (Aarhus University, Denmark) – Sentience: Behaviour, Physiology and Pain Sensation in Reptiles
Lynne Sneddon (University of Liverpool, UK) – Evidence for Sentience in Fishes
Gavan Cooke (Anglia Ruskin University, UK) – The Kraken is Awake: Some Thoughts on Consciousness and Sentience in Cephalopods
Sarah Dalesman (University of Aberystwyth, UK) – Could snails be sentient?
Penny Hawkins (RSPCA, UK) – Ethical and Welfare Implications of Animal Sentience


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