Third Annual Meeting of the AWRN

Date: 03/09/2018

Birmingham Hilton Metropole Hotel (next to NEC)








This is a two-day event organised by the AWRN, day one focuses on automatic monitoring of animal welfare and day two on sentience (more details below).

Booking a place:

Registration is now closed for this event.

The event is only open to members of the AWRN, however membership is free and we welcome applications from both researchers and stakeholders, find out more here.


Registration costs:

Standard fees are £50 for one-day or £90 for the whole event including coffee / tea, lunch each day and a drinks reception and evening meal on Monday 3rd September. Student fees are £35 for one-day or £60 for the whole event.


The venue:

The whole event is hosted at the Birmingham Hilton Metropole Hotel, the NEC Birmingham, Pendigo Way, Birmingham, B40 1PP. More details can be found here.


Accommodation for the event:

If you wish to book a room to stay over at the Birmingham Hilton Metropole, there is a discount for delegates which can be accessed using this link and the following code: code FSAWR. We recommend you also check the prices online as they vary and could potentially be cheaper. There are a number of alternative hotels in the vicinity which can be found nearby using websites such as or


The Agenda:


Monday 3rd September : Automatic Monitoring of Animal Welfare


– Bringing together industry and researchers to talk about the latest work on automatic monitoring of animal welfare and funding in this area.

– Confirmed plenary speakers include Marian Stamp Dawkins (University of Oxford), Duncan Forbes (Agri-EPI Centre) and Tomas Norton (University of Leuven).

– Stalls presented by research groups and industry will showcase innovations in the field of automatic monitoring of animal welfare.


– Talks on industry-linked funding opportunities with Callum Harvey from Innovate KTN, Luke Williams from BBSRC, Casey Woodward from CIEL and Mark Rutter from Harper-Adams University.

– Breakout groups including “Big Data – how to analyse and integrate the large datasets collected from automatic monitoring”, “Forging links with industry” and “Taking industry innovative solutions to measure animal welfare to the reality of the supply chains”.

– Speed networking, a drinks reception and evening meal on Monday 3rd September.  


Tuesday 4th September : Spotlight on Sentience


– The second day of the meeting will focus on animal sentience and the implications for policy, research and industry.

– Confirmed plenary speakers include Michael Radford (University of Aberdeen), Richard Bennett (University of Reading), Don Broom (University of Cambridge) and Helen Lambert (Animal Welfare Consultancy).

– Poster presentations on a variety of animal welfare topics.

– Parallel workshop sessions including “Mentoring for Early Career Researchers” and “How understanding sentience can lead to animal welfare improvements” and “How to get a leopard to change its spots: behaviour change science for animal welfare”.



Register now to avoid disappointment.