UFAW – Recent advances in animal welfare science VII – NOW ONLINE

Date: 30/06/2020

University of Birmingham



The UFAW Recent Advances in Animal Welfare Science VII has been moved online due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. 


The field of animal welfare is a cross-disciplinary area of study that seeks to offer guidance and find solutions to the challenges raised by our caring for and interactions with both kept and wild animals. As part of its on-going commitment to improving animal welfare through increased scientific understanding of animals’ needs and how these can be met, UFAW is holding the seventh of its series of one day conferences on ‘Recent advances in animal welfare science’ on 1st July 2020.

This regular meeting, which will be held in Birmingham, the city which hosted the first of these meetings, aims to provide a forum at which the broad and growing international community of scientists, veterinary surgeons and others concerned with animal welfare can come together to share knowledge and practice, discuss advances and exchange views.

Speaker line up has been announced as follows:

  • Elena Armstrong, JH Guy, V Sandilands, T Boswell and TV Smulders (Newcastle University, UK) Adult hippocampal neurogenesis as a marker of cumulative experience in laying hens
  • Andrew Crump, K Jenkins, EJ Bethell, CP Ferris, H Kabboush, J Weller and G Arnott (Queen’s University Belfast, UK) Integrating behavioural, cognitive, and physiological welfare indicators: An example using pasture access to improve emotional state in dairy cows
  • Elske de Haas, BT Rodenburg and FA Tuyttens (Utrecht University, The Netherlands) Ranging behaviour in organic layers and broilers and the relationship with welfare
  • Cathy Dwyer and S Burgess (SRUC, UK) Assessing the welfare impacts of disease: an example with sheep scab
  • Lauren Finka, DS Mills and MJ Farnworth (Nottingham Trent University, UK) Has anthropocentric breed selection disrupted animals’ abilities to communicate?
  • Laura Kubasiewicz, J Rodrigues, SL Norris, TL Watson, K Rickards, N Bell, A Judge, Z Raw, and F Burden (The Donkey Sanctuary, UK) The Welfare Aggregation and Guidance (WAG) tool: A new method to summarise global welfare assessment data for equids
  • Abigail Liston and S Wolfensohn (University of Surrey, UK) Welfare study using the animal welfare assessment grid to measure Quality of Life of breeding and experimental Rhesus macaques
  • Mariann Molnar (Central European University, Hungary) Producer perspectives on farm animal welfare and the intensification of farming in Hungary
  • Dan O’Neill, H Craven, D Brodbelt, D Church and J Hedley (RVC, UK) What’s up Doc? – Exposing pet rabbit welfare issues using VetCompass veterinary clinical records
  • Colline Poirier, H Adriaensen, H Siddle, D Chesneau, C Porte, F Cornilleau, A Boissy, L Calandreau and M Keller (Newcastle University, UK) Neuroimaging assessment of chronic stress in sheep
  • Sanne Roelofs and TD Parsons (University of Pennsylvania, USA) Measuring judgment bias in group-housed sows
  • Adrian Smith, E Lilley, RE Clutton, KEA Hansen and T Brattelid (Norecopa, Norway) Improving animal welfare and scientific quality: Guidelines for planning animal studies
  • Dayane Teixeira, L Boyle and DE Hidalgo (Universidad de O´Higgins, Chile) Infrared skin temperature of slaughter pigs with tail lesions
  • Daniel Weary (University of British Columbia, Canada) A Bayesian conception of animal welfare
  • Chanakarn Wongsaengchan, RG Nager, DJ McCafferty and DEF McKeegan (University of Glasgow, UK) Surface temperature reveals magnitude of restraint stressor, sex differences and lateralisation in rats
  • Joshua Woodward, EL Buckland, REP Da Costa, JK Murray and RA Casey (Dogs Trust, UK) Owner-reported behaviour of rehomed dogs in the first 14 days of adoption

In addition to these 16 talks, the lunch break will also include a poster session of over 60 presentations and a short workshop on planning animal studies. 


Registration is FREE however you will be required to register in advance in order to attend, further details can be found on the UFAW website

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