Meeting Presentations

 


 

Bridging the Gap Between Animal Welfare Science and Policy Workshop 2017

 

The following presentations were given at the Policy Workshop on Thursday 14th September 2017, which was funded by Defra, the Scottish government and the Welsh government. Please note that this content has been agreed for use by members only and should not be circulated outside the AWRN. 

The links between animal welfare science and policy – talks from and discussion with Marc Casale (Defra), Andrew Voas (Scottish government), Simon Rolfe (Welsh government), Richard Bennett (University of Reading), Henry Buller (FAWC / University of Exeter)

What is policy? – talk by Lorna Horton covering the development and implementation of government policy and how to get involved in this process. Followed by discussion panel with Marc Casale (Defra), Julia Wrathall (RSPCA) and Sean Wensley (PDSA)

Elevator pitches – presentations from researchers chaired by Fay Clark (Bristol Zoo)

Summary of breakout groups – covering the following topics: getting policy into your grant impact statement, role of industry and markets in policy, routes for getting science into policy, animal welfare research funding in the future, animal welfare challenges and brexit: future trading scenarios and their effects on animal welfare policy.


 

Annual Meeting 2017

 

The following presentations were given at the Second Annual Meeting of the AWRN on Tuesday 14th March 2017. Please note that this content has been agreed for use by members only and should not be circulated outside the AWRN. 

Welcome and Network Update

Introductions to AWRN Funded Workshops

Thermal Choice and Fever in Fish – by Simon MacKenzie

How Water Chemistry within Aquaculture (especially high CO2) Can Influence Physiology, Behaviour and Welfare of Fish – by Rod Wilson

Poster Snippets – Chaired by Jane Hurst

Workshop Summaries and Closing Remarks


 

Grant Writing and Reviewing Workshop 2017

 

The following presentations were given at the BBSRC-Funded Grant Writing Workshop on Monday 13th March 2017. Please note that this content has been agreed for use by members only and should not be circulated outside the AWRN. 

Introduction to the Day

Reviewing Grants – by Laura Green

Sitting on a Research Committee – by Lisa Collins

Positive Responses to Unsuccessful Grant Applications – by Adam Golberg

What Makes an Application Successful – by Jo Holbourn

Objective Decision Making – By Jo Holbourn

 


 

Positive Welfare Workshop 2017

 

The following presentations were given at the AWRN-funded Positive Welfare Workshop in Edinburgh on Thursday 11th May 2017. 

Similarities Between Human and Primate Happiness – Alexander Weiss

Incentivising Positive Animal Welfare  – Andrew Barnes

‘Positive Animal Welfare’ Where Did it Come From and What Does it Add to the Debate Over Animal Welfare – Alistair Lawrence

Practicalities of Assessing Welfare in Farm Assurance – Siobhan Mullan

Validating Measures of Positive Welfare – Suzanne Held  

Measuring Positive Animal Welfare Workshop

 

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Media and Communication Workshop 2017

 

The following presentations were given at the AWRN-funded Media and Communication workshop with AHDB at Stoneleigh in November 2017. 

The following resources including Powerpoint slides from presentations, which were given at the AWRN-funded Media and Communication Workshop with AHDB, have kindly been shared with members of the Animal Welfare Research Network. We ask that you do not circulate them outside of the Network. 

Effective Communications by Jess Buss and John Bates

Using Digital Media by Gareth Renowden

Effective media interviews by John Bates and Tony Diggins

Putting research into practice by Jenny Gibbons

Summary Points Identified by the Delegates

Making the most of the media. An easy guide

Jessica Stokes has helpfully summarised what she learnt from the BBSRC & AHDB Media & Communication Workshop in a handy one-page printable PDF.

 

 

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Career Progression for Early Career Researchers Workshop

 

The following resources including Powerpoint slides from presentations, which were given at the AWRN-funded Career Progression for Early Career Researchers Workshop at the University of Liverpool, have kindly been shared with members of the Animal Welfare Research Network. We ask that you do not circulate them outside of the Network. 

 

Career Choice and CV Skills Workshop_edit.pptx – these are the Powerpoint slides from the presentation given by Daniel Holden and Robert Treharne from d2u coaching on making career choices and improving your CV.

CV Examples – These examples of academic CV’s can be used to get tips on how to improve your own.

Job Values List – This list of values (both positive and negative) can be used to help you to make positive career choices.

 

 

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Thermography Workshop

 

The following presentations were given at the AWRN-funded workshop on “Infrared thermography in the study of animal emotions, physiology and health” on 6th September 2018 at the Roslin Institute in Edinburgh. These resources have kindly been shared with members of the Animal Welfare Research Network, we ask that you do not circulate them outside of the Network. 

 

Introduction to the workshop by Helena Telkanranta

How does thermal imaging work and to what extent can it be used to measure emotions? by Helena Telkanranta

Measuring physiological processes with thermal imaging by Malcolm Mitchell

Thermal imaging in stress research on birds by Dorothy McKeegan

Veterinary applications of thermal imaging in cats and dogs by Mari Vainionpää

Algorithm development for thermal image analysis by Mark Hansen

How to succeed in developing on-farm practical applications: Examples from other technologies by Tomas Norton

 

 


 

Annual Meeting 2018

 

The following presentations were given at the Third Annual Meeting of the AWRN on 3rd and 4th September 2018 at the Birmingham Hilton Metropole in Birmingham. These resources have kindly been shared with members of the Animal Welfare Research Network, we ask that you do not circulate them outside of the Network. 

Welcome to the meeting and update on the Network by Mike Mendl

Wired up welfare for the well connected cow by Duncan Forbes

Elevator pitches from Stephanie Buijs, Naomi Rutherford, Carys Williams and Adam Butler

OPTICFLOCK: using flock behaviour to monitor chicken health and welfare by Marian Stamp Dawkins

Real-time algorithms for multi-functional Precision Livestock Farming tools and systems by Tomas Norton

Short talks on automatic monitoring by Rebeca Garcia Pinillos, Lucy Asher and Edward Codling

Funding opportunities with industry by Callum Harvey, Luke Williams, Casey Woodward and Mark Rutter

Parallel workshop introductions and summaries by Andy Dowsey, Louise Valducci and Siobhan Mullan

Welcome to day 2, AWRN-funded workshops and day 2 parallel workshops by Mike Mendl

The sensitivity of sentience by Mike Radford, chaired and introduced by Liz Paul

An economists view of sentience by Richard Bennett

Biology of Sentience by Donald Broom (unfortunately due to human error this talk was not recorded, however the slides are available by clicking on the link).

What can we learn about sentience from the faces of animals? by Helen Lambert

Short poster talks chaired by Anna Trevarthen

Feedback from day 2 parallel workshops and close of annual meeting chaired by Mike Mendl

 


 

Invest in your future – how to be a more resilient and self-confident researcher workshop

 

The following resource was used at the AWRN-funded Resilience and Self-Confidence Workshop at the University of Bristol and has kindly been shared with members of the Animal Welfare Research Network. We ask that you do not circulate this outside of the network.

Becoming a resilient researcher – this is the Powerpoint presentation given by representatives from Bristol Doctoral College on how to improve your resilience.

 


 

Annual Meeting 2019 

 

The following presentations were given at the Fourth Annual Meeting of the AWRN on 16th and 17th September 2019 at the University of Bristol, UK. These resources have kindly been shared with members of the Animal Welfare Research Network, we ask that you do not circulate them outside of the Network. 

Welcome to Day 1 by Mike Mendl and Poppy Statham

Session 1 – International Funding chaired by Tiernan Williams with talks from Susanna Mitolo, Luke Williams, Huw Golledge, Cathy Dwyer and Tom Smulders

Session 2 – Global Animal Welfare chaired by Siobhan Abeyesinghe with a plenary talk from Ali Jamil and talks from Lizzie Rowe, Emily Haddy and Zoe Raw. 

Session 3 – Summary of breakout groups and close of day chaired by Mike Mendl with synopses of breakout groups by Andrew Crump and Emily Bethell, Jennifer Wathan and Karen Spencer and Lucy Asher. 

Welcome to Day 2 and Notices chaired by Mike Mendl with talks from Rowena Packer, Stephen Wickens and Lucy Asher and Karen Spencer. 

Session 4 – Behaviour Change Theory and Practice chaired by Siobhan Mullan with talks from Jo White and Tamzin Furtado. 

Session 5 – New Developments in Animal Welfare Science, chaired by Mark Farnworth with talks from Johnny Roughan, Deborah Butler and Mathilde Valenchon and Wanda McCormick. 

Session 6 – Microbiome and the Gut-Brain Axis chaired by Colline Poirier with a plenary talk by Phil Burnet.

Session 7 – Summary of workshops and close of meeting chaired by Mike Mendl with synopses of workshops from Jo White, Phil Burnet and Charlotte Burn


 

Companion Animal Welfare Science Workshop Presentations

 

Workshop organisers Rowena Packer and Lucy Asher welcomed 60 delegates to this workshop on 16th December 2019 at the Royal Veterinary College, London.

Session 1: Collecting CAWS data at an individual level

Chaired by Lucy Asher (Newcastle University) and includes talks from:

  Lucy Asher (Newcastle University) – Automated methods of behaviour measurement

  Lauren Finka (Nottingham Trent University) – Facial expression analysis

  Daniel Mills (University of Lincoln) – Development of psychometric tools

  Oliver Burman (University of Lincoln) – Novel cognitive measures and CAWS

  Rowena Packer (Royal Veterinary College) – Measures of brain function and structure

  Luke Williams (BBSRC) – Funding opportunities for CAWS from BBSRC. 

Session 2 – Studying CAWS at Population Level 

Chaired by Rowena Packer (Royal Veterinary College) and including talks from:

  Dan O’Neill (RVC) – Using veterinary practice data to understand companion animal welfare issues

  Jane Murray (Dogs Trust) – Longitudinal cohort studies

  Alan Radford (University of Liverpool) – Using veterinary practice data to identify risks to companion animal welfare

  Carri Westgarth (University of Liverpool) – Epidemiological methods for studying human animal interactions.