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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.
Thermal Choice and Fever in Fish – by Simon MacKenzie
Poster Snippets – Chaired by Jane Hurst
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.
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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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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
GRANT WRITING AND REVIEWING WORKSHOP 2020
This summary page gives links to all the presentations from the Grant Writing and Reviewing Workshop which took place on 16th September 2020. Due to restrictions in place at the time it took place over Zoom, with delegates tuning in from several countries.
Introduction to the day – with Mike Mendl and Luke Williams.
Afternoon Session 1 – “What has changed since the applications you reviewed were submitted?” and “What makes an application successful?” with Luke Williams and a Q&A panel.
Afternoon Session 2 – “Dealing with unsuccessful applications” with John Tregoning.
Afternoon Session 3 – “How the process differs with other funding bodies” with Jacqui Oakley and a Q&A panel”.
WORKSHOP – CURRENT DEVELOPMENTS IN PRECISION LIVESTOCK FARMING (PLF) TECHNOLOGIES; WHAT CAN WE MEASURE AND WHAT ARE THE WELFARE BENEFITS AND CHALLENGES
The workshop took place online on Friday 20th November 2020. The following talks, were recorded to share within the Animal Welfare Research Network.
Talk 1 – Mark Rutter “Introduction to PLF and potential use in welfare monitoring”
Talk 2 – Isabelle Veissier “Potential benefits and risks of using Precision Livestock Farming technologies to manage animal welfare – recent developments at INRAE”
Talk 3 – Emma Baxter “Facial expression monitoring in pigs”
Talk 4 – Ian Werkheiser “Underexamined ethical perspectives on Precision Livestock Farming”
WORKSHOP ON ‘NOVEL MINIMALLY INVASIVE TOOLS TO INVESTIGATE ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR AND WELFARE’
This workshop took place online on Thursday 21st January 2021 and the following talks were recorded to share within the Animal Welfare Research Network:
Introduction to the workshop – Dr Jordi Lopez-Tremoleda (Queen Mary University London) and Dr Angela Kerton (The Learning Curve Development Ltd)
Talk 1 – Zebrafish and automated behavioural analysis – Dr Lynne Sneddon (University of Gothenburg)
Talk 2 – The impact of the “Rodent Big and Little Brother program” – Professor Douglas Armstrong (University of Edinburgh)
Talk 3 – The Autonomouse – a ‘smart’ house for rodents – Professor Andreas Schaefer (The Francis Crick Institute, London)
Talk 4 – The use of location monitoring and video technology to evaluate behaviour and welfare of dairy cows – Ms Alison Russell (University of Nottingham)
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Early Career Researcher Monthly Meet Ups
Urban Welfare – 9th September 2021
With Ciska de Ruyver (Université de Namur, Ghent) and Maite van Gerwen (Utrecht University) – LINK TO URBAN WELFARE SESSION
Writing Press Releases and Dealing with the Media – 29th April 2021
With Alan McElligott (City University Hong Kong) discussing how to promote your research – LINK TO MEDIA SESSION
Resilience and Time Management – 29th March 2021
With Krista McLennan (University of Chester) highlighting some key strategies for both topics – LINK TO RESILIENCE VIDEO
Careers Outside Academia Session – 4th March 2021
With a panel of speakers who have moved from academia to industry – LINK TO CAREERS VIDEO
WORKSHOP ON NOVEL METHODS OF HUMAN BEHAVIOUR CHANGE FOR IMPROVING ANIMAL WELFARE
This workshop took place on 12th February and 12th March 2021. The following sessions were recorded to share within the Animal Welfare Research Network:
Day 1 Session 1 – Including a plenary talk by Dr Olga Perski (UCL) on understanding and changing human health behaviours with the Behaviour Change Wheel and talks from Lynette McLeod on best-practice principles for designing behaviour change interventions and Alison Burrell on .
Day 1 Session 2 – Lisa Graham-Wisener and Emma Berry introduce the Behaviour Change Wheel.
Day 1 Session 3 – Grace Carroll introduces the Theoretical Domains Framework and Behaviour Change Technique Taxonomy.
Day 2 Session 1 – Including talks from Carmen Glanville on human behaviour change literature in animal welfare science, Jenni McDonald on applying a HBC strategy to develop sustainable positive behaviour change towards unowned cats and Grace Carroll presenting common pitfalls when designing interventions.
Day 2 Session 2 – Including Grace Carroll talking about the Behaviour Change Taxonomy and a Q&A session with the expert panel.
WORKSHOP ON HOW HAPPY ARE EQUINE ATHLETES?
This workshop took place on 30th March 2021. The following sessions were recorded to share within the Animal Welfare Research Network:
Talk 1 – Roly Owers (World Horse Welfare) – Social Licence to Operate
Talk 2 – Madeleine Campbell (RVC) – Ethical considerations in equestrian sport
Talk 3 – Richard Davison -The Happy Equine Athlete
Talk 4 – John McEwen -The Happy Equine Athlete
Talk 5 – Sam York – Horses in Eventing
Talk 6 – Antonia Milner-Matthews – Endurance Horses
Talk 7 – Liane Preshaw (The Horse Trust) – Current approaches to assessing Quality of Life in Animals
Talk 8 – Carol Hall (NEWC) – Behavioural Evidence of the Fifth Domain
Talk 9 – Kym Griffin (Nottingham Trent University) – Equine Sleep Patterns and Equine Wellbeing
Talk 10 – Fiona Cooke(The Donkey Sanctuary) – Developing context specific Quality of Life Assessments
All the talks can be found on this workshops webpage: LINK TO PAGE
CROSS-FERTILIZATION BETWEEN NEUROSCIENCE AND ANIMAL WELFARE SCIENCE WORKSHOP
This workshop took place on 14-16th June 2021. The full schedule for the event can be found here:
The following sessions were recorded to share within the Animal Welfare Research Network:
LINK TO DAY 1 RECORDING – Including a plenary talk from Angela Roberts (Cambridge University) on “How to measure emotional states in animals and their underlying brain mechanisms”. There were also short talks from Alice Dancer (RVC), Colline Poirier and Tom Smulders (Newcastle University), Mathilde Coutant (Aarhus University) and Krista McLennan (University of Chester).
LINK TO DAY 2 RECORDING – Including plenaries from Yael Kuperman (Weizmann Institute of Science) on “Stress-induced and Metabolic Disorders – A tale of two diseases or a story of co-existence?” and Francis McGlone (Liverpool John Moores University) on “Affective Touch has a Nerve”. There are also short talks from Michela Minero (Universita degli Studi di Milano), Jason Yee (University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna) and Emma Tivey (The Roslin Institute).
LINK TO DAY 3 RECORDING – Includes a plenary from Judith Homberg (Radboud University) on “The effect of sucrose consumption and genetic diabetes on the rat brain: Touchscreen-based cognitive testing and neuroinflammation”. There are also short talks from Sarah Brown (The Rosline Institute), Will Norton (University of Leicester) and Lindsey Kitchenham (University of Guelph).
All talks can be found on this webpage: LINK TO NEUROSCIENCE WORKSHOP
SOCIAL NETWORK ANALYSIS WORKSHOP
The workshop on “Harnessing social network analysis to benefit animal welfare science” took place on Monday 13th December. The full schedule for the event can be found here:
The following talks were recorded to share within the Animal Welfare Research Network (AWRN):
LINK TO DAVID FISHER PLENARY – “What are social networks and how do we analyse them?”
LINK TO ALEX MORRIS & LUCY OLDHAM PLENARY – “Overview of the state-of-the-art in SNA within the disciplines of applied ethology and welfare science”
LINK TO PAUL ROSE TALK – “Application of social network analysis to zoo animal welfare and husbandry evaluation”
LINK TO SAIF AGHA TALK – “Genetic basis to aggressive network centrality in pigs”
LINK TO CHRISTINA STANLEY TALK – “Quantifying social structure and social roles to benefit welfare and management in Livingstone’s fruit bats”
LINK TO TOM ROWLAND TALK – “Introducing network theory and analysis of welfare related response variables”
LINK TO SIMONE FOISTER TALK – “Use of technology and automated detection of social interactions”
The organising committee for the workshop (Simon Turner, Lesley Smith, David Fisher, Lucy Oldham and Simone Foister) have also kindly composed and shared the following resources with the AWRN:
List of references cited in plenary by Alex Morris and Lucy Oldham: Link to references cited
Report on priority areas in SNA research: Link to report on priority areas
Training opportunities, software and papers referred to during the workshop: Link to training opportunities and papers
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OPEN SCIENCE IN ANIMAL WELFARE RESEARCH WORKSHOP
This workshop took place on 16th December 2021 and was organised by Anna Olsson and Christian Nawroth. The workshop aimed to introduce key concepts and resources as a starting point for a discussion on how to develop and foster the implementation of Open Science practices in animal welfare research, and to work together towards best practice recommendations for the field.
An introduction to Open Science – Anna Olsson (University of Porto) – Link to Anna Olsson’s Introductory talk
More than 3Rs: Responsible animal research – Hanno Würbel (University Bern) – Link to Hanno Würbel’s talk
What’s a preprint and what’s it good for? – Christian Nawroth (Research Institute for Farm Animal Biology) – Link to Christian Nawroth’s talk
Preregistration – Anna Olsson (University of Porto) – Link to Anna Olsson’s Preregistration talk
Peer Community in Animal Science – Rafael Muñoz-Tamayo (INRAE) – Link to Rafael Muñoz-Tamayo’s talk
Open data for better research – Christian Nawroth (Research Institute for Farm Animal Biology) & Anna Olsson (University of Porto) – Link to Christian Nawroth & Anna Olsson’s talk
Preprints of papers relating to Open Science in Animal Welfare research.
Seven steps to enhance open science practices in animal science – Link to Seven Steps paper
A short primer on the academic, societal, and animal welfare benefits of Open Science for animal science – Link to Short Primer paper