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Science in the Service of Animal Welfare: Priorities Around the World

07 November 2012

SPAIN - The UFAW International Animal Welfare Science Symposium aims to provide a forum for all those active or interested in animal welfare science and its application around the world. It is also a place to meet and discuss current topics in this field and international variation in priorities, concerns and approaches to animal welfare science.

The Symposium will be held at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain 4-5 July 2013.

Around the world the importance of science in elucidating and tackling animal welfare problems is increasingly recognised, but priorities, concerns and approaches vary between nations and cultures.

The symposium is open to papers on recent studies or reviews in any aspects of animal welfare science (but the inclusion of some papers on topics of major animal welfare importance in fields that have tended to receive little attention, eg humane slaughter of fish caught at sea, welfare aspects of vertebrate pest control, tackling anthropogenic threats to the welfare of free-living wildlife eg through environmental toxins, introduced infectious diseases, environmental degradation or global warming would be welcomed).

Speakers will include:

  • Professor Victoria Braithwaite (Center for Brain, Behavior & Cognition, Pennsylvania State University, USA) ‘The validity of parameters currently taken to be indicators of sentience’
  • Professor Christine Nicol (University of Bristol, UK) ‘At what point is a chicken's welfare good enough? And is 'good enough'’ Dr Vijitha Perera (Department of Wildlife Conservation, National Wildlife Training Centre, Sri Lanka) ‘The welfare of free-living elephants as their habitat shrinks’
  • Professor Christoph Winckler (University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences (BOKU), Austria) ‘Progress in, the present state of, and challenges for on-farm animal welfare assessments in Europe’

Contributing to the Symposium

UFAW is inviting contributions to the symposium. Submission should include the title of the proposed contribution, the nature of the contribution – talk or poster, the name and full contact details of all contributors and an abstract, which must be in English, and should be no longer than 400 words.

Further details on formatting the abstract and the information that should be included can be found on the Barcelona 2013 webpage:

Please send a copy of the abstract by email to AND a hard copy marked for the attention of Stephen Wickens, UFAW Barcelona 2013 by Monday 3 December 2012.

Abstracts of all accepted talks and posters will be placed on UFAW’s website in advance of the symposium. Contributors to this meeting are also welcome to submit their papers for consideration for publication in UFAW’s peer-reviewed journal ‘Animal Welfare’.

Further details, including how to register for the symposia and booking of accommodation, can also be found on the UFAW ‘Barcelona 2013’ webpage: This webpage will be updated regularly with further details about the symposium as they become available.

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