Science in the Service of Animal Welfare:

Priorities around the world

UFAW International Animal Welfare Science Symposium

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain

4-5th July 2013

Click here to visit the Symposium webpage



Recent advances in animal welfare science III

UFAW Animal Welfare Conference

21st June 2012

York Merchant Adventurers' Hall


Price £25

For further details go to the Conference webpage






Recent advances in animal welfare science II

UFAW Animal Welfare Conference

30th June 2010

York Merchant Adventurers' Hall


The field of animal welfare is a cross-disciplinary area of study that is attracting increasing interest and funding and being asked to guide and inform legislation and practice relating to the use of animals. Much, however, still remains to be understood. As part of its on-going commitment to improving the way we understand and care for animals, the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare is holding the second of a series of one day conferences on ‘Recent advances in animal welfare science’ on 30th June 2010. This meeting, which we intend will become a regular event, aims to provide a forum at which the broad community of scientists, veterinarians and others concerned with animal welfare can come together to share knowledge and practice, discuss advances and exchange views.

Programme details:

Speakers who will be contributing talks to the conference include the following:

  • Bethell EJ, Holmes A, MacLarnon A and Semple S (Roehampton University and Birkbeck College, University of London, UK) Extending The Cognitive Bias Model Of Animal Psychological Wellbeing: Attentional Bias In Non-Human Primates

  • Buckley LA, McMillan LM, Sandilands VS, Tolkamp BJ, Hocking PM and D’Eath RS (Scottish Agricultural College, The Roslin Institute and University of Edinburgh, UK) How Hungry Is Too Hungry? Impaired Learning Leads To Poorer Payoffs In Hungry Broiler Breeders

  • Burton K, Hall C, Wells C and Billett E (Nottingham Trent University, UK) The Validation Of Infrared Thermography As A Non-Invasive Tool To Assess Welfare In The Horse (Equus Caballus)

  • Cafazzo S, Lai O, Maragliano L, Cerini N, Guarducci M, Carlevaro F, Di Paolo M, Carlevaro L, Scholl F, Bucci E, Scarcella R and Natoli E (Azienda USL Roma D and Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle regioni Lazio e Toscana, Italy) Evaluation Of The Effects Of The Italian National Law 281/91 On Free-Ranging Dog Management (Enforcing The ‘No-Kill’ Policy) In The Lazio Region; Determination Of Management Standards For Public Shelters

  • Gover N, Jarvis JR, Abeyesinghe SM and Wathes CM (Royal Veterinary College, UK) Spatial Acuity Of Domestic Fowl (Gallus g. domesticus) In Dim Light Environments

  • Hänninen L, Hokkanen AH, Pastell M, de Passille AM, Rushen J, Hepola H and Raussi S (University of Helsinki and MTT Agri-Food Finland, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada) Sleep As A Welfare Measure?

  • Hothersall B, Caplen G, Murrell J, Nasr M, Nicol C, Waterman-Pearson A and Weeks C (University of Bristol, UK) Development Of New Techniques To Assess Pain In Domestic Chickens

  • Ribó O, Candiani D and Alpigiani I (European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Italy) Development Of The EFSA Guidance on Risk Assessment For Animal Welfare

  • Sandercock DA, Gibson IF, Rutherford KMD, Donald RD, Scott EM and Nolan AM (University of Glasgow and Scottish Agricultural College, UK) Maternal Stress And Tail Docking In Juvenile Female Pigs: Effects On Mechanical Force Sensitivity And Responses To Acute Inflammatory Challenge

  • Sherlock L, Cheng Z, Wathes CM and WathesDC (Royal Veterinary College, UK) Using Microarrays To Examine Production-Based Stress And Associated Welfare Problems In The Broiler Chicken

  • Davies A, Sherwin C, Friel M, Gale E, Nasr M, Petek M, Wilkins L and Nicol C (University of Bristol, UK, Zagazig University, Egypt and University of Uludag, Turkey)  The Welfare of UK Free-range Layer Hens Prior to Depopulation: Using Data From Captured Hens

  • Silva C, Laing N, Mellor DJ and Ellis K (University of Glasgow and Clyde Veterinary Group, Lanark, UK) Using Abattoir Surveillance To Quantify Welfare Problems Associated With Tagging Sheep's Ears

  • Walsh C, Douglas C, Bédué A, Bateson M and Edwards S (Newcastle University, UK and ENITA de Clermont Ferrand, France) Tests Of Cognitive Bias Can Inform On Pigs Subjective Affective State


Click here to download Abstracts of the Talks

There will also be a poster session which will feature during the lunch break which will feature over 40 presentations. Registration is from 8.30, with talks starting at 9.30 and ending at 17.50. Click here to download Abstracts of the posters.




As part of UFAW’s commitment to providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and to ensure that the meeting is accessible to widest range of those with an interest in animal welfare, the registration fee to attend this conference is kept low, this time at just £20. Note: This price includes refreshments but delegates will need to make their own arrangements for lunch.





The conference is being held in York, in the medieval Merchant Adventurers’ Hall, Fossgate YO1 9XD. Located next to the pedestrianised centre of York and built in 1357, the timbered Hall and Undercroft make up one of the best preserved medieval guild halls in the world.  For further information about the venue and details of hotels in the area, click on link below.


Getting there:


The A1/M1 motorway network is connected to the A64 by the A1/M1 link road providing fast motorway links from all regions of the UK. There are a number of clearly sign-posted car parks close to the Merchant Adventurers’ Hall (see map ) but the parking for the day at these is expensive. Alternatively, and much cheaper, there is a network of Park & Ride facilities situated on the outskirts of York with a quick, low- fare service into the centre of York.



Travelling to York by train is easy. There are direct daily services from London, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham and the South West.

National Rail Enquiries: 08457 484950



York is within easy travelling distance of six international airports including, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds/ Bradford and Newcastle. First bus operates a non stop hourly coach service between York Railway Station and Leeds/Bradford International Airport. Visit for more information or to book tickets.



P&O/NSF operate daily overnight crossings from Zeebrugge and Rotterdam direct to Hull with a coach link to York.



Background to UFAW:

UFAW, the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare, is an internationally-recognised, independent, scientific and educational animal welfare charity. The organization promotes high standards of welfare for farm, companion, laboratory and captive wild animals and those with which we interact in the wild.


Contact Details:

Stephen Wickens, Development Officer, UFAW, The Old School, Brewhouse Hill, Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, AL4 8AN, UK. Tel: +44 (0) 1582 831818; Fax: +44 (0) 1582 831414; Website:; Email:


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