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Priorities around the world

UFAW International Animal Welfare Science Symposium
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain  4-5th July 2013                                                                 



Background and Aims of the Symposium

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 aim of this symposium is to provide a forum for all those active or interested in animal welfare science and its application around the world, 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 open to papers on recent studies or reviews in any aspects of animal welfare science (but we would welcome 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).


Programme of Speakers:

The full Timetable can be downloaded here.

A list of Posters can be downloaded here.

The full Abstract Booklet can be downloaded here.


Registration details

Early registration for the symposium is at the reduced cost of £165 per person until Friday 22nd March 2013, registration will be £195 thereafter. Places will be limited so please contact us as soon as possible to register your attendance.

A limited number of subsidised places have been made available for students and veterinary nurses at the reduced rate of £100 per person until 22nd March 2013, and £120 thereafter; these will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Please contact the office to check availability if you wish to book one of these places.

Prices include attendance at the symposium for the two days, lunch and refreshments and a drinks reception on the evening of the 4th July (NB. Places at the drinks reception are limited, due to the capacity of the venue, and will be allocated on registering for the symposium).


Venue and accommodation

The Symposium is being held at the Hotel Campus Convention Centre of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, situated on the Bellaterra campus, 19km outside of Barcelona. Further details on how to get to the UAB campus, and its location, can be found here.

Accommodation on the UAB campus (or elsewhere) needs to be booked separately and details can be found by visiting the following websites. There are a limited number of rooms available in the Conference Centre hotel from 65.30 €/night (including breakfast). Rooms and apartments are also available in the Vila Universitària student halls of residence on campus eg Type Q from 73.50 €/apartment/night.


Getting to the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Barcelona can easily be reached from any of the three airports which serve Catalonia, the closest of which is Barcelona airport itself, 18km to the south-west of the city. From here, regular shuttle buses - Aerobus- run to the Plaça Catalunya in the city centre. The journey takes about 20 minutes and costs 5.90€.

The UAB campus can then be reached by taking the Ferrocarriles de la Generalitat de Catalunya (FGC) S2 metro service (Green line) from the Plaça Catalunya station to the university (Best stop for the conference centre is Bellaterra).

The FGC station logo_fgc_2.gif is located on the south-west corner of the Plaça Catalunya (turn left when getting off the Aerobus and walk across the square towards Café Zurich). Trains run regularly and the journey will take about half an hour. Bellaterra is located in metro zone 2 and a single ticket will cost 2.80€. Alternatively a ticket which allows 10 trips on the metro can be purchased for 19.40€. A timetable for the S2 line can be found here

After arriving at Bellaterra, turn right out of the station and walk away from town. The Hotel Campus Convention Centre is approximately a 5 minute walk, up a sloping road that winds through a little wood (NB: Do not cross under the railway track when leaving the station).

Alternatively, a taxi from Barcelona airport to the UAB campus will cost around 40.00€.


Drinks reception

A drinks reception is being held on the evening of the 4th July in central Barcelona at the ATTIC restaurant (120 La Rambla, 08002 Barcelona) from 7.00-9.30pm.

Click here for a virtual tour of the interior and terrace .





Places at the drinks reception are limited, due to the capacity of the venue, and will be allocated on registering for the symposium. To avoid disappointment, delegates are encouraged to register early as those who book to attend the symposium after the venue’s capacity is reached, unfortunately, will not be able to attend.

Delegates will be responsible for getting to the venue themselves. Delegates should take the Metro from the ‘Bellaterra’ train station (S2 line – Green) to the terminus at the ‘Plaça Catalunya’. This journey will take about half an hour. On exiting the Metro, walk straight ahead down La Rambla, where the restaurant can be found 400m to the left. There is a frequent service on the Metro, to and from UAB, until 10.00pm when trains become less frequent. The last train leaves Barcelona at 2.12am. A timetable can be found here.



Link to General information on the UFAW symposium (printable version).

Background to UFAW

UFAW, the International Animal Welfare Science Society, is an 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.

Return completed form to:

Dr Stephen Wickens, UFAW Barcelona 2013, Universities Federation for Animal Welfare, The Old School, Brewhouse Hill, Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire AL4 8AN, UK. Email: Tel: +44 (0)1582 831818; Fax: +44 (0)1582 831414

Note :In the event of circumstances arising beyond the charity’s control, UFAW reserves the right to cancel this conference at it’s discretion without incurring any liability in respect of such cancellation, and to return to delegates any monies received.
Delegates who cancel their bookings within 4 weeks of the start of the conference will not have their registration fee refunded. Prior to this, refunds will be discretionary and will be returned less any handling fee.