Advancing Animal Welfare Science 2022

28-29th June 2022

UFAW International Conference, Edinburgh UK

For the first time since the start of the COVID crisis, UFAW’s annual conference will be held in person allowing attendees the opportunity to network with their colleagues face to face, and to socialise.

The conference will include submitted talks and poster presentations, alongside 4 keynote presentations:

  • Professor Melissa Bateson (Newcastle University, UK) Use and misuse of measures of welfare
  • Professor Bas Rodenburg (Utrecht University, The Netherlands) Meeting the demands of a growing human population, while also achieving good welfare
  • Professor Hanno Würbel (University of Bern, Switzerland) How to improve the quality of animal welfare science
  • Professor Cathy Dwyer (University of Edinburgh, UK & Chair, Scottish Animal Welfare Commission) The role of evidence in policy making

It will also feature at least two workshops.

We know from talking to you that many people have been missing the face-to-face element of meetings and that there is a real appetite for a ‘return to normal’. UFAW will be following best practice and the latest COVID guidance from the Scottish Government and that of the venue. Places will be limited and we would not want you to miss out, so please register early to ensure your place (tell your friends and colleagues too - you would not want them to miss out on meeting up with you!). More details on registration can be found here. Registration for the conference opens on 1st February 2022.

For those who cannot travel to Edinburgh, talks will also be streamed live on-line, but the workshops will not. Only people who attend the meeting in person will be able to participate in and enjoy these.

There will be a number of subsidised student places at the conference that will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. To claim one of these places, please contact Stephen Wickens in the first instance with proof of student status (eg Student ID card or similar)

Call for papers and workshop proposals:
Whilst we’re excited to consider abstracts addressing any area of animal welfare science, we’re especially interested in contributions (including workshop proposals) addressing the following key themes.

  1. Emerging threats and opportunities that can be addressed through animal welfare science
  2. The development of new methodologies to assess or improve animal welfare
  3. How best to improve the quality of animal welfare science?
  4. Opportunities to develop capacity in animal welfare science

Submissions for talks/posters should feature the title of the proposed contribution, the preferred format – talk or poster, the name and contact details of all contributors and an abstract. Abstracts must be in English and no longer than 400 words. Further details about formatting and submission can be found here. A judging panel will assess the scientific and animal welfare merits of each submission and, if accepted, may ask you to present in a different format than the one requested. Time allocated to talks at the meeting is likely to be in the region of 20 minutes, which includes time for questions. Contributors are expected to register and present their work in person. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 7th January 2022. To submit an abstract please click here.

Submissions for workshops should identify a topic to be explored, the name and full contact details of all those looking to organise the workshop and a short description of the theme and content, including proposed contributors. The proposal must be in English and should be no longer than 1000 words. Time allocated to a workshop is likely to be in the region of 90-180 minutes. The deadline for submission of workshop proposals is 27th November 2021.

To submit a proposal for a workshop, please email Stephen Wickens: We recommend contacting us to discuss informal proposals for workshops in advance of this deadline.

Key conference dates:

  • Deadline for workshop proposals – 27th November 2021
  • Deadline for submission of abstracts – 7th January 2022
  • Registration opens – 1st February 2022
  • Notification of abstract acceptance – by 24th February 2022
  • End of Early Registration – 31st March 2022
  • Deadline for receipt of amendments to accepted abstracts – 17th May 2022
  • Start of conference - 28th June 2022

Contact Details:
Dr Stephen Wickens, UFAW, The Old School, Brewhouse Hill, Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, AL4 8AN, UK.

Tel: +44 (0) 1582 831818; Fax: +44 (0) 1582 831414; Website:; Email: