Recent advances in animal welfare science VII

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Virtual UFAW Animal Welfare Conference

Tuesday 30 June and Wednesday 1 July. 



UFAW'S 2020 conference `Recent Advances in Animal Welfare Science VII' will now be a free virtual event on Tuesday 30 June and Wednesday 1 July.  Hope you will be able to join us!  #VCUFAW2020


The field of animal welfare is a cross-disciplinary area of study that seeks to offer guidance and find solutions to the challenges raised by our caring for and interactions with both kept and wild animals. As part of its on-going commitment to improving animal welfare through increased scientific understanding of animals’ needs and how these can be met, UFAW is holding the seventh of its series of one day conferences on ‘Recent advances in animal welfare science’ .


This virtual event is free to attend but if you are able to do so, please consider making a donation to UFAW to enable us to continue our vital work. We understand that these are difficult and uncertain times but, as a charity, UFAW relies on donations and legacies to continue.  Conferences and seminars form an important part of our charitable activities by improving animal welfare through increasing knowledge and understanding.  Your donation will help us to keep promoting Science in the Service of Animal Welfare and help us to offset some of the costs of staging this event.  Thank you.

There were a limited number of places to watch the conference 'live' over the two days, these have now been taken. If you wish to be put on a waiting list to watch the conference `live' please email

For those who are unable to attend the 'live' event, we are recording the conference and will make the talks presented available for viewing on-line after the event (our intention is from 3rd July). To register to watch these please use the links below.


Register to watch the recording


Day 1. 30th June  11.00am – 15.20pm

11.00-11.10 Introduction to meeting

  • Huw Golledge (UFAW, UK) Welcome and Introduction

11.10 – 12.40 Session 1 

  • Cathy Dwyer and S Burgess (SRUC and Moredun Institute, UK)
    Assessing the welfare impacts of disease: an example with sheep scab
  • Abigail Liston and S Wolfensohn (University of Surrey, UK)
    Welfare study using the animal welfare assessment grid to measure Quality of Life of breeding and experimental Rhesus macaques
  • Andrew Crump, K Jenkins, EJ Bethell, CP Ferris, H Kabboush, J Weller and G Arnott (Queen’s University Belfast, Liverpool John Moores University and Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute, UK and Purdue University, USA)
    Integrating behavioural, cognitive, and physiological welfare indicators: An example using pasture access to improve emotional state in dairy cows
  • Lauren Finka, DS Mills and MJ Farnworth (Nottingham Trent University and University of Lincoln, UK)
    Has anthropocentric breed selection disrupted animals’ abilities to communicate?

12.50- 13.20 Break

13.20 – 15.20 Session 2 

  • Mariann Molnar (Central European University, Hungary)
  • Producer perspectives on farm animal welfare and the intensification of farming in Hungary
  • Elena Armstrong, JH Guy, V Sandilands, T Boswell and TV Smulders (Newcastle University and SRUC, UK)
    Adult hippocampal neurogenesis as a marker of cumulative experience in laying hens
  • Sanne Roelofs and TD Parsons (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
    Measuring judgment bias in group-housed sows
  • Dan Weary (University of British Columbia, Canada)
    A Bayesian conception of animal welfare
  • UFAW Award Presentations
    UFAW Medal for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Animal Welfare Science’ / UFAW ‘Young Animal Welfare Scientist of the Year

15.20 End

Day 2. 1st July 11.00am – 15.40pm

11.00 – 12.50 Session 3

  • Elske de Haas, BT Rodenburg and FA Tuyttens (Utrecht University, The Netherlands and ILVO, Belgium)
    Ranging behaviour in organic layers and broilers and the relationship with welfare
  • Laura Kubasiewicz, J Rodrigues, SL Norris, TL Watson, K Rickards, N Bell, A Judge, Z Raw, and F Burden (The Donkey Sanctuary, UK)
    The Welfare Aggregation and Guidance (WAG) tool: A new method to summarise global welfare assessment data for equids
  • Chanakarn Wongsaengchan, RG Nager, DJ McCafferty and DEF McKeegan (University of Glasgow, UK)
    Surface temperature reveals magnitude of restraint stressor, sex differences and lateralisation in rats
  • Irene Camerlink (Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland)
    The importance of micro-expressions in animals’ social interactions
  • Adrian Smith, E Lilley, RE Clutton, KEA Hansen and T Brattelid (Norecopa, Norwegian University of Life Sciences and Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway and University of Edinburgh and RSPCA, UK)
    Improving animal welfare and scientific quality: Guidelines for planning animal studies 

12.50- 13.20 Break

13.20 – 13.45 Session 4. Workshop

  • Adrian Smith, E Lilley, RE Clutton, KEA Hansen and T Brattelid (Norecopa, Norwegian University of Life Sciences and Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway and University of Edinburgh and RSPCA, UK) Wrkshop: Improving animal welfare and scientific quality: Guidelines for planning animal studies

13.45– 14.00 Break

14.00 – 15.40 Session 5

  • Colline Poirier, H Adriaensen, H Siddle, D Chesneau, C Porte, F Cornilleau, A Boissy, L Calandreau and M Keller (Newcastle University, UK and INRA Nouzilly and Theix, France)
    Neuroimaging assessment of chronic stress in sheep
  • Joshua Woodward, EL Buckland, REP Da Costa, JK Murray and RA Casey (Dogs Trust, UK)
    Owner-reported behaviour of rehomed dogs in the first 14 days of adoption
  • Dayane Teixeira, L Boyle and DE Hidalgo (Universidad de O´Higgins and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile and TEAGASC, Ireland)
    Skin temperature of slaughter pigs with tail lesions
  • Dan O’Neill, H Craven, D Brodbelt, D Church and J Hedley (RVC, UK)
    What’s up Doc? – Exposing pet rabbit welfare issues using VetCompass veterinary clinical records

15.40 End

Terms and conditions:

  • Only delegates that are registered can attend the conference.
  • Registration is for an individual, not an institution, and is not transferable, unless this has been agreed in advance with UFAW.
  • In the event of circumstances arising beyond the charity’s control, UFAW reserves the right to cancel this conference at its discretion without incurring any liability in respect of such cancellation.

Contact Details:

Dr Stephen Wickens, Bham20, UFAW, The Old School, Brewhouse Hill, Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, AL4 8AN, UK.

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