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UFAW International Animal Welfare Conference 2024

10 – 11 July 2024

Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas de Abel Salazar (ICBAS), University of Porto, Portugal

A fundamental element of UFAW’s mission is the dissemination of evidence-based animal welfare information, so we are delighted to be holding our annual conference on 10 – 11 July 2024 in Porto, Portugal. This conference will serve as a platform for a diverse array of presentations encompassing all areas of animal welfare science and feature both talks and posters.

Hosting the conference in-person will facilitate valuable networking and collaboration opportunities, however we acknowledge that logistical constraints may prevent some of our colleagues from attending in person. To ensure that the latest developments in animal welfare science are open to all, we will also be  making the talks and poster presentations available online.

The conference will include both talks and poster presentations, alongside keynote presentations including:

  • Professor Clare Palmer (Texas A&M University, USA)
    What is wild animal welfare, and how far should we care about it?

This event will be of interest to the growing international community concerned with animal welfare and to those working on biomedical research, food animal production, slaughter and companion animal rehabilitation, captive wild animals and policy makers.

Together with the ISAE South West Europe Region, a workshop will be organised on Animal welfare as a profession – beyond academia (chaired by Anna Olsson, i3S, and Birte Nielsen, UFAW) to discuss how animal welfare expertise can be used in jobs outside academia, and what it takes to be an animal welfare expert.

Call for abstracts
We welcome contributions that explore one or more of the disciplines that inform our understanding of animals and their welfare, including applied ethology, veterinary science, physiology and policy. Contributions can take one of the following formats:

  • Talk (15 minutes plus 5 minutes questions)
  • Short talk (3 minutes plus 2 minutes questions)
  • Poster

When submitting the abstract you will be asked for its title, preferred format of presentation, the name and contact details of all contributors and information on the ethical oversight of the work undertaken. Abstracts should be in English and not exceed 400 words. Abstracts will be assessed on their scientific and animal welfare merits. If accepted, you may be asked to present in a format different to your preferred one.

If you are accepted for a talk or poster, you will be required to register and attend the conference in person to present your findings.

To submit an abstract, please click here.

Abstract submission deadline – 1 February 2024

 Conference timetable

  • Deadline for submission of abstracts – 1 February 2024
  • Registration opens – 1 March 2024
  • Notification of abstract acceptance – by 1 March 2024
  • End of Early Registration – 14 April 2024
  • Deadline for receipt of amendments to accepted abstracts – 31 May 2024
  • Start of conference – 10 July 2024, 08.30 (GMT+1)
  • End of conference – 11 July 2024, 18.00 (GMT+1)

Registration
The conference will be held in-person to facilitate valuable networking and collaboration opportunities. Places are limited, so please register early if you wish to attend.  

Please be aware that you may need a Visa to attend the conference. Further details can be found here 

A tiered registration fee is in place for the conference. Current paid-up members of UFAW can register at a reduced rate. For more information about becoming a member of UFAW, please click here 

The in-person conference registration fees are:  

Early bird rates (before 14 April 2024)  

  • Individual members - £270 (approximately €310) 
  • Individual non-members - £310 (approximately €360) 
  • Student/Veterinary nurse/Unwaged - £130 (approximately €150)* 

Standard rates (from 14 April 2024) 

  • Individual members - £340 (approximately €390) 
  • Individual non-members - £390 (approximately €450) 
  • Student/Veterinary nurse/Unwaged - £150 (approximately €170)* 

* You may be asked for proof of student status (eg a copy of a valid/current student ID copy, letter from tutor etc)  

Payment for the conference must be in GBP. 

We acknowledge that logistical constraints may prevent some of our colleagues from attending in-person. To ensure that the latest developments in animal welfare science are open to all, we will also be making the talks and poster presentations available online. More information will be available shortly.  

Pre-registration for the conference is now open. Due to technical issues we are currently unable to take payments for registration for the event. However, if you wish to pre-register using the form below you will be added to the list for registration and will be guaranteed a place once it is open for payment.

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Type of registration *

 Certificates of attendance will be issued to all delegates who attend the conference.  

If you have any questions about this event, please contact Dr Stephen Wickens at events@ufaw.org.uk.