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Strong Showing at International Animal Welfare Meeting

There was a strong showing from the CBE at the recent UFAW meeting in London

The Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW) held it’s bi-annual International Symposium on June 27 to 29 2017. The theme of this meeting was “Measuring animal welfare and applying scientific advances - Why is it still so difficult?”. The Symposium was attended by speakers and delegates from around the world, including a large contingent of Australians and New Zealanders. Although the core aim of the meeting was to discuss the Science of Animal Welfare, many non-academic delegates attended as well, including representatives from a number of stake holders, such as the RSPCA.

Newcastle University was very strongly represented at the meeting, with 8 of the 30 contributed oral presentations and 6 posters. One of the three Keynote addresses was also given by Dr. Tom Smulders, co-director of the Centre for Behaviour and Evolution, on whether Neuroscience can make novel contributions to Animal Welfare Science.

Finally, the CBE’s Professor Sandra Edwards (School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs) was awarded the UFAW Medal for her career-long work on pig welfare. The UFAW Medal recognises exceptional achievements of individual scientists who have made fundamental contributions to the advancement of animal welfare over a number of years.

It was clear from this meeting that Newcastle University, and especially its Centre for Behaviour and Evolution, is one of the top places in the world for Animal Welfare Science.

published on: 28 July 2017