The Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW) is inviting nominations for two of the awards it will make in 2015.

The UFAW Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Animal Welfare Science recognises the exceptional achievements of an individual scientist who has made a major contribution to the advancement of animal welfare.

It is open to people whose research, teaching, service and advocacy has significantly benefited the welfare of animals. Nominated candidates may be based anywhere in the world.

The winner will receive £3,000, a medal and certificate. Winners in previous years include Mike Mendl of the University of Bristol, David Fraser of the University of British Columbia, John Webster of the University of Bristol, Peter Sandøe of the University of Copenhagen, Christine Nicol of the University of Bristol and Marian Stamp Dawkins of the University of Oxford.

The UFAW Young Animal Welfare Scientist of the Year recognises the achievements of a young scientist who has made significant contributions to improving the welfare of animals.

It is open to students, anywhere in the world, studying for a doctoral degree and to post-doctoral scientists who are within six years of completing their PhD work. The winner will receive £1,000 and a certificate.

Recent winners include Charlotte Burn of the Royal Veterinary College, Liesbet Pluym of the University of Ghent and Nuno Franco of the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, Porto.

Information and nomination forms are available on the grants and awards page of the UFAW website,, by post from UFAW, The Old School, Brewhouse Hill, Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire AL4 8AN or by emailing The closing date for nominations is December 13.

* UFAW is to hold an international symposium called Animal Populations – World Resources and Animal Welfare on July 14 and 15, 2015.

The meeting in Zagreb, Croatia, will consider methods of humane control of animal populations in pursuit of preserving biodiversity and minimising welfare risks.

Speakers will include Donald Broom of the University of Cambridge, on “New directions for sustainable animal production systems and the role of animal welfare” and David Macdonald, of the University of Oxford on “Animal welfare: from rough trade to compassionate conservation.”

UFAW is inviting further contributions to the symposium, with abstracts to be submitted before November 26.

Further details and information about registering for attendance are available at the symposium webpage on, from the UFAW office on 01582 831818 or by emailing

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