As part of its commitment to improving the way we understand and care for animals, UFAW has announced the second in a series of one-day conferences on “Recent advances in animal welfare science”.

As part of its commitment to improving the way we understand and care for animals, the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW) has announced the second in a series of one-day conferences on “Recent advances in animal welfare science, to take place on June 30, 2010.

Animal welfare is a cross-disciplinary area of science that is attracting increasing interest and funding and is being widely employed to guide and inform legislation and practice relating to the use of animals. Much, however, still remains to be understood.

Programme details
Speakers who will be contributing talks to the conference include the following:

  • Burton K, Hall C, Wells C and Billett E (Nottingham Trent University, UK)
    The Validation Of Infrared Thermography As A Non-Invasive Tool To Assess Welfare In The Horse (Equus caballus)
  • Hänninen L, Hokkanen AH, Pastell M, de Passille AM, Rushen J, Hepola H and Raussi S (University of Helsinki and MTT Agri-Food Finland, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada)
    Sleep As A Welfare Measure?
  • Hothersall R, Caplen G, Murrell J, Nasr M, Nicol C, Waterman-Pearson A and Weeks C (University of Bristol, UK)
    Development Of New Techniques To Assess Pain In Domestic Chickens
  • Ribó O, Candiani D and Alpigiani I (European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Italy)
    Development Of The EFSA Guidance On Risk Assessment For Animal Welfare
  • Sherlock L, Cheng Z, Wathes CM and Wathes DC (Royal Veterinary College, UK)
    Using Microarrays To Examine Production-Based Stress And Associated Welfare Problems In The Broiler Chicken
  • Silva C, Laing N, Mellor DJ and Ellis K (University of Glasgow and Clyde Veterinary Group, Lanark, UK)
    Using Abattoir Surveillance To Quantify Welfare Problems Associated With Tagging Sheep’s Ears
  • Walsh C, Douglas C, Bédué A, Bateson M and Edwards S (Newcastle University, UK and ENITA de Clermont Ferrand, France)
    Tests Of Cognitive Bias Can Inform On Pigs Subjective Affective State

Further Details
There will be a poster session during the lunch break which will feature over 40 presentations. Further details, including the full programme of speakers and a registration form, can be found on the UFAW website. Registration is from 8.30, with talks starting at 9.30 and ending at 17.50.
UFAW intends these conferences on recent advances (the first of which was held in 2008) to become a regular event that provide a forum at which the broad community of scientists, veterinarians and others concerned with animal welfare can come together to share knowledge and practice, discuss advances and exchange ideas and views.

As part of this commitment, and to ensure that the meeting is accessible to widest range of those with an interest in animal welfare, UFAW aims to keep the registration fee to attend the conferences low, this year it is just £20. Note: This price includes refreshments but delegates will need to make their own arrangements for lunch.
The conference is being held in York, in the medieval Merchant Adventurers’ Hall, Fossgate YO1 9XD. Located next to the pedestrianised centre of York and built in 1357, the timbered Hall and Undercroft make up one of the best preserved medieval guild halls in the world.
Background to UFAW
UFAW, the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare, is an internationally-recognised, independent, scientific and educational animal welfare charity. The organization promotes high standards of welfare for farm, companion, laboratory and captive wild animals and those with which we interact in the wild.
Contact Details
Stephen Wickens, Development Officer, UFAW, The Old School, Brewhouse Hill, Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, AL4 8AN, UK.

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

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