The Animal Welfare Science Symposium to return in 2022

Last changed: 10 June 2021

After a two year break due to covid, the symposium tradition will start again in spring 2022. The aim for next year is for us to get a new chance to hear plenary speakers scheduled for the last cancelled symposium. Hope to see you there! The symposium is directed towards researchers in animal and veterinary sciences, human-animal interactions, ethics, economics, policy and law to discuss their results and ideas in a broad animal welfare context.

The concept for this symposium is to advance the broad subject of animal welfare, by providing a friendly scientific forum for researchers to share and discuss their results and ideas. The programme offers short presentations from participants, primarily early stage researchers, as well as longer plenary talks from invited speakers as well as group discussions.

Read more about our plenary speakers below!

Plenary speaker: Oliver Burman, University of Lincoln, UK

Oliver Burman is a Professor of Animal Behaviour & Welfare at the School of Life Sciences, University of Lincoln, UK. He studies fundamental and applied aspects of behaviour and cognition that underpin advances in our understanding and assessment of animal welfare. He will give a talk on 'Developing new ways to assess animal welfare – the familiar and the exotic', covering several different approaches to assessing welfare in a variety of laboratory and companion animal species.

Plenary speaker: Laura Boyle, Teagasc, Ireland

Laura Boyle is a senior research officer at Teagasc, Animal and Grassland Research and Innovation Centre, Moorepark, Co. Cork, Ireland. Her general area of research interest is the impact of farming systems on the welfare of pigs and dairy animals. She will talk about the links between poor health and poor welfare in pigs with particular focus on damaging behaviour.

Plenary speaker: Isabelle Veissier, INRAE, France

Isabelle Veissier is a research director from INRAE, the French research institute for agriculture, food and environment. She carries out research in animal welfare and animal behaviour, contributing to the design of farming systems that meet both animal welfare and production. In her talk, she will address issues around farm animal welfare inspections, how these are perceived by farmers and inspectors, and whether they could be improved e.g. by using automatically recorded data.


When: 2020-05-19 12:45 - 2020-05-20 15:00
Where: SLU Uppsala, Campus Ultuna, Sal W (Ulls hus)

Last day to register for a talk: April 3

Accepted speakers must submit abstracts before April 27.

Last day to register attendance: May 4

Cost: 600SEK, excluding VAT/moms. An invoice will be sent after the symposium. Coffee, lunch and evening dinner is included in the price. Participation is free of charge for accepted speakers.

Useful information:

How to find us


Centre of Excellence in Animal Welfare Science

Telephone: 018-671622

Page editor: