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Welcome to the Home page of the Australasia and Africa Region of the International Society for Applied Ethology! The ISAE is a scientific society that focuses on the study of applied animal behavior covering topics such as farm animals, wildlife management, companion and laboratory animals, control of pests, human-animal interactions, and animal welfare. From this site you will be able to access information on present and future ISAE activities in our region.
All input into this website is welcome. Please forward news, etc to the regional secretaries:
Theme: “Discrete affective states in animals: Behavioural evidence and validation”
The regional meeting for 2017 will be held at the University of Queensland’s St Lucia campus in Brisbane on Saturday the 11th of November. Confirmed keynote speaker is Dr Eric Vanman of the School of Psychology at the University of Queensland (http://researchers.uq.edu.au/researcher/1856). Dr Vanman's research interests include the social neuroscience of emotion and intergroup prejudice.
You can find key dates, abstract requirements and submission information here and we will send out further details once registration opens (14th of July, 2017). Abstract submission is now open and closes on the 1st of August, 2017.
If you have any questions or need further information please don't hesitate to contact either Kris Descovich at or Amanda Doughty at
Looking forward to seeing all you in November!
Hi everyone! We’ve had a few changes in the Australasia/Africa region and wanted to update you all.Kris Descovich and I (Amanda Doughty; see bios below) have come on board as the new regional secretaries for the ISAE Australasian/African region, taking over from Rebecca Doyle and Ahmad Tatar. They have done a fantastic job keeping everyone updated on events and Bec has been a brilliant conference organiser and overseen 3 regional meetings as well as a regional symposium at the International Ethology Congress. Thanks guys, we have some big shoes to fill!
Plans are currently underway for the 2017 regional meeting. Dates and location to be announced soon so watch this space. We’re also discussing possible themes for the meeting so if you have a topic you’d like to see discussed in this forum please let us know.
As Bec mentioned in her previous regional update the 2016 Regional Meeting was a great success and if you are interested, a copy of the abstract booklet can be found here.
In other exciting news, ISAE is delighted to announce a new funding opportunity for behaviour and welfare scientists from developing countries, who are working in farm animal welfare:- Developing Countries Congress Attendance Fund. The International Society for Applied Ethology (ISAE), in partnership with the Open Philanthropy Project, will provide Awards for farm animal behaviour and welfare scientists and others from developing countries, to attend the 51st ISAE Congress in Aarhus, Denmark in August 2017. Awards will cover full costs of travel, registration and accommodation. Full details of the awards and the application procedure can be found at http://conferences.au.dk/isae2017/travel-awards/. Presenting at the conference is not required (although there is an option for submitting an abstract for a poster). Additionally, being a member of ISAE is not required so please circulate this widely with your network. Any questions can be directed to ISAE Senior Vice President . Applications close on the 15th of April. Please feel free to pass this information on to any contacts or students you know in our region who may qualify for this great opportunity!
We are also putting together a bi-annual newsletter. We would be keen to showcase any news, opportunities, ISAE member movements, great photos or new research by ISAE members. Please drop us a line if you have any news to share. Looking forward to hearing from you!
Kris (left) and Amanda (right)
Kris Descovich is currently a Lecturer in Animal Welfare at the Unitec Institute of Technology in Auckland, NZ, and her research focuses on applied behaviour and welfare in a wide range of animal species. Kris completed a BAppSc(Hons) and a PhD at the Centre for Animal Welfare and Ethics at the University of Queensland, and worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Stirling in Scotland before returning to the Australasian region to take up her current position. Kris can be contacted at
Amanda Doughty is a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the University of New England (UNE) in Armidale, Australia. Following a Bachelor of Science (Zoology) completed at Massey University (NZ) and Master’s degree (University of Queensland) Amanda undertook her PhD with the CSIRO/UNE. In her current role Amanda has been researching remote and automated methods of monitoring behavioural changes in extensively kept livestock to identify welfare issues. Amanda can be contacted at
Upcoming ISAE: new scientists, new methodologies, new technologies
The 2016 ISAE regional meeting explored the future of our discipline. We discussed lots of new ideas, research methodologies and the most recent findings in our region. There was a strong student focus for the meeting as well, to celebrate our up and coming new scientists.
Dr. Mark Oliver was the invited presenter (https://unidirectory.auckland.ac.nz/profile/m-oliver), and we also had keynote presentations from Mhairi Sutherland (AgResearch) and Kirsty Chidgey (Massey University PhD student).
This is the first time we charged for a regional meeting. The costs covered lunch and travel for the invited presenters. Membership subsidies have been applied, and there was great discount for student members. Student prices apply to both undergraduate and post-graduate students. Two student awards up to the value of AU$800 each were also available.
Hi everyone! This year the ISAE Australasia-Africa region hosted a symposium at the International Ethology Congress in Cairns, QLD, instead of the annual regional meeting. The congress was attended by over 700 delegates, and the applied ethology stream was well represented. A copy of the abstract booklet can be found here.
We will be back to our usual regional meetings in 2016. If you want more information please contact Bec Doyle
The theme of this year's regional meeting is
Forward thinking - applying ethology to solve behaviour and welfare questions
Where and when: the University of Sydney, WP Young Seminar Room, Veterinary Science Conference Centre on 29th October. The venue will be open from 9:00 am and presentations will commence at 9:30 am. Here is a map for your reference.
Two keynote presentations will be delivered on the day. Associate Professor Phil Taylor (Macquarie University) will be discussing the incorporation of pure ethology in applied research. Dr. Greg Cronin (University of Sydney) will address the question ‘can non-confinement housing for the farrowing sow and her litter be successfully achieved in intensive pig production in Australia?’
The meeting is FREE for members and non-members. Lunch and tea/coffee will be provided as well.
Abstracts for consideration as oral presentations and posters must be submitted to email@example.com by 29th August. Here are the abstract requirements.
There will be a total of 2 travel awards provided, one domestic and one international student, to attend the meeting ($1,000 each). To be considered for travel support please email a short paragraph on why you require travel support along with your abstract. Applications will be assessed as per page 3 of the ISAE congress award guidelines.
RSVP is essential. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, 26th September. Please send this email onto students and non-members who may be interested. The more the merrier
ISAE 2014 Congress - Regional travel award
Big News! We are offering one travel award (up to AU$2,000) to a member in our region
The eligible criteria are as follows:
Must be a Masters, PhD student or early career researcher (< 3 years since PhD submission), and must be a regional member.
Must submit an abstract for an oral presentation to the 2014 ISAE congress. You should apply for this award before your abstract has been approved. The travel award will be tentatively allocated before approval of the abstract, but will only be confirmed once the abstract has been awarded an oral presentation.
In order to apply, email Rebecca Doyle () with the following:
A one paragraph statement giving a summary of yourself and your work in applied ethology
A statement detailing why you require the funding
A current CV including publication and presentation record, ISAE membership and Masters/PhD/ECR status
Evidence of your submitted abstract to the 2014 congress
Applications will be assessed by a panel of independent members using the criteria stipulated on page 3 of the ISAE Congress Attendance Fund (/hres/congress%20attendance%20fund.pdf)
CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: 12 March 2014
Please email with any further questions.
On 31st October we held a regional meeting at AgReserach, Hamilton, NZ with the theme 'Future solutions for animal behaviour and welfare problems'.
The meeting was great fun and the abstract book is available for download here
PDFs of all oral presentations are available as follows: Mike Colombo, Gemma Worth, Maxine Rice, Sarah Talbot, Arnja Dale, Kevin Stafford, Min Yong, Mirijam Guesgen, Kate Littin, Else Verbeek, Sally Haynes, Clare Browne, Karen Mancera, Mark Farnworth, Anoma Arachchige, Ellen Jongman
Thanks again to all those who presented on the day, and to the AgResearch team for their help organising everything!
We aim to put out a regional newsletter every 6 months. This newsletter includes summaries of recent conferences attended by our members, recently published papers, an update on the OIE activities in our region, and more fun facts.
The next newsletter is due out in September/October. If you have anything you wish to promote or contribute please email Bec Doyle or Ahmad Tatar
Here is the link to a PDF of the 2012 regional meeting proceedings, including the abstracts of all presentations and posters.
OIE Training Course "Understanding Animal Welfare: Foundations, practice and regulations" has been postponed. Watch this space for updates!
Member Megan Jones from South Africa was awarded a UFAW grant to attend the 44th ISAE Congress, where she presented her work on striped mice and stereotypy. See here for more.
Another interesting RSPCA scientific seminar was held in Canberra this year, on the topic "Animal welfare and ethics: from principles to practice", with input from regional and other ISAE members. See http://www.rspca.org.au/what-we-do/science-and-policies/science-seminars.html
Congratulations to Professor Paul Hemsworth, long standing ISAE member and Director of the Animal Welfare Science Centre in Australia, who was awarded the St Michael's Medallion in 2011 from Melbourne's St Michael's Uniting Church. This award recognises work that assists the prevention of violence, trauma and destructiveness or promotes growth, health and well-being. Paul's research focusses on the behaviour of livestock and companion animals, especially the relationship between animals, and between animals and their handlers and the environment. See www.animalwelfare.net.au for more.
Here are some useful regional journals with regional and international applied ethology content:
New Zealand Veterinary Journal: http://www.sciquest.org.nz/
Australian Veterinary Journal: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1751-0813
Wildlife Research: http://www.publish.csiro.au/nid/144.htm
See institution links below for upcoming activities and meetings.
Animal Welfare Science Centre, Australia www.animalwelfare.net.au
Animal Welfare Science and Bioethics Centre, Massey University, New Zealand http://animalwelfare.massey.ac.nz/
Anthrozoology Research Group, Australia http://www.anthrozoologyresearchgroup.com/index.html
Australia and New Zealand Council for the Care of Animals in Research and Teaching, Australia http://www.adelaide.edu.au/ANZCCART/
Australia and New Zealand Council for the Care of Animals in Research and Teaching, New Zealand http://www.royalsociety.org.nz/organisation/panels/anzccart/
Centre for Animal Welfare and Ethics, University of Queensland, Australia http://www.uq.edu.au/vetschool/welfare
Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASSAB) http://galliform.psy.mq.edu.au/ASSAB/
New Zealand Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry Animal Welfare Directorate http://www.biosecurity.govt.nz/animal-welfare
Australian Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Animal Welfare http://www.daff.gov.au/animal-plant-health/welfare
Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Australia www.rspca.org.au
New Zealand Three Rs Programme http://www.massey.ac.nz/massey/learning/departments/institute-veterinary-animal-biomedical-sciences/research/animal-welfare-science-and-bioethics-centre/promoting-responsible-animal-based-science/new-zealand-3rs-programme.cfm
Animal Behaviour and Welfare Research Centre at AgResearch http://www.agresearch.co.nz/our-science/animal-performance/behaviour-welfare/Pages/default.aspx
Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa http://www.wits.ac.za/academic/science/apes/staff/academicstaff/pillay/7019/profnevillepillay.html
Unitec School of Natural Sciences www.naturalsciences.unitec.ac.nz
CSIRO Animal Welfare Research Group http://www.csiro.au/science/psxj.html
Payam Noor University, Iran (for information on Animal Behaviour and Welfare course) http://www.pnu.ac.ir/Portal/Home/
Charles Sturt University, Australia http://www.csu.edu.au/vet/research/feeding-and-welfare
Available opportunities are listed below as they arise.