ISAE by Region : Australasia-Africa

Australasia and Africa

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:


Upcoming Regional Meeting

11 November 2017, Brisbane, Australia

Theme: “Discrete affective states in animals: Behavioural evidence and validation”

Registration for the upcoming ISAE meeting for the Australasia-Africa region is now open. The meeting will be on the 11th of November, 2017 in Brisbane, Qld, and we are looking forward to seeing everyone there!

Buy online today by clicking here.

Don't forget the closing date for abstracts is the 1st of August, 2017!

You can find further details here or you can contact the regional secretaries Kris at  or Amanda at

2017 Australasia poster


2017 Regional Update

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 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 Descovich   Amanda Doughty

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 


2016 Regional Meeting

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 (, 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. 


2015 Regional Update

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   


ISAE 2014 Regional Meeting


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 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 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:

In order to apply, email Rebecca Doyle () with the following:

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

Please email  with any further questions.


2013 ISAE Regional Meeting

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! 

March 2013 Regional newsletter

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

 Download newsletter

2012 Regional meeting proceedings

Here is the link to a PDF of the 2012 regional meeting proceedings, including the abstracts of all presentations and posters.

 Download proceedings

Regional News & Notices

Past news

Journals with regional content

Here are some useful regional journals with regional and international applied ethology content: 

Regional Activities and Meetings

 See institution links below for upcoming activities and meetings.

Related Research and Education

Specific Funding Opportunities / Awards

Available opportunities are listed below as they arise.

Employment opportunities

See main ISAE webpage

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