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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:
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.