ISAE by Region : Mediterranean


Welcome to the Home page of the Mediterranean 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 and other relevant information on events and news occurring in France, Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain.

Mediterranean members, if you have news or useful links for the ISAE members in our region, please contact your regional secretary, .


Visit the following web page if you want to know more about a European Project on Welfare in an Enlarged Europe:



Coming soon!



Research and Education Programs


AgroParis Tech

Institute National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA)

Le Centre de Eco/Etho Recherche et Education

Universite Paris-Nord

Univesite Paul Sabatier


Εθνικόν και Καποδιστριακόν Πανεπιστήμιον Αθηνών
(National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)


Consiglio per la ricerca e la sperimentazione in agricoltura

Università degli Studi della Basilicata

Università degli studi di Foggia

Università degli Studi di Messina

Università degli Studi di Milano Bicocca

Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II

Università degli Studi di Perugia


Eco-Ethology Research Unit, Instituto Superior de Psicologia Aplicada, Lisbon
This research unit operates in the marine sciences. It grew from an initial core of researchers dedicated to the study of fish behaviour, especially in littoral fish. The study of behaviour of littoral fish led the team to extend its activities to the study of fish ecology, larval biology, monitoring and conservation, biogeography, phylogeny, phylogeography and evolution; estuarine and freshwater fish were also integrated in our area of research.

Laboratory Animal Science group, Institute for Molecular and Cell Biology, Porto
Animal-based research present a dilemma between the harm such research may cause to animals and the benefit the research produces to humans. Laboratory Animal Science has developed as a research discipline much to meet the concerns over this dilemma. An important guiding principle is that of the 3Rs: Replacement, Reduction and Refinement.  Research in this field at the IBMC started in 2001, and the Laboratory Animal Science group was formally established in 2005. The overall research objective of the group is to increase understanding of how the experimentation practice can be refined, with focus on animal behaviour and welfare, anaesthesia and ethics of animal use.

Other institutions:

Instituto de Ciências Agrárias Mediterrânicas

Universidade de Coimbra

Sociedade Portuguesa de Etologia


A blog in Portuguese about animal welfare and animal ethics (written by researchers and students):


Institut de Recerca i Tecnologia Agroalimentàries.

The Animal Welfare research activity in IRTA started in 1996 in the Meat and Carcass Quality Department. By that time, the main research activity was oriented to the assessment of pre-slaughter handling on meat quality in pigs. The Animal Welfare Group was created in 2009 with the new scientific structure of IRTA, and it is part of the Animal Production scientific area. Currently, the Animal Welfare research activities are focused on four consolidated main lines: animal welfare at slaughter, animal welfare during transport, animal welfare assessment systems on farm and at slaughterhouse; and evaluation of alternatives to painful management procedures (such as dehorning and castration).

Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Agrarias

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Universidad Cardenal Herrera

Universidad de León

Regional member profiles

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