ISAE by Region : United Kingdom and Ireland

United Kingdom and Ireland

Welcome to the Home page of the UK/Ireland 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 news and events, in the UK/Ireland region.

UK/Ireland members, if you have news or useful links for ISAE members in our region, please contact one of your regional secretaries (see email addresses below)!

Your regional secretaries are:

Amy Quinn () and Simon Turner ()

Animal Welfare Research Network

Annoucing the newly formed BBSRC funded Animal Welfare Research Network (AWRN). The AWRN aims to foster enhanced collaboration and cohesion within the animal welfare research community, including researchers in related disciplines, with a view to increasing successful grant-funded research and promoting the impact of research outputs. As part of the project we are in the process of developing a website which we hope will showcase UK animal welfare research, and be a useful forum for instigating discussion of research activities and collaboration. We held our inaugural meeting of network members on 9-10 May 2016 at The Wellcome Trust, London. 

For details on the meeting, click here.

For a draft schedule of the meeting, click here.

For a membership application form, click here.


Regional Meeting 2015

The ISAE UK and Ireland Regional Meeting took place in Cork Ireland in December 2015. During the conference research on the topics of wild and zoo animal behaviour, and farm and companion animal behaviour was presented. Two plenary talks, one concerning an overview of ethological research investigating preferences of dairy cows for various management strategies, and the other on personality and evolutionary strategies in wild birds, were also presented. The audience included not only ethological researchers, but industry representation, agricultural advisory staff, and personnel from the Department of Agriculture. A copy of the event proceedings will be available online shortly.


Job Opportunities


Research Funding Opportunities

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Scottish Government: Environment, Biology and Agricultural Research

Natural Environment Research Council

Wellcome Trust

The Leverhulme Trust

British Veterinary Association Animal Welfare Foundation

Universities Federation for Animal Welfare




 See above for information on the next UK/Ireland Regional meeting


Research and Education Programs

Animal Welfare Science, Ethics And Law

There is an annual Course on Animal Welfare Science, Ethics And Law that is held at St. Catharine's College, Cambridge, UK, .

Through a combination of lectures, videos and discussions, this course is designed to cover the curriculum for the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeon's"Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law: Introduction and Theory" Module. However, it is also suitable for those just interested in learning about/updating their knowledge of animal welfare. Past attendees have included veterinarians (working in practice or for government or animal charities), animal welfare researchers and students, and animal charity workers/campaigners, and have come from a wide variety of countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and the USA.
The Course, made up of five Sections, is taught by academics and professionals from many universities and organizations: Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge; Department of Biomedical Science and Biomedical Ethics, University of Birmingham; Department of Law, University of Aberdeen; Department of Veterinary Science, University of Bristol; Department of Life Sciences, Anglia Ruskin University; Department of Biological Sciences, University of Lincoln; Chester Zoo; Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.


A number of UK and Ireland universities and colleges provide education to BSc level in applied animal behaviour and welfare. For a list of Institutions see:

Postgraduate Degrees

New MSc courses in Human Animal Interactions at Southampton

University of Edinburgh, MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare

University of Exeter, MSc in Animal Behaviour

University of Lincoln, MPhil/PhD in Animal Behaviour and Welfare

University of Plymouth, MSc in Zoo Conservation Biology



Ireland - Farm Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (FAWAC)

UK - Farm Animal Welfare Council

Companion Animal Welfare Council

Universities Federation for Animal Welfare


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