About your Regional Secretaries
In 2017, Kris Descovich and Amanda Doughty came on board as the new regional secretaries for the ISAE Australasia-Africa region, taking over from Rebecca Doyle and Ahmad Tatar, who did a fantastic job keeping everyone updated on events. 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!
Resources and Archives
Below, you can find resources relevant to the Australasia-Africa region of the ISAE along with information about our past regional meetings.
2019 Regional Meeting
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 (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.
In 2015, 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.
2014 Regional Meeting
Download the program and abstract booklet below:
Forward thinking - applying ethology to solve behaviour and welfare questions
University of Sydney, WP Young Seminar Room, Veterinary Science Conference Centre
Two keynote presentations were delivered on the day. Associate Professor Phil Taylor (Macquarie University) discussed the incorporation of pure ethology in applied research. Dr. Greg Cronin (University of Sydney) addressed the question ‘can non-confinement housing for the farrowing sow and her litter be successfully achieved in intensive pig production in Australia?’
The meeting was FREE for members and non-members. Lunch and tea/coffee was provided as well.
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
2012 and earlier
2012 Regional meeting proceedings
Below is the link to a pdf of the 2012 regional meeting proceedings, including the abstracts of all presentations and posters:
Archival Regional News & Notices
- 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.
- An interesting RSPCA scientific seminar was held in Canberra 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.
- CSIRO receives Australian Museum Eureka Prize. See here for further details.
Journals with regional content
Here are some useful regional journals with regional and international applied ethology content:
Research and Education
Payam Noor University, Iran (for information on Animal Behaviour and Welfare course)