History of the ISAE

The Society was created in Edinburgh on June 4, 1966 as the Society for Veterinary Ethology (SVE). It rapidly expanded to cover all applied aspects of Ethology and other Behavioural Sciences relevant to human-animal interactions such as farming, wildlife management, the keeping of companion and laboratory animals, and the control of pests. The Society also quickly became increasingly international: it now has an international federal structure as well as regional representatives around the world.

In 1991, on the 25th anniversary of the SVE, the society was re-named the International Society for Applied Ethology (ISAE). At the International Congress that year a paper about the history of the SVE / ISAE was presented by Carol Petherick and Ian Duncan, entitled "The Society for Veterinary Ethology 1966-1991: The 25th Anniversary Review".

In 2016, the 50th Anniversary Congress was held in Edinburgh, and a book was published on the history and prospects for our science: Brown, Seddon and Appleby (Eds), Animals and Us: 50 years and More of Applied Ethology, available open access from Wageningen Academic Press. It includes a chapter by Carol Petherick and Ian Duncan, “The International Society for Applied Ethology: going strong 50 years on”.

In 2020, the Society commissioned a task group to make preparations for the installation of a new committee to oversee matters relating to diversity and inclusivity. The Equity, Diversity, Inclusivity and Accessibility (EDIA) Committee was introduced at the Annual General Meeting in 2021, tasked with producing guidelines and advising Council on all matters related to EDIA. The guidelines can be found here.

Applied Animal Behaviour Science, published by Elsevier, is the official journal of the ISAE. 

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The International Society for Applied Ethology (ISAE) is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (registration number SC047974)

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