ISAE 2020 Global Virtual Meeting

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ISAE is going virtual! 

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the ISAE Congress in Bangalore India was postponed to August 2021. In the meantime, we would still like to provide an opportunity, especially for students and early career scientists, to present their work. We therefore will hold a virtual meeting on 6-7 August 2020. This meeting will feature different ISAE regions from six continents to showcase the diversity within our society, running as a 2x12h online webinar marathon! 

The meeting will be free of charge and open to members (with early-bird registration) and non-members alike. This meeting will not only facilitate networking of applied animal welfare scientists around the globe, it will also be the perfect chance to learn more about the latest research happening in each ISAE region, so do join us in this first time ISAE global virtual meeting!

The final programme and abstract book can be downloaded below:

abstract book

Early Career Researcher Workshop

The ISAE Virtual Conference 2020 will include an Early Career Researcher (ECR) Workshop with a Career Pathway theme on 06 August 15:00 – 16:30 (UTC). The aim of this workshop, open to both members and non-members, is to help support you as an ECR. The workshop will consist of pre-recorded talks from a selection of people, all of whom have a range of different backgrounds/have followed different pathways to their current positions. There will then be a 30-minute Q&A session when you are invited to ask the panel questions. This workshop will give you the opportunity to hear about the different options that may be available to you, as well as hints and tips on how to reach your end goal. The open floor gives you the opportunity to ask you any questions that you currently have on your mind, and to share ideas with the panellists and other ECRs. Questions for the panelists can also be submitted in advance, or anonymously if you wish.

For queries about the ECR workshop please email Ellen () or Keelin () or

Important Dates:

  • 22 June: Early bird member registration open / Abstract submission open
  • 29 June: Public registration open
  • 10 July: Abstract submission closes
  • 21 July: Speakers notified
  • 28 July: Registration closes
  • 30-31 July: Zoom links for each session sent to registrants
  • 31 July: Deadline for uploading talks
  • 6-7 Aug: Meeting time! (12 h Thursday + 12 h Friday)

Additional information:

  • The meeting format will be pre-recorded talks with live Q&A on Zoom.
  • English is encouraged as the official language for presentation, but in order to facilitate regional exchange and promote regional students/scientists, there is an option to give talks in the local language with slides in English. Please get in touch if you are thinking about presenting in your native language to see if it is possible to have English subtitles for your talk.
  • For participants: Each session will have a unique Zoom link, so please check your inbox for emails from "ISAE Virtual <", which will contain the Zoom link to connect to each of the sessions for which you signed up, how to join, and how to import into your calendar.
  • All event emails will be from so be sure to check they do not end up in your spam folder.


54th International Congress

ISAE 2021

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the organizers of ISAE 2020 and the ISAE Council have decided to postpone the ISAE congress in Bangalore India to August 2021.

The new dates of the congress will be 2nd to 6th August 2021. The congress will be held at the same venue that was planned for 2020, The Chancery Pavillion Hotel in Bangalore, India.

Abstract submission will be re-opened by the end of 2020. Submitted abstracts can be retained until next year, but authors are also free to edit their abstract, withdraw it or submit a new abstract closer to ISAE 2021.

Registrations can be held until next year, without extra costs for the person registered.

For questions please contact us through: 

The congress planned in North Macedonia in 2021 will be postponed until 2022. ISAE Council thanks the organizers of both Congresses for their flexibility.

We wish all people the best in these difficult times and hope that the worldwide situation regarding the outbreak of COVID-19 will improve in the next months.

Future Congresses

55th International Congress, 2022: Republic of North Macedonia

If you and your research institute are interested in organising an ISAE Congress in future (2023 and beyond), please contact the ISAE Senior Vice-President (currently Bas Rodenburg, ) for more information. We usually have the ISAE Congress alternate years in and outside Europe, but the guidelines are as flexible as we make them.

In the event of cancellation of a congress (e.g., as a consequence of a disease outbreak or acts of terrorism), the ISAE retains the right (by ‘force majeure’) to keep congress registration fees to cover outstanding expenses, if absolutely necessary.

Congress Attendance Fund

The ISAE has developed a Congress Attendance Fund (CAF) to cover the registration fees of some ISAE members for the annual International Congress. The fund will be no less than £2000, which will be allocated to needy ISAE members to contribute toward the Congress registration fee or accommodation (but not usually travel).

To be eligible, the applicant must be a member of the ISAE before submitting their application. The applicant must have submitted an abstract, and money will only be allocated if their presentation is accepted. Applications for funding will be reviewed by the CAF Committee and will be prioritized on the basis of financial need and quality of the abstract. Researchers and students from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply for this support. Please note that support from the CAF to any one person is limited to once in any 5-year period – if you have received funding in the last 5 years, please do not apply.

Please check back for updates on the 2021 CAF.

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