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Workshop on Animal Welfare and Neuroscience

14th Jun 2021 - 16th Jun 2021

Animal welfare scientists often try to access animals’ internal states through their behaviour. However, since the nervous system controls and coordinates these states, measuring brain mechanisms has the potential to provide a more direct assessment of these internal states.

So far, many relevant aspects of neuroscience have been studied in the context of human wellbeing, but few preclinical scientists have given much thought to the application of these same principles to animal welfare. Conversely, neuroscientists might benefit from animal welfare scientists’ expertise to scientifically assess whether their attempts to refine experimental procedures have actually resulted in better animal welfare.

The aim of this workshop is to explore this potential cross-fertilization by bringing together neuroscientists and animal welfare scientists whose work would mutually benefit from each other’s expertise.


The workshop will take place online and is organised around plenary and short talks, combined with open discussions in break-out groups and with the general assembly. 

This three-day workshop will be organized along three themes:

Day 1: Neuroscience of internal affective states 

Including plenaries from Angela Roberts, Cambridge University, UK on Neuroscience of internal affective states and Andrew Segerdahl, Oxford University, UK on Animal analgesia and anaesthesia.

Day 2: Stress resilience

With plenaries from Yael Kuperman, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel on Neuroscience of stress and Francis McGlone, Liverpool John Moores University, UK on Pain and pleasant touch.

Day 3: Stress and the external validity of neuroscience research

With a plenary from Judith Homberg, Radboud University, NL on Simple interventions to reduce stress in lab animals.

A detailed schedule can be viewed here Workshop Programme


Registration is free and can be completed using the link below. Please note, the form collects anonymous demographic information first and then details needed for registration.


Joining instructions will be e-mailed to all registered participants closer to the time of the meeting. 


If you have any questions regarding this event, then you can contact the organisers using the links below.  
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