United Kingdom and Ireland Region
Below, you can find information about resources and past activites specific to the UK and Ireland region of the ISAE.
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.
2018 Regional Meeting
A meeting of the UK and Ireland region was held on the 7th February at the Langford Campus of the University of Bristol. The meeting was attended by around 70 delegates and 24 excellent oral presentations (of 5 or 15 minutes duration) were given. The presentations were video recorded and are available on the members only part of the ISAE website. We are extremely grateful to Jon Day at Cerebrus Digital for providing this service free-of-charge. Congratulations to Melissa Smith and Kate Norman for winning first and second place in the student competition where the standard was exceptionally high. The regional secretaries would like to thank the staff and students at the University of Bristol for their great help in organising the meeting.
2015 Regional Meeting
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.
Research funding opportunities
Research & 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, follow the link below: