Advancing animal welfare science: How do we get there? - Who is it good for?

UFAW International Symposium 2019

Animal welfare science advances are needed to inform decisions on the care and legal protection provided for animals. This two day international symposium will explore two major themes:

1) Developments in animal welfare science that are likely to extend our understanding of animals’ needs or how to assess animal welfare or sentience. This symposium will provide an opportunity to present on new and exciting developments in animal welfare science methodologies and new findings that will inform animal welfare care or use.

2) While the primary ethical case for being concerned about animal welfare is the presumption that some animal species have feelings and that those feelings matter to them, benefits to humans are often put forward as reasons for improving animal welfare. Examples include: an improved product for farmed animals, better models for animals used in research or animals more likely to survive and breed successfully if released into the wild for the zoo community. However, it is also the case that animal welfare and human goals and interests are not always linked.

The abstracts of the keynote speakers for the UFAW animal welfare symposium,

Professor Linda Keeling (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences,

Sweden), Dr Joseph Garner (Stanford University, USA) and Dr Hans van de Vis

(Wageningen Livestock Research, The Netherlands), are now available on-line

of the symposium webpage Also available is

the timetable for this two day meeting which will feature over 30 talks and

60+ poster presentations.


Registration and accommodation details:

The registration fee for the symposium is £325. The registration fee

includes attendance, lunch and refreshments over the two days and a drinks

reception on the evening of 3rd July. There is also a reception being held

before the start of the symposium, on the evening of the 2nd July, at Bruges'

gothic city hall.


Further details on the symposium can be found at:


Please see website for more information.

Site Oud Sint-Jane
8000 Bruges
Wednesday, July 3, 2019 to Thursday, July 4, 2019