UFAW Recent advances in animal welfare science VII

UFAW'S 2020 conference `Recent Advances in Animal Welfare Science VII' will now be a free virtual event on Tuesday 30 June and Wednesday 1 July.  Hope you will be able to join us!  #VCUFAW2020


This virtual event is free to attend but if you are able to do so, please consider making a donation to UFAW to enable us to continue our vital work. We understand that these are difficult and uncertain times but, as a charity, UFAW relies on donations and legacies to continue.  Conferences and seminars form an important part of our charitable activities by improving animal welfare through increasing knowledge and understanding.  Your donation will help us to keep promoting Science in the Service of Animal Welfare and help us to offset some of the costs of staging this event.  Thank you.

There were a limited number of places to watch the conference 'live' over the two days, these have now been taken. If you wish to be put on a waiting list to watch the conference `live' please email wickens@ufaw.org.uk.

For those who are unable to attend the 'live' event, we are recording the conference and will make the talks presented available for viewing on-line after the event (our intention is from 3rd July). To register to watch these please use the links below.


The field of animal welfare is a cross-disciplinary area of study that seeks to offer guidance and find solutions to the challenges raised by our caring for and interactions with both kept and wild animals. As part of its on-going commitment to improving animal welfare through increased scientific understanding of animals’ needs and how these can be met, UFAW is holding the seventh of its series of one day conferences on ‘Recent advances in animal welfare science’ on 1st July 2020.

This regular meeting, which will be held in Birmingham, the city which hosted the first of these meetings, aims to provide a forum at which the broad and growing international community of scientists, veterinary surgeons and others concerned with animal welfare can come together to share knowledge and practice, discuss advances and exchange views.

Call for papers:

We would like to hear from anyone interested in making a contribution to the conference on the subject of recent advances in applied ethology, veterinary and physiological science and the other disciplines that inform our understanding of animals and their welfare.

We hope that this meeting will feature talks and poster presentations from both established animal welfare scientists and others and from those at the beginning of their research careers. Submissions should feature the title of the proposed contribution, the preferred nature of the contribution – talk or poster, the name and full contact details of all contributors and an abstract. The abstract must be in English and should be no longer than 400 words. Further details about formatting and submission can be found here. Time allocated to talks at the meeting is likely to be in region of 20 minutes, which includes time for questions.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is Friday 29th November 2019. Please send a copy of the abstract by email to Stephen Wickens @ wickens@ufaw.org.uk

Conference timetable

  • Deadline for submission of abstracts – 29th November 2019
  • Notification of decision of judging panel on submitted abstracts – by 14th February 2020
  • Deadline to accept offer to contribute to the conference – 13th March 2020
  • Deadline for receipt of amendments to accepted abstracts – 15th May 2020
  • Start of conference - 1st July 2020 at 9.00am. Finishes at 5.30pm.


As part of UFAW’s commitment to providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and to ensure that the meeting is accessible to widest range of those with an interest in animal welfare, we always try to keep the registration fee to attend this conference as low as is possible, this time at £63. Note: This price includes refreshments, including on arrival, and lunch.

To register, all delegates must pay the registration fee and complete and return a registration form. A registration form can be downloaded here.  Registration can also be made on-line but a place will not be reserved until payment has been made in full. Click here to register on-line.

Confirmation of registration

When registering on-line an email confirming receipt of payment will be issued immediately. In addition, a letter confirming registration and a receipt will be posted to the contact address given on the registration form within two weeks of making payment.

The conference is being held at the University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK. Registration, lunch and poster presentations will take place in The Great Hall and talks in the Aston Webb building (R7 – C Block). The university is served by it’s own railway station ‘University Station’, a 10 minute trip from Birmingham New Street Station and numerous car parks.

Travel information and downloadable maps on how to get to the University of Birmingham campus can be found here and a map of the campus here.


Delegates are responsible for booking their own accommodation. We have reserved rooms for delegates at two hotels on the University of Birmingham campus: the Edgbaston Park Hotel (£90 per night including breakfast) and the Lucas House Hotel (£70 per night, including breakfast), both a 10 minute walk from the conference venue. To book accommodation at either please email reservations@edgbastonparkhotel.com or call +44(0)121 414 9779 and quote booking reference ICAW2020. (Please note that these rooms are held for delegates at these rates only until 19th May 2020).

Birmingham also has many other hotels, bed and breakfasts, etc to suit every budget. Links to these can be found visiting https://visitbirmingham.com/where-to-stay. (NB The University is situated in the Edgbaston area of the city but there are good travel links eg with the Bullring/Central area and Chinese and Jewellery Quarters of the city too).

Terms and conditions:

  • Full payment of the fee must be received before a delegate can be registered.
  • Only delegates that are registered can attend the conference.
  • Registration is for an individual, not an institution, and is not transferable, unless this has been agreed in advance with UFAW. Failure to comply may result in such individuals being denied entry to the meeting.
  • In the event of circumstances arising beyond the charity’s control, UFAW reserves the right to cancel this symposium at its discretion without incurring any liability in respect of such cancellation and to return to delegates any monies received. Delegates who cancel their bookings within 4 weeks of the start of the conference will not have their registration fee refunded. Prior to this, refunds will be discretionary and will be returned less any handling fee and costs incurred.
  • UFAW cannot accept liability for personal accidents, nor for loss of, or damage to private property of delegates, either during or directly arising from attendance at the conference. Delegates should make their own arrangements with respect to health and travel insurance.
  • Photographs may be taken at the meeting for publicity purposes. Should anyone not wish to be in any photo, they should make themselves and their wishes known to the organisers/photographer.

Visas and other entry requirements:

All attendees from outside Britain are responsible for making sure they have the correct documentation to enter the country. Before you travel, please consult the UK government website: https://www.gov.uk/standard-visitor-visa and follow the advice given. You can check whether you need a visa here: https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa

Confirmation of involvement in the UFAW conference and other supporting documentation

Applications for visas and other travel documents may need to be supported with an official letter confirming that the conference will take place on the dates declared and/or that you are a contributor. This can be provided by UFAW on request - please email Dr Stephen Wickens (wickens@ufaw.org.uk). Please note such letters in support of a visa will only be issued to persons who have submitted an abstract to the meeting and have had it accepted or who have paid the registration fee to attend.

Contact Details:

Dr Stephen Wickens, Bham20, UFAW, The Old School, Brewhouse Hill, Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, AL4 8AN, UK.

Tel: +44 (0) 1582 831818; Fax: +44 (0) 1582 831414; Website: www.ufaw.org.uk; Email: wickens@ufaw.org.uk

United Kingdom
Tuesday, June 30, 2020 to Wednesday, July 1, 2020