'Science in the Service of Animal Welfare: Priorities around the world' is the theme for next year's UFAW International Animal Welfare Science Symposium, to be held at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in Spain on 4 to 5 July 2013.
Background and aims of the Symposium
Around the world the importance of science in elucidating and tackling animal welfare problems is increasingly recognised, but priorities, concerns and approaches vary between nations and cultures.
The aim of this symposium is to provide a forum for all those active or interested in animal welfare science and its application around the world, to meet and discuss current topics in this field and international variation in priorities, concerns and approaches to animal welfare science.
The symposium is open to papers on recent studies or reviews in any aspects of animal welfare science (but we would welcome the inclusion of some papers on topics of major animal welfare importance in fields that have tended to receive little attention, e.g. humane slaughter of fish caught at sea, welfare aspects of vertebrate pest control, tackling anthropogenic threats to the welfare of free-living wildlife eg through environmental toxins, introduced infectious diseases, environmental degradation or global warming).
Contributing to the Symposium
UFAW is inviting contributions to the symposium. Submission should include the title of the proposed contribution, the nature of the contribution - talk or poster, the name and full contact details of all contributors and an abstract, which must be in English, and should be no longer than 400 words. Further details on formatting the abstract and the information that should be included can be found on the Barcelona 2013 web page.
To submit an abstract, please send a copy of the abstract by email to firstname.lastname@example.org AND a hard copy marked for the attention of Stephen Wickens, UFAW Barcelona 2013 by Monday 3 December 2012.
Abstracts of all accepted talks and posters will be placed on UFAW's web site in advance of the symposium. Contributors to this meeting are also welcome to submit their papers for consideration for publication in UFAW's peer-reviewed journal 'Animal Welfare'.
Further details, including how to register for the symposia and booking of accommodation, can also be found on the Barcelona 2013 web page. This web page will be updated regularly with further details about the symposium as they become available.
UFAW, the International Animal Welfare Science Society, is an independent, scientific and educational animal welfare charity. The organisation promotes high standards of welfare for farm, companion, laboratory and captive wild animals and those with which we interact in the wild.