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Call for abstracts

The call for oral presentations, posters and workshop submissions for WAFL 2017, September 5-8, 2017, is now closed! 

The WAFL 2017 conference will start with an inspiring ‘Innovation Day’ on Tuesday 5th September. Researchers and stakeholders involved in livestock production will present their suggestions related to animal welfare where it matters in the food chain, e.g. on farm, during transport and at the abattoir. Short ‘elevator pitches’, discussions with the developers during an ‘innovation market’ and an evaluation by the audience will decide which ideas are the most promising to improve animal welfare. Your suggestions for welfare improvement are very welcome too!

We welcome abstracts for the innovation day and the scientific sessions of the WAFL 2017 conference. This includes keynotes, oral presentations, and posters covering the subject of Welfare Assessment for the scientific sessions, and posters or presentations for the innovation day market.

With your abstract submission you will be asked to indicate the type of presentation you aim for. Oral and poster abstracts for the scientific sessions should indicate session and presentation format: keynote, oral or poster. Abstracts for the innovation day should also indicate the presentation format: poster or oral presentation. Abstract submission was open until Friday February 17th, 2017.

Invitation workshop proposals

Workshops are designed for a smaller number of participants, and should involve interactive features (e.g. data analysis, open discussion, demonstrations etc.) to create a high level of participant involvement. The length of the workshop is set to a maximum of 1.5 hours. Two workshops are initiated by the WAFL Scientific Committee about Statistics and methodology and Animal welfare and society. We welcome two additional workshops to be organised. Send your workshop proposal (1A4 max) to the Scientific Committee before 20th December 2016.

Scientific sessions

Although communications on any topic related to the assessment of animal welfare at farm or group level are welcome to WAFL 2017, we especially welcome interdisciplinary communications. These may relate to farm animals, zoo animals, pet animals, laboratory animals and animals in nature reserves. Abstracts should preferably be focused on one of the following sessions:

  • Sustainability and animal welfare
    Society, science and industry need to work together to ensure a sustainable future. Animal welfare, environmental impact and economic viability are issues that remain at the forefront of sustainable development. Abstracts should focus on assessing animal welfare as a part of or related to sustainability assessment.
  • Animal welfare in society
    Animal welfare, consumers and societal issues show a continuous and complex interaction. Societal perceptions of animals differ considerably between stakeholder groups. They may hamper, but also promote progress in welfare of livestock. Abstracts should focus on measuring animal welfare in relation to societal issues.
  • Social networks in animal welfare
    Most domesticated species are kept in and evolved from social groups of individuals. Social information often enhances understanding of individual performance. Abstracts should focus on social network analysis and animal welfare.
  • Ensuring good quality science
    Research(er) bias can occur in the planning, data collection, (meta-)analysis, and publication phases. Understanding bias and how it affects study results is essential for the practice of animal welfare science. Abstracts may focus on all aspects of bias.
  • Welfare assessment
    Abstracts on all aspects of animal welfare assessment and measurement are invited, for instance precision livestock farming, welfare assessment protocols, analysis, aggregation and implementation. Traditionally the focus is on the farm, but transport and slaughter papers are also invited.
  • Genetics and animal welfare
    The genetic makeup plays a significant role in the development of an animal’s characteristics, welfare, adaptation, resilience and/or personality. The issue of adapting the animal to its environment or adapting the environment to the animal is still vivid. Abstracts should focus on animal welfare, genetics and the environment.

Free papers

Abstracts are freely related to animal welfare, and may include rationales underlying epidemiological studies, risk models for animal welfare, ethical issues, consultation processes, certifying farms or other.

Special issue

In addition to invited keynotes a selection of presentations of the WAFL 2017 conference will be published in a special issue of the Open Access journal Animals. Indicate your motivation to publish your presentation in Animals in the abstract submission procedure.

Guidelines and recommendations WAFL 2017 for authors

  • Abstracts must be written in English. Linguistic accuracy is the responsibility of the authors.
  • The body of the abstract should not exceed 300 words, figures and tables should not be included.
  • The title should not exceed 120 characters (including spaces).
  • Abstracts presenting innovative ideas (for the innovation day), theoretical and/or empirical work will be considered for presentation.
  • Abstracts must contain a clear statement of the purpose of the work, the methods used, results (for empirical studies) and conclusions.
  • Abstracts on empirical studies must indicate the method(s) of analysis, contain data (means, variation, etc.), and provide information about test statistics (e.g. p levels).
  • Results should be presented in sufficient detail to support the conclusions drawn.
  • References are not required in the abstract, however, if provided, they should be placed in the text of the abstract in the following short format: Forbes & Gregorini, Anim.Prod.Sc. 55, 2015.
  • The first name of the author(s), not just initials, should be provided, as well as the affiliated institute and its location (but not the full address).
  • Each presenting author may not submit more than two proposals. If two presentations are accepted for a presenting author, at least one will be a poster.
  • Pitches for the innovation day are 5 minute slots. Oral presentations for the normal scientific programme are 15 minute slots which are split into 12 minutes for presenting and 3 minutes for questions. Keynote presentations are longer orals allowing 25 minutes for presentation, and 5 minutes for discussion, and are designed to allow a more broad discussion of a subject area.
  • PhD and MSc students are eligible to participate in the Best Poster Competition. The posters are evaluated by senior researchers assessing their scientific and presentation qualities.
  • All abstracts submitted must comply with the “Guidelines for Ethical Treatment of Animals in Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare Research” prepared by the ISAE Ethics Committee.

Deadline for abstract submission: February 17, 2017

Authors will be informed in case revision of abstracts is required: March 20, 2017

Deadline for submitting revised abstracts: April 7, 2017

Letter of acceptance of poster or oral presentation: May 15, 2015