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Second Announcement WAFL2017

WAFL is an international scientific conference on the assessment of animal welfare at farm and group level. It is organised once every three years, and following the successful meeting in Clermont-Ferrand in 2014, it will next be held on 5-8 September 2017 in Wageningen, The Netherlands.

As in all previous WAFL meetings, communications on any topic related to the assessment of animal welfare are very welcome. To name a few:

  • chickens-874512_1920_0.jpgSustainability and animal welfare
  • Avoiding bias in science
  • Animal welfare in society
  • Precision farming techniques
  • Protocols, aggregation, implementation
  • Social networks in animal welfare
  • Genetics and animal welfare
  • Statistics and methodology

Please note: WAFL especially invites interdisciplinary communications!

Key notes at WAFL2017

  • Dan Weary: ‘Innovations in animal welfare: what have we reached and what do we aim for?’
  • Imke de Boer: ‘Can we improve animal welfare and sustainability in concert?’
  • Jens Krause: ‘Animal Social Networks’
  • Noelle Aarts: ‘The Art of Dialogue’
  • Jelte Wicherts: ‘The weak spots of contemporary science and how to strengthen it’

Innovations in Animal Welfare

The conference will start with an inspiring ‘Innovation Day’ on Tuesday 5th September. Applied researchers and stakeholders involved in livestock production will present their suggestions on improving animal welfare where it matters: 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 idea is the most promising. Your welfare improvement suggestions are very welcome too!

Important dates

  • Registration & abstract submission opens: 15 December 2016
  • Deadline abstracts submission: 3 February 2017
  • Acceptance notification: 1 May 2017
  • Deadline early bird registration: 1 June 2017
  • WAFL2017 Conference: 5-8 September 2017

Looking forward to welcoming you in Wageningen!