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Prof. Dr. Noelle Aarts: The Art of Dialogue

The Art of Dialogue

Prof. Dr. Noelle Aarts

Noelle Aarts is professor Strategic Communication at the University of Amsterdam and professor Communication and Change in Life Science Contexts at Wageningen University, the Netherlands. Focusing on conversations between people, she studies inter-human processes and communication for creating space for change. She has published on several topics such as communication of organizations with their environment, conflict and negotiation in life science domains, dealing with ambivalence, network-building and self-organization. 

Prof. Dr. Ir. Imke de Boer: Can we improve animal welfare and sustainability in concert?

Can we improve animal welfare and sustainability in concert?

Prof. Dr. Ir. Imke de Boer

Imke De Boer is a professor of Animal Production Systems (APS) at Wageningen University. In the first years at APS, she focussed on setting up new courses (e.g. Systems Approach in Animal Sciences) and explored the new research area of sustainable development of animal production systems. She gradually developed her own research domain focussing on the development of tools to evaluate and monitor the contribution of innovations in animal production systems to sustainable development, with special emphasis on environmental impact assessment.

In September 2011 she became Professor of Animal Production Systems (APS). The focus of the APS group is to unravel the complexity of livestock systems and to generate and integrate knowledge to allow analysis and design of animal production systems that (a) use resources efficiently (e.g. land, water, fossil phosphorus, fossil energy); (b) minimize emissions into the environment (e.g. greenhouse gases, ammonia); (c) respect animals (e.g. animal welfare and health); and (d) contribute to the livelihood of people (e.g. food safety and security, income, employment).

Prof. Jens Krause: Animal Social Networks

Animal Social Networks

Prof. Jens Krause

Jens Krause is a behavioural ecologist with a strong interest in collective behaviour and social networks. He has published a number of books (Living in Groups, OUP; Fish Cognition and Behavior, Wiley/Blackwells; Exploring Animal Social Networks, PUP; Animal Social Networks, OUP) and articles on the mechanisms and functions of living in groups. He is currently professor for fish biology and ecology in the Faculty of Life Science at the Humboldt University Berlin and also Head of Department at the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries. He started his university education at the Free University Berlin and obtained his PhD from St. John’s College Cambridge, UK, followed by postdocs at Mount Allison University, Canada, and Princeton University, USA, and held a professorship for behavioural ecology at Leeds University, UK, for several years before moving back to Berlin in 2009.

Prof. Dan Weary - Innovations to improve animal welfare: what have we reached and what should we aim for?

Innovations to improve animal welfare: what have we reached and what should we aim for?

Prof. Dan Weary

Dan Weary is a Professor and NSERC Research Chair at The University of British Columbia. He studied biology at McGill and Oxford, and went on to co-found University of British Columbia’s Animal Welfare Program where he still works and co-directs this active research group. Dan's research focuses on developing behavioral measures for the objective assessment of animal welfare and developing practical methods of improving the welfare of farm animals, lab animals and wildlife.

Jelte M. Wicherts - Photo credits: Diederik van der Laan (Brabants Dagblad)

The weak spots of contemporary science and how to strengthen it

Dr. Jelte M. Wicherts

Jelte M. Wicherts (1976) obtained his PhD in Psychological Methods (2007, Cum Laude) from the University of Amsterdam, and is currently an associate professor in methodology and statistics at the Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Tilburg University. His research focuses on issues related to errors with statistics, publication bias, scientific integrity, questionable research practices, scientific misconduct, data sharing, and replicability. He has (co)authored 75+ papers in various (top) journals, obtained major research grants like a VIDI grant from the Netherlands Organization for Research (NWO), and is an affiliate member of the Meta-Research Innovation Center at Stanford (METRICS).

Photo credits: Diederik van der Laan (Brabants Dagblad)

Prof. Peter sandøe

Should the contribution of one more lame cow depend on how many other cows on the farm are lame?

Prof. Peter sandøe

Peter Sandøe has been professor of bioethics at the University of Copenhagen since 1997. The major part of his research has focused on ethical issues related to animals, biotechnology and food production. He is committed to interdisciplinary work combining perspectives from natural science, social sciences and philosophy and publishes in a wide range of scholarly journals. His books include Ethics of Animal Use (co-authored with Stine B. Christiansen), published by Blackwell 2008, and Companion Animal Ethics (co-authored with Sandra Corr and Clare Palmer), published by Wiley/Blackwell 2016.

Welfare benchmarking for commercially farmed pigs in the UK

Fanny Pandolfi

Fanny Pandolfi graduated in 2010 from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of l'Université de Liège in Belgium. She completed a Master degree in Animal Health and Epidemiology in France in 2013 and worked in different countries of Africa. She did a PhD at Newcastle University. Her study focussed on animal welfare and production diseases in pig farms in the UK and piglet mortality in French pig farms. She is interested in Agriculture and Veterinary Epidemiology. She will present the results of her study regarding welfare benchmarking for commercially farmed pigs in the UK.