Animal Welfare Research Network

Lead Research Organisation: University of Bristol
Department Name: Clinical Veterinary Science

Abstract

Animal welfare is of high importance in the public mind; 34% of approximately 29,000 EU citizens rated the protection of welfare in farmed animals as being of the very highest importance (10 on a scale of 1-10). Within the UK, this proportion was even higher (38%) (EU 2007). This evident societal concern about animal welfare can lead to debates across society on a range of welfare related issues. However, decisions by government and other stakeholders for future directions need to be based on information that is as unbiased and objective as possible. This information comes from systematic and scientific animal welfare research. A strong and sustained animal welfare research community is thus essential to underpin well-informed decisions that maintain and improve welfare.

The UK has a strong tradition of animal welfare research that stretches back to the parliamentary Brambell Report on The Welfare of Animals Kept under Intensive Livestock Systems (Brambell 1965). The UK is at the forefront of animal welfare research and highly respected globally in the field, and both the main academic society for animal welfare scientists and the world's first animal welfare journal (Animal Welfare) have UK roots. Despite this success, the UK animal welfare research community, which is probably the largest of its kind in the world, is small compared to many other scientific disciplines, and a number of challenges and opportunities for welfare research have been identified, including: (i) the community being made up of many different, relatively small, specialised research groups, with differing ultimate aims and species of focus; (ii) the rise of mathematical and computational biology, and other scientific developments which present exciting prospects for animal welfare researchers; (iii) the increasing awareness of the mutual benefits of industry and stakeholder interaction and involvement in research and the discussion of future research strategy; (iv) an increasing focus on 'sustainable intensification' with its emphasis on increased production efficiency which presents both risks and opportunities for animal welfare research; (v) the need for more young academics to successfully establish themselves as lead investigators within the community and sustain the UK's leading role in the field; (vi) the existence of several key areas of research which have been relatively under-studied, unexplored or have yet further potential for exciting developments; (vii) a potential funding gap within UK animal welfare research as a result of decreases in Defra's funding of more strategic/ applied projects.

The AWRN will address these challenges and opportunities in order to realise its vision and meet its objectives through a series of activities and actions including: (i) a start-up meeting followed by 3 further annual meetings designed to bring the community together and use keynote speakers to stimulate discussion about topics of importance to the future of animal welfare research, and to generate research plans, networking, collaborations and funding opportunities; (ii) community-led workshops that focus on: topical areas of research (including interactions with other research disciplines); interactions with industry to identify research needs; and training of AWRN members and especially early career researchers (ECRs) in research and generic skills such as grant-writing; (iii) a website that acts as an information and communication hub for the Network community and highlights the strengths and qualities of UK animal welfare research to the general public and academic community; (iv) annually updated overviews of the UK animal welfare research landscape, associated gaps and opportunities, allowing future research priorities to be identified; (v) a network approach to supporting ECRs, including researcher-exchange and cross-institute PhD training and mentoring.

Technical Summary

A strong and sustained animal welfare research community is essential to underpin well-informed decisions that maintain and improve welfare. The UK has a strong tradition of animal welfare research and is well respected globally for the advances made in this field. A number of challenges and opportunities for welfare research have been identified. These centre around three main themes: (i) the need for more opportunities for communication and cohesion within the field, but also with other disciplines, the general public, external bodies and industry; (ii) the development of young researchers within the field; (iii) the need to identify future research directions and priorities, particularly in light of an increasing focus on 'sustainable intensification' with its emphasis on increased production efficiency, and opportunities offered by new technologies and under-studied areas with potential for exciting developments.

The AWRN will address these challenges and opportunities in order to realise its vision through a series of activities and actions including: (i) a start-up meeting followed by 3 further annual meetings designed to bring the community together, stimulate discussion about important research areas, and generate research plans, networking, collaborations and funding opportunities; (ii) community-led workshops focusing on topical areas of research, interactions with industry to identify research needs, and training of AWRN members in research and generic skills; (iii) a website that acts as an information and communication hub for the Network community and highlights the strengths and qualities of UK animal welfare research; (iv) annually updated overviews of the UK animal welfare research landscape, associated gaps and opportunities, allowing future research priorities to be identified; (v) a network approach to training and mentoring early career researchers.

Planned Impact

Animal welfare is an important public concern in the UK where animal protection activities have a long history. In modern times, the strength of public support for animal protection has been sufficient to drive significant legislative and institutional change. For example, the first anti-vivisection legislation in 1876 was passed in response to public opposition to animal research. In the last 30 years, protests over veal farming, live transport of farm animals, and fur farming have all required governments and industry to actively respond, and failures to maintain legal animal welfare standards in UK laboratories have been widely reported. These examples highlight how important it is in the UK (public and private sectors) to prevent adverse animal welfare events from occurring, and also to use high animal welfare standards to augment national and institutional reputation, and as a marketing attribute.

Given the above it is clear that public and private sector responses to animal welfare issues, together with attempts to improve welfare, should be grounded in a strong evidence base that provides information that is as unbiased and objective as possible. Scientific animal welfare research provides this information and, since the mid-1960s and the publication of the 'Brambell Report', the UK has been at the forefront in this field. The aim of the Animal Welfare Research Network (AWRN) is to maintain and enhance the quality, application and implementation of UK animal welfare research by creating a more cohesive community and increasing links with other research disciplines and stakeholders including industry, charities, the public, and government. Whilst the academic community will derive clear benefits from the AWRN (see Academic Beneficiaries), there will also be broader impacts.

Increased communication and discussion with government, industry and charitable bodies will lead to identification and targeting of specific animal welfare research needs that should yield findings of direct relevance to these stakeholders. Such findings should have economic, ethical and productivity impacts. For example, 'win-win' scenarios whereby both welfare and productivity are enhanced will be important goals in the context of the new pressure for 'sustainable intensification' in the livestock industry. Identification of research priorities will also be beneficial to funding bodies, for example by leading to highlight calls or the development of a jointly funded Animal Welfare Research Club.

A stronger, more cohesive, multidisciplinary, and translational animal welfare science should produce new findings that better inform stakeholder (e.g. government) policy, and are more readily moved from fundamental science to application and implementation, hence addressing stakeholder welfare concerns, including those of the general public.

The AWRN website will provide a source of / portal to information that can educate and inform the public and other stakeholders about the challenges, strengths and achievements of UK animal welfare research, and ongoing activities and projects.

The AWRN and its mapping of the UK animal welfare research landscape will provide a resource which can be queried by government, the media, and other stakeholders for information or advice on welfare issues and policy questions.

Publications

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Lawrence AB (2019) What Is so Positive about Positive Animal Welfare?-A Critical Review of the Literature. in Animals : an open access journal from MDPI

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Rioja-Lang FC (2019) Prioritization of Farm Animal Welfare Issues Using Expert Consensus. in Frontiers in veterinary science

 
Description Aims of the AWRN include: (i) developing networks and interactions between the UK animal welfare research community, researchers from other disciplines, and policy-makers, industry, and other stakeholders; (ii) communicating and publicising animal welfare research to the general public; (iii) facilitating the development of research ideas and grant applications in the area of animal welfare science. These are all achieved through a programme of annual meetings focused on timely and relevant topics; AWRN-funded workshops in topical areas of research; training workshops for AWRN members (e.g. grant writing; media training); an external facing website; articles describing the AWRN and its aims. These activities are mainly described in the 'engagement' section of this Researchfish report.
Exploitation Route We have met many of our original objectives, having over 400 members, an active workshop programme including early career researcher training events, well attended annual meetings that bring together animal welfare scientists, researchers from other disciplines, and stakeholders with an interest in the area. We have also explored future funding options to sustain the AWRN for another 3 years, including by third-party organisations, and there are very positive signs that this will be achievable.
UPDATE Mar 2019: We now have over 570 members and have been successful in gaining further funding to sustain the AWRN for another 3 years from Jan 2019. This comes from BBSRC (c.£100k) and also UFAW (c.£17k) who have agreed to co-fund us during this next period.
UPDATE Mar 2020: News about 2019 is now reported under our new grant code
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink,Education,Environment,Government, Democracy and Justice

URL http://awrn.co.uk/
 
Description The AWRN is involved in engagement activities that: (i) bring together policy-makers, industry and charity representatives, and other stakeholders and researchers with the animal welfare community at meetings and workshops to discuss current animal welfare issues and develop ideas for future research; (ii) communicate animal welfare research to the general public via the AWRN website; (iii) provide advice to policy makers (e.g. Defra) on animal welfare research and evidence gathering priorities. Update MAR 2019: The AWRN held an annual meeting at which industry representatives manned stalls to showcase their equipment for automating behaviour and welfare assessment. This was particularly successful in allowing AWRN members to establish links with industry organisations and develop new collaborations. Update MAR 2020: News for 2019 is reported under our new grant code
First Year Of Impact 2016
Sector Agriculture, Food and Drink,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Other
Impact Types Societal,Policy & public services

 
Description Advice to Defra animal welfare and related policy teams on areas of animal welfare evidence prioritisation
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Bridging the gap between animal welfare and science
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Member of 'Tesco & Animal Welfare' workshop group convened by Lord Krebs
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description Submissions to Defra for the Consultations on the Code of Practice for the Welfare of Laying Hens
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description Submissions to Defra for the Consultations on the Code of Practice for the Welfare of Pigs
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description Animal Welfare Research Network
Amount £16,978 (GBP)
Funding ID UFAW Grant Application 31-18/19 
Organisation Universities Federation for Animal Welfare 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2019 
End 12/2021
 
Description Animal Welfare Research Network
Amount £101,998 (GBP)
Funding ID BB/S012974/1 
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2019 
End 12/2021
 
Description BBSRC
Amount £20,000 (GBP)
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2016 
End 03/2017
 
Description Defra
Amount £10,000 (GBP)
Organisation Department For Environment, Food And Rural Affairs (DEFRA) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2017 
End 12/2017
 
Description Donkey Sanctuary
Amount £51,933 (GBP)
Organisation The Donkey Sanctuary 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2017 
End 09/2018
 
Description Donkey Sanctuary
Amount £22,555 (GBP)
Organisation The Donkey Sanctuary 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2017 
End 04/2020
 
Description UFAW small grants scheme
Amount £1,500 (GBP)
Organisation Universities Federation for Animal Welfare 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2016 
End 06/2016
 
Description Development of UK - US links and networks in animal welfare research 
Organisation U.S. Department of Agriculture USDA
Country United States 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We are in discussions with USDA-NIFA representatives and several US animal welfare research committees regarding the possibility of developing links and network activities between the two countries
Collaborator Contribution Our partners have shared their approach to developing collaborative groupings in the area of animal welfare research, and we have been able to compare this to our ongoing activities in this area. Representatives of our US partners attended our opening meeting in May 2016. They are now planning to attend one or more of our AWRN-funded workshops.
Impact No outcomes as yet
Start Year 2016
 
Description Knowledge Transfer Partnership between Reading University and the Donkey Sanctuary 
Organisation The Donkey Sanctuary
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution A 34 month Knowledge Transfer Partnership between Reading University and The Donkey Sanctuary (Sidmouth) arising from networking activity of the first AWRN BBSRC grant and has been growing since. Reading is providing research project ideas and supervision of PhD students.
Collaborator Contribution The Donkey Sanctuary is providing ideas, facilities and resources for research, plus sponsorship of PhD students.
Impact Conference paper: Bennett, Richard & Pfuderer, Simone, 2019. "Demand for donkey hides and implications for global donkey populations," 93rd Annual Conference, April 15-17, 2019, Warwick University, Coventry, UK 289683, Agricultural Economics Society - AES.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Knowledge Transfer Partnership between Reading University and the Donkey Sanctuary 
Organisation University of Reading
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution A 34 month Knowledge Transfer Partnership between Reading University and The Donkey Sanctuary (Sidmouth) arising from networking activity of the first AWRN BBSRC grant and has been growing since. Reading is providing research project ideas and supervision of PhD students.
Collaborator Contribution The Donkey Sanctuary is providing ideas, facilities and resources for research, plus sponsorship of PhD students.
Impact Conference paper: Bennett, Richard & Pfuderer, Simone, 2019. "Demand for donkey hides and implications for global donkey populations," 93rd Annual Conference, April 15-17, 2019, Warwick University, Coventry, UK 289683, Agricultural Economics Society - AES.
Start Year 2019
 
Description A presentation given at the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW) Science Symposium, 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Title of talk: Positive animal welfare revisited with a focus on the role of behavioural expression. Co-author Professor Peter Sandoe http://www.forskningsdatabasen.dk/en/catalog/2372695868 - the meeting is attended by a range of scientists interested in animal welfare but it also functions as a post-graduate conference with many of the audience studying at for post-graduate degrees - I had a number of discussions with students from various organisations during the meeting
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.ufaw.org.uk/ufaw-events/measuring-animal-welfare-and-applying-scientific-advances-why-is...
 
Description A talk given at the Annual Meeting of the International Society for Applied Ethology 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The Annual Meeting of the ISAE is now recognised as an excellent training for post-graduate students interested in applied animal behaviour and welfare. Following our talk on brain gene expression effects of enrichment I had a number of discussions with students about the work and their own interests. I also was involved in a session entitlied: Meet the Professors where students sign up to discuss their science and careers with a panel of senior scientists in the field.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://conferences.au.dk/isae2017/
 
Description AWRN 2nd annual meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The 2nd annual meeting of the AWRN was attended by researchers (including postgraduate students), policy makers, industry and charity representatives. It covered a range of topics including: aquaculture welfare; challenges for early career researchers; what neuroscience can bring to animal welfare, and included speed-networking and poster displays. There was a great deal of interest in hearing about other disciplines (e.g. aquaculture, neuroscience) and opportunities to develop new links and collaborations. The day was very successful and seeded plans for further workshops (e.g. ECR workshop) and activities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://awrn.co.uk/event/bbsrc-funded-grant-writing-and-reviewing-workshop/
 
Description AWRN 3rd annual meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Third Annual Meeting of the AWRN took place on the 3rd and 4th September 2018. Day one focused on Automatic Monitoring of Animal Welfare, with talks from invited speakers, elevator pitches, speed networking, stalls presenting innovations in the field, presentations on funding opportunities and breakout groups on topics such as big data and forging links with industry. Day two had invited speakers talking about Sentience, posters on more general animal welfare topics and workshops on Sentience, Early Career Researcher Mentoring and Behaviour Change Science. On both days Mike Mendl presented updates on the work the network has been doing and upcoming events we are organising to promote further involvement of delegates in the AWRN.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description AWRN Co-Funded Workshop on Welfare Indicators for Novel Species in Aquaculture 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This event was attended by nearly 80 delegates, ranging from welfare researchers and advocates, fish farm managers, veterinarians, students and funders all with an interest in aquaculture welfare. The morning symposium aimed to raise awareness about the importance of welfare in novel species to aquaculture, to identify commonalities and differences in the welfare requirements of different farmed species and was looking for common welfare metrics that could potentially be applied for multiple species. The afternoon workshops aimed to specifically examine the welfare of Lumpfish, by identifying key limitations and challenges in implementing lumpfish welfare, explore solutions and new services and contribute to the publication of a lumpfish welfare code of practice.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://awrn.co.uk/event/welfare-indicators-for-novel-species-in-aquaculture/
 
Description AWRN Funded Workshop on Companion Animal Welfare Science (CAWS) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This event was attended by 60 delegates with an interest in companion animal welfare. There were sessions on collecting CAWS data at an individual level in a session chaired by a Coordinating Group member who spoke on their research alongside others working in this area. A representative from BBSRC also spoke to delegates about funding opportunities in this area. The second session was on epidemiological methods for collecting CAWS data. There were then breakout groups on grant opportunities for ECRs, perceived barriers to funding and mentorship needs and how CAWS funding success can be improved, barriers and opportunities for collaborations between academia, industry and charities. The day was ended with networking opportunities for the delegates.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://awrn.co.uk/event/implementing-new-methods-to-improve-companion-animal-welfare-science-caws-i...
 
Description AWRN Grant writing and reviewing workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The AWRN ran a BBSRC-funded workshop on grant writing and reviewing. The workshop included talks on: reviewing grants, sitting on a research committee and selling a grant; dealing with unsuccessful applications; what makes an application successful? The afternoon session was devoted to giving attendees actual experience of a grant review panel. Each participant co-presented 2 research grants to the panel and experienced first-hand the processes of discussing and agreeing grant scores, ranking grants, and the way in which the meeting was chaired and organised. A BBSRC grant panel model was followed, but the principles generalise to other funding bodies. The workshop was extremely successful with universally positive comments from the participants and requests for it to be repeated in a couple of years.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://awrn.co.uk/event/bbsrc-funded-grant-writing-and-reviewing-workshop/
 
Description AWRN Measuring Positive Welfare Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact An AWRN workshop on the measurement of positive welfare - why and how it might be achieved - was held in Edinburgh. Attendees (c.60) included researchers, and industry and charity representatives. Talks and break-out groups considered how positive farm animal welfare might best be measured under field conditions, and what research and implementation was needed to achieve this.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description AWRN Media and Communication Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact An AWRN workshop was held to provide training to AWRN members in communication with the media. Media representatives were present to advise on their perspective and how best to engage with media to generate a clear message about animal welfare science.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description AWRN Website 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact We launched the AWRN website in May 2016. A large part of the website is external facing, which is applicable for both the general public and the 570 AWRN members. This part of the website is frequently updated with current animal welfare research, information about AWRN meetings, workshops and other events, members articles, job opportunities and blog posts from renowned animal welfare researchers. The internal facing part of the website can only be accessed by AWRN members and includes a membership directory, including information about members' interests, a forum site for discussing specific topics and training resources such as video footage of talks given at workshops and Annual Meetings. The site has received over 150,000 hits from over 20,000 users since it launched.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2006,2016
URL https://awrn.co.uk/
 
Description AWRN Workshop on Bridging the gap between animal welfare science and policy 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact We held a workshop in London which brought together policymakers with an interest in animal welfare from government and other organisations with animal welfare researchers. Defra provided funding to help run the workshop. The day involved interesting talks and breakout groups seeking to generate better ways of getting animal welfare science into policy and to enhance two-way communication between policymakers and scientists.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description AWRN Workshop on Career Progression for Early Career Researchers 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact An AWRN workshop focusing specifically on the early career researchers in the field was organised by Nicola Davidson and Jane Hurst in March 2018. Attendees (c.20) included PhD students and post-docs working in academia. Topics covered included career stories (both within and outside of academia), mental health and resilience, career choices, CV / covering letter workshop, mentoring schemes and an open floor discussion with an expert panel
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description AWRN Workshop on Infrared thermography in the study of animal emotions, physiology and health 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact An AWRN workshop aiming to provide the participants with an in-depth understanding on how thermography works and the current state of development of thermographic methods that can be used in animal welfare research. A series of talks worked from how thermal imaging works, how to plan a successful experiment, the complexity of physiological factors affecting surface temperatures, successful experiments using thermal imaging through algorithm development for thermal analysis to the challenges and solutions to practical on-farm applications. The workshop also included practical demonstrations of a variety of thermal imaging cameras with farm animals. Video footage of all the talks was taken as a training resource and is accessible to all the members of the AWRN.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description AWRN Workshop on Invest in your future: how to become a more resilient and self confident researcher 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact An AWRN workshop which started with a coaching session that aimed to improve self-confidence and equip early stage researchers with practical techniques for engaging, informing and influencing audiences. This was followed by a session with the Student Counselling service on 'Resilience in academia', covering aspects of work/life balance, managing pressure and aspects of self-care. Finally delegates participated in an interactive session on 'Presenting your CV with confidence'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description AWRN Workshop on Understanding the role of economics in animal welfare assessment and policy design 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact An AWRN workshop aiming to bring together welfare scientists, economists, industry and government stakeholders to develop a common picture of the latest developments in economic research as relevant to animal welfare research and policy development. Talks covered topics such as 'How to quantify animal welfare', 'Costs and benefits of producing high-welfare products', 'Evidence for market failure?' And 'Best economic policy for the UK'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description AWRN website 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact We launched the AWRN website in May 2016. It contains both external facing information for the general public and AWRN members, including frequently updated reports on current animal welfare research, information about AWRN meetings, workshops and other events, information about other animal welfare related events, members articles, job opportunities etc. The internal facing site for members only contains a membership directory, including information about members' interests, and a forum site for discussing specific topics. As of 10th March 2017, the site has received over 23,000 hits since it launched.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://awrn.co.uk/
 
Description AWRN-Funded Outreach Workshop on the Emotional Cost of Caring 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This event was attended by over 90 professionals from all across the UK and other EU countries with a broad mix of veterinarians, technologists, scientists, academics and laboratory animal science associations. The speakers included academics and professionals researching the emotions and challenges of animal technicians within this field from the Universities of Oxford and Cardiff, experts from RCVS and QMUL on the roles of communication from health professional field who have assisted in developing mental health programmes and understand the possible benefits of psychological counselling with experience in Mindfulness, and also named veterinary surgeons on the emotional challenges associated to its care and welfare and compliance professional responsibilities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://awrn.co.uk/event/the-emotional-cost-of-caring-managing-emotional-burden-when-working-with-la...
 
Description AWRN-funded workshops 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The AWRN has funded 3 workshops to be held during 2017 on the topics of: media and communication; measuring positive welfare; understanding the role of economics in animal welfare assessment and policy design. The workshops will host up to 50 people including animal welfare researchers and postgraduate students, but also industry, charity, media and policy-maker representatives.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://awrn.co.uk/eventcategory/upcoming-workshops/
 
Description Appointed to UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships Panel College 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Appointed to UKRI FLF Panel College to participate in interviewing and selection of future leader fellowship applicants.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Inaugural meeting of the AWRN 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The inaugural meeting of the AWRN was attended by researchers (including postgraduate students), policy makers, industry and charity representatives. It introduced the AWRN and its aims and rationale and comprised talks by invited speakers on a range of subjects including: the status of animal welfare in the UK, sustainable food systems, US-UK collaboration, integrating pure and applied research, applying for grant funding, and introducing AWRN-funded workshops.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://awrn.co.uk/event/awrn-opening-meeting-report-9-10-may-2016/
 
Description Lecture and workshops at Millfield School 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Mike Mendl spoke on his work on animal emotion in the opening talk of the 2015 Millfield School Biology and Psychology Symposium, attended by c.350 sixth form students from 10 schools in the region. He was also involved in two workshop events after the talk.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://millfieldschool.com/senior/news-article/Millfield-hosts-biology-and-psychology-symposium
 
Description Opening talk at the inaugural meeting of the UK AWRN 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I gave the opening talk at the inaugural AWRN meeting providing an overview of the aims and aspirations of the Network and introducing new resources such as the website.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://awrn.co.uk/2016/05/18/awrn-inaugural-meeting-report-9-10-may-2016/
 
Description Organiser of the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour 2018 Winter Meeting, London 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact We organised the annual ASAB Winter Meeting in London on the topic of 'Behavioural Biology in Animal Welfare Science'. Over 200 delegates attended across the two days and talks, including 4 invited plenaries, were given by researchers from all over Europe with a few attending from North America. The audience were mainly academics, postgraduate research students and some undergraduates working in the areas of animal behaviour and animal welfare science. The meeting included poster sessions and resulted in discussions and increased interest in animal welfare research by those whose previous focus was mainstream animal behaviour. New collaborations also resulted from the meeting.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Talk given at the Inaugural Meeting of the BBSRC Animal Welfare Research Network 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The BBSRC Animal Welfare Research Network has been formed to provide a greater focus to animal welfare research. I gave a presentation at the inaugural meeting partly dealing with the development of animal welfare but also using networking tools to visualise the connections between researchers and institutes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://awrn.co.uk/2016/05/18/awrn-inaugural-meeting-report-9-10-may-2016/
 
Description Talk to Animal Welfare Open Day 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talk given to an Animal Welfare Open Day on the subject of Positive Animal Welfare
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.ed.ac.uk/roslin/news-events/events/animal-welfare-day