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Animal Welfare Science (AWS) Research Forum - 22 March 2023

All Ireland Animal Welfare Science (AWS) Research Forum

This is an exciting one-day research forum to discuss animal welfare science in Ireland. For the first time we aim to bring together animal welfare researchers from across Ireland in a friendly, supportive and collegiate forum to share ideas, forge collaborations and promote change to improve animals’ lives.

We are delighted that Dr Eimear Murphy (CIWF) will provide a plenary talk on her research on cognition and emotions in animals, and her recent transition from research to an NGO.

We will also feature a special edition of 'My Scientific Desert Island Discs' with Dr Gareth Arnott (QUB)- a musical journey through his career.

We'd love to hear about all types of research - please see the call for abstracts below!

Do register by Friday 3 March if you would like to:

  • Find out what’s going on in AWS research in Ireland
  • Learn which approaches or techniques are working for others working in similar areas
  • Pilot your study & presenting style in a safe, supportive & encouraging environment
  • Network with like–minded colleagues at a friendly, fun & informal event
  • Spark potential collaboration, develop or initiate new ideas or projects

We look forward to welcoming you to UCD School of Veterinary Medicine!

Conference Details

DateWednesday 22 March 2023


FeeAttendance is free but registration is essential

LocationUCD School of Veterinary Medicine

OrganisersProf Siobhan Mullan and Dr Claire Corridan (both UCD School of Veterinary Medicine) Dr Keelin O'Driscoll and Dr Laura Boyle (both Teagasc)

Intended Audience Animal welfare researchers and others interested in the field

Technical Requirements


Eventbrite booking link

Call for abstacts

We want to showcase the variety of research being conducted across Ireland and would be delighted for contributions to the day from researchers and others working on any species, across the spectrum from fundamental to applied research, and on associated topics of interest, for example open science, ethics or law. Your contributions will make the day! Please indicate at registration if you would like to give a talk and we will aim to include as many as possible. We particularly welcome contributions from postgraduate students and early career researchers. 


We will provide a full programme once we have the contributions from researchers finalised. We will aim to provide time for discussion during the course of the day.

Travel to UCD and parking

Information on commuting to UCD can be found here. If driving, you must park in a visitor pay and display carpark. Please don't park in a permit parking area as clamping is in operation. The fee of visitor pay and display parking is €1 per hour (premium visitor pay and display parking is €2.40 per hour). See here for a map of visitor pay and display carpark. Please note, traffic barriers are in operation across campus so please plan your travel and parking.


Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

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Contact the UCD School of Veterinary Medicine

UCD Veterinary Sciences Centre, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.
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