Topics

  1. The world of animals: senses and perception
    The importance of animals’ senses for understanding animal behaviour. Effects of housing and enrichment on senses and perception.
  2. Animal learning and cognition
    Mental processes and abilities. Consciousness. Effects of environment and handling.
  3. Maternal and neonatal behaviour
    Effects of environment and breeding. Neonatal development and survival. Maternal mediation.
  4. Animal affective states
    Pain, fear and playfulness. Relations to emotions and mood. Measurement, assessment and validity.
  5. Social behaviour of animals
    Environmental and breeding effects on social behaviour. Social needs. The importance of understanding social abilities and social structure in group housing systems.
  6. Applying ethology in the keeping of animals
    Animal behaviour as a key component in ensuring animal welfare and functionality in extensive and intensive productions. New concepts for the keeping of domestic animals, development of future production systems, surveillance and automation.
  7. Animal stress responses
    Methods, progress and pitfalls. The link between abnormal behaviour, coping and stress. Behavioural and physiological responses and novel indicators.
  8. Human-animal interactions
    Handling and training of animals. Animals in human therapy, zoo and lab animals and animals used for sport and leisure activity.
  9. Free papers
    To allow for additional sessions on other topics than the above, we welcome free papers.