We are happy to share our keynote speakers of the NordCAW 2022 here!
Gabriela Olmos Antillon
I am an applied researcher with a growing interest and experience in mixed methodology. Currently working as an external resource to the Veterinary Epidemiology Unit at SLU and the Laboratory of Applied Ethology (LETA) at Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina in Brazil. My research is related to comprehending animal health services and animal caregivers' practices (i.e. its formation) in contrasting countries and animal species and its impact on animal welfare.
"Animal Welfare and Sustainable Development Goals"
The contribution of animals in achieving the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is not recognized nor made explicit. Nevertheless, there are notable areas where animals play an essential role in the context of sustainable development. Therefore, understanding how animal welfare affects the SDGs and vice versa is essential to formulate balanced targets that take account of animal welfare aspects. Together we will examine a methodological approach toward analyzing this interaction and its potential application in teaching, research and policy by reflecting on the characterization of the relationship found across different stakeholders, contexts and experiences.
Dr. Lindsay Whistance is a Senior Livestock Researcher at the Organic Research Centre in Cirencester, UK. With a background in farming, Lindsay moved into research and has a PhD in dairy cow behaviour and welfare. She now works with all land-based livestock in both UK and European research projects as well as lecturing post-graduates in Organic Livestock Systems at SRUC. Key areas of interest include animal behaviour, human-animal-relationships, and farming systems which promote a life worth living, such as silvopasture. Current research includes nutritional and medicinal opportunities of tree fodder and benefits of
shade and shelter for production animals.
"Animal Welfare and Organic farming"
I am a visiting professor at the Estonian University of Life Sciences, and from 1997 to 2012 I was Professor of Animal Sciences at the University of Lincoln, UK. Before that I was a postdoc with Professor Don Broom at the University of Cambridge, working on the welfare of sheep. In parallel with these activities I have worked on the behaviour, ecology and genetics of the Chillingham herd of free-living cattle, which is located in northern England. This work forms the basis of my talk.
"What can studies on free-ranging cattle tell us?"
The behaviour of cattle in silvopastoral or rewilding situations, and the behaviour of their extinct ancestor, the aurochs, are of practical and academic interest and of potential relevance to animal welfare. Insights might be provided by the study of cattle that range freely with minimal human involvement. This could also help with understanding the processes by which cattle were domesticated.
Emeritus Professor of Animal Welfare, Cambridge University, Department of Veterinary Medicine.
Research: scientific assessment of animal welfare, cognitive abilities of animals, ethics, sustainable farming.
Chairman or Vice Chairman of EU Scientific Committees on Animal Welfare 1990 – 2012.
380 refereed papers and 12 books including: Stress and Animal Welfare, The Evolution of Morality and Religion,
Sentience and Animal Welfare, Animal Welfare in the European Union,Tourism and Animal Welfare,
Domestic Animal Behaviour and Welfare, 6thedition.
"Scoring animal welfare and other components of sustainability"
The public increasingly demands to know about all components of sustainability when purchasing food and other products. For this, a scientifically-based scoring system is needed for impacts on animal welfare, biodiversity, carbon cost, pollution, consequences for human communities etc. Some methods for achieving this will be discussed.