The First International Conference on Human Behaviour Change for Animal Welfare will take place 19-21st September 2016 in Dorking, Surrey, UK.

This conference will be the first of its kind in a field that is rapidly becoming recognized as a vital part of animal welfare work. Projects are moving away from the traditional approaches of providing a service (e.g. veterinary care, training, or hands-on assistance) or awareness campaign and towards human-centered approaches that generate sustainable change.

To read more about what we mean by 'human behaviour change 'click here'.

The conference will include keynote presentations on human behaviour change theory and case studies as well as talks selected from submitted abstracts. 

Aims of the conference:

  • To highlight the importance of human behaviour change (HBC) in animal welfare work.
  • To educate on core elements of HBC theory through key presentations from leading experts.
  • To facilitate discussion and sharing of information and experience of HBC for animal welfare.
  • To encourage embedding of HBC in inter-sectoral collaboration, innovation and policy. 
  • To explore novel methods for the monitoring and evaluation of HBC approaches and provide evidence-based information illustrating its value.

Human Behaviour Change for Animal Welfare

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A special issue entitled 'Animal Assisted Interventions and Activites for Health and Wellbeing' will consider accepted abstracts of this conference for publication. 

Animal Welfare: The Human Element

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19–21st September 2016, Dorking Halls, Dorking, Surrey, UK.

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The conference is sold out - we are running a waiting list in the event of any cancellations. 


List of hotels now available.

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Keynote Speakers Confirmed 


All Keynote Speakers have now been confirmed:

Manoj Gautam

Dr Rise Van Fleet 

Prof Arnie Arluke

Dr Andrew Rowan

Prof Jeff French

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