Being the home country of Konrad Lorenz, there is a long tradition for ethological research in Austria. Fostered by societal interest, the field of applied ethology and animal welfare science has gained importance during the last two decades and research divisions at both the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna and the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) have successfully been established. The 46th International Congress of the ISAE is now jointly organised by both institutions - for the first time in Austria. Farm, lab and companion animals as well as wild animals in captivity have to cope with more or less confined conditions. The congress therefore centres on the question of ‘Quality of Life in Designed Environments’. Main topics are - Positive Emotions
- Intra- and Interspecies Relationships
- Behavioural Indicators of Welfare
- Mutilations and Welfare
- Behavioural Development: Genes, Epigenetics and Ontogeny
The congress is open for researchers, lecturers, students, policy-makers and all others interested in applied ethology and animal welfare of farm, companion, laboratory, zoo and wildlife animals. We expect about 350 attendants from more than 30 countries. For further information please see www.isae2012.com.