Synergy for preventing damaging behaviour in group housed pigs and chickens


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Short Term Scientific Missions

Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM) are exchange visits aimed at supporting individual mobility, strengthening existing networks and fostering collaboration between researchers. STSMs within GroupHouseNet should contribute to the scientific objectives of the COST Action while at the same time allowing those partaking in the missions to learn new techniques, and gain access to data, instruments and methods not available at their institutions. 

The first call for STSM proposals had a deadline of 31 May 2016, and 5 applications were funded (see below). 

 Project title
Katarina Pichova
Wageningen University
Automatic recording of behavioural characteristics of high and low feather pecking laying hens
Alessia Diana
University of Leuven
Precision Livestock farming as a tool to monitor ear and flank biting behaviours
Dimitar Nakov
University of Helsinki
Assessment of the behaviour quality protocol in group housed pigs related to physical health
Elisabeth de Haas
Linkoping University
Disseminating the epigenetic modulators of feather pecking in laying hens
Amin Sayyari
Uni. Strasbourg
Consequences of chronic exposure to deoxynivalenol - behavioural studies in mice and analysis of physiological effects as a testing model for pigs
Next rounds for STSM applications for GroupHouseNet are foreseen for 2017, 2018 and 2019, at around the same time of the year. To help applicants prepare, the call document and application form from the recently closed call are available for download below.