Synergy for preventing damaging behaviour in group housed pigs and chickens


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PhD and Postdoc course: Prenatal and early life influences on the development of damaging behaviour in pigs and laying hens

An opportunity for PhD students and Postdocs to learn about prenatal and early life effects on damaging behavior, to discuss the latest science and make new European connections.

Where and when?

Basque Country, Spain, November 6-8, 2017.

Address: Escuela Agraria Derio (School of Agriculture), Basque Country, Spain

Preliminary program

Mon 6th Nov: 'Mechanisms'

Introduction to damaging behaviour in laying hens and pigs

Fundamental mechanisms leading to behavioural and brain changes in animals

Mechanisms of prenatal stress effects

Evening: Cocktail mixing

Tues 7th Nov: 'Development'

Maternal and early life effects in hens and pigs

Prenatal effects on feather pecking

Development of damaging behaviours in pigs

Evening: Group dinner

Wed 8th Nov: 'The way forward!'

Prevention strategies in hens and pigs, working examples and discussions on the way forward

Confirmed trainers

  • Elske de Haas
  • Jo Edgar
  • Inma Estevez
  • Andrew Janczak
  • Ron de Kloet
  • Ruth Newberry
  • Knut Niebuhr
  • Kate Norman
  • Winifried Otten
  • Armelle Prunier
  • Bas Rodenburg
  • Helena Telkanranta 

Who can attend?

The training school targets PhD-students and early stage researchers (less than 8 years since completion of PhD-degree) from Cost countries, but is open to anyone interested in the subject. For more information see COST Vademecum page 24 and 25.

What does the training school cost?

The course is free of charge for accepted trainees: up to a maximum of 30 people, will be reimbursed on average €675 for travel, accommodation and meals. For more information, please see page 25 of the COST Vademecum.

How can I apply?

Fill out this application form by the 31st July:

Successful applicants will be informed by the 30th August.