Synergy for preventing damaging behaviour in group housed pigs and chickens


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Training Schools

Training Schools in COST Actions are aimed at widening the knowledge of the Action activities, providing intensive training on new and emerging subjects and offering training on unique and novel equipment or know-how. Trainees are generally young researchers who are based in Europe, including post-graduate students and Early Stage Researchers, but anyone can usually apply. Trainers are usually international experts in the areas under discussion. The duration of a Training School is normally between three days and two weeks, and financial support for attending is provided by the COST action.  Details on upcoming and past Training Schools can be found below.

Upcoming training schools

  1. Relationship between perinatal development and damaging behaviour, 2017
  2. Genetics of damaging behaviour, 2018

Completed training schools

Relationships between damaging behaviour and health, November 2016

Faculty of Agriculture, University of Belgrade

From 7 to 9 November 2016, the first training school of the European COST Action GroupHouseNet was organised at the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Belgrade in Serbia. The training school aimed at providing high level training for PhD students and post docs on the topic of the relationship between damaging behaviour and health. The training school succeeded in attracting 30 trainees from 14 different European countries. Ten trainers from various backgrounds and specialisations provided an interesting training program covering topics such as: introduction into damaging behaviour, economic considerations, using PLF and sensor techniques for measuring damaging behaviour and health, the relationship between damaging behaviour and health, disease and stress tolerance and health problems as a risk for damaging behaviour. The 30 trainees were very much involved in the course through their own presentations, group assignments and group discussions. This has resulted in many fruitful discussions and ideas for new research and collaborations within the GroupHouseNet COST Action. At the end of the course all participants received a training certificate for this 2 ECTS course. Thanks to all trainees, trainers and main organiser Prof. Anna Valros from the University of Helsinki, Finland. The GroupHouseNet COST Action (CA15134) is chaired by Dr. Bas Rodenburg from Wageningen University in The Netherlands and Prof. Andrew Janczak from NMBU in Norway. If you are interested to join this open network focusing on prevention of damaging behaviour in pigs and laying hens, please go to Future training schools will focus on perinatal development and damaging behaviour (2017) and genetics of damaging behaviour (2018). GroupHouseNet is supported by COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology). COST is supported by the EU Framework Programme Horizon 2020.