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ISAE East-West Central joint regional conference 2021

The theme of the conference is 'Farm animal behaviour' and includes sections on poultry, ruminants, pigs and horses.


Thursday 23 September

Time (Central European Time CET, GMT+2)

​10:00 – 10:20 Opening and introduction ISAE

10:20 – 10:30 Introduction UFAW


10:30 – 12:00 Cattle session

  • Natural behavior of cattle and cow-calf contact in dairy farming - Plenary (Katharina Zipp)

  • Individual behaviours as an indicator for the attributes and health of dairy cows (Miroslav Kjosevski)

  • Effect of pair versus individual housing on calves’ reactions to disbudding (Ágnes Moravcsíková)

  • Will socialized heifers produce more milk on the first lactation? – Effect of early social experiences on first lactation production traits, longevity or locomotion reaction to group change in female dairy cattle (Barbora Valníčková)


12:00 – 12:45 Lunch break


12:45 – 13:30 Ruminant session

  • Classification accuracy of feeding and rumination behaviour of small ruminants using a jaw movement recorder (Roxanne Berthel)

  • Implications of milking behaviour on production and reproduction outputs in water buffalo, a pilot study (Madalina Mincu)

  • “How not to judge a deer by its cover”: A personality assessment study on captive adult red deer males (Cervus elaphus) (Bruno Esattore)


13:30 – 15:00 Poultry session

  • Ranging profiles of slow-growing chickens versus their welfare, physiology and appearance - Plenary (Joanna Marchewka)

  • Stability of laying hens co-location within a commercial aviary over time (Michael Toscano)

  • Transport of 18-day old hatching eggs - effects on physiology and behaviour in broiler chicken (Vivian Goerlich)

  • Associations between external features and ranging frequency of Sasso and Green-legged Partridge chickens (Patryk Sztandarski)


15:00 – 16:00 Discussion and networking

Friday 24 September


09:30 – 10:45 Horse session

  • Happy horse, happy rider? The role of rider-horse interactions, housing, and individual behaviours on horse welfare - Plenary (Desiree Brucks)

  • Dispersal of females is disturbed in harems of temporarily stabled Konik stallions reintroduced to semi-feral conditions (Joanna Jaworska)

  • Correlations between horse jumping and movement training parameters (Katarzyna Becker)


10:45 – 12:00 Pig session & Others

  • Precision Livestock Farming HUB: farrowing prediction use case - Plenary (Maciej Oczak)

  • Can pigs remember a cognitive task after six weeks? (Kristina Kull)

  • Involvement of the EU funded ILCA project in modernising curricula for veterinary students in Ukraine (Boris Antunovic)


12:00 – 12:45 Lunch break


12:45 – 14:45 Workshop 'How to get your manuscript published'


14:45 – 15:30 Discussion and networking

15:30 – 15:45 Award ceremony

15:45 – 16:00 Closing

Full programme in PDF

Invited speakers

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Dr Désirée Brucks

Désirée Brucks did her PhD in comparative cognition at VetMed Uni Vienna on dogs’ reaction to inequity. During the following postdocs at Max Planck Institute for Ornithology she worked on cooperative behaviours in parrots, and at ETH Zurich on social behaviours in roe deer. Since 2020 she is a postdoc within the group of Prof. König von Borstel, working on various projects, such as social cognition in New world camelids and pigs, and self-control in horses.


Dr Maciej Oczak

Maciej Oczak is a coordinator of PLF HUB, which is a research group affiliated to the Institute of Anima welfare Science at University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna. His role as the HUB coordinator is to facilitate research at Vetmeduni related to animal monitoring with sensor technologies and to bridge the gap between engineering and animal science at the university. Oczak is a bioscience engineer with over seven years of experience in the field of PLF (Precision Livestock Farming), which he obtained in The Netherlands, Belgium and Austria.


Dr Katharina A Zipp

Katharina Zipp is lecturer at the University of Kassel, Farm Animal Behaviour and Husbandry, Germany. Her research concerns how to improve the milk let-down of cows that are nursing their own calf (dam rearing).


Dr Joanna Marchewka

Joanna Marchewka is head of the Animal Behaviour and Welfare department of the Institute of Animal Biotechnology and Genetics of the Polish Academy of Sciences, in Jastrzebiec, Poland. She conducted her studies and research across Netherlands, Spain, USA and Ireland. Her focus is on poultry and turkey behaviour and welfare.


Dr Péter Pongrácz

Péter Pongrácz is associate professor at the Department of Ethology of the Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary. Besides a broad range of research topics he is co Editor-in-chief of the journal Applied Animal Behaviour Science. 

'Getting your manuscript published'

The editors-in-chief of Applied Animal Behaviour Science, the official journal of the ISAE, will host an interactive workshop on common issues with manuscripts that cause revisions or rejections and how to overcome these. During the workshop you will get the opportunity to step in the role of editor and learn how editorial decisions are made.

The workshop is free to attend as part of the conference programme.

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