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Patrícia Izar

Wood-Gush Memorial Lecture: The role of local communities in the co-production of knowledge for primate conservation

Patrícia holds a degree in Biological Sciences (1990), a master's degree (1994), and a Ph.D. (1999) in Experimental Psychology from the University of São Paulo (USP). She is currently a 1B productivity grantee from CNPq and Associate Professor 3 at USP. She has experience in the field of Psychology, with emphasis on Naturalistic Studies of Animal Behavior, mainly focusing on the following themes: socioecology of neotropical primates, development, social network analysis, evolutionary psychology, and primate cognition. She was Head of the Department of Experimental Psychology at USP from 2008 to 2012 and Coordinator of the Graduate Program in Experimental Psychology at USP from 2012 to 2016. Currently, she is the Coordinator of the Degree Course in Psychology and the Committee for tackling sexual and gender violence at IPUSP. She was Vice-President of the Brazilian Primatology Society in the 2017-2019 term, Member of the Board of the Cultural Evolution Society from 2019 to 2022, and Secretary of the Board elected for the 2020-2022 term of ANPEPP. She is currently Vice-President for Education of the International Primatology Society, a position to which she was elected in 2016 and re-elected in 2020.

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Daniel M. Weary

Plenary: Emotions and Cognition

Dan spent his childhood in Quebec, the West Indies, Africa and the Middle East, and studied at McGill (B.Sc. & M.Sc.) and Oxford (D.Phil). After working for Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada for five years, Dan moved to UBC in 1997 to co-found the University’s Animal Welfare Program. Dan’s research interests have always focused on animal behaviour and how animals perceive their environment. Much of his work involves applying this knowledge to create practical improvements in how we care for animals. One special research focus is on the use of vocalizations and other behaviours as objective indicators of different aspects of animal well-being. He is a pioneer in working to unlock the wealth of information animals can communicate to us about their physical and emotional states and their environments. Prof. Weary works closely with graduate students and other researchers in the Animal Welfare Program, especially those with an interest in farm and laboratory animals.

Carole Fureix


Plenary: What can elevated waking inactivity in the home environment tell about animal affective states? 

Carole originally trained in psychology (Biological Sciences and Master's degrees in France). She then turned to non-human animals during her PhD in ethology (Rennes, France) that she graduated from in 2010. After her postdocs in the Mason’s (Guelph, Canada) and in the Mendl’s labs (Bristol, UK), she was a lecturer for 3 years at the University of Plymouth (UK). She recently moved back to Bristol, where she holds a lectureship. Much of her work involves developing new indicators of affective (welfare) states in laboratory, companion and farmed animals. One special research focus is on evidencing that elevated waking inactivity in animals can indicate failures to adapt to environment, such as depression-like states. Carole also sits at the coordinating group of the UK Animal Welfare Research Network, and strongly commits to supporting early career researcher professional career development, EDI, and public engagement.


João Costa

Plenary: Precision Livestock Management to individualize management: the relationship between individual variability and personality traits in dairy cattle for tailored management and improving welfare level

João has his expertise is in precision dairy and dairy cattle management as related to behavior, nutrition, One Health, welfare, and sustainability. He received his PhD in animal sciences, with a focus on animal welfare and behavior from the University of British Columbia (UBC), and M.Sc in agroecosystems with a focus on dairy science, ethology and animal welfare from the Federal University of Santa Catarina in Brazil. Costa has a very active research program supported by significant extramural funding, has received numerous faculty and graduate student research awards, and has close to 100 refereed publications, besides being an active internationally and nationally recognized speaker.

Gabriela Morello


Plenary: Laboratory mouse pre-weaning mortality

Gabriela is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Laboratory of Animal Science (Porto University), collaborating with the investigation of perinatal mortality in laboratory mice. She has focused her studies on animal welfare, animal behavior and environmental controls for the past 11 years through her undergraduate, graduate and professional experiences. Gabriela holds a Master's degree from the Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Department at the University of Kentucky, and a PhD from the Purdue Animal Sciences Department. In her current job, she is using her experience with engineering, environmental controls, animal behaviour and welfare in epidemiological and behavioural studies to assess he main causes of perinatal mortality in laboratory mice, to further help developing practical strategies to reduce pup mortality.

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