2nd AWIN Conference


2nd AWIN Conference: Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain, 14th to 15th May, 2013

The AWIN project is hosting its second annual conference in 2013


The AWIN project will host its second annual conference with our partners from Neiker Tecnalia in the city of Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain, May, 13th to 16th. We are offering the opportunity for stakeholders and other interested parties to join us in Vitoria for a day tailored to meet specialist areas from within the AWIN project on the 14th of May. Stakeholders may want to stay for the following day (15th of May) to find out more details about the science being undertaken by the largest animal welfare project at present within the EU.

Please see the programme below. 





We have a small registration fee for the conference:

14th Of May ‘Stakeholder day’: includes coffee-break, lunch and the conference banquet €80

15th of May ‘Science day’: includes coffee-break and lunch €30

The closing date for registration is Friday 29th of March, 2013.

Registration form for Stakeholders here .

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Programme for stakeholders

Tuesday 14th May

AWIN Species Stakeholder Day

09:00 – 09:30           AWIN fostering global networks Prof. Adroaldo J. Zanella
09:30 – 10:00 Novel ways to assess welfare Prof. Elisabetta Canali
10:00 – 10:30 The assessment of pain in horses Dr Dirk Lebelt
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee  
11:00 – 11:30 Density, group size and handling of pregnant animals: effects on the offspring’s welfare Prof. Inger Lise Andersen
11:30 – 12:00 The state of animal welfare education across the globe Dr Fritha Langford
12:00 – 12:30 The Animal Welfare Science Hub Dr Andreia de Paula Vieira
12:30 – 13:00 Posters with coffee  
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch  
14:00 – 17:30

Species Break-out groups
Turkeys and poultry
Horses and donkeys

Chair person:
Dr Valentine Ferrante
Prof. George Stilwell
Prof. Cathy Dwyer
Dr Michela Minero
Dr Fritha Langford
15:30 – 16:00 Coffee  
17:30 – 18:00 Species round up in the main auditorium Prof. Adroaldo Zanella
20:30 Conference Dinner  


Additional information: The project meeting will continue on Wednesday, this day is scheduled predominantly for project partners to discuss their work.  However, if the programme is of interest to Stakeholders, you are also most welcome!

Wednesday 15th May AWIN Science Projects Day
09:00 – 09:15 Overview of WP1 - assessment protocols
09:15 – 10:00 3 x 15 minute highlights of WP1 (12 minute talks, three minute questions)
10:00 – 10:15 Overview of WP2 - disease and pain
10:15 – 11:00 3 x 15 minute highlights of WP2 (12 minute talks, three minute questions)
11:00 – 11:15 Poster Session 1: Flash presentations
11:15 – 12:00 Poster session 1 in poster hall with coffee
12:00 – 12:15 Overview of WP3 - prenatal environments
12:15 – 13:00 3 x 15 minute highlights of WP3 (12 minute talks, three minute questions)
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 14:30 Overview and presentation from WP4 - education
14:30 – 15:30 Work package group meetings
15:30 - 15:45 Poster Session 2: Flash presentations
15:45 - 16:30 Poster session 2 in poster hall with coffee
16:30 - 18:00 General Assembly in main auditorium

Pdf version of the Stakeholder programme here.

Pdf version of the AWIN members programme here.

More information on the venue
The meeting will be held at Las Caballerizas, a unique setting for a conference. You can find more details about the venue and how to get there from Las Caballerizas website: http://www.lascaballerizas.net/ingles/default.html


Discounted accommodation has been negotiated for 'AWIN-Neiker' with the following recommended establishments:

Hotel Room  Price   + Tax             Web
DATO Double(single person)

38,80€ + IVA


70,00€ + IVA


58,00€ + IVA

NH CANCILLER AYALA Double(single person)  72,00€ + IVA http://www.nh-hotels.com/nh/en/hotels/spain/vitoria/nh-canciller-ayala.html




Vitoria can be reached by train and buses from Madrid (4 hours) or by flying to either Bilbao (~65K from Vitoria) or Santander (~170K from Vitoria). Transfers from Bilbao by bus are easiest.

Bilbao Airport to Bilbao Bus terminal: every 30 min from 6.15 am to midnight.

Bilbao (Bus terminal)-Vitoria-Gasteiz:  5.25 am to 21.55 every 30 min (is about 60 min ride).

Taxi Bilbao Airport to Vitoria: 110 Euros.

Hertz Rental car available at the airport by the parking lot.