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Clarion Congress Hotel Prague, Freyova 945/33, 190 00 Praha 9-Vysočany, Czechia

An event from the Society for Experimental Biology, the RSPCA and the Laboratory Animal Science Association, organised by Penny Hawkins, RSPCA Research Animals Department

Event outline

Animal sentience - the ability to experience pain, psychological distress and positive emotions such as pleasure - is a hot topic. Life science research has contributed to the anatomical, physiological and behavioural evidence base for animal sentience, but what are the practical implications of this knowledge, for both scientists and the wider public?

This meeting will discuss the biological basis for ascribing sentience, assess the current evidence for sentience in different species and identify knowledge gaps. It will also explore approaches to refining experimental biology, for researchers who wish to use the latest thinking about animals' experiences to improve their welfare during experiments.

Abstract submission

All abstracts for the symposium must be submitted via the online abstract system. Any late abstracts received after the closing date will not be considered or accepted.

For further information on abstract submission guidelines, please visit the SEB event page.


The following will be speaking at this event:
  • Helen Lambert (nee Proctor), animal welfare consultant, UK
  • Tobias Wing/Catherine Williams, Aarhus University, Denmark
  • Lynne Sneddon, University of Liverpool, UK
  • Sarah Dalesman, University of Aberystwyth, UK
  • Penny Hawkins, RSPCA, UK
Further information on the speakers and their talks is available on the SEB event page.


For any event or abstract submission enquiries, please contact

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