UFAW 2018
Animal Welfare across Borders

A meeting to bridge cultural gaps to advance animal welfare worldwide.

Hong Kong, 25 and 26 October 2018

Supported by the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW), UK


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About the conference



This two-day meeting endeavours to increase our knowledge of the different ways animal welfare is understood and addressed around the world. The aim is to develop ideas for local animal welfare initiatives, supported by local science projects, in order to progress animal welfare at a global level, while taking cultural and environmental differences and constraints into consideration. In addition, the meeting will attempt to highlight lessons that could be learned by developing and developed countries alike.

Socioeconomics, climate, politics, religious and cultural practices, history, access to technology and availability of veterinary expertise are all factors that affect how people view animals and are reflected in regional differences in how animals are treated. As a result, attitudes of consumers, animal guardians, farmers and politicians to animal welfare are often different between regions. These differences will need to be addressed to efficiently promote animal welfare across the globe. In addition, implications for people and the environment will have to be considered.

Indeed, differences in attitude towards animal welfare raise the question whether, instead of implementing or adapting standards developed for production systems of developed nations, animal welfare could be improved more efficiently by putting it into a local context. Climate and climate change, resource availability, and social and cultural factors can create specific local opportunities and constraints for improving animal welfare.


About UFAW


The Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW) is an independent registered charity that works with the animal welfare science community worldwide to develop and promote improvements in the welfare of farm, companion, laboratory, captive wild animals and those with which we interact in the wild, through scientific and educational activity.



  • Promotes and supports developments in the science and technology that underpin advances in animal welfare.
  • Promotes education in animal care and welfare.
  • Provides information, organises symposia, conferences and meetings, publishes books, videos, technical reports and the international quarterly scientific journal Animal Welfare.
  • Provides expert advice to governments and other organisations and helps to draft and amend laws and guidelines.
  • Enlists the energies of animal keepers, scientists, veterinarians, lawyers and others who care about animals.

Link: www.ufaw.org.uk




Sessions will provide an overview of different concepts of animal welfare, animal welfare science and animal welfare initiatives from different regions of the world; will address how this knowledge can be applied improve animal welfare on a local and regional level; and will address how we can bring about a change in people’s attitudes, what different cultures can learn from each other and how changes could be achieved on a global level.


Session 1: Current state of animal welfare

Theme: developments in animal welfare science, understanding the current states of animal welfare in different countries, ethics and perception towards animals, and the impact of culture and religion on animal welfare.


Session 2: Applying animal welfare

Theme: applying animal welfare principles in practice, improving animal welfare in various settings, and changing perceptions towards animals.


Session 3: Animal welfare systems and policy

Theme: development and enforcement of animal welfare policy, roles of each stakeholder to improve animal welfare, and “one welfare”.


Session 4: Lessons learnt

Theme: lessons that can be applied across borders, and overcoming challenges to improve animal welfare globally.


Keynote speakers



Dr Johnson Chiang

Dr Johnson Chiang graduated from National Taiwan University in 1988. He obtained his DVM and MS in animal welfare from the College of Veterinary Medicine, and another MS from the College of Management at the same school. He was a small animal practitioner for more than twenty years. Dr Chiang has always been passionate about animal welfare and protection. He was a committee of animal protection for Taipei City and a committee of animal welfare under the Council of Agriculture, Taiwan. He sponsored himself to be trained in shelter care by the Humane Society of the United States in Honolulu in 1998. He was the former President of Taipei Veterinary Association and the Taiwan Veterinary Association. He is also very active in international affairs and held the position as president of the Federation of Asian Veterinary Associations. After a term as vice president, he currently serves as the President of the World Veterinary Association.


Dr Birte L Nielsen

For more than two decades, Dr Birte L Nielsen has carried out research in basic and applied ethology, the latter in relation to animal welfare. She has worked and published on rats, growing pigs, dairy cows, broiler chickens and broiler breeders, as well as horses, sows, laying hens and even ostriches. The first part of her career was spent in Edinburgh, Scotland, and subsequently at Aarhus University, Denmark where she was in charge of the research unit for Behaviour and Stress Biology. Dr Nielsen is now based in Paris, France, were she is working at INRA on the study and modelling of feeding behaviour with special emphasis on ruminants and in the context of Precision Livestock Farming.


Dr Judy MacArthur Clark CBE FRSB FRCVS

As Executive Director of JMC Welfare International, Judy’s expertise is in developing meaningful political strategies which deliver quality science through good welfare standards, ethical animal use and open communication. Judy’s career spans over 40 years in animal welfare and biomedical research in a variety of academic, government, commercial, NGO and consultant roles. Until 2016, she led the Animals in Science Regulation Unit in the Home Office, the UK regulator responsible for the welfare and use of animals in research. Prior to that, she worked in industry as Vice-President of Worldwide Comparative Medicine with Pfizer R&D in Connecticut, USA. She now consults internationally, particularly in China and Brazil, to co-ordinate symposia and research initiatives and is passionate about the science-led promotion of the 3Rs. As a veterinarian, she also strongly advocates globally for the concept of One Health - to encourage joined-up thinking in animal health and human health for the benefit of both.


Prof Natalie Waran

Prof Nat is an applied animal welfare scientist by training, and an educationalist at heart. She describes her research and education interests as being in the field of ‘One Welfare’. She is interested in promoting a multi-disciplinary approach for exploring and explaining the relationship between animal and human health and welfare, combining aspects of social sciences, health and veterinary sciences with education, ethics and law. She was the founding Director of the Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare at Edinburgh University’s RDSVS, and in that role has worked in different parts of the world to further the Centre’s aim of improving the lives of all animals through translating rigorous research into education and practice. At the end of 2016, she moved back to New Zealand to take up the position of Professor of One Welfare at the Eastern Institute of Technology.




Simultaneous translation for English-Chinese will be provided.


Pre-conference workshops


Animal Abuse: Identification and knowing what to do
Date: 24th October 2018
Speaker: Dr Paula Boyden BVetMed, MRCVS
Royal Veterinary College / University of Edinburgh
  Prof Ranald Munro BVMS, MSc, Dip Forensic Med, MRCVS
Dogs Trust


Social events


Social dinner

A social dinner will be held on 25th October at the conference venue. This is included as part of the standard registration fees. Additional accompanying person will be charged at HKD 300 per person.


Harbour cruise

End your conference and complete your Hong Kong experience aboard a junk! Join our evening harbour cruise to soak up the sights and sounds of Hong Kong’s skyline. This one-hour cruise will include cocktails and light snacks.

Ship will depart at 7.30pm on 26th October 2018. Tickets are limited to first 80 people.

Tickets are HKD 350 per person.

Important dates


  Abstract submission closes: 30 June 2018  
  Successful papers notified: 31 July 2018  
  Early bird registration closes: 31 July 2018  

Call for Abstracts


Abstracts can be submitted via email to Kris Descovich (kdescovich@unitec.ac.nz) by 30 June 2018.

Abstract guidance and template HERE.

Example of an abstract


Abstract submissions should be in English. However, abstracts may be translated into Chinese for the abstract booklet.

Oral presenters may choose to present in either English or Chinese. Poster presentations can be in English or dual language (Mandarin-English).

Please indicate at the top of the abstract if you wish to give an oral or poster presentation, and the language of your presentation/poster.



Registration fees


  Early bird
(by 31 July 2018)
(after 31 July 2018)
Standard HKD 800 HKD 1,000
Student* HKD 400 HKD 500


Pre-conference workshop - Animal Abuse: Identification and knowing what to do

Veterinarians HKD 150
Vet Nurses/Vet Assistants/Others HKD 100
Students* HKD 50

*proof of ID will be required during registration (e.g. Passport, student card or letter from institution)

Standard registration fees will include conference attendance, refreshments, lunches and one social dinner. Student registration fees will be similar to standard registration but will not include the social dinner.

Social dinner for the accompanying person will be HKD 300 per person.

Payment will be processed in 3-5 working days. An email notification will be sent once the transaction is confirmed.


Registration form



Do you need a letter of invitation to obtain a visa to HK? *


Attending pre-conference workshop - Animal Abuse: Identification and knowing what to do?

Accompanying person for pre-conference workshop (same fee scheme applies to each individual accompany person)


Attending social dinner (standard registration only) *

Accompanying person for social dinner (HKD 300/person) *

Joining harbour cruise (HKD 350) *

Accompanying person for harbour cruise (HKD 350/person) *


I am happy for my email to be circulated in the list of delegates *



Credit Card Type *


*payment is not immediate and will be processed in 3-5 working days. An email notification will be sent once the transaction is confirmed.




  • Full payment of the fee must be received before a delegate can be registered. Only delegates that are registered can attend the conference.
  • Presenters must register before the early bird deadline in order to confirm their presentation.
  • Delegates are responsible to for their own travel and accommodation to attend the conference, as well as securing the appropriate travel documentations, if required. The organisers can assist in providing an invitation letter or other documentations, upon request.
  • Registration is for an individual, not an institution, and is not transferable, unless this has been agreed in advance. Failure to comply may result in such individuals being denied entry to the meeting.
  • In the event of circumstances arising beyond the organisers’ control, we reserve the right to cancel this meeting at our discretion without incurring any liability in respect of such cancellation and to return to delegates any monies received.
  • Delegates who cancel their bookings within 4 weeks of the start of the conference will not have their registration fee refunded. Prior to this, refunds will be discretionary and will be returned less any handling fee and costs incurred.
  • We cannot accept liability for personal accidents, nor for loss of, or damage to private property of delegates, either during or directly arising from attendance at the conference. Delegates should make their own arrangements with respect to health and travel insurance.



Limited scholarships are available for those who want to attend this conference. The priority for sponsorships will go to (1) those who have successfully submitted an abstract, (2) students, and (3) from a developing country.

For those who are interested to apply, kindly fill in the SCHOLARSHIP FORM and email it to cvmls.ufaw2018@cityu.edu.hk by 30th June 2018.

Useful Information


Conference venue


Wong Cheung Lo Hui Yuet Hall
5/F, Lau Ming Wai Academic Building
City University of Hong Kong
Tat Chee Avenue
Hong Kong SAR




Google maps



How to get to CityU




Delegates are responsible for booking their own accommodations. However, special rates have been negotiated with these hotels for this event. Please contact the hotel of your choice directly to make your booking.



Getting to City University of Hong Kong


By Taxi

Harbour Plaza Metropolis

Superior Room: HK$1390 nett

Hotel Website

Reservation Form

Walk from hotel to Hung Hom Station, Approx. 5 mins


From Hung Hom Station, East Rail Line to Kowloon Tong Station - Approx. 9 mins, HK$4


Walk from Kowloon Tong Station to Lau Ming Wai Academic Building, CityU – Approx. 5 mins

Approx. 15 mins, HK$75-80

Royal Plaza Hotel

Plaza Deluxe Room: HK$1300

Plaza Deluxe Family Room: HK$1500

(exclusive of 10% tax)

Hotel Website

Reservation Form

Walk from hotel to Mong Kok East Station, Approx. 5 mins


From Mong Kok East Station, East Rail Line to Kowloon Tong Station – Approx. 5 mins, HK$4


Walk from Kowloon Tong Station to Lau Ming Wai Academic Building, CityU – Approx. 5 mins

Approx. 9 mins, HK$44-52

The Cityview Hotel

Economy Plus HK$800 (24 to 25 Oct) / HK$1250 (26 to 27 Oct)

Deluxe Room HK$850 (24 to 25 Oct) / HK$1150 (26 to 27 Oct)

Premier Room HK$950 (24 to 25 Oct) / HK$1250 (26 to 27 Oct)
(exclusive of 10% tax)

Hotel Website

Reservation Form

Walk from hotel to Yau Ma Tei Station, Approx. 2 mins


From Yau Ma Tei Station, Kwun Tong Line to Kowloon Tong Station – Approx. 9 mins, HK$5.5


Walk from Kowloon Tong Station to Lau Ming Wai Academic Building, CityU – Approx. 5 mins

Approx. 14 mins, HK$65-77

Stanford Hillview Hotel (Tsimshatsui)

Oak Room HK$1110 (24 to 25 Oct) / HK$1380 (26 to 27 Oct)
(inclusive of 10% tax)

Hotel Website

Reservation Form

Walk from hotel to Jordan Station, Approx. 10 mins


From Jordan Station, Tsuen Wan Line & Kwun Tong Line to Kowloon Tong Station - Approx. 12 mins, HK$7.5


Walk from Kowloon Tong Station to Lau Ming Wai Academic Building, CityU – Approx. 5 mins

Approx. 18 mins, HK$75-87

Stanford Hotel (Mongkok)

City Room HK$1030 (24 to 25 Oct) / HK$1350 (26 to 27 Oct)
(inclusive of 10% tax)

Hotel Website

Reservation Form

Walk from hotel to Jordan Station, Approx. 8 mins


From Mong Kok Station, Kwun Tong Line to Kowloon Tong Station - Approx. 7 mins, HK$5.5


Walk from Kowloon Tong Station to Lau Ming Wai Academic Building, CityU – Approx. 5 mins

Approx. 13 mins, HK$50-64




Tourist information for Hong Kong


Airport transportation in to the City

Hong Kong International (Chek Lap Kok) Airport is served by a many different modes transportation visitors can take into the City.

- HK Airport transport Leaflet

The most commonly used is the ‘Airport Express’. A train journey from the Airport in Kowloon Station (Kowloon is the one of the 4 main geographical areas of HK where CityU is located) costs HK$105 (approx. US$14) and journey time is around 20 minutes. Check out here http://www.mtr.com.hk/en/customer/tickets/promotions_4persons.html to see if you can take advantage of Group Ticket Promotional Fare, when you make your way back to the airport to get your return flights.

- HK Airport Express Service Guide / Leaflet

The Airport Express rail is part of HK famously clean and efficient Mass Transit Rail (MTR) (the ‘underground’). During your stay in HK and when you travel between your Hotel and CityU (conference venue), MTR is the fastest, most reliable and cheapest way to go. Caution: Please take care of your handbags and personal belongings when you travel during peak hours; the trains can get extremely crowded and there can be the odd ‘pick-pocketers’ about.


Money exchange

Hong Kong is very well served by banks and ATM machines. The 2 major banks are HSBC and Hang Seng Bank. There are also Bank of East Asia, Citi Bank and Bank of China. ATM machines are found in ALL MTR stations.

Foreign currency exchange rate is generally better in the City compared to the Airport. The banks will exchange foreign currencies, however, you are likely to find long queues. There are foreign exchange shops / kiosks dotted around the City (however none near CityU). ATM is probably the best option to access local currency.


Weather in Hong Kong

The weather in HK is best in October – November; when it just starts to become cooler and the typhoon season tails off. Temperature in October is usually around 23oC – 28oC, with relative humidity at around 70-80%. Rain not likely, but have an umbrella with you just in case.


Things to do in Hong Kong

Discover all the exciting things you can do while you are in Hong Kong visit Hong Kong Tourism Board.

Please visit the Hong Kong Observatory for weather updates, especially if you plan to get away from the City and explore the beaches, go island hopping or hiking. Don’t forget to pack your bathing suits, hiking shoes and hats!

If you plan to do shopping, Hong Kong is the right place for that! There is a ‘Plastic Shopping Bag Charging’ policy of HK$0.5 per bag (a government initiative to protect the environment). Please be prepared to BYOB (bring your own bags).


Special Recommendation

Discover Hong Kong’s fishing heritage by ferry and visit Tung Lung Island: Nostalgia Ferry tour in Hong Kong



Please come back and visit this page from time to time, more information and suggestions of fun things you can do in HK will be added.




Organising committee


Dr Kate Littin
Ministry for Primary Industries, New Zealand
Dr Tamara Diesch
Ministry for Primary Industries, New Zealand
Dr Kris Descovich
Unitec Institute of Technology, New Zealand
Dr Michelle Sinclair
University of Queensland, Australia
Assoc Prof Ngaio Beausoleil
Massey University, New Zealand
Dr Amanda Doughty
Allflex Australia, Australia
Dr Rebecca Doyle
University of Melbourne, Australia
Dr Howard Wong
City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Dr Queeny Yuen
City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Dr Natasha Lee
Animal Happiness Consultancy, Malaysia



Scientific Committee



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