Fundamentals of Animal Emotion - PhD course

Learn about the basics of animal emotion from concepts to indicators,
the importance of validation and the role of emotion in lifelong welfare from experts in the field, 6-8 March, 2023

Organised by Animal Production Systems, Adaptation Physiology

Mon 6 March 2023 until Wed 8 March 2023

Duration 1 ECTS
Venue Impulse, building number 115
Price description Fee depending on target group: PhD students €350, Postdocs €500, Staff €800


In this 3-day in person course you will learn about the key concepts of animal emotion, you will be introduced to different categories of measurements to assess animal emotion (behavioural, cognitive and physiological), with a special focus on play and vocalisations, and finally you will learn about validation of measurements and about the role that emotion plays in lifelong animal welfare.

Lectures and lecturers

Lecture topic Lecturer
Concepts of animal emotion Prof Mike Mendl (UK)
Validation of indicators of animal emotion Prof Georgia Mason (Canada)
Physiology and animal emotion Dr Louise Kremer or Dr Laura E Webb (Netherlands)
Cognition and animal emotion Dr Hetty Boleij (Netherlands)
Brain lateralisation Dr Lisette Leliveld (Italy)
Vocalisations as indicator of animal emotion Dr Elodie F Mandel-Briefer (Denmark)
Play and animal emotion Dr Jamie Ahloy Dallaire (Canada)
Facial expression and animal emotion Prof Bridget M Waller (UK)
Animal emotion and welfare Dr Laura E Webb (Netherlands)

Learning goals

Following this course you will be able to:

  1. Explain and use the terminologies and concepts used in the field of animal emotion;
  2. Understand the difficulties linked to the validation of indicators of animal emotion;
  3. Explain (and possibly apply) the main behavioural, physiological and cognitive methods used to assess animal emotion;
  4. Understand the role that emotion plays in lifelong animal welfare.


Registration is open from 11 November, 12.00 to 1 December, 23.45 CET, via this online form.

We have 30 places for this course. PhD students are given priority for this course on a first-come-first-serve basis. If you are not a PhD student but still choose to register, you will be placed on a waiting list.

Other information

For more detailed information, including options for accomodation and funding possibilities, please check the attached document.

Please note that there is no option for online attendance.