Conferences and awards for animal welfare for research, testing and teaching

This page provides information about conferences and awards for animal welfare in relation to research, testing and teaching.


ANZCCART Conference

ANZCCART 2017: Maintaining Social License in a Changing World

The New Zealand Committee of ANZCART has great pleasure in inviting you to the 2017 ANZCCART conference which will be held in Queenstown, New Zealand, and run from Saturday 2nd September to Monday 4th September, as part of Queenstown Research Week.


The theme of this year’s conference will be “Maintaining Social License in a Changing World” reflecting our view that the responsible use of animals in research and teaching is a socially positive activity, which ought to be defended freely. Society continues to afford the research and teaching community its continued consent because the legal framework under which we operate is well enough trusted, and while societies viewpoint has shifted over the years and decades and the direction is always towards greater not less attention to animal welfare.

We will have an exciting line-up of speakers covering a wide range of topics from hearing about addressing social license in different contexts, to advances in replacement, reduction and refinement technologies, lessons from animal ethics committee front lines, and animal handling. We will also celebrate winners of the AEC member of the year, animal care technician award, and the student essay competition.

It promises to be an exciting conference and we are looking forward to welcoming you in Queenstown in September.

For further information, see the ANZCCART Conference Flyer, or contact:

ANZCCART supports a policy of speaker diversity


Library of ANZCCART conference proceedings

Proceedings from previous ANZCCART conferences can be accessed here.


AEC Member of the Year Award

This award has been created by ANZCCART to recognise the excellent service offered to Animal Ethics Committees by their members throughout Australia and New Zealand. As part of this award, ANZCCART will provide an all expenses paid trip for the recipient to the annual ANZCCART Conference.

View details of the award including the eligibility criteria.


ANZCCART Animal Care Technician Awards

Animal care technicians working in research, testing and teaching organisations are the personnel who make the use of animals possible in a wide range of experimental situations. ANZCCART New Zealand has established a national award to recognise the significant contribution made by individual New Zealand-based technicians, particularly in regard to the welfare of the animals.

Applications for the New Zealand awards are now open. For more information see the awards criteria and nomination form: Animal-Care-Technicians-Awards-Criteria-and-Nomination-Form-2017.

Note, the deadline for nominations has been extended to 16 June.


ANZCCART Essay Competition

ANZCCART hopes to inspire students to think critically about the role animal research plays in today’s society and to engage with the difficulties that surround animal use.

The student winner of the inaugural 2014 ANZCCART Essay Competition was Katherine Reid (Massey University), for her essay entitled Conversations to Improve Animal Welfare in Research and Teaching.

The competition for the 2017 award is now Open and the deadline for submission is 7 July. For more information see the conditions of entry and other details for the ANZCCART Essay Competition 2017 – deadline 7Jul2017.


ANZCCART School Science Fair Prize

ANZCCART will support the awarding of an ANZCCART School Science Fair Prize, with the provision of prize money for the best project where:

1. Students have undertaken study or research on an animal-based project
2. Animal Ethics approval has been applied for and given
3. Correct procedures and practices have been undertaken in study
4. Students know importance of ethics approval

For more information, contact:


The Ron Kilgour Memorial Trust Student Travel Award

The Ron Kilgour Memorial Trust (RKMT) was established as a memorial to the late Dr Ronald Kilgour to organise, promote and foster activities in relation to research and teaching in the areas of ethology, behaviour, social values and personal, social and agricultural development and associated international relations. The RKMT accepts applications from students, within New Zealand, who are currently enrolled in a graduate degree (Honours, MSc or PhD) and are studying in the area of animal behaviour and welfare. The award will provide partial or full funding to attend and present their research at a relevant congress (e.g., ISAE, IEC or similar). Selection will be based on the potential impact of the students’ research toward improving animal welfare and on financial need. The award has the following objectives:

  • To increase the profile of animal behaviour and welfare as a scientific discipline.
  • To encourage students to investigate issues in animal behaviour and welfare.
  • To provide students the opportunity to attend a conference to present their research and increase their profile by providing networking opportunities with other scientists working in the field.

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