New Centre of Excellence in Animal Welfare Science
Linköping University has received a grant for another Centre of Excellence. Via support from Formas, LiU and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) the funding will provide a new centre for animal welfare research.
“We’ll work to develop methods for measuring positive emotional states in animals and study how early stress influences the an animal’s life” says Per Jensen, Professor of Ecology at LiU and the main applicant alongside professor Linda Keeling from SLU.
The new Centre of Excellence in Animal Welfare Science will strengthen research collaboration between LiU and SLU, which has been going on for years. New knowledge will be gathered here on behaviour, physiology, genetics, veterinary medicine and animal health care. The centre is also expected to strengthen Sweden’s role in European animal policy through various forms of expert assistance.
The Swedish Research Council Formas has contributed a five-year grant of SEK 5m (€555,000) for the new centre.
Operations started at the beginning of the year, and some 30 graduate students and researchers are employed. Three of the seven projects are connected with LiU. Besides Jensen, there is Uno Wennergren, Professor of Theoretical Biology, and Jordi Altimiras, lecturer at the Department of Physics, Chemistry, and Biology (IFM).
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Last updated: 2014-09-19