The Science of Animal Thinking and Emotion:
A Conference on Sentience as a Factor in Policy and Practice
Kellogg Conference Center at Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C., March 17-18, 2014
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This two-day conference brings together leaders in the science and implications of animal sentience, and influential voices in the policy and corporate domains.
As the bedrock of animal ethics, sentience deserves a more prominent place in the legislative, corporate, and institutional landscapes where decisions about animals and their care and status are made.
Monday, March 17, 2014 — The Science and Implications of Animal Cognition Morning Session
8:30-8:45 Welcome (Andrew Rowan)
8:45-9:15 The Emotional Brain (Jaak Panksepp, PhD, Washington State University)
9:45-10:15 Ape and Dog Cognition (Brian Hare, PhD, Duke University)
10:45-11:15 Farm Animal Cognition, (Ian J.H. Duncan, PhD, Global Animal Partnership)
11:45-12:15 Awareness and Experience (Robert Mitchell, PhD, Eastern Kentucky University)
1:30-2:00 The Fishes (Victoria Braithwaite, PhD, Penn State University)
2:30-3:00 Animal Language (Con Slobodchikoff, PhD, Professor Emeritus, No. Arizona Univ.)
3:30-4:00 Animal Pleasure (Jonathan Balcombe, PhD, Humane Society University)
4:30-5:00 Dog Emotions with fMRI (Greg Berns, MD, PhD, Emory University)
6:00-8:00 Conference Dinner
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 — The Application of Animal Cognition
9:00-9:30 Sentience of Reptiles (Vladimir Dinets, PhD, MSc, University of Tennessee)
10:00-10:30 Sentience, Psychology and Social Change (Hal Herzog, PhD, Western Carolina University)
11:00-11:30 Sentience and Bio-Politics (Bernard Unti, PhD, The Humane Society of the US)
12:00-12:30 Sentience, Development and Cultural Change: Human-Animal Relations in Contemporary China (Peter Li, PhD, Humane Society International)
1:45-2:15 Marketing Sentience through the Media (Clare Molloy, PhD, Edge Hill Univ., UK)
2:45-3:00 The Influence of Sentience on Animal Research (Marita Candela, Professor In Law at Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona)
3:30-4:00 Sentience and Animal Welfare in the EU (Marguerite Kuzma, Policy Officer, Animal Welfare Unit, the European Commission)
4:15-4:45 Sentience of Cetaceans and the Global Conservation Agenda (Mark Simmonds, OBE, Sr. Marine Scientist, Humane Society International)
5:00-5:15 Closing Remarks, End of Conference
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Note : Registration for this conference is expensive (even for students, registration fees are 90$), but includes breakfast and lunch on both days of the conference.