Voluntary position: Animals in Science Committee

17 January 2019

Do you want to play a key role in advising the government on a range of issues relating to the welfare of animals used in research?

If so, this is an exceptional opportunity to deliver reports and policy advice to ensure that government is best placed to maintain the highest standards in the welfare of animals used in research.

The Animals in Science Committee (ASC) is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Home Office to provide independent advice to the Government on the use of animals in scientific procedures, advise the Animal Welfare Ethical Review Bodies on good practice, and exchange information with other national bodies within the European Union.

We are seeking six new members with expertise in veterinary science, neuroscience, industry (pharmaceutical/toxicology), animal technology/welfare/3Rs and legal expertise (regulatory). The successful candidates will possess excellent communication and influencing skills, the ability to work as part of a team, and the ability to evaluate complex issues to reach a consensus.

This will be a three year appointment with the possibility of re-appointment. Applications are due on 28 January 2019.


Conference: Animals and Death

28 June 2016

27th September, 2016, University of Leeds.

Deadline for abstracts: 5th August 2016.

Animals and Death is a one day philosophy conference organised by the APE Collective at the University of Leeds, focusing on the moral problems surrounding animals and death.

Questions that might be addressed include:

* How does death harm animals and how is this different from how it harms humans?

* Should we intervene in predator, prey relations to minimize/eliminate death?

* Do we owe posthumous treatment to animals and their corpses?

* When, if ever, is it right to ‘euthanise’ a companion animal?

* Is death worse than non-existence for animals?

We invite presentations from anybody who does not hold a doctoral degree or who has received their doctorate within 3 years of the conference date. We welcome papers of both an applied and theoretical nature from any tradition of philosophy and also interdisciplinary work that considers the moral problems relating to animals and death.

Speakers will be given a 30 minute presentation slot followed by a 15 minute Q and A session. We particularly encourage submissions from under-represented groups in philosophy.

Confirmed keynote: Alasdair Cochrane (University of Sheffield).

Thanks to the generous support from the Society of Applied Philosophy, the Analysis Trust, the Centre for Ethics and Metaethics, and the school of PHRS at the University of Leeds, all speakers will receive a £30 travel bursary and have one night’s accommodation and their conference meal covered. Lunch will also be provided for all conference attendees.

Submissions: Please send an abstract of up to 500 words to: animalsanddeath@gmail.com by 5th August 2016.  Abstracts should be prepared for blind review and include no information that identifies the author or their institution. Please send abstracts in .doc or .pdf format, accompanied by a separate document including the author’s name, paper title, institutional affiliation and contact details.

For further details please see: www.animalsanddeath.wix.com/home