Sub Working Groups

Sub Working Groups
WG1-SUB1: Setting things apart: Distinction and connection between positive animal welfare, positive affective states and animal welfare

Lead: Jean-Loup Rault (Austria), Co-lead: TBD

Aim: Clarify the concept of positive animal welfare, especially in relation to animal welfare and positive affective states. Propose definitions and delimitations between these concepts.

Start date: November 2023

Expected output: Scientific publication (Review or Perspective), Report

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WG1-SUB2: Survey on cross-disciplinary concepts and definitions of positive animal welfare

Lead: Katy Overstreet (Denmark), Co-lead: David Arney (Estonia)

Aim: Develop, circulate, and analyse a survey on perspectives and views of Animal Welfare and Positive Animal Welfare among members of this COST Action – LIFT.

Start date: November 2023

Expected output: Data set, Scientific publication (original research paper), social media content.

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WG1-SUB3: The 4 why’s of positive animal welfare

Lead: Monica Battini (Italy), Co-lead: Maria Vilain Rørvang (Sweden)

Aim: The aim of this sub WG is to explore the evolutionary function (and root) of positive emotion/mood/welfare.

Start date: November 2023

Expected output: Scientific publication (review)

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WG1-SUB4: Socio-individual factors modulating positive animal welfare

Lead: Sébastien Goumon ( Switzerland), Co-lead: Charlotte Goursot (Austria)

Aim: Discuss the importance of accounting for inter-individual differences in appraisal and their interactions with social life for positive animal welfare.

Start date: November 2023

Expected output: Scientific publication (Review)

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WG1-SUB5: Timescale of positive animal welfare

Lead: Laura Whalin (Norway), Co-lead: Laura Webb (Netherlands)

Aim: Synthesize the literature and discuss the timescale on which positive animal welfare may be conceptualized, from views on instant pleasurable experiences to a long-lasting, possibly lifelong, positive state.

Start date: November 2023

Expected output: Scientific publication (review)

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WG4-SUB1: Social media

Lead: Madalina Mincu (Romania), Co-lead: Christian Nawroth (Germany)

Aim: Increase the visibility of the COST Action to a broad audience, and to engage with stakeholders and society.

Start date: January 2023

Expected output: social media content, PKI

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WG4-SUB2: Website

Lead: Jen-Yun Chou (Ireland), Co-lead: Irene Camerlink (Poland)

Aim: Set up and maintain the COST Action LIFT website in order to provide project related information to the Action members as well as the general public.

Start date: September 2023

Expected output: Website

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WG4-SUB3: Conference and training

Lead: Laura Whalin (Norway)

Aim: Prepare templates for training school materials and assist training school organizers with running a successful training school; guarantee that training schools are organized with a fair geographical and gender balance. Spread information about, and increase visibility of, the COST Action on conferences; assist members with COST Action conference attendance grants in the preparation of their abstract or presentation when representing the COST Action.

Start date: April 2023

Expected output: Training materials, templates, conference materials

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WG4-SUB4: Editorial

Lead: Fernando Mata (Portugal)

Aim: Evaluate manuscripts and conference abstract that are written as part of the COST Action for scientific quality, readability and appropriate acknowledgements. Provide guidance to Action members on where they can best submit their manuscripts on positive animal welfare.

Start date: May 2023

Expected output: Report (Journal recommendations)

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