Human-animal interactions: Conversations and connections in a changed world

IAHAIO online conference: 25-26 September 2021

The programme -All times London time BST/GMT+1

Saturday 25/09 Topic Speaker/s Join session
9.30am Opening and introduction to IAHAIO. Sponsor: CEVA Marie-Jose Enders-Slegers
9.45am-10.45am Plenary: Reflections on the past – dreams for the future Dennis Turner
11.00am-12.00pm Symposium: Animal-assisted psychotherapy – It’s all about the relationships Jo Frasca, Meg Kirby, Katarina Lundgren, Nancy Parish-Plass
Lunchtime session
12:30pm-1:15pm IAHAIO members’ online exhibition (public) and Member networking (members only) IAHAIO members
Afternoon session
1:30pm- 2:30pm Symposium: Choice and control in animal welfare in AAI Sara Karlberg and Tess Erngren
3:00pm-4:00pm Workshop: A re-look at definitions in AAI Melissa Winkle, Marie-Jose Enders-Slegers, Amy Johnson and Jo-Ann Fowler
4:30pm-5:30pm Plenary: The State of the Science – Where we are now and a vision for the future Nancy Gee


Sunday 26/09 Topic Speaker/s
Morning session
9.30am Welcome to Day 2, reflections on Day 1 Marie-Jose Enders-Slegers
9.45am-10:45am Symposium: Mechanisms underlying AAI Marie-Jose Enders-Slegers, Richard Griffioen, Karin Hediger and Steffie van der Steen
11.00am-12.00pm Panel discussion: Pets in Housing: What next for policy and practice? Elizabeth Ormerod, Taryn Graham and Brinda Jegatheesan
Lunchtime session
12:30pm-1:15pm IAHAIO members’ online exhibition (public) and Member networking (members only) IAHAIO members
Afternoon session
1:30pm-2:30pm Plenary: Our bond with companion animals in a changing world Sandra McCune
3.00pm-4.00pm Symposium: Animal welfare standards in AAI (based on IAHAIO international published standards) Karin Hediger, Brinda Jegatheesan, Elizabeth Ormerod and Marie-Jose Enders-Slegers
4:30pm-5:30pm Plenary: Human-elephant interactions: “You never get enough of an elephant” Lynette Hart
5:30pm-5:45pm Concluding remarks Marie-Jose Enders-Slegers

We are very grateful for the wonderful sponsorship from CEVA and Purina in support of this conference.


  1. To connect people working in HAI and AAI to engage in conversation on important topics in the field, looking to the next ten years. What are some of the trends likely to be in research and practice?
  2. To offer a conference for IAHAIO members and the wider HAI/AAI community, delivered by IAHAIO, its members and friends
  3. To offer the opportunity for IAHAIO members to network with each other, bringing together those in the same geographical region and/or those working in similar fields

Join us for a 2-day conference that includes:

  • Plenaries from pioneers in the field
  • Symposia hosted by experienced researchers and practitioners
  • Workshops
  • Panel discussions
  • IAHAIO member online exhibitions

All conference attendees will be able to attend and participate in all conference sessions 25-26 September. They will also be able to access recordings of all sessions (with the exception of the IAHAIO members’ online exhibition) for 6 months after the conference.

Conference rates and registration

Type of member Price  
IAHAIO Members $55.00 now. Select
General public/non IAHAIO members $80.00 now. Select
Students $30.00 now. Select

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