IAHAIO Conference, Paris 11-13 July 2016


Thank you to all participants at our recent international conference in the wonderful city of Paris.  We had nearly 450 attendees from around the globe who enjoyed a full programme of plenaries, oral presentations, poster presentations and workshops - as well as some splendid social events.

The Conference Handbook, which lists all the Abstracts and Posters presented at the conference, can be viewed here

Temple Grandin was unfortunately not able to attend the conference, but pre-recorded a wonderful interview with IAHAIO Board member, Brinda Jegatheesan, which can be viewed here.

IAHAIO extends its sincere gratitude to our sponsors - Adrienne and Pierre Sommer Foundation, France, Mars/Waltham, Nestle Purina, CEVA and Hills Japan - who provided such excellent support for the conference. 

We also thank our host organisation, Adrienne and Pierre Sommer Foundation, France, most sincerely for their tremendous support, hard work and dedication in preparing for the conference, and during the conference itself.

Please note: If you have any administrative queries about the conference, please email admin@iahaio.org

Unveiling A New Paradigm: HAI in the mainstream



Theme 1

Innovations in HAI Practices across disciplines, cultures and societies around the globe

- Emphasis on wellbeing for humans and animals
- New roles in AAI and HAI for veterinarians, for medical professions, psychologists, physiotherapists, animal scientists, ethologists, biologists, social workers etc.
- New insights in AAI and HAI

Theme 2  Innovative research in different populations and settings for AAI
Theme 3  New insights in cognitions, emotions and behavior of animals in HAI and AAI
Theme 4  New theoretical perspectives on the human animal bond
Theme 5  Advancement in HAI Education e.g. accreditation, curricula, best practices trends and happenings in education, ethics
Theme 6  Global perspectives on relationship of animal abuse and interpersonal violence
Theme 7   Research methodology: AAI and quantitative, qualitative and mixed research methods
Theme 8   Sustainablity in AAI




We are very grateful for the support of our sponsors:

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Temple Grandin interview

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