Christopher Wathes - Travel Bursary Award
This Award has been established to honour the contributions which Professor Christopher Wathes OBE made to animal science, in particular through improving the welfare of farmed
livestock. The awards are intended to help members of BSAS to attend scientific meetings and workshops in the UK or overseas who might not otherwise be able to go through lack of financial support. The award is targeted at early career scientists.
Who was Christopher Wathes?
Christopher was an outstanding and uncompromising scientist who acted on evidence and always challenged ill-informed opinions. He was also strongly supportive in developing the careers of his younger colleagues. His career began with a degree in physics followed by a PhD in environmental physics. In 1980 he became a lecturer in animal husbandry at the University of Bristol. Here his interest in the impact of housing design on farm animals led him to develop expertise in the field of animal welfare including the use of preference testing. In 1990 he moved to Silsoe Research Institute to head their bioengineering division, where he was at the forefront of the newly emerging field of precision livestock farming. He then joined the Royal Veterinary College in 2005 as their first Professor of Animal Welfare, where he also developed a strong interest in animal ethics. Christopher chaired the Farm Animal Welfare Council (FAWC) for eight years from 2005, working with a wide range of stakeholders to develop a clear strategy and produce a number of highly relevant reports, which have a lasting impact on the welfare of farmed livestock in the UK. He was also instrumental in the formation of EuroFAWC, providing a platform for informed debate and development of shared policy relating to animal welfare throughout Europe. He was awarded the 2002 Research Medal of the Royal Agricultural Society of England and the 2016 UFAW Medal for Outstanding Achievements in Animal Welfare Science. He also received an OBE in 2013 for services to animal welfare.
The award must be used for travel, accommodation and/or registration to attend a meeting or educational workshop. The value of each award will be determined by the distance traveled by
the applicant from their place of residence to the location of the meeting and will provide no more than 70% of the total cost of attendance. This award specifically supports studies involving
animal welfare, precision livestock farming, design of animal housing or ethical considerations relating to the use of animals. In a brief summary, describe how your work meets the scope of
this award focusing on the originality/novelty of the scientific advances or development in knowledge and potential benefit to animal welfare. The maximum amount awarded will be up to
£750 for travel within the UK and up to £1000 for travel overseas.
Review of competition entries
Applications to the Christopher Wathes award will be assessed based on the application form. In making its decision, the selection panel will consider the relevance of the applicants work and the extent to which they will benefit from attending the educational workshop or meeting.
The award holder will be required to submit a short report to BSAS following their attendance at the educational workshop or meeting, which focuses on the benefit in knowledge and skills
gained from winning the award.
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What is the prize?
The maximum amount awarded will be up to £750 for travel within the UK and up to £1000 for travel overseas.
How do I apply?
The award is open to applicants from all branches of animal science who are in the early stages of their careers. Applications are accepted from BSAS members only. Please complete the on-line application form and return by the application deadline.