The Christopher Wathes Travel Bursary Award

12 Feb 2020

2020 sees the launch of ‘The Christopher Wathes – Travel/Bursary Award’, which has been created in honour of Professor Christopher Wathes OBE, for his invaluable contribution to the field of animal science, particularly in improving the welfare of farmed livestock. Targeted at BSAS early career members, the award will provide a fantastic opportunity to attend scientific meetings and workshops in the UK or overseas, for those who might not otherwise be able to go due to lack of financial support.

Professor Wathes was an outstanding and uncompromising scientist who acted on evidence and always challenged ill-informed opinions. He won multiple awards during his career including the 2002 Research Medal of the Royal Agricultural Society of England and was strongly supportive in developing the careers of his younger colleagues, which is where the inspiration behind this award lies.

His own 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 where 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 had a lasting impact on the welfare of farmed livestock in the UK. Professor Wathes was also highly instrumental in the formation of EuroFAWC, providing a platform for informed debate and development of shared policy relating to animal welfare throughout Europe.

Awards deadline: 30th June 2020

For further information on the awards criteria and to apply CLICK HERE.