The Christopher Wathes Travel Bursary Award 2020 winner – Dr Nienke Van Staaveren

26 May 2021

The Christopher Wathes Travel Bursary has given me a great opportunity to present, discuss and learn about animal welfare research. Despite the pandemic throwing the plans for all conferences in a spin, it has highlighted the way the academic community has adapted to embracing the virtual aspects of holding conferences. While this is different from in-person meetings, in some ways I feel it has made conferences more accessible, giving me a larger platform and chance to learn by attending more conferences. I am especially grateful to the Christopher Wathes Travel Bursary committee for their flexibility and allowing me to attend multiple virtual events. I will participate in the largest number of conferences I have ever been a part of this year, and I am looking forward to sharing my experiences and absorbing all the interesting knowledge that is available.

Dr. Nienke van Staaveren, is an animal scientist who completed her M.Sc. in Animal Science at Wageningen University (The Netherlands) and obtained her PhD in Veterinary Medicine from University College Dublin (Ireland) and Teagasc – the Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority.  Since 2017, she has worked as a researcher and project manager at the University of Guelph, bridging the Centre for Genetic Improvement of Livestock and the Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare.  Utilising her expertise in animal welfare, health, and behaviour in various species including swine, poultry and more recently ruminants, Nienke is working to improve animal health and welfare, animal production, and the livelihood of farmers.

Thanks is given to Professor Claire Wathes and family for their support of this Award.


The Christopher Wathes Travel Bursary Award 2021

The Christopher Wathes Travel Bursary Award is open exclusively to BSAS members and is intended to help those in the early stages of their careers, attend scientific meetings and workshops around the globe, who might not otherwise be able to due to a lack of financial support. 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 maximum amount awarded will be up to £750 for travel within the UK and up to £1,000 for travel overseas. Applications will be assessed based on the application form and in making its decision, the selection panel will consider the relevance of the applicant’s work and the extent to which they will benefit from attending the chosen educational workshop or meeting. Christopher Wathes was an outstanding and uncompromising scientist, who acted on evidence and always challenged ill-informed opinions.  He was strongly supportive in developing the careers of his younger colleagues.

To enter the Christopher Wathes Travel Bursary Award 2021, please click here