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In collaboration with Tel Aviv University we organize:

Animal behaviour, cognition & wellbeing seminar

This seminar will be about a variety of different animals species, wild and captive.
Between the 3 speakers they have practical experience and have studied with many different species of animals!

How much do we really know about animal minds? How can we use the tools of science to investigate what is happening in the minds of beings that, with just a handful of exceptions, are incapable of telling us? And perhaps most importantly, how can we use our knowledge of what animals are thinking and feeling in order to improve their lives? Join us for this one day seminar where we explore the modern science of animal behaviour and cognition, and discuss how it is being used to inform policy and practices to improve the welfare of the animals in our care, as well as in the wild.

The provisional program can be downloaded

The flyer can be downloaded

Speakers Israel 2014

Dr. Esteban Rivas
- Psychologist and philosopher, holds a M.Sc degree in (theoretical) psychology from the University of Utrecht and a M.A. in philosophy (ethics) at the University of Amsterdam. For his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Nijmegen he carried out a study of the signing behaviour by Washoe and the other famous signing chimpanzees. Now gives courses about animals at various Dutch universities. Director of the Institute for Animals in Philosophy and Science - IAPS, which organizes lectures, seminars and courses about animal intelligence, consciousness, emotions and animal ethics. For more information please visit his website

Dr. Ori Pomerantz
- Primatologist, Animal Behavior and Welfare specialist. Holds a B.Sc degree in Animal Sciences from The Hebrew University, and M.Sc and Ph.D degrees in zoology from Tel Aviv University. Serves as a lecturer and adviser in the field of animal behavior, and the management of captive animals in private and academic institutes in Israel.

Sabrina Brando is owner of AnimalConcepts and a full bio can be found by clicking HERE


This seminar will be held in English.


Tel Aviv University
Department of Zoology
Sherman Building (near Gate #2 and the Diaspora Museum)
Room 330


Regular registration fee Euro 45
Student registration fee Euro 35

Included is:

All lectures at the 1-day seminar, snacks, coffee breaks, workshop materials & certificate of attendance.

Discounted student registration information: Please note the student registration fee applies only to full time Bachelor level or below. Many attendees are enrolled in studies of various levels whilst combining this with full time employment and unfortunately a discount cannot be offered in these circumstances. Special discounts are available for certain charities and non-profit organisations, please contact us for more information or if you have any further questions.

To register please click HERE

Travel and Accommodation Information:

Participants should book their travels and hotel independently from the seminar.

Refunds and Cancellations Policy:

Participants will receive a confirmation upon reception of the registration form. You are then officially registered. Cancellations received at least 3 month prior to the first day of the conference or workshop will be honoured and fees, if already paid, refunded, less a processing fee. Cancellations made after this date up to 2 months before the start will be refunded at 50%. Cancellations made less then 1 month before the seminar are not refunded. In fairness to all attendees, confirmed participants who do not attend their scheduled workshop or conference are liable for the entire fee unless other arrangements have been made with AnimalConcepts prior to the start of the event.
AnimalConcepts is a registered company under Dutch law, and by accepting the cancellation policy at registration you agree and are bound to these laws, regardless of your geographically area. All payments have to be received prior to the start of the seminar, if this is not possible then only a cash payment on the day will allow access to the event.

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