Aarhus University (AU) in Denmark is a public university that is internationally recognised for the high quality of its research, research-based degree programmes and public sector government consultancy, in addition to value-creating collaboration with private businesses, public sector institutions and civil society. AU has around 38,000 students, 10,700 employees, 1,800 PhD-students and close to 1,000 postdoctoral scholars. AU has an increasing number of international research and innovation partnerships, and is partner in 383 H2020 collaborative projects (278 in FP7), 36 (21) of these as coordinator. It also hosts / has hosted 61 ERC projects, and it has a strong track record of attracting individual fellowships and hosting visiting researchers at all career stages for both training and knowledge transfer purposes.
At the Department of Animal Science (ANIS), Aarhus University (Denmark), basic, strategic and applied research is carried out in issues relating to the nutrition, health and welfare of livestock. In the Welfare unit, scientists have extensive research skills in on-farm welfare assessment, animal behaviour and stress biology, veterinary epidemiology, animal health economics, herd health management, targeting the interactions between farmers, advisors, retailers, consumers and the authorities. The Welfare unit produces and disseminates new knowledge on the behavioural needs, stress biology and adaptability of domesticated animals in order to ensure animal welfare and health when used for production and research. Furthermore, the Welfare unit develops and evaluates animal models of pain, mental states, behaviour and stress, and contributes with new knowledge on behaviour, stress reactions and adaptability of farm animals. This knowledge is used for developing and evaluating new barn systems and production principles, and for working out guidelines for improved animal welfare in housing, handling and transport of farm animals.
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