You are here: HomeNews & EventsHSA Conference 2022

Livestock Welfare during Transport, Marketing & Slaughter

HSA International Conference - 30 June & 1 July 2022, Edinburgh UK

Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, Edinburgh UK

The Humane Slaughter Association’s international conference will be held in Edinburgh on 30 June and 1 July 2022.  Our first such event in six years will give attendees the opportunity to present their work, network and socialise in person.

The conference will include submitted talks and poster presentations, alongside keynote talks.

Call for papers:
We welcome all abstracts addressing the welfare of food production animals during transport, during marketing, and at the time of slaughter, as well as killing for welfare reasons or disease control.

We are particularly interested in abstracts with a focus on:

  • Humane catching, handling and slaughter of wild and farmed cephalopods and crustaceans
  • Welfare of livestock animals during transport and at markets and collection centres
  • Novel findings, practices and issues surrounding animal sentience as it relates to stunning and slaughter

Submissions for talks/posters should feature the title of the proposed contribution, the preferred format – talk or poster, the name and contact details of all contributors and an abstract. Abstracts must be in English and no longer than 3000 characters. The organising committee will assess the scientific and animal welfare merits of each submission. Some requested talks may be offered to present as posters

Contributors are expected to register and present their work in person. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 24 January 2022.


Event timetable:
Abstract submissions deadline: 24 January 2022
Registration opens: 10 February 2022
Notification of abstract acceptance: 10 March 2022
Early Bird registration ends: 7 April 2022 
Deadline for amendments to accepted abstracts: 6 May 2022
Conference dates: 30 June and 1 July 2022

We know from talking to you that many people have been missing the face-to-face element of meetings and that there is a real appetite for a ‘return to normal’. HSA will be following best practice and the latest COVID guidance from the Scottish Government and that of the venue. Places will be limited, so please register early to ensure your place.  Registration opens on 10 February 2022.

Registration details:
The registration fee includes attendance, lunch and refreshments over the two days and a drinks reception on the evening of 30th of June.

Registration fees:
Delegates from companies with an annual turnover greater than £500k should use the registration fees indicated for corporate delegates. Students, trainees, and unwaged individuals should register at the student delegate rate. If you do not fall into one of these two categories, please use the registration fee for other delegates.Online:
For those who cannot travel to Edinburgh and wish to watch the talks online, registration is free (but we suggest a minimum donation of £20 to support costs associated with streaming the meeting). Only people who attend the meeting in person will be able to present their work.

Contact Details:
HSA, The Old School, Brewhouse Hill, Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, AL4 8AN, UK.

Tel: +44 (0) 1582 831919; Fax: +44 (0) 1582 831414; Website:; Email:


Back to top