PVM-led conference virtually connects experts for international dialogue on human-animal bond


Friday, October 29, 2021

The Purdue University Center for the Human-Animal Bond will welcome more than 1,800 attendees from around the world virtually next week for the 2021 Centers for the Human-Animal Bond Conference. The November 4-5 online conference will bring together a diverse collection of national and international academic centers and institutes of human-animal interaction for a global, interdisciplinary conversation focused on advancements in this relatively new area of ​​research.

The Centers for the Human-Animal Bond (CHAB) conference was first held in 2006 at Purdue, and in 2016, a ten-year follow-up conference continued the conversation. These two previous conferences gave rise to special issues in peer-reviewed journals (2008 in JVME and 2018 at HAIB), and this year’s conference will seek to continue this legacy.

Purdue Associate Professor of Veterinary Medicine in Human-Animal Interaction, Maggie O’Haire, said the CHAB 2021 conference provides a vital opportunity to bring together several national and international academic centers and institutes of human-animal interaction. “The conference will serve as a platform for interdisciplinary conversation with substantial opportunities for the exchange and discussion of new ideas for future research on animal-assisted interventions and the additional dimensions of the human-animal bond,” said the Dr O’Haire. She further explained that periodic and structured dialogue and coordination by multidisciplinary and geographically diverse human-animal interaction centers are essential to accelerate the advancement of the field and collaboration between disciplines, leading to a better understanding of the implications. physiological, psychological and cultural. of the human-animal bond.

The first day of the conference, Thursday November 4, is free and open to the public and will include two plenary speakers and a roundtable in the morning, a “Lunch and Learn” with center directors during the lunch hour, and two other speakers in plenary in the afternoon. During the Lunch and Learn session, representatives of world-class centers and institutions from around the world will provide insight into their organizations and the work they do. Click here for a full list of speakers and topics.

The conference is able to offer the one-day session open to the public with free registration thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Human-Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) and Mars Petcare. Additional support for the conference is provided by Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine’s Center for the Human-Animal Bond and the university provost’s office. Registration is still available online at: vet.purdue.edu/ce/chab.php.

The conference will continue for a second day on Friday, November 5, with closed sessions that are limited to only invited leaders in the field of human-animal interaction.

Click here to learn more about the 2021 Centers for the Human Animal Bond conference.

Susan Xioufaridou | [email protected]

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