The Animal Advocacy Conference brings together, for the first time, researchers from different fields in the social and behavioral sciences, and animal activists and advocates from around the world.

Learn about the latest ideas, findings and campaigns in the following domains:

  • The psychological, social, and societal factors shaping how we perceive and think about animals, human-animal relations, and animal welfare and rights
  • The impact of advocacy and activism strategies related to animal rights, veganism, meat reduction and reduction of other animal products (e.g., dairy, eggs)
  • The social and behavioral science of animal cruelty, meat consumption (and other animal-product consumption), vegetarianism/veganism, and speciesism
  • The connections and intersections between human-animal relations and human intergroup relations as well as between animal ethics and other social justice domains including environmentalism, feminism, and anti-racism

This conference uniquely bridges the gap between academic researchers and activists/professionals in the field of vegan and animal rights advocacy. We will create a stimulating environment where academics and activists/advocates exchange relevant knowledge, engage in lively debates, share their ideas, and can start collaborations.


The conference will provide a mix of public talks (keynotes)  and invited symposia and talks by some of the world’s leading scholars and advocates in the field,  discussion panels, longer and shorter research talks, poster presentations and workshops/seminars.

We will also have sessions with an applied focus where animal advocacy organizations and activists can pitch ideas on their ongoing or planned campaigns and get input from a friendly panel of academics and people with expertise in animal advocacy and activism.


Submission portals are now closed (the deadline was December 20th 2019).



The conference is organized by Dr Kristof Dhont, Prof Joachim Stoeber, Victoria Krings and Alina Salmen with the help from members of SHARKLab at the University of Kent.

To contact the conference organizers, please email