NEWS UPDATE (22 March 2020): Animal Advocacy Conference Postponed

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we regret to inform you that we have decided to postpone the Animal Advocacy Conference until 2021. The situation is getting worse rapidly all over the world, and postponing the conference is the best way forward for a number of reasons. The WHO recommends to avoid face-to-face contact and not to organize gatherings with many people. Also the numerous international travel restrictions make it no longer viable to hold the conference this year.

Registered participants will be fully refunded. We will also get in touch with registered participants in the next few days and have already started the process of arranging the refunds.

Although it is difficult to predict how the situation will develop over the next months, our tentative plan is to hold the conference in June 2021 in Kent.

We will update you as soon as more information is available. Presenters of all accepted conference contributions will be given the opportunity to present at the next conference, based on the same or an updated abstract.

We would like to express our solidarity and sympathy with everyone affected and also like to thank everyone for their understanding.

We hope that you and your loved ones all stay safe and healthy!

With the very best wishes and hoping to see everyone next year,

The Organizing Team





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.


Submissions will be reopened at a later date when we have a better idea of how the situation is evolving.



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