Due to the global health crisis, we have decided to postpone the conference until 2021. For more information, please read our statement here. We will confirm keynote speakers once we have a better idea of how the situation is evolving.


TBC – Prof Catherine Amiot

Toward an understanding of
our psychological connection with other animals

Catherine E. Amiot, PhD, is a Professor at the department of Psychology, University of Québec in Montréal. Her research focuses on intergroup relations and self and identity processes, and in what ways these theoretical principles apply (or not) to human-animal relations in particular. Specifically, she seeks to understand how we can come to identify with animals as a broad and inclusive social group, and what social- and individual-level factors impede vs. promote mutually beneficial human-animal relations.

TBC – Prof Gordon Hodson

Animals and Animus:
How our Relations with Animals Speak to the Essence of Human Nature
Gordon Hodson, PhD, is a Professor of Psychology at Brock University (Canada). His research interests concern prejudice and discrimination, with a focus on ideology, intergroup contact/friendship, dehumanization, and human-animal relations (e.g., speciesism). He co-edited Advances in Intergroup Contact (Hodson & Hewstone, 2013) and Why We Love and Exploit Animals (Dhont & Hodson, 2020) and presently serves as Editor-in-Chief at the European Review of Social Psychology and Associate Editor at Group Processes and Intergroup Relations. He is a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science (APS), Society of Experimental Social Psychology (SESP), and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP).


TBC – Tobias Leenaert

Making Compassion Easier

Tobias Leenaert studied Germanic languages and comparative sciences of culture at the University of Ghent, Belgium. He is the author of How to Create a Vegan World: A Pragmatic Approach, and blogs about animal advocacy issues at www.veganstrategist.org. Tobias is a longtime speaker and strategist, and gives vegan advocacy trainings all over the world for the Center for Effective Vegan Advocacy (CEVA), which he co-founded with Dr Melanie Joy. He is also co-founder of the Belgian vegetarian organization EVA and of  ProVeg International, a  pro-vegan organization with the mission to reduce the global consumption of animals by 50% by the year 2040.