Scientific Program

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Full program, pdf version

Invited Speakers

kun guo

Dr. Kun Guo: Perception and processing of visual information in dogs - University of Lincoln, United Kingdom.


Prof. Luigi Boitani: The ecology and the threats to the conservation of wolf populations in Italy - University ‘La Sapienza’, Rome, Italy

de boer

Prof. Sietse F. de Boer: The neurobiology of offensive aggression - University of Groningen, The Netherlands


Prof. Giorgio Vallortigara: The evolution of brain asymmetry - University of Trento, Italy


Dr. Friederike Range: Canine cooperation - University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, Austria


Dr. Péter Pongrácz: Vocal communication in dogs - aspects of information content and evolution - Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest, Hungary


Prof. Em. Stephen Lea: The place of dog studies in research on comparative cognition - University of Exeter, United Kingdom


Prof. William “Deak” Helton: Development of expertise in working dogs - University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand


Prof. Pauleen Bennett: Chasing rainbows: factors affecting the dog-human relationship - LaTrobe University, Melbourne, Australia


Prof. Pier Francesco Ferrari - Neurobiology of empathy - University of Parma, Italy


Dr. Simon Gadbois - The semiotic canine: scent processing dogs as research assistants in biomedical and environmental research - Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada


Early Career Scientist Award Winner: Dr. Anna Kis - The effect of oxytocin on human-directed social behaviour in dogs - Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest Hungary


Round Table on Service Dogs

A service dog is any dog who is individually trained to perform work or tasks for the benefit of a person with disability, such as guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling a wheel chair, and so on. Notwithstanding the clear benefits that service dogs bring to their owners and to the civil society, the topic has received relatively little attention by the scientific community. More importantly there seems to be little international consensus on many aspects pertaining the involvement of dogs in such activities, including the specificities and challenges of training as well as the implications for the welfare of the animals and of their owners.

The Canine Science Forum 2016 includes a Round Table on service dogs that aims at improving the awareness about these topics, defining the needs and critical points of this area and promoting a constructive discussion involving the scientific community and the stakeholders (e.g. disabled persons, associations, governmental bodies, trainers, etc.). Invited experts will introduce some of the main issues related to service dogs, setting the ground for the discussion.

peter sandoe

Ethical aspects - animals’ and disabled persons’ welfare and social commitments
Prof. Peter Sandoe: - University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

selina gibsone

Training - technical approaches and challenges
Selina Gibsone: - Dogs For Good, United Kingdom.

adam miklosi

Research - opportunities and scientific questions
Prof. Ádám Miklósi: - Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest, Hungary.

The Round Table will take place on June 29 2016 at 4.45 pm at Palazzo della Ragione.

With the aim of promoting an ample participation, there will be the possibility to attend only the Round Table upon payment of a dedicated fee. Registrants at the Round Table will be admitted to the afternoon session of the CSF on June 29 (starting at 2 pm) including the final ‘Wine and Cheese’ social event.


Early Career Scientist Award

Are you a promising researcher and would like to present your research at the CSF?
One selected outstanding scientist will be invited as guest speaker and will receive full coverage of travel, accommodation and registration expenses. Read more here


Social events

  • June 28th 18:30-19:30: Welcome reception in the 'Sala delle Colonne' of Palazzo Bo’, Via VIII Febbraio, 2
  • June 29th 19:00-20:30: Cheese and Wine party at Botanical Garden, Via Orto Botanico, 15
  • June 30th from 20:00: Conference dinner at Caffè Pedrocchi, Via VIII Febbraio, 15