|The 9th International Conference on Human-Animal Interactions will take place in
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 13-15 September 2001, hosted by ARCA Brasil and AFIRAC-France on behalf
of IAHAIO, the International Association of Human-Animal Interaction Organizations. This is the first
such conference to take place in South America and presentations are expected to examine all aspects
of our relationships with animals including: historical, cultural, cross-cultural, demographic, public
health, veterinary, therapeutic, psychological, sociological and ethological. Plenary talks by acknowledged
experts from around the world will be "state of the art" messages from various fields but
all related to the main topic of the conference.
The goals of the conference are 1) to assess our relationships
with animals for the 21st century, putting cultural differences and regional
aspects into a global perspective; 2) to bring together scientists and practitioners
from around the world interested in all aspects of human-animal interactions;
3) to present research and programs about the benefits of interactions with
animals to human wellbeing and in therapeutic interventions; 4) to present
research and programs about relationships with companion animals and solutions
to issues associated with their keeping or issues associated with stray
animals, and 5) to encourage and assist policy makers at the international,
national and regional level to better recognize the need to integrate animals
The program committee will consider scholarly contributions in
one of two categories: oral contributed papers (15 minute talks) and posters
- with program time reserved for viewing and discussion with the authors.
Both presentation formats are of equal value. In addition, limited space
will be available for seminars/workshops on specific topics. Space will
also be allocated to approved sponsors and exhibitors.
| Target audiences:
- Researchers and practitioners
in all areas of human-animal relations;
- Human and animal health and
- Policy makers, advisers and
educators involved with human and/or animal health and welfare;
- The media.