This event will contain limited plenary sessions - the focus will be parallel workshops and activities exploring different elements of human behaviour change. Workshops will include topics relating to application of behaviour change theories in real life situations, to give participants the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of some of the more theoretical parts of HBC.

There will also be opportunities to network, test your ideas and meet all the facilitators during innovative optional activities. There will be a Friday evening reception event and a Saturday evening dinner. The Friday is just the reception event, a tour and event at the Donkey Sanctuary (transport will be provided), the workshops are across Saturday and Sunday.

We will announce the workshops and speakers over the next couple of months - as a taster Dr Anne McBride (University of Southampton) will be giving a plenary talk "The Psychology of Behaviour Change - why, where and how?". 

Exeter is a beautiful city, easily accessible by air, rail and road. We have big plans to make it extra-special so please do get in touch...

Of course we would also love to hear from any potential sponsors including any organisation who might be able to provide eco-friendly pens and/or bags for our lovely delegates.. 

Friday 19th October to Sunday 21st October 2018 

Taking HBCA from Principles to Practice

Host: Exeter Anthrozoology as Symbiotic Ethics, Exeter University, Exeter, UK

Cost: Early bird £150 - this will increase from 15th July 2018 to £200 and includes the reception event on Friday 19th (evening), two full days of workshops and the event dinner on the Saturday night. It does not include accommodation. 

Accommodation: This is not included in the price. We will publish recommended options soon.

To book: ​For more information or to book please email 

Choosing workshops: Early bird ticket holders will be given the opportunity to create their agenda from the workshops available as soon as they are released. Other ticket holders will be able to select their desired workshops at the time of booking.

Workshop titles: Our experienced team of facilitators will deliver workshops including:

- Motivational interviewing as a tool for behaviour change (Alison Bard);
- Why your organisation needs a strategic plan and a simple, practical, step-by-step guide on how to create one (Harry Eckman)
- Animal Centered Design (ACD): Empathy based human behavior change (Luisa Ruge)
- Speaking to Spock or communicating with Captain Kirk? How Star Trek and behaviour change models can help us improve animal welfare (Tamsin Furtado)
- Keep calm and collaborate! Interacting in difficult situations - how to hold your ground and keep your cool (Debbie Busby)
- Habits: creating good ones, breaking bad ones as a sustainable answer to animal welfare problems (Jo White)
- Personal skills: how do you become the key to changing and influencing human behaviour? (Ben Hart)
- Applying the innovation adoption life-cycle model to animal welfare (Melissa Palomo)
- Outcomes over output; you taught but did they learn? (Anna Baatz)

- The Inspirational Voice - voice coaching for effective presentations (Anna Baatz)
- Participatory Video as a tool for change (Andie Vilela and Andrew Davies)
- 'Involve me and I understand' - developing participatory exercises (Suzanne Rogers)
- HBC-minded communication through storytelling (TBC)
- Working in challenging communities (working title; Cats Protection)
- How to identify and address real and perceived barriers (working title; RSPCA)

... and more. There will also be some plenary talks, innovative networking opportunities and a reception event at the Donkey Sanctuary.