The 2022 AWF Discussion Forum hybrid event – an in person and virtual platform to confront animal welfare issues and inspire change!

When: Wednesday 11th May 2022, 9.30am – 5.45pm

Where: One Great George Street, London, SW1P 3AA



Science, Education and Debate form the three pillars of AWF’s approach to improving animal welfare.  Through our annual Discussion Forum we give animal welfare its own platform and tackle controversial issues in a way that encourages self-reflection and inspires our delegates to take action and be advocates for change.

This year the Discussion Forum will be hybrid, giving delegates the chance to attend in person or virtually. Whether you’ll be with us at One Great George Street or watching elsewhere, all delegates will have a chance to participate and be part of the conversation on animal welfare.


The 2022 Forum will feature a series of discussions and debates about key cross-species welfare topics led by expert speakers. We will cover subjects including:

  • Pest control
  • Gene editing
  • Equine welfare
  • Improving ‘broken breeds’
  • The future for animal welfare

Remote delegates will also be able to take part in the discussions – using the Hopin platform you can pose questions to the panel and vote in polls. During the breaks you will be able to chat with fellow virtual delegates.

Tickets start at £25 for virtual attendees and £50 for in-person attendees.

Evening reception

If you want to carry on the conversations of the day, The Discussion Forum will be followed by a drinks reception at The Farmers Club in Whitehall, starting at 6.30pm. Tickets cost £25 – space is limited!

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