Meet the speakers

Meet the speakers on the “Insect welfare” session’s panel

Meghan Barrett

Meghan Barrett

Meghan Barrett

Assistant Professor of Biology at Indiana University Indianapolis & Director at Insect Welfare Research Society

Meghan Barrett is an Assistant Professor of Biology at Indiana University Indianapolis and Director of the Insect Welfare Research Society. She researches insect neurobiology, thermal adaptations, and the welfare of insects farmed as food and feed.

SESSION: The minds of insects and why they matter

Jonathan Birch

Jonathan Birch

Jonathan Birch

Professor of Philosophy at LSE & Principal Investigator (PI) on the Foundation of Animal Sentience Project 

Professor Jonathan Birch is a Professor of Philosophy at the LSE and Principal Investigator (PI) on the Foundations of Animal Sentience project. In 2021, he led a “Review of the Evidence of Sentience in Cephalopod Molluscs and Decapod Crustaceans” that led to invertebrate animals including octopuses, crabs and lobsters being included in the UK government’s Sentience Bill. In addition to his interest in animal sentience, cognition and welfare, he also has a longstanding interest in the evolution of altruism and social behaviour. His first book, The Philosophy of Social Evolution, was published by Oxford University Press in 2017.

Session: The minds of insects and why they matter

Dr Benjamin Kennedy (Chair)

Dr Benjamin Kennedy (Chair)

Dr Benjamin Kennedy (Chair)

BSc. MSc. BVetMed MRCVS Mem.RES

Veterinary Surgeon

Benjamin is currently practicing in the Midlands as a locum small animal and exotic vet. He is the director and Founder of Invertivet Bearded Vets, a company focused on providing and researching the application of clinical medicine to invertebrate species and providing exotic veterinary services. Through this he has a growing caseload of invertebrates from zoological, private, and commercial collections.

In addition to his veterinary medicine degree Benjamin has a bachelor’s in biochemistry and genetics and a master’s in molecular biology and pathology of viruses. He is the co-editor of the Veterinary Invertebrate Society Journal and part of its steering committee. He is also a member of the Royal Entomological Society, British Veterinary Zoological Society, and the British Tarantula Society. Benjamin regularly publishes articles and presents his research at conferences to raise awareness of invertebrate medicine.

Session: The minds of insects and why they matter