On December 1, 2018 at the annual University of Bern Academic Ceremonies, Nina von Keyserlingk was presented with the Hans Sigrist prize.
The Prize citation reads:
Professor Marina von Keyserlingk of the The University of British Columbia, is the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Industrial Research Chair in Animal Welfare at the Faculty of Land and Food Systems. She is internationally one of the most distinguished and innovative researchers in the area of this year’s prize field “Sustainably Produced Food of Animal Origin”. Prof. von Keyserlingk has pioneered the use of animal behavior (especially automated measures) for the early detection and prediction of disease in farm animals. She is also a leader in her field due to her innovative approach to combining experimental, quantitative work and qualitative methods including online surveys, interviews, and focus groups to understand the perspectives of farmers, veterinarians, and the public regarding the care and use of farm animals.
Her work has motivated scientific research better targeted at perceived constraints and illustrates a new trend towards interdisciplinary research to address societal concerns about the care and use of farm animals.
For an article on her achievement by the Faculty of Land and Food Systems please click here.