Project office: Mrs. Anke de Lorm
P.O. Box 65
8200 AB Lelystad, The Netherlands
E-mail info@econwelfare.eu
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Wageningen UR Livestock Research (WUR-LR)

Organisation
Wageningen UR Livestock Research, part of Stichting Dienst Landbouwkundig Onderzoek (DLO Foundation), is a knowledge organisation with an international reputation in the field of animal husbandry. The core activities feature scientific and practice-based research and the development of systems and innovations. Approximately 200 highly qualified members of staff are involved in research; they undertake both specialist and multi-disciplinary research for a broad range of customers who set great demands on the quality and independence of the research.

Main task in project
WUR-LR is overall coordinator of the project, WP manager of WP0 on communication and dissemination of project results internally and externally, WP manager of WP5 (project management), and involved in WP1-4.

Experience and network
WUR-LR is coordinator of the EU-funded Welfare Quality® project, and partner the EU-funded project QLIF, Q-Porkchains and PIGCAS.
Furthermore WUR-LR is member of several international farmers networks exchange experience and knowledge on farm production in a sustainable way, e.g. International Farm Comparison Network (IFCN), European Poultry Club (EPC), European Dairy Farmers (EDF) and European Pig Producers (EPP).

Staff members
Dr. Hans Spoolder (Ph.D.) is involved in animal welfare research and manager of the health and welfare group within WUR-LR. He has build up broad knowledge in pig welfare research, and contributes to the European Food Safety Authority scientific panels in relation to animal health and welfare. He is involved in FP 6 funded EU projects Welfare Quality® (FOOD-2004-506508 – as project office manager), QLIF (FOOD-2004-506358 – as board member and work package leader) and PIGCAS (FP6-2005-SSP-043969 – as core group member). Dr. Spoolder is the coordinator of EconWelfare.
Ir. Martien Bokma (M.Sc) is a senior researcher on animal health, welfare, food safety and quality systems. Before going into research, she was policy officer at the Ministry of Agriculture on the fields of animal health and animal welfare. In research, she is concerned with projects like the relation between housing systems and animal health, the development of quality standards for animal health, animal welfare and food safety and analysis of policy instruments to reach higher welfare and health levels. On the international level, she is project leader in a Technology Assessment project on animal-based welfare indicators, commissioned by the European Parliament. In the EconWelfare project she has the role of deputy coordinator with a special attention to the project content.
Mrs. Anke de Lorm, plays an important role in the project office of the Welfare Quality® project. She is involved in the day-to-day management of the project, the communication between project partners and organisation of project meetings.