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International Society for Equitation Science Conference 2020

Welcome to the 16th International Society for Equitation Science Conference. Join us from 11 - 14 August 2020 for an event dedicated to improving the human-horse relationship through the application of objective research and advanced practice.

About ISES

The mission of ISES (International Society for Equitation Science) is to promote and encourage the application of objective research and advanced practice which will ultimately improve the welfare of horses in their associations with humans.

The conference theme is Succeed with Science: performance, practice and positive wellbeing.   An engaging line-up of high calibre speakers will be announced in due course and the conference will be a combination of insightful theory and applied practical sessions, as well as showcasing emerging research from around the world. Science continues to fascinate and inform when it comes to understanding the relationship between humans and horses, and this event is expected to uncover more thought-provoking findings that will demonstrate how we can improve horse-rider performance and influence management and handling techniques to enhance the wellbeing of the horse through evidence-informed and ethical practices.

Accommodation is available onsite starting from £40 per night. The cost of each room will include bed linen, towels and a breakfast voucher to be used at our catering outlets. Accessible rooms and wheelchair charging are available upon request.

Keys can be collected on arrival from the Hartpury Arena Reception.

You’ll also find an abundance of accommodation options in nearby Gloucester and the surrounding areas. Simply click on the links below:

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The key objectives of ISES are:

  • to encourage and support basic and applied research into the training and welfare of horses;
  • to provide an international forum in which scientists can communicate and discuss the results of the above research. This can be achieved by organising scientific meetings and by encouraging scientific publications;
  • to encourage links between applied animal behaviour science, veterinary science, psychology and other disciplines. This can be realised by encouraging presentations, discussions, publications and by maintaining contacts with appropriate scientific societies;
  • to encourage and support the teaching of Equitation Science in research and academic institutions, especially veterinary schools, departments of animal science and animal production, agricultural colleges and departments concerned with laboratory, companion or captive animals;
  • to provide a pool of expertise to national governments, international bodies, industry and to those equine welfare organisations which deal with problems involving equine behaviour, training and welfare;
  • to encourage, where appropriate, the assimilation of scientific knowledge so as to facilitate its use in relation to practical problems concerning the way horses are trained, managed, housed and cared for.

Hartpury has an abundance of accessible parking available for disabled visitors. Accessible toilets can be found in all areas of the University and College campus and are clearly marked.

If you need any assistance please contact us: equitationscience2020@hartpury.ac.uk

Hartpury has a number of catering outlets on site. Please note that the opening times and availability of catering outlets will be confirmed nearer the time.

Getting to Hartpury

Hartpury is located four miles north of Gloucester and is in easy travelling distance from Cheltenham, Bristol, and Birmingham.

Airports

If you are flying to the UK for the conference, Birmingham International Airport, Bristol Airport, London Heathrow and London Gatwick provide easy access to the UK as well as further transport options to get to Hartpury.

From Birmingham International Airport by Train– If looking to take the train, the Birmingham airport shuttle will take you to Birmingham New Street train station where you can get a number of trains to Gloucester train station. The average journey time between Birmingham International and Gloucester is approximately 2 hours 25 minutes depending on train times. You can find out further information including train times here.

From Birmingham International Airport by Bus - There is no direct bus from Birmingham Airport to Gloucester Bus Depot. However, there are services departing from Birmingham Airport and arriving at Gloucester via Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2h 56m and you can find out more including times here

From Bristol Airport by Train – There is an airport bus that will take you to Bristol Temple Mead train station. From there you can get direct trains to Gloucester train station. The average journey time when traveling by train to Gloucester from Bristol Temple Meads is 50 minutes. You can find out further information including train times here

From Bristol Airport by Bus – There are a number of bus services to Gloucester. You can find out times here.   The average journey length when traveling by bus from Bristol Airport to Gloucester is approximately 1 hour 50 minutes depending on traffic.

From Heathrow/Gatwick Airport by Train - The average journey time between Heathrow Airport and Gloucester is approximately 3 hours 46 minutes. The average journey time between Gloucester and Gatwick Airport is approximately 4 hours 20 minutes. You can book your train ticket and find out more about train times here.

From Heathrow/Gatwick Airport by Bus - The average journey time between Heathrow Airport and Gloucester is approximately 3 hours 10 minutes. The average journey time between Gatwick Airport and Gloucester is approximately 4 hours 20 minutes. You can book your bus ticket and find out more about bus times here.

From Gloucester by Taxi- From Gloucester (bus station/train station) a taxi should cost you approximately £10. Click here to book a taxi.

Once you arrive on campus you will be directed to the main car park. For directions on the campus please see this map.

Travelling by car

Hartpury is on the A417, four miles north of Gloucester.

From the M5 by Car - Leave at Junction 11 and follow the A40 towards Gloucester. At the first roundabout, turn towards Ross-on-Wye. At the third roundabout, take the A417 towards Ledbury. After leaving Maisemore, the campus is signposted at the second turning on the left.

From the M50 by Car - Leave at Junction 2 and follow the A417 south towards Gloucester to Hartpury. Continue for approximately 10 miles. The campus is signposted to the right.

From London and the M4 by Car - Leave the M4 at Junction 15 and follow the A419 towards Cirencester. At Cirencester the A419 becomes the A417. Follow the A417 towards Gloucester and the M5. At the roundabout at the Air Balloon pub, take the first exit towards Gloucester. Take the second exit at the next roundabout. At the next roundabout take the third exit (A40) towards Ross-on-Wye. Continue on the A40, heading straight on at the next two roundabouts. At the third roundabout, take the A417 towards Ledbury. After leaving Maisemore, the campus is signposted at the second turning on the left..

 

Information about registration for the 2020 conference will be available soon.

Register your attendance

A link to the registration page will be posted here soon.