The conference

Conference Personality assesment for dogs in AAI

Meet our speakers

Prof. Ádám Miklósi – the head of the Department of Ethology at the Eötvös University in Budapest (Hungary). In 2016 he was elected as a corresponding member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. The co-founder and leader of the Family Dog Project ( which aims to study human-dog interaction from an ethological perspective. In 2014 he published the 2nd edition of an academic volume entitled Dog behavior, evolution and cognition by Oxford University Press that summarizes the most recent status on dog oriented research, and is regarded as the main textbook for teaching in this area.

Magdalena Nawarecka-Piątek – President of Animals for People Association. Graduate of Warsaw University, specialization in social policy and pedagogy care and upbringing with educational therapy. Educationist, sensory integration therapist, Animal Assisted Therapy instructor since 2005. Since 2017 licensed evaluator of Human-Dog teams in Pet Partners Organization (USA).  Experienced therapist and educator in AAI with children. Since 2016 co-author of the dog-assisted therapy program for Alzheimer patients. Trainer in AAI courses for proffesionals. Co-author of international AAI handbooks.

Line Sandstedt is managing director of the Norwegian Centre of Anthrozoology. She is a lector in science and a postgraduate in special needs education and coaching. Sandstedt is also a dog behaviourist and dog trainer, and screen dogs personality for AAI. Sandstedt gives courses in dog training both nationally and internationally. She is responsible for all of the education given by AZS, both dog training and training of human-animal teams. Line has worked for the organization since 2006.

Andrea Temesi – an assistant research fellow at the Department of Ethology at the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary. She has a degree in biology from the University of Pécs, my PhD is in progress at the Department of Ethology. In her PhD research Andrea was focusing on the effects of the positive-human animal interaction. Currently working in the PADA project and in the Genius Word Learning Dog Project. I have a miniature poodle, who is my persistent colleague and he is happy to participate in any behaviour research in which he can receive treats.

Judit Abdai – PhD in ethology and I am currently a research fellow at the MTA-ELTE Comparative Ethology Research Group in Hungary. My main research area is animal-robot interaction, and I mostly work with dogs and lately cats. Within animal-robot interaction, I investigate different phenomena, including the perception of inanimate objects as animate, problem solving and jealous behaviour.

PhD Christine Olsen is founder of the Norwegian Centre of Anthrozoology and chair leader of the board. Dr. Olsen is group head of “Small animals in visiting programs” in the IAHAIO Taskforce. She has a master degree in ethology, and a PhD in public health focusing on animal-assisted interventions. Dr. Olsen is also a dog behaviorist and dog trainer, and screen dogs personality. She is currently doing research on dog behavior.