Hanno Würbel is Professor of Animal Welfare at the University of Bern in Switzerland, where he graduated in biology. After his PhD at the ETH Zürich in 1996 he was a postdoc at the University of Bristol in the UK and at the ETH and University of Zürich, before he became professor of Animal Welfare and Ethology at the University of Giessen in Germany in 2002. In 2011 he moved back to the University of Bern to take up the newly established chair in Animal Welfare. His research focuses on environment-dependent plasticity of brain and behavior with regards to questions of animal welfare and the scientific validity of animal research. In 2005 he received the Hessian Animal Welfare Research Award, in 2009 the Felix Wankel Animal Welfare Research Award, and in 2015 the Creativity Award of the International Society of Applied Ethology (ISAE). Since 2013 his research on refinement of animal research is funded by the European Research Council (ERC Advanced Grant).