Last week (8 and 9 October) in Uppsala (Sweden) a conference about animal welfare was held. This event was the final stakeholder meeting of the EU-funded research project entitled ‘Welfare Quality’. Taking part in the project are researchers from many EU countries as well as Australia, Chile, Uruguay and other countries. Since 2004, they have been working on developing a system that will enable measurements of animal welfare levels. The conference focused on how the results of the project could be translated into practical action and how animal welfare can be improved at global level. In this project the Rural Sociology Group was responsible for the subproject on producers’ attitudes and practices with regard to animal welfare. The results were presented by Bettina Bock.