Alain Boissy is a senior scientist at the French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and the Environment, INRAE. He has 35 years of experience in research on farm animal behaviour and welfare. His basic research focuses on the emotional and cognitive processes that condition how the animal perceives and copes with its environment. His applied research consists of promoting the social and emotional skills of animals to better adapt farming practices. He has published more than 180 scientific and technical papers and book chapters. Alain currently heads the National Reference Centre for Animal Welfare (CNR BEA https://www.cnr-bea.fr/en/), which brings together the main French research, development and teaching organizations working in the field of animal welfare.