Elke was awarded her PhD from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences with a focus on managing horses in groups to improve horse welfare and human safety. She holds a MSc in Animal Behaviour and Welfare from Edinburgh University. Her principal research interests lie in the field of horse behaviour and the various forms of horse–human interactions. Elke has been connected with horse husbandry and training for many years and has taken every opportunity to further improve her practical and scientific skills. Elke co-chaired the local organising committee for the 2010 ISES Conference in Uppsala, Sweden. She spends her spare time with her PRE horse, Curioso and her German Shepherd, Callas.