The 3Rs across Europe: Webinar series

  • NC3Rs
Tuesday 22 September 2020 11:30 to Thursday 24 September 2020 13:00

To celebrate the 3Rs in Europe six organisations have come together to organise a virtual event to highlight the latest 3Rs opportunities. Researchers using animals or interested in how they can help support the 3Rs from all career stages are encouraged to participate.

Each webinar will run from 11:30am (BST) until approximately 1pm (BST) and will feature presentations from researchers from two centres (see the full programme below). There will also be an opportunity to ask the researchers and the centres questions.

The recordings from this webinar series are now available to watch online.


Tuesday 22 September

Dr Markus Morkel

Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Organoids and Single Cell Analyses as Tools to Substitute Mouse Models in Cancer Research

Dr Annemarie Lang

Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Pain management and assessment in mouse femoral fracture models 

Prof. Dr Johannes Bohacek

ETH Zurich

BEHAVE: Developing a toolkit for deep-behavior profiling of laboratory rodents

Prof. Dr Kristin Schirmer and Dr Barbara Jozef

Eawag Dübendorf

Fish cell lines and the 3Rs: fundamental developments and application in chemical risk assessment
Wednesday 23 September

Dr Nico Schoemaker & Dr Yvonne van Zeeland

Utrecht University

Supraglottic airway devices as a means of refining laboratory animal anaesthesia

Dr Guy Roukens

UMC Utrecht
Development of a new in vitro metastasis assay

Jorid B. Sørli

National Research Centre for the Working Environment, Copenhagen

An in vitro method to predict sudden adverse lung effects

Eva Bay Wedebye

DTU National Food Institute, Lyngby

QSAR modeling of chemical substances’ possible interference with the thyroid hormone system
Thursday 24 September
Per E Ljung
Swedish 3Rs Center
A guideline for marking and tagging fish
Associate Prof. Gunnar Cedersund
Linköping University
Let your digital twin become your own personalized guinea pig
Prof. Liam Grover
University of Birmingham
Developing a complex model of bone formation

Prof Wendy Barclay

Imperial College, London
Reducing the use of animals for studying transmission of respiratory viruses

Organising committee:

Charité 3R

Charité 3R aims to strengthen interdisciplinary and translational research at the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin while improving animal welfare. Charité 3R has organized its aims and activities in three distinct pillars. Pillar I focuses on communication and outreach, aiming at increasing awareness and knowledge about the chances and challenges of alternative methods.  Pillar II provides training opportunities on the 3Rs with a strong focus on young scientists. Pillar III funds 3R research at Charité via dedicated calls that tackle one or more of the 3R areas. The center is financed by the Charité.

The Danish 3R-Center

The Danish 3R-center works to promote the 3Rs in Denmark. It is a collaboration between the government, three pharmaceutical companies and two animal welfare organizations and consists of a board (seven members) and a secretariat (four employees). To promote the 3Rs, the centre collects and disseminates 3Rs information, initiates and supports research within the 3Rs, and collaborates internationally, including hosting an annual conference on the 3Rs.

The Swedish 3Rs Center

The Swedish 3Rs Center is an assembling arena for knowledge and progress when it comes to replace, reduce and refine animal experiments in Sweden. Their aim is to improve animal welfare and reduce the number of animals used in experiments. Their committee is the Swedish National Committee for the Protection of Animals used for Scientific Purposes. The centre is funded by the Swedish Government and was established in 2017.

The Swiss 3R Competence Centre

The Swiss 3R Competence Centre is a non-profit association founded in March 2018 to promote the 3Rs through research, education and communication. It is a joint initiative of Switzerland's 11 top universities, the pharmaceutical industry, the Swiss government and the largest animal welfare association.

The UK National Centre for the 3Rs – NC3Rs

The UK’s National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) is a scientific organisation dedicated to replacing, refining and reducing the use of animals in research and testing (the 3Rs). Primarily funded by the UK Government, the NC3Rs is also supported by the charitable and private sectors. It works with scientists in universities and industry in the UK and internationally, funding and disseminating 3Rs information and advances to the global community.

3Rs-Centre Utrecht Life Sciences

3Rs-Centre Utrecht Life Sciences (ULS) stimulates the development, acceptation and implementation of methods which can replace, reduce and refine animal experiments, the 3R’s. The centre facilitates the 3Rs in education and animal research in many ways, by providing information and advice about 3Rs models. The Centre collaborates closely with the Animal Welfare Body Utrecht. Together they manage the Utrecht 3Rs-fund.