Programme

Europe takes strategic action on multiple fronts to reach the ultimate goal of full replacement of animal use. Discover the new transparency on the use of animals in science – Experience new education and training tools on alternative technologies – Gain confidence in using non-animal approaches – Share your progress!

9:30

Introduction

9:40

Opening speech

Speaker:
Virginijus Sinkevicius
European Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries

Session 1: How transparency can accelerate transition to non-animal science

9:50

Topics:

  • Animal Statistics
  • Public access to data
  • Non-technical summary database

Speakers:
Susanna Louhimies
DG Environment, European Commission
Pierre Deceuninck
Joint Research Centre, European Commission

Topic:

  • Research open data / open access platforms

Speaker:
Jean-François Dechamp
DG Research and Innovation, European Commission

10:40

Break

11:00

Topic:

  • Transparency in communications

Speaker:
Serban Morosan
Sorbonne University (League of European Research Universities)

11:15

Topic:

  • Pre-Registration of Research

Speaker:
Chris Chambers
Cardiff University

11:30

Moderated discussion on how transparency can accelerate transition to non-animal science

Moderators

12:15

Lunch Break

Session 2: Education & Training with focus on non-animal approaches and implementation of the Directive

13:00

  • Open access training E-modules, ETPLAS
    Speaker:
    Katrin Schutte
    DG Environment, European Commission
  • Plastinated anatomical models for Education and Training
    Speaker:
    Claudia Wolschrijn
    Utrecht University
  • Learnings from JRC Summer School on Alternatives
    Speaker:
    Julia Malinowska
    University of Birmingham
  • EURL ECVAM activities (3Rs in school curricula, training materials, MOOC)
    Speaker:
    Marcelle Holloway
    Joint Research Centre, European Commission
  • How to choose New Approach Methods (NAMs)
    Speaker:
    Lindsay Marshall
    Humane Society International

14:00

Moderated discussion on Education & Training with focus on non-animal approaches and implementation of the Directive

Moderators

14:30

Break and move to breakouts

14:50

Breakout groups:

  • High school: 3Rs in schools in Europe
    Speakers:
    Eleni Myrtsioti, Antoine Bilgin
    European Schoolnet
  • University: Teaching to promote knowledge on and implementation of the 3Rs. Example from the Karolinska Institutet’s Master’s programme in toxicology
    Speakers:
    Annika Hanberg, Charlotte Nilsson, Elin Törnqvist
    Karolinska Institute
  • PhDs/young professionals: JRC Summer School, how to build an adverse outcome pathways (AOP)
    Speakers:
    Elisabet Berggren, Adelaide Dura, Brigitte Landesmann, Marcelle Holloway
    Joint Research Centre, European Commission

15:50

Report from breakouts & Moderated discussion Education & Training with focus on non-animal approaches and implementation of the Directive

Moderators

16:30

End of Day 1

9:30

Introduction

Session 3: Cutting edge science: latest scientific advances to improve research and testing tool box

9:40

Topic:

  • Gaining confidence in physiologically based kinetic (PBK) model predictions for quantitative in vitro to in vivo extrapolations

Speaker:
Ans Punt
Wageningen University

9:55

Topic:

  • How in silico methods and data reuse can help reduce the number of animal experiments

Speaker:
Maddalena Fratelli
Mario Negri Institute

10:10

Topic:

  • Speeding up the development of Organ-on-Chip technology

Speaker:
Peter Loskill
Eberhard Karls University Tübingen

10:25

Moderated discussion Topic 3 Cutting edge science: latest scientific advances to improve research and testing tool box

Moderators

10:55

Break

11:15

Topic:

  • ReproTracker, in vitro assessment of developmental toxicology

Speaker:
Giel Hendriks
Toxys

11:30

Topic:

  • 3D human tissues for drug testing and in vitro disease modelling

Speaker:
Christodoulos Xinaris
Mario Negri Institute

11:45

Topic:

  • JRC project on alternatives in biomedical research
    Interview of 3 scientists from different fields, Alzheimer's disease, respiratory tract diseases and breast cancer, focusing on non-animal models in their research and the benefits

Speakers:
Francesca Pistollato, Laura Gribaldo
Joint Research Centre, European Commission
Erwin Roggen
ToxGenSolutions
Anne van der Does
Leiden University
Joan Montero
Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia

12:30

Moderated discussion Topic 3 Cutting edge science: latest scientific advances to improve research and testing tool box

Moderators

13:00

Lunch Break

Session 4: Gaining trust in using new alternative approaches

13:45

Topic:

  • Industry point of view highlighting experiences using alternative approaches, like Organ-on-Chip, in vitro and in silico methods

Speaker:
Ard Teisman
Janssen Pharmaceuticals

14:00

Topic:

  • Consistency approach
    IMI project Vac2Vac: quality testing approaches for both human and veterinary vaccines using non-animal methods

Speaker:
Shahjahan Shaid
GSK

14:15

Topic:

  • Developmental Neurotoxicity: showcasing confidence building approaches for new test methods

Speaker:
Marcel Leist
University Konstanz

14:30

Topic:

  • Case studies of assuring safety without animal testing

Speaker:
Carl Westmoreland
Unilever

14:45

Moderated discussion on Gaining trust in using new alternative approaches

Moderators

15:15

Break

15:30

Topic:

  • Using Organs-on-Chip model to replace animals in drug development

Speaker:
Rhiannon David
Astra Zeneca

15:45

Topic:

  • Role of Alternatives in Covid-19 research

Speaker:
Tamara Zietek
European Coalition to End Animal Experiments (ECEAE)

16:00

Topic:

  • EU research programme support of alternatives / Covid-19

Speaker:
Christian Desaintes
DG Research and Innovation, European Commission

16:15

Topic:

  • Learnings from the JRC initiative BEAMS - Bridging Across Methods in bioSciences

Speaker:
Maurice Whelan
Joint Research Centre, European Commission

16:30

Moderated discussion on Gaining trust in using new alternative approaches

Moderators

17:00

Closing remarks & end of the conference

Speaker:
Maurice Whelan
Joint Research Centre, European Commission

Moderators