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Improving Openness in Animal Research in France

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Discussing openness in animal research in France at the Institute of Science Cognitives Marc Jeannerod (ISCMJ).

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The European Animal Research Association (EARA) and the Institute of Science Cognitives Marc Jeannerod (ISCMJ) invite you to discuss improving openness in communications about animal research with the general public, political decision makers, and opinion formers in France.

Attendance at this workshop is free, but registration is essential.

The workshop will be held in English.

You will receive a certificate of attendance emailed to you after attending the event.

TIMINGS:

13.00 Registration

13.30-16.30 Speakers and Panel Discussion

16.30-17.30 Drinks Reception

This workshop is offered to those working in the life sciences sector and is designed to support researchers and institutions that wish to be more open about the animal research they carry out. The focal theme of the workshop is to discuss why scientists, researchers, press officers and other stakeholders can and should talk about animal research; it is not a debate about the ethics of animal experimentation.

Openness in the public debate on animal research has been increasing in many European countries and research institutions.

However, there is still significant reluctance within many academic institutions, and amongst scientists, towards conducting a more open and consistent dialogue with the public. Many scientists are still afraid that speaking more openly about their research and their motivations will make them targets, while others lack the confidence to put the case for animal research to what they view as a sceptical public and a potentially hostile media.

At the institutional level this is also evident as highlighted in the 2018 EARA study of European websites which showed that out of over 1300 institutions that conduct or support biomedical research using animals, under half carry a recognisable statement on their websites explaining the use of animals in research/animal welfare, and fewer than 40% carried any imagery related to animal research.

The discussion is relevant for members of institutions that are involved in animal research - directly or indirectly - and are currently hesitant to speak out in the media or to participate in public engagement activities. We hope that this workshop, and those hosted by EARA in other countries, will help to kick-start a cultural change and support research institutions to handle this issue constructively.

SPEAKERS:

Kirk Leech, Executive Director, European Animal Research Association (EARA)

Kirk is Executive Director of EARA, a communications and advocacy organisation whose mission is to uphold the interests of biomedical, and other life sciences, research and healthcare development across Europe. Previously Kirk worked for the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry and Understanding Animal Research, the UK’s leading advocacy group on the use of animals in medical research.

Dr Suliann Ben Hamed, Group leader, Institute of Science Cognitives Marc Jeannerod (ISCMJ)

Dr Suliann is director of the Neural Basis of spatial cognition and action group within the ISCMJ, and is chair of CARE de la Société Française des Neurosciences, a committee on animal research in neuroscience. Previously, Suliann worked for the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in the Cognitive Neuroscience Centre both as a research scientist and research director. Currently, Suliann's work relies on studies in humans and non-human primates.

A media specialist (TBC)

They will talk about their experience of animal research within the French media, and provide advice on how and why to engage productively with the media.

Dr Giuliano Grignaschi, head of the Animal Care Unit, Università Statale di Milano

Dr Giuliano has been head of the Animal Care Unit at the Università Statale di Milano since 2019. Prior to this, Giuliano was head of the Animal Care Unit at the Mario Negri Institute, and a researcher in the Department of Neuroscience at the Mario Negri Institute for 16 years contributing more than 30 scientific articles to peer-review journals. Now Giuliano also coordinates numerous training courses on animal welfare, is Vice-President of the Basel Declaration Society, Secretary General of Research4Lif, and is on the board of directors for the European Animal Research Association.

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