20-23 september 2017. Pécs - Hungary
Satellite events
Communicating Current Issues of Animal Research: How should we open the magic box?
Communicating Current Issues of Animal Research: How should we open the magic box? 2017-09-22 - 18:30-20:00
Venue: Conference Room 103
Due to recent positive changes of public acceptance on the use of animals in science led to a wide consensus on the ethical framework supporting animal research in Europe, ensuring the highest health and welfare standards, and the widest ever implementation of the 3Rs. In addition to this, greater openness on the use of animals in research can encourage public trust and allow the scientific community to speak with a united voice. In doing so it can prevent individuals and organizations from being isolated. Pro-active communications will help to garner support and improve understanding; non-communication will only prolong opposition and mistrust. We all need to play a role in illuminating the complex social issues involved with animal research and its benefits to human and animal health.

The session will emphasize the importance of improving communication on animal research and addresses the current (public) need for transparency and openness in animal research. Representatives from animal research supporting organizations, such as the FENS Committee on Animals in Research (CARE), the European Animal Research Association (EARA) and the Understanding Animal Research (UAR) and known academics will introduce their recent efforts on how to communicate to achieve a better understanding of animal research and suggestions will be made on how to present scientific work with animals for the public. 



István Hernádi (Chair)
member of the FENS CARE
assoc. prof., University of Pécs



18:35 - 18:55 Kirk Leech
London, UK
"Animal Research: Time to Talk"

18:55 - 19:15 István Gyertyán 
National Scientific Ethical Committee on Animal Research
Budapest, Hungary
"Openness On Animal Research: Replacing Evasion, Reducing Worry, Refining Communication"

19:15 - 19:35 Richard Scrase 
head of online communication
Understanding Animal Research
"Competing with our opponents online"

19:35 - 19:55 Susanna Louhimies
policy co-ordinator
European Comission, DG Environment Unit Chemicals
Brussels, Belgium
"Transparency in Animal Research – Building Public Confidence"


22/09 18:30-20:00 | max 50 persons, 35 free places