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Animal Experimentation Conferences 2012

3R's, Animal Welfare and related Animal Infectious Diseases Events


May 2012

Title: Meeting the Requirements of the Animal Welfare Act: A Workshop

Date: May 9-10, 2012 and 3-4th October 2012

Venue Abraham Lincoln Building, Beltsville, Maryland

Beltsville, MD


Information:A Workshop - The Animal Welfare Information Centre (AWIC) teaches a one and a half day workshop at the National Agricultural Library (NAL) in Beltsville, Maryland for individuals who are responsible for providing information to meet the requirements of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). This workshop is targeted for principal investigators, members of IACUCs, information providers, administrators of animal use programs, and veterinarians.

Abstract deadline:n/a

Early registration Deadline:n/a


Title: 6th SETAC (Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry) World Congress 2012 ‘Securing a sustainable future: Integrating science, policy and people

Date:20-24 May 2012

Venue:Annual Meeting in the Estrel hotel in Berlin


Information:This theme spotlights sustainability at a time when world leaders will be gathering again in Rio de Janeiro to address the issue globally.

One of the themes to discuss: A03 - Animal Alternatives: methods, endpoints, and testing strategies

Abstract deadline:n/a

Early registration Deadline;Early registration fee:register by 15 March 2012 AND pay by 25 March 2012


Title: CAAT (Information Day: New Approaches to Assessing Countermeasures to Bioterrorism Agents)

Date:Tuesday, May 22, 2012 (10:00 am – 4:00 pm)

Venue: Sheldon Hall (W1214Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

615 North Wolfe Street, Baltimore, MD


Information:The Johns Hopkins Centre for Alternatives to Animal Testing is organizing an information day to examine the state of the art of new technologies to replace animal use as well as those that will modify current animal protocols to increase their efficiency and improve animal welfare.

Abstract deadline:n/a

Early registration Deadline:n/a


Title: Advances in In-Vitro Cell Culture and 4th Annual Quasi-Vvivo User Group Meeting

Date:May 22-23, 2012,

Venue:Utrecht, The Netherlands


Information:Keynote papers have been invited on the following topics:

  • Pharmaceutical Drug Discovery and Development
  • Safety Testing of Food, Household Products & Cosmetics
  • Innovative Solutions to Industry Needs from SME’s
  • Progress on Regulatory Changes relating to Replacement of Animal Testing
  • New Developments in 3D cell and tissue culture
  • Human Cell Supply and Culture
  • Flow Systems and 3D Culture
  • Reduction and Replacement of Animal Testing
  • New Cell Culture Techniques
  • Disease Modelling

Abstract deadline:passed

Early registration Deadline 1st May (passed)

Title: NC3Rs/SETAC Animal Alternatives Advisory Group event: Regulatory dialogue on alternative approaches for environmental safety assessment

Date:Tuesday 22 May 2012 at 17,00

Venue:Room Paris, Estrel Hotel, Berlin


Information:The latest developments in alternative approaches and technologies for ecotoxicology research and safety testing? Prospects and challenges for application of non-animal methods for risk assessment in a regulatory context

Registration:The meeting is free to attend and open to all delegates registered for the SETAC World Congress.

Title: Introductory Course for Named Veterinary Surgeons

Date:Thursday 24 and Friday 25 May 2012

Venue:Swindon Vicinity, Wiltshire


Information:The training course aims to provide a broad introduction to the field of laboratory animal science and medicine for Veterinary Surgeons in general practice and others who may become a Named Veterinary Surgeon under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986. This course meets the requirements of the Home Office for training Named Veterinary Surgeons and is approved by the RCVS.

The tutors are veterinary surgeons with over 40 years experience in laboratory animal medicine between them. One is a European and RCVS Recognised Specialist in laboratory animal science, and the other is a former Home Office Inspector.

Registration:Passed (1st May 2012)

June 2012

Workshop 1:

Title: Health and Husbandry of Aquatic Laboratory AnimalsDate:June 4th and 5th, 2012

Workshop 2:

Title: Advanced Aquatic Animal Care and Husbandry

Date: June 6th and 7th, 2012

Venue:Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, PEI from J


Information:The target audience for these workshops includes Attending, Clinical or Consulting Veterinarians, Facility Managers, Aquatic Facility Technicians, and Animal Care Committee Members working with academic or research institutions that house laboratory aquatic animals and/or review animal care protocols involving manipulating fish in the wild. These workshops provide hands-on experience in procedures for aquatic laboratory animals.

These modular workshops are designed to provide both introductory and advanced training in aquatic animal health. The first two-day workshop “Health and Husbandry of Aquatic Laboratory Animals” can be taken separately or combined with the “Advanced Aquatic Animal Care and Husbandry”. One may enrol in both workshops but the “Advanced Aquatic Animal Care and Husbandry” has a prerequisite of either the basic workshop or equivalent training and experience. This workshop is designed to fulfil the requirements of Continuing Education for Attending, Clinical or Consulting Veterinarians, Facility Managers and Facility Technicians as required by the Canadian Council on Animal Car

Abstract deadline:N/A

Early registration Deadline: N/A

Title: 1st European Conference on the Replacement, Reduction and Refinement of Animal Experiments in Ecotoxicology

Date:June 28-29, 2012
Venue: Dübendorf, Switzerland


Information:Current chemical risk assessment and effluent and water quality monitoring require ecotoxicity testing using vertebrates, in particular fish, amphibians and birds. Due to increased ethical concerns, the development and acceptance of alternative methods is timely. The conference aims to provide a platform for young scientists and experts from academia, industry and regulation in the field of 3Rs in environmental risk assessment with a focus on the current state and future directions of the development, implementation and application of the 3Rs, from bench to regulatory acceptance. The programme includes presentations from invited speakers, as well as talks and poster presentations selected from the open submission

Abstract deadline:March 2012 (passed)

Early registration:15th april-15th may 2012

Title: Tissue engineering: the third dimension to animal replacement

Date:Tuesday 12 June 2012

Venue:London, UK


Information:The NC3Rs and BBSRC are hosting a symposium on12 June 2012in central London to highlight the potential of tissue engineering as a scientifically robust means to replace and reduce the use of animals in basic research and safety testing.

The aims of the meeting are (i) to highlight the wider applications for tissue engineering and stem cell technologies beyond their use as therapies, including a focus on industry needs for replacing animal studies; and (ii) to provide networking opportunities for researchers from different disciplines and sectors.

The closing date for poster abstract submission: 8 May 2012.

The closing date for registration: 14 May 2012

Title: Recent advances in animal welfare science III

Date:Thursday 21 June 2012

Venue:York Merchant Adventurers' Hall, York, UK


Information:As part of its on-going commitment to improving the way we understand and care for animals, the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW) is pleased to announce the third of its series of unthemed one day conferences on 'Recent advances in animal welfare science' which is to be held on 21st June 2012 in York, at the UK city's medieval Merchant Adventurers' Hall , Fossgate. The conference aims to provide a forum at which the broad community of scientists, veterinarians and others concerned with animal welfare can come together to share knowledge and practice, discuss advances and exchange views

Abstract submission:Passed (November 2011)

Registration:appears to be no deadline on the weblink


Title: Minding Animals Conference

Date:July 4- 6, 2012

Venue:Utrecht University, Netherlands


Information:The 2012 Minding Animals Conference is the second in a series of

conferences about scientific, ethical and social issues related to human

animal interactions. The aim of the conference is to bring together

academics from many disciplines with politicians and a broad variety of

interest groups. The conference offers a platform for exchange of information about

research developments, debates about controversial political and ethical

issues concerning the human treatment of animals, and a variety of

cultural activities around human animal interactions. The Minding Animals Conference planned for Utrecht University in the Netherlands is proud to follow up on the internationally celebrated first Minding Animals Conference (Newcastle, Australia, July 2009) and will take place in the first week of July 2012.

Plan your summer of 2012 in Europe

Abstract deadline:15th January 2012, Passed

Early registration:1st June 2012

Title: ASAB/SEB/NC3Rs Symposium: Implementing the 3Rs in Behavioural and Physiological Research

Date:July 4, 2012 - July 5, 2012

Venue:London, England, UK
Information: Showcase methodologies for implementing the 3Rs in behavioural and physiological research. Topics include: Improved reporting of animal-based studies, improved handling, Non-invasive sampling, Use of invertebrates and embryos, Neuroscience, development biology and toxicology, Behaviour and welfare.
Abstract deadline: Passed
Early Registration: There is no early registration; however it closes 1st June 2012

Title: Reduced Animal Testing

Date: July 26, 2012 - July 27, 2012 Venue: Zurich, Switzerland


Information:The conference addresses the following topic: In depth study of the 3R’S, relative and absolute replacement models, difficulties of extrapolarting the results to the human situation, in vitro methods (replacement of addition to animal testing), computer modelling, the refinement and reduction of suffering of experimental animals before during and after experimentation.

Abstract deadline: n/a

Early registration:n/a

Title:Progress in the 3 Rs

Date: 2nd July 2012

Venue: London

Information:Event for Parliamentarians reviewing the Centre's work. This event is open to participants by invitation only.


Title: 2012 Infectious Disease Training & Exercise

When:July 31 - August 2, 2012

Where:Arizona State University Memorial Union - Tempe, AZ

Information:This 3-day infectious disease training and exercise introduces participants to a variety of topics in infectious disease including: vaccine preventable diseases; nosocomial infections; tuberculosis and sexually transmitted diseases; vector-borne and zoonotic diseases; food-borne diseases; and information on outbreaks and investigations. Participants will obtain the most current infectious disease information and have the opportunity to network with a variety of partners including state and local health, infection control practitioners, public and community health nurses, health educators, epidemiologists, sanitarians, correctional facility representatives, animal control agencies, preparedness coordinators, laboratorians, border health counterparts, and university faculty and students. Sessions shall be led by experts in the field of infectious disease with emphasis on current trends. Participants are encouraged to forge connections with partners and exchange information and knowledge of current infectious disease topics.

Registration: See link, there doesn’t appear to be a deadline

Title: The Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases (ASID), in collaboration with the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) and Sydney Emerging Infections and Biosecurity Institute (SEIB), is holding a 2 day meeting

Date:Friday-Saturday 27/28 July 2012.

Venue:Eastern Avenue Complex at the University of Sydney


Information:The meeting aims to bring together veterinarians, medical practitioners and laboratory scientists around the theme of zoonoses in Australia. TOPICS INCLUDE; Q Fever, antimicrobial use, resistance and stewardship, Food Borne Zoonoses - including EHEC, Campylobacter, Hendra Virus , Infection Control in Veterinary Settings, Animal Bites and Wounds, Management of zoonoses in environmental disasters - including Leptospirosis, Avian influenza, MVE and Kunjin, Emerging zoonotic and related infections in Australia - including Cryptococcosis, M.ulcerans, C.difficile.

Early registration deadline:25th may

Abstract submission:15 June 2012



Title: International Primatological Society XXIV Congress

Date:13–17 August 2012

Venue: Veracruz, Mexico


Information:This Congress aims to provide a very fruitful experience through the creation of opportunities for primatologists to not only present and share their experiences, but also to explore and debate current and new direction in their fields.

The Congress' general theme will be:Primatology′s Legacy and Future Challenges.

This theme was selected since even after more than three centuries of Primatological research, new challenges continue to appear, among which we can find the conservation of species. Considering this, senior primatologists must now reflect on how these challenges can be clearly established and approached, and on how, with their experiences, they can encourage new generations of international primatologists in continuing to protect and study our closest relatives.

Early registration deadline: Passed (February 2012)

Registration deadline:

Abstract deadline: Passed



Title: Linz 2012 17th European Congress on Alternatives to Animal Testing/

EUSAAT 2012 14th Annual Congress of EUSAAT

Date:September 5-8, 2012

Venue: Linz, Austria


Information:The congress will include the following topics: 21st century non-animal tools for basic and biomedical research (e. g. humane disease pathways, specific disease models, transgenic animals, xenotransplantation, teratoma assays to prove pluripotency of stem cells) 2. Implementing of the Directive 2010/63/EU on the protection of animal used for scientific purposes

(incl. position of the EU Commission, of EU member states and of animal welfare organisations, examples for the implementation). 3. Progress in 3Rs research: EU FP6 & FP7 projects on alternatives and member state research funding

(e. g. status national and EU: Research topic overview and future funding policy)

4. 7th amendment of EU Cosmetics Directive: Cosmetics and animal testing - an end in sight (e. g. skin regulatory acceptance, eye regualtory accaptance, sensitisation, skin models and open source) 5. Chemicals: REACH and animal welfare

(e. g. report on use of alternatives, views of companies, animal welfare, methods, search engines) 6. 3Rs progress in other sectors

(e. g. vaccine testing, replacing mouse bioassays) 7. Inhalation toxicology & toxicology of nanomaterials 8. 3R goes 3D! Implementation of 3D methods in toxicity testing 9. GCCP - Good cell culture practice 10. Ethical and & legal issues 11. Free communications

Submission of lectures: 31st May 2012
Submission of posters:15th June 2012

Title: Primates: A practical environmental enrichment workshop

Date:Monday 3 to Wednesday 5 September 2012

Venue:Rijswijk, The Netherlands


Information: In collaboration with the BPRC, Animal Concepts are organising a Practical Environmental Enrichment workshop for primates

Registration and Abstract: No information available


Title: NC3Rs Animal Technicians' Symposium 2012

Date:Tuesday 11 September 2012 at 9:30am

Venue:Central London


Information: The aim of this symposium is to provide a free, informative meeting for the continuing professional development of primarily junior animal technicians. Attendance at the symposium carries 5 IAT CPD credits

Registration deadline: 3rd August 2012


Title:Harmonisation of the care and use of agricultural animals in research

Date:26th Sept 2012 – 28th Sept 2012

Venue:Clarion Hotel, Gardermoen airport, Oslo, Norway

Information:Norecopa arranges international consensus meetings on the application of the 3Rs to specific areas of research involving animals. This meeting will, among other things, focus on the effects of the revised EU directive on animal research, which comes into effect on 1 January 2013, no more than 3 months after this meeting


Registration and Abstract: No information available


Title: International course on Laboratory Animal Science


Courses WITHOUT accommodation

  • Oct 29th - Nov 9th 2012

Courses WITH accommodation

  • Sept 03rd – 14th, 2012 This course was originally planned in July
Venue: Utrecht, Netherlands


Information:The objective of the 80 hours course is to present basic facts and principles that are essential for the humane use and care of laboratory animals and for the quality of research.

The course may also be of interest for those who intend to set up a similar course at their own location. For this purpose, during the course acquisition of teaching materials can be discusses with the course committee.


Title: SCAW's IACUC Training (Scientific Centre for Animal Welfare)

Date:4th October

Venue:San Diego USA


Information:SCAW’s IACUC Training Workshop educates and trains individuals who work with laboratory animals in research, testing and education. They include IACUC members and administrators, Principal Investigators, Attending Veterinarians, regulatory personnel and laboratory animal care staff. The regional workshop format lets small groups discuss specific topics that are relevant to IACUC functions. Each workshop is structured in similar design, with slight changes made to meet local needs.

Abstract deadline:n/a

Early registration Deadline:n/a


Title: Fish and Amphibian Embryos as Alternative Models in Toxicology and Teratology

Date: October 11-12, 2012

Venue:Paris, France


Information: Fish and amphibian embryo models are gaining increasing popularity in the area of toxicology, both in research and potential regulatory application. These models exhibit a number of advantages which make them superior and/or complementary to others. In compliance with international animal welfare regulations, the fish and amphibian embryo models provide an ethically acceptable small scale analysis system with the complexity of a complete organism. A suite of available advanced methodologies allows various types of experimental approaches ranging from phenotypic observations to “omics” analysis. The ultimate goal of the symposium is topromote the development of the fish and frog embryo models as potential alternatives to animal testing.

A first very successful workshop was hold in 2010 in Karlsruhe, Germany with a strong focus on the zebrafish model. While the zebrafish remains one of the most important model the second symposium and workshop will extend its focus to other fish and amphibian species with similar features. The symposium aims tobring together scientists using fish and frog embryo models, exchange knowledge, ideas and latest developments in the context of toxicology and teratology.Invited lectureswill focus on specific topics.Discussion groupswill allow to identify major advantages, limitations, new fields and future research needs of the fish/amphibian embryo model and to establish collaborations.

Abstract deadline: Information not Available

Early registration:There is no early registration. However registration closes in July


November 2012

Title: AALAS American Association for Laboratory Animal Science 2012 National Meeting

Date:Sunday 4 to Thursday 8 November 2012

Venue:Minneapolis, MN, USA


Information:The AALAS National Meeting is the largest gathering in the world of professionals concerned with the production, care, and use of laboratory animals.

Abstract submission deadline:June 1, 2012
Title: RSPCA/UFAW Rodent Welfare Group meeting 2012

Date:Monday 5 November 2012

Venue:Hertfordshire, United Kingdom


Information:the RSPCA/UFAW Rodent Welfare Group brings together people from a range of backgrounds with a common interest in the behaviour and welfare of laboratory rodents. The Group's eighteenth annual meeting will be held on Monday 5 November 2012 in Hertfordshire.

This year's theme will be developments in assessing and reducing suffering, as there have been some interesting new approaches and studies in recent years. The theme is also timely with respect to some of the requirements in the forthcoming new legislation, such as retrospective assessment of projects. contact for registration details and abstract submission


Title: OIE 3 rd Global Conference on Animal Welfare, The theme ‘Implementing the OIE standards - addressing regional expectations

Date:6-8th November 2012

Venue: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Information:The OIE 3 rd Global Conference on Animal Welfare will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 6-8 November 2012. This follows two successful OIE global conferences on this topic (2004, Paris and 2010 Cairo, Egypt). The theme ‘Implementing the OIE standards - addressing regional expectations’ demonstrates the OIE’s understanding of the challenges faced by Members when implementing the adopted animal welfare standards and the willingness of the OIE, working in collaboration with governments and donors, to provide support within the framework of its global capacity building initiatives.


Early registration deadline; 20th July 2012

Abstract deadline:N/A


December 2012

Title: SCAW's IACUC Responsibility and Compliance: New Guide Changes, 2012 winter conference

Date:December 3-4, 2012

Venue: San Antonio, Texas


Information:Topics presented at this educational Winter Conference will help to fulfil the training requirements stated in the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals 8th edition, 2011 that states “All personnel involved with the care and use of animals must be adequately educated, trained, and/or qualified in basic principles of laboratory animal science to help ensure high-quality science and animal well-being”. It will also address USDA/APHIS/AC Policy 15 that states ”IACUC members should be trained in understanding the Animal Welfare Act, protocol review and facility inspections.”


Early registration Deadline:information not available



Title: Animal Research: Better Science from Fewer Animals’ FELASA/SECAL (Spanish LAS Association) International Congress

Date: 9-13 June

Venue: Barcelona, Spain

Information:FELASA, the Federation of European Laboratory Animal Science Associations event, more information to follow.

Abstract deadline:March 7, 2013 (Deadline call for papers)

Early registration Deadline:April 30, 2013



Title: Humane Science in the 21st Century: 9th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences

Date:24-28 August, 2014

Venue: Prague, Czech Republic


Details:Further details to be announced on this website

Abstract deadline:TBA

Early registration Deadline:TBA