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Animal Experimentation: Working Towards a Paradigm Change

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Animal experimentation has been one of the most controversial areas of animal use, mainly due to the intentional harms inflicted upon animals for the sake of hoped-for benefits in humans. Despite this rationale for continued animal experimentation, shortcomings of this practice have become increasingly more apparent and well-documented. However, these limitations are not yet widely known or appreciated, and there is a danger that they may simply be ignored.

The new book, Animal Experimentation: Working Towards a Paradigm Change, combines the knowledge of 51 experts, including a foreword from Peter Singer and an afterword by John P. Gluck, who critically review current animal use in science, present new and innovative non-animal approaches to address urgent scientific questions, and offer a roadmap towards an animal-free world of science. The book intentionally seeks a wide readership for anyone wanting to bring about an end to the use of animals in science and accelerate progress towards human-relevant methods, from the interested general public, animal advocates, students, academics, scientists, researchers, regulators and industry.

This event will bring together selected authors of the book, representing various disciplines, who will talk about their work. In addition, there will be a panel discussion with scientists and representatives of the competent authorities on ways to move towards to political goals of reduced animal experimentation and improved healthcare research.


The event is free of charge, but registration is required at:


Fr, 14 June 2019

13.00: Welcome

13.15: Was brauchen Wissenschaft, Wirtschaft, Politik und Gesellschaft, damit der Tierversuch Geschichte wird?
           Carolin Spicher (Munich)

13.45: Refinement: Leidensminimierungsmaßnahmen in Theorie und Praxis
           Kathrin Herrmann (Baltimore, MD, USA)

14.15: How to Evaluate the Science of Non-human Animal Use in Biomedical Research and Testing
           Lisa A. Kramer (Toronto, Canada)

14.45: Coffee

15.15: Is Animal-based Biomedical Research Being Used in Its Original Context?
          Constança Carvalho (Lissabon, Portugal)

15.45: Critically Evaluating Animal Research
           Andrew Knight (Winchester, UK)

16.15: Mangelhafte Umsetzung der EU-Tierversuchsrichtlinie in Deutschland: Das Vertragsverletzungsverfahren gegen Deutschland

          Christoph Maisack (Berlin)

16.45: Coffee & Snacks

17.30: Panel discussion: Kathrin Herrmann (Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing-USA), Christoph Maisack (DJGT), Joachim Wiest (cellasys), Michaela Dmochewitz (Reg. v. Oberbayr, zuständige Behörde für Tierversuche); Moderation: Mara-Daria Cojocaru



10.00: Genetic Modification of Animals: Scientific and Ethical Issues
           Jarrod Bailey (London, UK)

10.30: Behavioral Research on Captive Animals: Scientific and Ethical Concerns
          Kimberley Jayne (London, UK)

11.00: Coffee

11.30: The Potential of Organ on Chip Technology for Replacing Animal Testing
          Malcolm Wilkinson (Cambridge, UK)

12.00: Beyond Plausibility Checks: Zur Rolle moralischer Zweifel in §15-Kommissionen
          Mara-Daria Cojocaru (München)/Philipp von Gall (Hamburg)

12.30: Paradigmenwechsel mit oder ohne 3R? Eine rechtliche Analyse
          Charlotte Blattner (Cambridge, USA)

13.00: Light lunch

13.45: Workshop: What can the interested public/the citizen do to support a paradigm change away from animal use in science?
           Kimberley Jayne

16.00: End