Better Science with Less Animals

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The main goal of this course is to develop critical thinking supporting the choice, creation, development, validation, and use of alternatives to animals in research

Which new technologies could make scientific tests completely animal-free in the future? It is about how to be innovative and able to develop a sustainable and more humane science for the near future.

This course will consist of five modules, all of which focus on a different aspect of research and innovation in animal-free methods. The course will include regulatory and communication aspects. During this course, you will focus on innovations in animal-free methods including advanced in vitro (cell culture) and in silico (computational) approaches. The course will highlight the unique advantages of human-derived cells, such as induced pluripotent stem cells, organoids and multi-organ-on-chip devices. You will discover and discuss core topics related to the transition to a more humane science with the help of ethics, statistics and philosophy experts. You will dive in critical data interpretation in order to enhance your understanding of science. A group of experts will teach you the methodology of systematic reviews of scientific studies.

This course can be extended to 5 weeks and 7.5 EC.


The maximum number of participants is 25 GSLS students and 20 Veterinary Sciences students. You can register for this course via Osiris Student. More information about the registration procedure can be found here on the Studyguide.



Optional for students from other programmes