The Transition to Animal-Free Innovations Utrecht working group visits all groups of Utrecht University, UMC Utrecht and University of Applied Sciences Utrecht that are involved in animal testing and animal-free innovations. This is done in the form of Round Tables. Unfortunately most of them had to take place online, but the advantage is that they were very well attended as a result.
On October 26, 2021, the online symposium Better Animal Research through Open Science took place at Utrecht University. The added value of Open Science for animal experiments was discussed. Openness about methods, data and outcomes can lead to more reliable, efficient and relevant research using fewer laboratory animals.
Esther Langen is an assistant professor at the Population Health Sciences department of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University. She is involved in courses on animal behavior and welfare and is the course leader of the Laboratory Animal Science course. For the Laboratory Animal Science course, she and her students gained experience in training laboratory animals that are used in education.