The European Union’s recovery plans to build back better after the coronavirus crisis include ambitious proposals to reinforce research and innovation and kick-start the economy. Next Generation EU is an opportunity for Europe to once again become the global game-changer in replacing animal research with new approach methodologies and to be the world’s powerhouse in humane and human-relevant science. To do this will require a coordinated and ambitious pro-active strategy across and within the institutions of the EU, member states, industry and academia. If not now, when?
There is growing awareness of the limitations of animal research and its inability to make reliable predictions for humans. In recent years, the USA has come to dominate the cell-based and in-vitro toxicology markets.
Come and join a broad range of stakeholders from the EU and the US in this online conference to talk about the contribution new approach methodologies can make to delivering the EU Green Deal and to building back better all over the world; initiatives underway in Europe and North America to replace animal testing; what programmes like Horizon Europe can do to bring about a paradigm shift and how applying the logic of targets could be the important next step.
University of Nottingham
Adviser for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing. DG GROW
Carla Matias dos Santos
Permanent Representation of Portugal to the EU
Anna Lönnroth Sjödén
Head of Healthy Lives Unit, DG Research and Innovation
Cruelty Free International
Dr Hermes Sanctorum
Consultant and Former Member of the Flemish Parliament and Belgian Senator
Dr Katy Taylor
Director of Science and Regulatory Affairs
Cruelty Free Europe
Cruelty Free International
Thomas Hartung, MD, PhD
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Health
Deputy Head of Unit of the Chemicals Safety & Alternative Methods Unit
JRC, European Commission
Solicitor and Co-Founder
Advocates for Animals
Dr Luísa Bastos
Head of the Animals in Science Programme
Eurogroup for Animals
Director of Projects
European Regions Research and Innovation Network (ERRIN)
Dr Carol Treasure
Founder & CEO
Debby Weijers MsC
Stichting Proefdiervrij Netherlands
Dr Dani Loughran
Aston Chemicals Ltd
Netherlands’ Transition Programme for Innovative Animal-Free Research
More speakers to be announced shortly.
Note: All session timings below are in Central European Summer Time (CEST)
Session focus: Examining examples of pro-active replacement and reduction plans
Session focus: There is a strong call for the EU to take the lead in sustainable science and sustainable innovations and solutions. How can investment in non-animal research create drive forward economic recovery in Europe?
Session focus: The EU’s “bans” on cosmetics animal testing and the marketing of animal-tested cosmetics were ground-breaking and much heralded. What have they achieved and, in 2020, are they working?
Cruelty Free Europe is a Brussels based network of animal protection groups working to bring animal testing to an end across Europe. With a presence at the heart of EU decision-making, Cruelty Free Europe campaigns to ensure that animals used in experiments in Europe are taken seriously on the European political agenda.
The power of Cruelty Free Europe lies in combining the expertise and focus of a central team of science and regulatory experts from Cruelty Free International with the national perspective, skills and energy of Associate member groups across the countries of Europe.