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The TARCforce3R Center is offering a series of events with exciting topics related to the 3Rs in laboratory animal science.

Participation is free of charge.

On 13.03.23 from 14:00 until 16:00 (CEST) Nuno Franco will present the webinar: “It takes a village” - the shared responsibility in an establishment for the reliability and relevance of animal experiments

The TARCforce3R Center offers an online seminar series with exciting topics related to the 3Rs in laboratory animal science. Speakers are national and international experts.

Participation is free of charge and can be recognized as continuing education according to §3 of the German Animal Welfare Experimental Animal Ordinance. Certificates of participation are available upon request.

A broad number of topics are discussed: How improve both our science and welfare in animal research? What is the culture of care, and how can we implement it in our facilities? How do we avoid and deal with replication issues in animal experiments? What is the differential effect of anesthetics and their implications for data reproducibility? How do maintain high standards of welfare in several species? How do we recognize pain during experimental procedures?

You are encouraged to participate and share your experiences about how small changes in your practice may have improved both your welfare and data reproducibility! 



10.02.23 (2 p.m. CET/CEST) - Elizabeth Nunamaker, Charles River - USA

Recognizing cumulative endpoints in mice helps us improve animal welfare and data quality



17.02.23 (2 p.m. CET/CEST) – Jerrold Meyer, University of Massachusetts - USA

Measuring chronic stress in animal studies: Advances and applications in laboratory research, environmental conservation, and agriculture



17.03.23 (2 p.m. CET/CEST) – Judith Kirchner-Musmann, Altromin Spezialfutter GmbH & Co. KG

„Ich bin stocknüchtern!“ - Fasting vs. Restriktive Fütterung -, - Futterentzug bei kleinen Nagern -  

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13.04.23 (2 p.m. CET/CEST) – Nuno Franco, University of Porto, Portugal

“It takes a village” - the shared responsibility in an establishment for the reliability and relevance of animal experiments

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12.05.23 (2 p.m. CET/CEST) – Stefano Gaburro, TECNIPLAST S.p.A.

The digital biomarker journey in preclinical research: opportunities, barriers and future developments.

Meeting link: Coming soon.


02.06.23 (2 p.m. CET/CEST) - Susanna Louhimies, European Commission - European Union 


Meeting link: Coming soon.


16.06.23 (2 p.m. CET/CEST) – Hanno Würbel, University of Bern, Switzerland

The principles of rigorous and reproducible animal research

Meeting link: Coming soon.


14.07.23 (2 p.m. CET/CEST) – Barbara Tzschentke, IASP- Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany

Maternaler-, prä- und perinataler Stress: Der Vogel als exzellentes Modell zur Untersuchung von Langzeitfolgen

Meeting link: Coming soon.


25.08.23 (2 p.m. CET/CEST) – Therése Ahlström, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden

Handling and training of mice for low stress procedures

Meeting link: Coming soon.


22.09.23 (2 p.m. CET/CEST) – Neele Meyer, University of Osnabrück, Germany

„Monitoring von Stress und Wohlergehen bei Labortieren“

Meeting link: Coming soon.


20.10.23 (2 p.m. CET/CEST) – Matthias Eggel, University of Basel, Switzerland.

Ethical issues in the application procedure for animal experiments

Meeting link: Coming soon.


17.11.23 (2 p.m. CET/CEST) – Benjamin Lang, Free University of Berlin, Germany

Mice learning in social interaction and consequences for welfare and data quality (Talk in German)

Meeting link: Coming soon.


15.12.23 (2 p.m. CET/CEST) – Beth Greenhough, Oxford University, UK

How to improve dialogue facilitation between caretakers, AWB, scientists and publics across the Animal Research

Meeting link: Coming soon.


Preliminary titles can be modified in the flyer and in the lecture. Places for each session are limited. The modality is handled on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information and certificates of attendance, please contact our team at   

Seminars are credited as regular training within the meaning of §3 of the German Animal Welfare Test Animal Ordinance (Tierschutz versuchstierverordnung). This event is hosted by the Translational Animal Research Center (TARC).


----- ATF points !!! ----

From July 2022 the Seminar is recognized for veterinarians as a live online seminar with 2 ATF hours.

After participating in the entire Seminar, please email us at, confirming your participation. We will send you an evaluation form. Once the format is back to us, the certification will be issued and sent in the following days.

In case of additional questions about ATF certifications, please write directly at


Die Fortbildungsveranstaltungen werden für Tierärzte als Live-Online-Seminar mit 2 ATF Stunden anerkannt.

Hierfür müssen Sie nach der Teilnahme am kompletten Seminar eine Email an senden, in der Sie die Teilnahme bestätigen, sowie den daraufhin zugesandten Evaluationsbogen ausfüllen. 




22.04.22 (2 p.m. CET/CEST) – Adrian Smith, Norecopa - Norway 

Three Rs and Three Ss for improving both our science and welfare



06.05.22 (2 p.m. CET/CEST) – Valeska Stephan, DFG - Germany 

Communicating animal research



20.05.22 (2 p.m. CET/CEST) – Penny Hawkins, RSPCA - United Kingdom 

Promoting and assessing the culture of care for better animal research



03.06.22 (2 p.m. CET/CEST)- Stanley E. Lazic, Inc. - Canada

Pseudoreplication in animal experiments: how to avoid and deal with it



24.06.22 (10 a.m. CET/CEST) – Gabrielle Musk, The University of Western Australia - Australia

Factors to consider in the art and science of anesthesia and analgesia for experimental reproducibility

Slides and template for mouse anesthetic record:


15.07.22 (2 p.m. CET/CEST) - Stephanie Krämer, Universität Giessen, Deutschland

Stereotypien in der Versuchstierhaltung – leider keine Seltenheit

Slides: Not available.


19.08.22 (2 p.m. CET/CEST) - Lars Bräutigam, Karolinska Institutet - Sweden

The zebrafish model in biomedical research - From 3R's to reproducibility



16.09.22 (2 p.m. CET/CEST) - Xavier Manteca, Autonomous University of Barcelona - Spain 

Welfare considerations for using pigs in biomedical research



21.10.22 (2 p.m. CET/CEST) - Viktoria Siewert, Universität Münster - Deutschland

Einblicke in das Gefühlsleben einer Labormaus



25.11.22 (2 p.m. CET/CEST) - Paulin Jirkof, University of Zurich - Switzerland

Using behavior to assess pain in small rodents

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