Scientific programme

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Workshops, April 13

Workshops will be held in the Creative Hub

Session 1 (9:00-10:30)  
WS1: Designing and running a zebrafish facility Lars Bräutigam​, Karolinska Institutet
WS2: Assessment of practical skills to carry out procedures on laboratory rodents Rafael Frias, Karolinska Institutet
WS3-I: How can we prevent or alleviate pain effectively in laboratory animals?, part I Paul Flecknell, Newcastle University
Session 2 (11:00-12.30)  
WS4: Practical refinement in animal handling and procedures Anna Meller,  University of Helsinki
WS5: Are you PREPAREd? How to design animal experiments Adrian Smith, Norecopa
WS3-II: How can we prevent or alleviate pain effectively in laboratory animals?, part II Paul Flecknell, Newcastle University

13 April, Tuesday

Session 1: Plenary (12:00-18:00)
Registration and welcome coffee
Opening Ceremony
KJÖ Memorial Lecture
Jaanus Harro, University of Tartu
50 years anniversary plenary
Klas Abelson, president of Scand-LAS
Coffee and refreshment break
Welfare and LAS
Robert Hubrecht, Universities Federation for Animal Welfare
Reduction revisited
Timo Nevalainen, Univesity of Eastern Finland
Lars Wass Award.
Axel Kornerup Hansen,University of Copenhagen
17.00-18.00: Scand-LAS Annual General Meeting
Welcome reception in the Energy Discovery Centre. Brought to you by Tapvei (19:00-23:00)

14 April, Wednesday

Satellite sessions will be held in parallel to sessions 2-5.

Session 2: Animal Stress in LAS (9:30-12:30) Session 3: Facility Management (9:30-12:30)
Animal Stress in LAS
Donald Broom, University of Cambridge​
Achieving a good 'culture of care'
Barney Reed, RSPCA, UK
Animal Stress in LAS​, TBA Culture of care' in practice - an industry perspective
Lotte Martoft, Astrazeneca, Sweden
Coffee break Coffee break
Animal Stress in LAS,  TBA Using data to identify indicators of animal mortality and improve animal welfare
Chris Lelliot, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK
Animal Stress in LAS, TBA Understanding and reducing neonatal mortality in laboratory mice
Anna Olsson,University of Porto, Portugal
Luncheon Luncheon
Session 4: Addressing the Three Rs (13:30-16:30) Session 5: Education and training in LAS (13:30-16:30)
Addressing the three Rs
Tom Bengtsen, Danish 3R-Center
Education and training in LAS
Rafael Frias, Karolinska Institutet
Addressing the three Rs
Tom Bengtsen, Danish 3R-Center
Education and training in LAS
Addressing the three Rs
Adrian Smith, Norecopa
Tea break Tea break
Addressing the three Rs
Jelméra (Merel) Ritskes- Hoitinga,Radboud Univesity Medical Center​

Panel discussion (QA session)
Addressing the three Rs
Exhibitors’ evening in the Creative Hub (18:00-22:00)

15 April, Thursday

Session 6: Analgesia and Anaesthesia (9:30-12:30) Session 7: Research Ethics Committees  (9:30-12:30)
Analgesia and Anaesthesia
Paul Flecknell, Newcastle University
Research Ethics Committees, TBA
Siri Knudsen, University of Tromsø
Analgesia and Anaesthesia, TBA Presentations by state representatives
Coffee break Coffee break
Analgesia and Anaesthesia, TBA Discussion of commonality and differences
Analgesia and Anaesthesia, TBA How best to harmonize
Luncheon Luncheon
Session 8 (13:30-16:00) Session 9: Evidence-based Assessment of Laboratory Animal Welfare – How Behavioral Neuroscience Can Help? (13:30-16:00)
Open session, TBA

Assessing Affective States in Laboratory Rodents to Promote Animal Welfare
Lars Lewejohann, Freie Univeristät,Germany


Can we use infrared thermography to infer emotional states in mice?
Nuno Franco, University of Porto
Brussels view about new legistation
Jelméra (Merel) Ritskes- Hoitinga,Radboud Univesity Medical Center​
Steps to improve animal welfare and scientific validity in behavioral neuroscience based on the interaction of emotion and cognition
Oliver Stiedl, University of Amsterdam
Tea break Tea break
Open session, TBA Where the lab mice are living and how does it matter for their behaviour.
Vootele Võikar, Helsinki University
Session 10: Closing (16:00-17:00)

Wild animals, theme: birds
Tuul Sepp, University of Tartu

Closing ceremony
Gala Dinner - a Medieval Feast in the Olde Hansa Restaurant. Brought to you by Tapvei (18:30-22:00)