Congress themes


The 11th World Congress on Alternatives and the Use of Animal in the Life Sciences will explore the latest in 3R R&D and will provide a multidisciplinary programme covering more traditional themes as well as very latest issues and novel developments in the field of alternatives to animal testing in the life sciences and thus focus on:

  • Recent developments aimed at improving biological insights, comprising 3D/stem cell technologies, organ/body-on-a-chip approaches, imaging, 3D printing, integration of approaches, computational methods;
  • Advanced technologies for multi-scaled data generation from existing and new non-animal based models/systems biology;
  • Translational research connecting in vitro results to the ‘real life’ situation;
  • Clinical applications of animal-free disease models/prediction, prevention, personalization and participation (4P’s) in clinical approaches;
  • Approaches for improving the effective use of existing data;
  • Methods for increasing the efficiency of validation efforts of emerging 3R models for predicting efficacy and safety of new products;
  • Marketing innovative 3R-based products and services: successes and pitfalls;
  • Science meets health (integration of needs and knowledge)/science meets science (bridging the gaps between disciplines)/science meets ethics (defining the borders)/science meets business (from laboratory to user) Regulatory implementation;
  • Societal acceptance and implementation (general public).


In planning the programme, the Organizers shall make a particular effort to reach out to the various specialty groups (e.g. the EU Platforms and Centers, other world 3Rs centers, FRAME, InterNiche, the animal NGOs, ICCVAM, JACVAM, ANZCCART, the CCAC, etc) to solicit input and ideas from them about possible program elements and speakers.

In addition to keynote lectures presented by high-profile scientists from multiple disciplines relevant for the 3Rs, sharing visionary perspectives in plenary sessions, the programme will consist of a series of symposia, thematic workshops, debates (stakeholder debate to facilitate/push transition) and poster sessions, that all aim to support continuing education and training, stimulating interactions and networking. Both basic and more advanced sessions will be offered to the participants, relevant for those who aim to learn about new approaches and techniques, or intended specifically for those having prior knowledge or experience in a specific field within alternatives and animal use in the Life Sciences.


In particular, we intend to offer the floor to young scientists, during the symposia and the workshops as well within the context of specific sessions where young researchers will be challenged to share their opinions on groundbreaking 3R-related issues. The organizers will establish a “Young Scientist” competition. This will entail offering travel scholarships for selected and qualified scientists under 35 years old, as of the end of the year before the Congress, to make presentations at the Congress. The award winners for this “Young Scientist” program shall be listed and highlighted in the program. The presentations will be part of the regular programming rather than segregated into a special “young scientist” segment.

Furthermore, we propose to invite school children from the Maastricht region to suggest and present issues for the stakeholders’ discussion.