About WC11





WC11 stands for “11th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences 2021”.

The Alternative Congress Trust (ACT) started in Baltimore, MD, USA in 1993 the first in a series of world congresses, to be hosted by various countries at two or three year intervals. Over the years subsequent World Congresses (WC’s) have been organised in Utrecht (The Netherlands), Bologna (Italy), New Orleans (USA), Berlin (Germany), Tokyo (Japan), Rome (Italy), Montreal (Canada), Prague (Czech Republic) and Seattle (USA). The 11th WC will be held in Maastricht (NL) in 2021.

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Themes and program

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.

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Local Organising Committee

Please click here to read more about the Local Organising Committee members.

Scientific Committee

International Scientific Committee

Pascalle van Loo
Utrecht University (The Netherlands) chair
Janny van den Eijnden-van Raaij
Institute for human Organ and Disease Model Technologies (The Netherlands)
Laura Gribaldo
European Commission (Italy)

Adrian Ionescu
EPFL (Switzerland)
Paulin Jirkof
3R Koordinatorin UZH (Switzerland)
Yasu Kanda
NIHS Japan (Japan)
Nicole Kleinstreuer
NTP Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Toxicological Methods (NICEATM) (USA)
Peter Loskill
Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB (Germany)
Vijay Pal Singh
CSIR-Institute of Genomics & Integrative Biology (India)
Karlheinz Peter
Monash University (Australia)
Aldert Piersma
National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (The Netherlands)
Kirsty Reid
European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (Belgium)
Weida Tong
Kate Willet
Humane Society International (USA)


More information about the congress dinner will be available soon.

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More information about the Welcome reception will be available soon. 

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The congress will take place in the MECC Maastricht, opened in 1988, and be totally restyled in 2020. It is build according to the fourth generation concept, which means you can hold your congress or exhibition here, wine and dine your delegates and offer them overnight accommodation all under the same roof. MECC Maastricht is equipped with two main Auditoria, one for 1058 pax and one Auditorium for 592 pax, which can be combined to one plenary room of 1,650 pax. Around the main Auditorium they have 24 break out rooms varying in capacity from 6 – 350 pax. These rooms are divided over two different levels and very accessible from the main registration area. 

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In close consultation with the organization, MECC Hotel Services has taken options in different hotels in Maastricht and surroundings at very competitive rates: there are no extra costs!

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Grote markt Maastricht

Discover the City

Maastricht is one of the oldest towns in the Netherlands and has several places of interest to explore. A stroll through the town will give visitors a glimpse of the historic churches, city walls and quaint town squares. Explore the many interesting things Maastricht has to offer.

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Places of Interest

In Maastricht culture in all its facets is equal to an experience. A mix of shapes and styles comes in scents and colors are ready for you to experience.

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Maastricht restaurants


Culinary traditions are deeply rooted in Maastricht, as attested by the no less than four restaurants sporting a total of five Michelin stars in front. But the local residents are also more than happy to indulge their taste buds in a small but cozy wine restaurant.

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General information


In emergency situations, you can contact the local police, ambulance service, fire department and other emergency services by calling 112.

Health and immunizations

Vaccination certificates are usually not needed when travelling to the Netherlands, but please check with your local embassy as requirements may change.


The currency used in Maastricht is Euros (€).


Dutch is the official language in the Netherlands but English is widely spoken. The official conference language is English and no translation/interpretation services will be offered.