Congress Program

The Local Organizing Committee and the International Scientific Committee of WC11 are working hard to present an innovative and interesting program to you in Maastricht. The program will be centered around four themes ‘Safety’, ‘Innovative technologies’, ‘Ethics, Welfare and Regulation’ and ‘Disease’.

Program at a Glance

The WC11 preliminary daily programs are now available for viewing. These pages are meant to provide a quick glimpse at the schedule of sessions and events that will occur during WC11. As information becomes available and activities are finalized, they will be added to these pages as well. Platform sessions remain open for abstract submission allocation.

Please click the links below to see the daily schedule:

Sunday 23 August 2020

Monday 24 August 2020

Tuesday 25 August 2020

Wednesday 26 August 2020

Thursday 27 August 2020

Innovation Lab program (all days)

Confirmed plenary keynote lectures


  • Prof. Annelien Bredenoord: Ethics of innovative technologies
  • Dr. Jason Ekert: Novel 3R technologies in early drug discovery
  • Dr. Donald Ingber: Novel non‐animal technologies in disease mechanisms (microphysiological systems, organoids and Organ‐on‐a‐Chip)
  • Prof. Dr. Malcolm MacLeod: Data quality in translational research
  • Dr. Russell Thomas: Computational systems toxicology-real world evidence
  • Prof. Joseph Wu: Stem Cells and Genomics for Precision Medicine
  • Dr. Ger Janssen: Digital Twins for Personalized Healthcare

* more will follow

Click here to read more about the plenary keynote speakers.

Special focus: Education and Training

Education and Training in Congress (regular Scientific Program)

  • Symposium: Advancing 3R education and training under a European Parliament Pilot Project – overview session – Submitted by: Susanna Louhimies, European Commission
  • Round Table: Industry and public sector partnerships in education to foster the implementation of alternative methods – Submitted by: Christian Pellevoisin, EPISKIN
  • Workshop: Continuous training of Animal Welfare Body members – Submitted by: Cindy Kunne, Dutch AWB platform

Eduction and Training in Innovation Lab:

  • Dynamic Session: Advancing 3R education and training under a European Parliament Pilot Project – interactive session – Submitted by: Marcelle Holloway,  European Commission
  • Other: Film room – Submitted by: Nick Jukes, InterNICHE

Satellite symposium

Are you planning on organizing a satellite symposium prior to the 11th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences? WC11 and Klinkhamer Group | conferences & events may offer you help with the organizational tasks and additional communication via WC11. Please contact Klinkhamer Group | conferences & events via email with your proposal for the satellite symposium or for more information.

Please click here for an overview of the already confirmed sattelite symposia.


We are happy to announce that the successful YOU-WC10 in Seattle will have a sequel in Maastricht. Annemarie Lang, Emilie Da Silva  & team are again planning some very interesting events for young scientists in collaboration with Janine McCarthy (physicians committee). There will be a Pre-Registration Meet-up, a Lunch-up Workshop and the famous Mentor Session & Pub crawl! Further information will follow soon.