The European Animal Research Association (EARA)
and the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology invite you to
discuss improving openness in animal research, in communications with
the general public, political decision makers and opinion formers in
Germany. Attendance at this workshop is free.
in public debate on animal research is increasing in many European
countries and research institutions. This is also true for Germany,
has also been made by the research community to engage in open
discussions on animal research topics with the public, for example in
the creation of the initiative
Tierversuche-Verstehen and the publication of the White Paper by the Max Planck Society on its animal research.
there is still significant reluctance within many academic
institutions, and amongst scientists, towards conducting a more open and
with the public. Many scientists are still afraid that speaking more
openly about their research and their motivations will make them
targets, while others lack the confidence to put the case for animal
research to what they view as a sceptical public and
a potentially hostile media.
workshop is offered to members of the biomedical sector and is designed
to support researchers and institutions that wish to be more open about
research they carry out. The focal theme of the workshop is to discuss
why scientists, researchers, press officers and other stakeholders can
and should talk about animal research; it is not a debate about the
ethics of animal experimentation. The discussion
is relevant for members of institutions that are involved in animal
research - directly or indirectly - and are currently hesitant to speak
out in the media or to participate in public engagement activities.
hope that this and similar regional workshops will help to kick-start a
cultural change and support research institutions within Germany to
handle this issue.
Thursday 21, March from 12:00 pm to 15:00 pm
Max-Planck- Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Lecture Hall, August Thienemann Str. 2 24306 Plön
A DRINKS RECEPTION WILL FOLLOW THE EVENT (15:00 pm-16:00 pm)
Please register for the event here
Kirk Leech, Executive Director, European Animal Research Association
Kirk is Executive Director of EARA, a communications and advocacy
organisation whose mission is to uphold the interests of biomedical
research and healthcare development across Europe. Previously Kirk
worked for the Association of the British Pharmaceutical
Industry and Understanding Animal Research, the UK’s leading advocacy
group on the use of animals in medical research.
Dr. Andreas Lengeling, Animal Research & Welfare Officer, Max-Planck-Society
Andreas studied Biology at the University of Bielefeld and is the new
animal research and animal welfare officer of the Max-Planck Society. He
is responsible for the implementation of the society’s recent white
paper on animal research. His role involves the
support of 30 Max Planck Institutes in all aspects of animal
experimentation that carry out life sciences.
Dr. Miriam Liedvogel, Behavioural Geneticist and group leader at the MPI Plön
studied biology at Heidelberg, Berlin and Oxford University, before her
PhD at Oldenburg University, after which she carried out postdoctoral
in the UK and Sweden. Since 2015 she led the Max-Planck Research Group
Behavioural Genomics at the MPI Evolutionary Biology in Plön. Her
research combines behavioural experiments in the wild and in the lab
with molecular genomics approaches, aiming to characterise
the genetic architecture of bird migration.
Christine Pfeifle, Mouse Management, Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology
has worked in different fields in animal ecology and is currently the
head of the mouse facility in Plön. She is responsible for mouse
a strong focus on wild house mice, and for coordination between mouse,
caretaker and scientist in all aspects of animal welfare. She is also
involved in different aspects of communication with the public.