Celebrate openness on animal research
- 1 July 2021
EARA is to co-ordinate the first ever global social media campaign to celebrate proactive communication about animal research in July.
On Thursday, 1 July, 2021 the Be Open about Animal Research Day – Get on #BOARD21 will take place online, linked to local initiatives of support from across the globe.
In a 24-hour period, EARA will be sharing examples of openness and transparency, including live streaming Q&As with scientists on Instagram in different languages.
#BOARD21 - What you need to know
Download the Get on #BOARD21 Guide here:
Who can participate:
The signatories of the national Transparency Agreements, in Europe, plus institutions in all countries where there are discussions about openness and transparency, and anyone else who would like to join the 24-hour period of activity across the globe.
To enrol your organisation or institution as a partner of this initiative, please complete the online form by Friday, 18 June. Being a partner means having your logo displayed in the list of organisations/institutions supporting this campaign.
Each institution/organisation can decide what activity they would like to carry out based on their resources and approach. On the day you can share and retweet all EARA posts on social media always using the hashtag #BOARD21.
Here are some suggestions you can plan ahead of the event:
Transparency Thursday: A video Q&A where scientists answer questions from the public about their animal research (check examples here).
Let’s Talk SciComm: A video Q&A where science communicators give tips on how they share information on social media about their animal research (check examples here).
Run a series of print or video case studies on your website, social media, or in your newsletter showing how animal research is communicated by your organisation or institution. Examples: Why we cannot yet avoid animal testing by MDC, and We still need animal research by Max Planck Society.
Organise a webinar to address how your organisation/institution has been working on openness and transparency on animal research. Examples: Improving Openness in Animal Research in Israel, Hungary, Greece, Belgium, France, Portugal and Spain.
Produce a podcast or a series of podcasts interviewing scientists about their animal research. Examples: Lab Rat Chat sponsored by Americans for Medical Progress, GetReal!, and Animal Research@Imperial.
Hold a virtual lab tour for children or adults to inform them about animal research. Examples: 360° laboratory animal tours by Understanding Animal Research.
All activities and posts during this day should include the hashtag #BOARD21. Using the hashtag is a way to make easier for people on social media to discover all the posts about our initiative. This is because hashtags aggregate all social media content with the same hashtag.
Platforms to use include Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube.
The materials provided by EARA will be in English. Translations of the materials can be provided in Czech, Estonian, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Slovenian, Spanish, and Turkish if requested. The activities can be organised either in English and/or in the national language of the country.