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Free EARA event on openness in animal research in the Netherlands, this December

The latest in the series of EARA science communications events, supported by the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) and the Society for Neuroscience (SfN), will take place in Maastricht, the Netherlands, on 11 December.

Maastricht University Medical Centre+, Maastricht, the Netherlands

Improving Openness in Animal Research in the Netherlands is a free event (register here) and will focus on why scientists, researchers, press officers and other stakeholders should talk openly about animal research, but will not be a debate about the ethics of animal experimentation.

It will take place on the Wednesday, 11 December, (13:30 – 17:00 CET) at the University Maastricht and is a public event, although it will be of particular interest to those working in the life sciences sector.

Following the presentations there will be a panel discussion followed by a drinks reception.


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, and other life sciences, 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.

Researcher from Maastricht University TBC

A researcher who has worked with animals who has experience talking about their research in the mainstream media.

Sicco de Knecht, Science journalist, ScienceGuide

An experienced science journalist who will give advice on how and why researchers who work with animals should communicate with the mainstream media.

Dr. Andreas Lengeling, Animal Research & Welfare Officer, Max-Planck-Society

Andreas is the animal research and animal welfare officer of the Max-Planck-Society. He is responsible for the implementation of the society’s white paper on animal research. His role involves the support of 32 Max-Planck Institutes in all aspects of animal experimentation and animal welfare. Previously, Andreas has held faculty and group leader positions at the University of Edinburgh (UK) and the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research in Braunschweig, Germany. He has studied Biology and has obtained a PhD in Genetics at the University of Bielefeld.

Last updated on 31/10/19


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