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Openness in Sweden

The European Animal Research Association (EARA) and the Karolinska Institutet invite you to discuss how to improve openness in communications about animal research with the general public, political decision makers, and opinion formers in Sweden.

This workshop is offered to those working in the life sciences sector and is designed to support researchers, communications staff and institutions that wish to be more open about the animal 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.

Openness in the public debate on animal research has been increasing in many European countries and research institutions. However, there is still significant reluctance within many academic institutions, and amongst scientists, towards conducting a more open and consistent dialogue 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.

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. We hope that this workshop, and those hosted by EARA in other countries, will help to kickstart a cultural change and support research institutions to handle this issue constructively.

A certificate of attendance will be available after the event.

Hear from the leaders in the field of research and communication about the need for greater openness and transparency about animal research in Sweden.


  • Registration 12:00-12:30 CET

  • Presentations 12:30-13:30 (10 min per speaker + 5 min questions)

  • Coffee Break 13:30-14:00

  • Panel Discussion 14:00-16:00

  • Networking event 16:00-17:00

Speakers: Kirk Leech (EARA Executive Director), Per Nilsson (Principal Investigator at KI), Ines Serrenho (Co-ordinator of EARA's Transparency Agreement in Portugal), Madeleine Svärd Huss (Chief Press Officer at KI).

Register here from 3 September.

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Donatella Zanella
Donatella Zanella
01 sept 2023

Shame on you and let animals be free to be considered as lifes!!!

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