The German Transparency Agreement on Animal Research has received its 100th signatory in the week it celebrates its second anniversary.
The Agreement, where institutions voluntarily commit to promote open communication about their use of animals in research, includes 32 non-university research institutions, 29 universities, 17 university clinics, 10 specialist societies or networks, seven research companies, four zoos and one foundation.
At an online event to mark the anniversary and welcome Research Center Borstel, Leibniz Lung Center as a signatory, Professor Dr. Brigitte Vollmar said: “Our goal must be to get everyone involved in animal experiments in Germany enthusiastic about the initiative.
“In this way, science can make an important contribution to getting the subject of animal experiments out of the taboo zone and contribute to a broad social discourse.”
The initiative was launched, during the first Be Open About Animal Research Day (#BOARD21), by the German Research Foundation (DFG), and the advocacy group TVV (Tierversuche Verstehen) and supported by the Alliance of Science Organisations.