Submit your abstract now for the Joint 3R Symposium in Belgium

Posted on: 23/06/2024

This year, for the first time, we will co-organize the Joint 3R Symposium in collaboration with the Innovation Centre-3Rs (IC-3Rs) and the EU TWINALT consortium. The symposium will take place from 19 to 21 September 2023, at the Health Campus of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) in Jette (Brussels). The theme will be ‘Emerging fields in 3Rs’.


Program & Topics

The Joint 3R symposium will kick-off on the 19th of September at noon. Before the start of the symposium, a closed session is organised for the members of the TWINAT consortium. Poster presenters are already welcomed to hang their poster during lunch time. The keynote speakers of the first day are Prof. Barbara Viviani (UMIL, Italy), Dr Birgit Mertens (Sciensano, Belgium), Prof. Sonia Fraga (INSA, Portugal) and Professor Albert Braeuning (BfR, Germany) who will discuss respectively Adverse Outcome Pathways for hazard identification, animal-free genotoxicity testing, in vitro assessment of nanomaterial hazard, and metabolic disruption in the liver.

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Annalisa Gastaldello (European Commission, Italy) will kick off the second day by providing an overview of the 3Rs resources of the European Commission for both established researchers and the next generation scientists. We will then give a presentation about the RE-Place project and introduce the five experts who were selected from the RE-Place database to present their work on New Approach Methodologies. Their presentations will be focused on two themes: ‘Modelling tools in practise’ and ‘3D tissue models’. For the afternoon session which is fully dedicated to young researchers working in the field of 3Rs, we still have eight spots for oral presentations. You can still apply by submitting your abstract by the 15th of July (more information below). 

On the last day, minister Bernard Clerfayt will open the symposium, which will tackle the replacement of animal experimentation in the fields of neurotoxicity and reproductive health. The program will include as keynote speakers Prof. Ellen Fritsche (HHU, Germany) who will give a presentation on an in vitro test battery for neurotoxicity, Prof. Terje Svingen (DTU, Denmark) who will discuss the effects of endocrine disruptors on the male reproductive system and Prof. Yoni Baert (VUB, Belgium) who will present his work on in vitro modelling of the testis. The full program is available via the website.


Call for abstracts

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If you are interested to present your work, please submit your abstract (max. 300 words) for an oral or poster presentation to by the 15th of July 2023. All abstracts in relation to the 3Rs principle in its broadest sense are welcomed. Topics can include:

  • Drug development and research, toxicology, risk assessment, …
  • Alternative methods and New Approach Methodologies (such as organoids, organ-on-chip, in silico modelling, omics …)
  • Other Reduction and Refinement techniques, …

Participants will be informed by e-mail if they are selected for an oral or a poster presentation. Poster presentations will be organised during the full three days of the symposium and oral presentations are scheduled during the afternoon session of the second day. There is a reduced registration fee for participants who submit an abstract.

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Young scientists who submit an abstract will compete for the best oral or best poster presentation (250€ each). Anyone working in the field of 3Rs is free to submit an abstract, but only PhD students and postdocs are eligible for the competition.

More information via the website.

Submit your abstract now for the Joint 3R Symposium in Belgium