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NC3Rs makes a commitment to public engagement with research
Includes a programme of support for grant holders to facilitate public engagement on the 3Rs
7 November 2013.
The National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) today announces its support for the UK research funding bodies' Concordat for Engaging the Public with Research. The Concordat aims to create a greater focus on public engagement with research and help embed this across all disciplines in the higher education and research sectors.
Developed in 2010, The Concordat has four key principles:
The NC3Rs' commitment to public engagement comes as part of a new five-year communications strategy, which outlines a programme of support for grant holders from 2014 onwards to provide public engagement training, how-to guides and funding to support public engagement activities.
2014 will also see the relaunch of the dated NC3Rs website to mark the Centre's ten-year anniversary. This will feature improved accessibility to 3Rs research for both public and scientific audiences.
Dan Richards, Communications Manager at the NC3Rs, said:
"The NC3Rs is now funding a diverse portfolio of inspiring science through a thriving cross-discipline community of researchers up and down the country. This critical mass of research provides us with a unique opportunity to better inform ongoing dialogue on animal research with cutting-edge technologies and approaches as alternatives to animals, along with significant improvements to animal care and handling.
"By applying the 3Rs, often improved scientific
approaches not only benefit animals, but go a long way
to further our understanding of health and disease, and can
easily illustrate the 3Rs as a working scientific
Read a blog post from Dan Richards about why the time is ripe for public engagement with the 3Rs.
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