The main purpose of Institute of Animal Technology (IAT) Congress is to introduce Animal Technologists to the latest developments in all aspects of animal based research and technology. The programme will feature workshops, paper presentations, a trade exhibition and entertainment.
The NC3Rs will be leading a workshop on ‘Fundamental concepts in experimental design: randomisation and blinding’, to be held on Tuesday 9 April and Wednesday 10 April.
The role of an animal technologist in experimental design is often underestimated. Recent studies have highlighted that the results from animal experiments are often not as reliable as they should be. During this workshop, we will cover some approaches that are proven to improve experimental quality and which animal technologists are likely to be involved in – randomisation and blinding. We will explain what they are, why they are important and when they are needed. Significantly, the workshop will also provide practical advice and guidance on how to blind and randomise. This workshop is for technologists involved in supporting and running experiments (e.g. setting up experiments, performing procedures, preparing animals for studies). Whilst we will focus on common species such as rodents and fish, the principles will apply across all species. This interactive workshop will include talks, voting, group work and hands-on activities.
The NC3Rs will also have a stand in the congress exhibition hall.
Further information, including a full event programme, is available on the IAT website.