NC3Rs/IAT Animal Technicians’ Symposium 2019

  • NC3Rs
Wednesday 02 October 2019
Central London

The NC3Rs and the Institute of Animal Technology (IAT) are hosting an Animal Technicians’ Symposium on 2 October 2019.

Full attendance at the symposium carries 5 IAT CPD points.


The programme consists of presentations, posters and networking opportunities, aimed at primarily junior animal technicians. Speakers from academia and industry will present the latest refinement opportunities and approaches to improving animal welfare in laboratory animals. Confirmed speakers include:

  • Dr Lynne Sneddon (University of Liverpool) - Refinements in zebrafish research: improving welfare through behavioural assessment and enrichment
  • Dr Johnny Roughan (Newcastle University) - Perceived barriers to implementation and misconceptions about tunnel handling: results of a recent survey
  • Ms Marie Eriksson (Research Institutes of Sweden - RISE) - Handling and training techniques for less stressed laboratory rodents
  • Dr Sarah Knowles (University of Oxford) - Reduction and refinement in research on wild small mammals
  • Dr Esther Pearl (NC3Rs) - The importance of randomisation and blinding in animal experiments
  • Dr Helen Gray (University of Leeds) - Artificial intelligence to improve animal welfare
  • Dr Virginia Pensabene (University of Leeds) - An engineering approach to improve in vitro culture of murine embryos
  • Ms Megan LaFollette (Purdue University) - Tickling rats for better welfare: practical applications of heterospecific play

The full programme can be found here.


Are you working on a topic relevant to the 3Rs at your facility? The symposium provides an excellent opportunity to showcase your work and share your ideas. We are inviting submissions for poster presentations from technicians on a topic relevant to the 3Rs. Posters will be invited to participate in a flash poster session and a prize of £100 will be available for the best poster.

The deadline for poster submission has now passed. 

Travel bursaries

Travel bursaries of up to £100 each are available to contribute to travel expenses. The deadline for submitting a bursary request has now passed. 


Attendance is free but advanced registration is essential. Registration closes on 13 September 2019

You will need an NC3Rs website account to register. Please use your institutional email address when registering. If you do not have an email address, your line manager can register you using his/her email address; we will contact you via them.

Event status

Registration now closed