Like the Helsinki Declaration, which forever altered the ethical landscape of human clinical research, the aim of the Basel Declaration is to bring the scientific community together to further advance the implementation of ethical principles such as the 3Rs whenever animals are being used and to call for more trust, transparency and communication on the sensitive topic of animals in research. The Basel Declaration Society, founded on October 5th. 2011, strive to promote the Basel Declaration. Visit gallery...

 

Media Trainung | Tübingen

The reason we organized the media training was an enquiry from Marie Schmid, ProTest Germany. Pro Test Germany are aware of how important it is to inform society about the use of animals in research.

Since the most efficient way to spread information is via the media she asked for our support in organizing a media training for members of ProTest Germany. As they are a grass-root organization they lack financial support. The Basel Declaration is aware of how important it is to support young researchers.

On 20th May, 15 people from ProTest were given the opportunity to attend a media training in Tübingen. The aim of it was to make scientists feel more at ease in front of a camera as well as to teach them what to say in an interview and how to act correctly when asked about their research using animals.

Matthes Schaller, dieregie.tv GmbH, taught the course. To start with we watched a short video, in which Mr. Schaller welcomed everyone with a statement. Upon viewing this sequence, participants were required to criticize his performance.

Next up, all attendees had to introduce themselves in no more than 30 seconds, telling some personal fact which the others were not aware of. The purpose of this was to teach them that during an interview it helps the audience to remember the speaker when knowing something personal about them rather than just their name.

Following a short theory sequence, the attendees recorded a short statement themselves. They had to tell why they were doing research using animals. It was interesting to learn the different reasons. Some were vegetarian, yet do animal research. Some could never have imagined working with animals before they started studying biology and found out about its positive aspects for society. One scientist even worked for 8 years not using animals until he decided to do so to achieve more concrete results.

We went on recording statements and criticizing each others’ performances with the aim to repeat the exercise while implementing the newly learned techniques. We learned that it is important to give interviews in a place where the interviewee feels comfortable as this may help lowering nervousness. Practicing those interview situations helped everyone feel less nervous when standing in front of a camera.

Concluding, we may say that all attendees found the lesson to be very interesting and learned to represent in front of a camera in an energetic way.

It was a success all around.