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Dear signers, friends and supporters, the Basel Declaration has a new home. After a successful decade as Basel Declaration Society, our organization has transformed into Animal Research Tomorrow. As such, we promote openness and fact-based scientific arguments in the international public debate on the necessity and value of animal research for both human and animal health and welfare. For more information please visit our new webpage under

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.
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Award 2015 | Alberto Ferrari

 Basel Declaration Award for Educational Animal Research

Young researcher from Italy wins this year's Basel Declaration Award for Education in Animal Research

The Basel Declaration Society (BDS) has presented its fourth consecutive Award for Education in Animal Research. This year's prize-winner is Alberto Ferrari from the Department of Molecular and Developmental Medicine at the University of Siena, and board member of Pro Test Italia. The young researcher set himself the goal of firmly establishing the 3R principles in Italy for training researchers.

The BDS is delighted to honour Alberto Ferrari (27), a committed young scientist with a talent for communication. At the expense of the BDS, Mr Ferrari is currently taking part in a one-week FELASA-certified course at the Institute of Laboratory Animal Science at the University of Zurich. The course focuses on how the 3R principles are implemented in day-to-day animal testing for the welfare of the laboratory animals.

The 3Rs stand for "Replace, Reduce, Refine". "Replace" means that experiments on animals should be replaced, where possible, by alternative methods such as computer simulations or cell cultures. "Reduce": researchers reduce the number of animals per test to the absolute minimum through optimum test planning. "Refine" requires laboratory animals to be treated as gently as possible and looked after to the best possible standard - both during rearing as well as throughout the entire duration of the experiment.

In future Alberto Ferrari will play an even greater role at Pro Test Italia. Alongside the organisation, he will organise courses to transfer and implement the 3R concept in Italy. "My association is very interested in the theme of animal welfare, and we would be very proud of having the opportunity to organize courses about the topic in our country.“

Alberto Ferrari (Winner of the Basel Declaration Award) receives the certificate by Ramona Mentha, Basel Declaration Society


Rolf Zeller
Basel Declaration Society