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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 2018 | Announcement



The Basel Declaration Society is delighted to be able to offer a researcher the opportunity to take part in the following course for animal experiments according to the latest legal standards in Switzerland and the EU.


Introductory Course in Laboratory Animal Science, 5 days (EU Functions A, C, D and Modules 10, 20, 21, former title: FELASA category B accredited)

This course teaches the technical knowledge and practical skills necessary for responsible and careful handling of laboratory animals. In this course the Basel declaration Awardee will learn how to handle rodents and rabbits and familiarized her/himself with the basics of the relevant animal research techniques used.

In addition, course participants will be introduced to all important aspects of animal welfare before, during and after an animal experiment, so that they can incorporate this knowledge into their day-to-day laboratory work. Theory and practice are closely linked and the acquired knowledge and practical skills will be assessed in a final examination. A conformation that you have successfully attended the course will entitle you to conduct experiments with laboratory animals and:

  • Teach basic knowledge of the characteristics, needs, husbandry and breeding of animals
  • Assess health status and diseases in different rodents.
  • Teach the principles of 3R (reduce, refine, replace).
  • Handle and restrain different laboratory animals.
  • Recognize normal and abnormal behavior and phenotypes.
  • Become familiar with techniques to study laboratory animals (e.g. administration of substances and sampling).
  • Administer and monitor of anesthesia and pain management.

Venue: University of Zurich, Irchel Campus, Institute of Laboratory Animal Science
Date: August 13 - 17, 2018 / 40 hours (20h theory + 20h practice) / 8.30h – 18.30h, language: English
Course costs: will be covered by the Basel Declaration Society

Travel costs: will be paid by the participant or his/her university.
Cost of accommodation will usually be paid by the participant himself or his/her university. The Basel Declaration Society will assist in the search for low-cost accommodation.

Eligibility: The awardee must hold a postgraduate qualification (PhD or higher) in the life sciences. Within 2 years of successfully completing of the course, the awardee must organize such a course at his/her home university/research institute to train people who will conduct animal experiments in accordance with the legal requirements in his/her home country or must take a active role in the establishment of such courses at their home institution/country. These courses should be repeated at regular intervals and become part of the studies offered in the fields of life sciences and/or biomedicine at the home university. The awardee must be a signatory of the Basel Declaration and member of the Basel Declaration Society and his/her home university should support the principles of the Basel Declaration. The awardee will write report to be included in the reports by the  Basel Declaration Society after the organization of the first course.

In addition to their complete CV and letter of motivation, applicants must submit a letter of recommendation and support by their home university and/or head of their research institute. The awardee will be selected by the Board of the Basel Declaration Society.

All application documents (as a PDF file) must be sent as soon as possible, but in any case before July 21, 2018 to the following email address:

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of the selection process.