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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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Conference Information

Animal research has made key contributions to all fields of (bio-) medical and basic research. The welfare of research animals is guaranteed by the most restrictive rules that govern animal use by society. Nevertheless, the perception that animal research is cruel and does not contribute to improving human health and should therefore be replaced by
animal-free research remains widespread.

This underscores the need to improve communication on all aspects with the aim to increase public trust in animal research. However, calls for openness and transparency are often met with serious worries by scientists and research institutions alike. There is concern that increasing openness and transparency will provoke backlashes and trigger campaigns by militant activists and organizations opposing animal research.

Therefore, the International Basel Declaration Society (BDS) has decided to organize this conference in close collaboration with the National Association for Biomedical Research (NABR), Americans for Medical Progress (AMP) and the Foundation for Biomedical Research (FBR). This conference provides a unique opportunity for all stakeholders from academia and industry to meet and discuss best-practice examples of improved open communication and other innovative efforts to increase trust.


Policy Papers of the Conference
Slides of the Presentations from the Speakers