On February 14-15th 2018, scientists, veterinarians, communications staff and administrators from Europe and North America gathered in San Francisco to discuss “Openness and Transparency: Building Trust in Animal Research” at the 5th Annual Conference of the Basel Declaration Society (BDS). Below is a brief summary of the talks given on the 14th. The event was … Continue reading Basel Declaration Society conference calls for greater transparency in animal research
February and March will see a number of events on the topic of openness and transparency in animal research. The deadlines are short for registration so sign up as soon as possible. Speaking of Research committee members will be involved in a number of these events. 6 February – How to advance public acceptance … Continue reading Conferences and webinars in openness and transparency
Yesterday, Ed Yong, a science writer for The Atlantic, published a fantastic article describing how miniature pigs are now being relied upon as personalized models of devastating diseases. His article described how Dr. Dhanu Shanmuganayagam is using the gene-editing technique CRISPR to create pigs that have the specific mutations of particular individuals with the disease neurofibromatosis … Continue reading “Piglets into Personalized Avatars” is #SciComm done right!
It can be a challenge for researchers to connect with the public about why the work they do with animals is important. It can be especially difficult to get the public to understand how humans can benefit from research with seemingly disparate species. Dr. Rebecca Calisi Rodríguez, professor of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior at UC … Continue reading Winning at Science Communication: Bird brains, not bird-brained!
Exactly three years ago, Speaking of Research published a page listing around 100 animal research statements of research institutions, universities, medical research charities, pharmaceuticals, scientific societies and more. After a year of building up this list, we introduced a rating system that let organizations know how good their statement was. We gave them marks according … Continue reading How to explain animal research on your institution’s website
If it does, consider adding this session to your conference plan: What: SFN Animals in Research Panel. How to Effectively Communicate Your Animal Research: Elevator Speech, Social Media, and Best Practices. When & Where: Monday November 13. Noon-2pm. Room 103A Why? (as in, SFN is busy enough, why add a "non-new-science-discoveries-session" to your already packed … Continue reading 2017 SFN Attendees: Does your research depend on animal models?
The ten British universities which conduct the most animal research have come together to proactively publicise their exact figures to the public and media. The press release by the ten institutions was coordinated by Understanding Animal Research. It is the second time that universities have come together to publicise their numbers. Of the 46 universities … Continue reading Openness by the numbers: Ten universities conduct one third of all UK animal research