Two European Commission Reports, Holley et al (2016) and European Commission (2017), have reported that significant improvements in the communication of information on 3Rs resources and the development of alternatives are needed. One part of the solution to this challenge is to improve awareness of 3R conference and related scientific events. Therefore, this Events Calendar brings together relevant information on sector specific conferences, workshops, symposia and training (but not accredited training see ETPLAS for this). At present the events covered are international but with a large emphasis on European locations, with the calendar currently spanning from May 2018 to August 2020. As they become available, links to event websites and registration information are included.

Every effort has been made to find as many relevant 3R events as possible, but events are constantly being organised so we welcome any information on missing or up and coming activities.

To improve the effectiveness of the Events Calendar resource we ask for feedback on the following questions;

  1. Are there any gaps in the calendar in terms of, certain activity types, topics, locations, dates and access or cost?
  2. Are there any additional activities that you or your organisation could provide?
  3. Are there any additional activities that you think VetBioNet should organise?

Please send any feedback to


VetBioNet Kick-Off Meeting @ Hotel Oceania L’Univers
Apr 3 – Apr 5 all-day

The VetBioNet Kick-off Meeting (KoM) was held during month 2 of the project (3-5 April 2017) at the Oceania Hotel, in Tours, France. The attendance to the KoM was open to the consortium partners and the Stakeholder Advisory Board (SAB) members.
The KoM aimed at:

  • Officially stating the beginning of the project;
  • Outlining the project goals as well as the individual roles and responsibilities of the consortium members;
  • Clarifying the expectations of all parties;
  • Creating a commitment by all the project’s participants.


The meeting was organised as follows:

3rd April 2017:
The meeting of the Executive Committee (ExCom) was held. The main topics addressed were: 1) the role, composition, meetings and functioning of the ExCom and roles of the ExCom members during the KoM; 2) management issues and roles of the European project manager; 3) role and composition of the governing bodies of the project; 4) dissemination and communication issues; and 5) organisation of the next project meetings.


4th April 2017:
The day started with a welcome introduction by Catherine Beaumont (president of the INRA centre in Val de Loire).
Then the coordinator Frédéric Lantier and the leader of WP10 Sascha Trapp presented the overall project and INRA Transfert (IT) presented the governance structure of the project.
These talks were followed by an overview of the objectives of each WP. WP1 to 9 leaders presented the objectives, approaches, expected outcomes and work done so far for each WP.
During the afternoon WP1 leader and IT presented the Transnational access (TNA) way of functioning, administrative and financial aspects. Then, IT, on behalf of the Department of intellectual property (DPTI) of INRA, presented intellectual property issues and IT presented project management and financial issues.
The rest of the afternoon was devoted to interactive workshops, for WP7, in a plenary session, and for WP1, WP3 and WP6 in parallel sessions.


5th April 2017:
The morning was devoted to interactive workshops in parallel sessions for WP2 and WP4, and WP8 and WP9.
In the afternoon, the leader of WP5 presented the dissemination plan, training, data management and technology transfer issues.
Then, each WP leader presented a wrap-up of what discussed during the interactive sessions.
The last session was devoted to discussing with the SAB member who presented his feedback to the consortium.


You can download the VetBioNet KoM agenda here.

Oct 26 – Oct 27 all-day

The 6th Iberian Congress on Prions will be organized this year by the Prion Laboratory of the Centro de Investigación en Sanidad Animal (CISA-INIA) and it will take place in Cordoba, Spain, on the 26th and 27th of October 2017.
The main purpose of the conferences is for us to discuss the latest research being carried out in prion diseases and the broader field of neurodegenerative diseases. One important topic of the conference will be to examine the commonalities and differences between prion diseases and other neuro-degenerations, such as Alzheimer’s disease. We aim to provide an opportunity to hear the latest international research in a diverse range of subject areas within the field. There will be invited speakers internationally recognized and selected speakers including young scientists at the
start of their careers.
This annual event provides a unique opportunity for scientists and PhD students to share their last findings and progress in an attractive and interesting setting. The meeting will take place in the government building of the Universidad de Cordoba, a beautiful construction of “neomudéjar” style.
The city of Cordoba, ancient capital of the Caliphate of Cordoba, has the largest urban area in the world declared World Heritage by UNESCO. You all are cordially invited to visit Cordoba and fully enjoy this vibrating city.

Registration and abstract submission is now open in the conference website. Early registration deadline: 15th September 2017. You will find more information at the congress website:

Juan María Torres – Congress chairman:

For technical questions regarding your registration or abstract submission, please contact the Technical Secretariat at:

VaxInLive 2018 Symposium @ Grand Amphithéatre de l’Université de Lyon
Jan 10 all-day

You are invited at the VaxinLive 2018 Symposium on January 10, 2018 in Lyon!

VaxInLive 4th edition will see the participation of:

– A bunch of outstanding international speakers to celebrate the new year 2018 with 2 “keynote lectures” by:

  • Prof Stefan H. Kaufmann, the well-known specialist (among other vaccines) of tuberculosis (G7 adviser in 2015, G20 adviser in 2017) and Director of the Berlin Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology;
  • Prof. Alain Fischer, great figure of Inserm, pioneer of the gene therapy of immuno-deficient babies (bubble babies) and leader of the citizen consultation in France in 2016 concerning the number of compulsory vaccines which will pass in January 2018 from 3 to 11 in France.

12 eminent professors, researchers or industrialists:

  • from 9 countries and 4 continents: France (Lille, Paris, Lyon), The Netherlands (Amsterdam), Germany (Berlin), UK-England (Guildford), Switzerland (Geneva), Canada (Vancouver), USA (Houston), Brazil (São Paulo), Australia (Queensland);
  • discuss the development and place of anti-cancer and anti-infectious vaccines in our therapeutic arsenal and public health policies;
  • inspiring and at your disposal also in the closed sessions organized around the open scientific day, and/or by appointment that can be arranged for you in advance.

The program for this unique “rendez-vous” and the registration form (free, mandatory) are available on the Symposium website:

VetBioNet Workshop: “BSL3/BSL3+ Aquatic Animal Infection Facilities: Steps To Achieving Conformity With ISO Biocontainment Standards” @ APHA Weybridge
Jan 31 – Feb 1 all-day

The VetBioNet consortium is organizing the workshop “BSL3/BSL3+ Aquatic Animal Infection Facilities: Steps To Achieving Conformity With ISO Biocontainment Standards”,which is related to the activities of WP3, Task 3.2.

The workshop will take place at APHA Weybridge on 31st January and 1st February 2018. Participation to the first day of the event is open to stakeholders and organizations outside VetBioNet project partners. If interested in taking part to the workshop, please contact Ms. Una McCarthy (


Agenda of the workshop

How to reach APHA Weybridge

First VetBioNet Annual Meeting @ APHA - Animal & Plant Health Agency
May 15 – May 17 all-day
First VetBioNet Annual Meeting @ APHA - Animal & Plant Health Agency

The provisional agenda of the meeting is available here.

Measuring Behavior 2018 @ Manchester Metropolitan University
Jun 6 – Jun 8 all-day
Measuring Behavior 2018 @ Manchester Metropolitan University

Measuring Behavior is the premier interdisciplinary event for scientists and practitioners concerned with the study of human or animal behavior. This unique community and its biannual conference focuses on methods, techniques and tools in behavioral research in the widest sense. The purpose of this community is to foster scientific discussions regarding methods and techniques in behavioral research.

Measuring Behavior 2018 will take place at Manchester Metropolitan University from 6th to 8th June 2018, presenting the latest inventions, prototypes, and techniques in behavioral research.

Online registration will be possible until Wednesday 23rd May. Onsite registration will be possible during the conference (credit card only, no cash or cheques).

6th European Veterinary Immunology Workshop (EVIW)
Sep 5 – Sep 7 all-day
6th European Veterinary Immunology Workshop (EVIW)

The 6th EVIW will take place in Utrecht, The Netherlands, on September 5-7, 2018.  Further information on registration, abstract submission and venue are available at:

Plenary and concurrent session topics include:

  • Innate immunity;
  • Adaptive immunity;
  • Infection and immunity;
  • Vaccination;
  • Clinical immunology;
  • Allergy;
  • Mucosal immunology;
  • The microbiome in relation to immune responses.
VetBioNet and FRAME 3Rs and Experimental Design Training School @ Sutton Bonington Campus
Jan 9 – Jan 11 all-day

EU H2020 VetBioNet Project is partnering with The Fund for the Replacement of Animals in Medical Experiments (in its 50th anniversary year) to host a 3Rs and Experimental design Training School.  This is a major event organised to train held in at the University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK. It will run from the 9th to 11th January 2019, is FELASA accredited and qualifies for CPD.

This latest Training School will focus on experimental design and statistical analysis of bioscience and biomedical research, with cases related to infectious disease research.  The programme is structured to lead participants from simple experimental design and statistical ideas, through more complex methods and analysis to effective presentation of findings. Participants are also able to discuss their own research with the Training School’s expert tutors.

The University of Nottingham has partnered with FRAME for a number of years to help deliver training schools to promote the 3Rs – the replacement, reduction and refinement of animals in research – by providing researchers with an understanding of alternative and new design concepts.  The training event will give researchers the ability to learn about more efficient designs for their experiments by stimulating engagement with the 3Rs. It will also give delegates the opportunity to network with scientists across industry and academia.

The programme will be delivered by five expert tutors: Dr Derek Fry, Dr Kate Millar, Dr Michelle Hudson-Shore, Professor Richard Preziosi and Dr David Lovell.

The format includes lectures, group discussions and individual exercises and is aimed at those who are at postgraduate level or above.

The training schools are aimed at postgraduate or postdoctoral researchers but previous events have also attracted heads of department, professors, laboratory animal veterinarians, animal research ethics coordinators, compliance officers and directors. This Training Event supports better understanding of how to properly design experimental programmes and effectively analyse results. It is intended that by attending the Training School participants will go on to produce higher quality science, with more reliable results.

For more information and to book your place please visit


Training school: Robustness: from a wooly concept to operational measures @ AgroParisTech Paris
Apr 1 – Apr 5 all-day

A training school “Robustness: from a wooly concept to operational measures” will be held on April 1-5 2019 in Paris and provided by AgroCampus, AgroTechParis and INRA. This doctoral module will discuss the concept of animal robustness as a complex, multi-level and dynamic concept, and its relevance in management strategies.

The school is addressed to French and International PhD students, all biologists and animal scientists (Post docs, educational staff and professional) interested in the robustness concept and the modelling tools to characterize it. Basic notions on biology, mainly the concept of robustness is appreciated. You do not need to be modeller for participation in this school.
Course fee
PhD students: The module is free of charge
Young scientists and professionals: 400 euros

The course registration includes course materials and coffee breaks. Lunches, dinners and accommodation are in charge of candidates.

Registration deadline: February 19, 2019.

For more information and registration please visit the following link.

EPIZONE Annual Meeting 2019 @ Kalkscheune
Aug 26 – Aug 28 all-day
EPIZONE Annual Meeting 2019 @ Kalkscheune

The meeting will be held from 26-28 August 2019 in Berlin, Germany, and will be hosted by the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut (FLI), the German Federal Research Institute for Animal Health. Theme of the 13th Annual Meeting will be ‘Breaking Walls’. Referring to the city and as metaphor for the EPIZONE goal to improve international cooperation within the field of epizootic diseases research and control. Focus will be on current research efforts in the field of epizootic animal diseases of livestock a.o. cattle, pigs, poultry, sheep, goats, fish and horses. Renowned speakers will be chosen to give a broad, up-to-date overview of this rapidly evolving and multi-disciplinary field. Interesting selected poster and oral presentations, about recent research on the well-known EPIZONE themes including: diagnosis, intervention strategies, risk assessment, and surveillance and epidemiology of epizootic diseases, will be part of the scientific program.

The meeting shall bring together an outstanding and diverse group of experts from basic to applied science to foster scientific exchange and to establish new contacts or collaborations. Also in Berlin, the Young EPIZONE core group will organize an interesting and inspiring program for young scientists in the field of epizootic diseases.

The venue will be the ‘Kalkscheune’ right in the middle of Berlin.

We are sure that Berlin, the lively capital of Germany and a city of distinction, will be the perfect place to create a stimulating atmosphere of exciting talks, inspiring discussions, and scientific curiosity. We are looking forward to your participation and welcoming you in Berlin in August 2019! For more information, please visit the conference website: