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January 13, 2023

CAAT Updates

MPS World Summit Abstract Submissions and Travel Awards Open

Abstract submissions are now open for the second MPS World Summit. The deadline to submit an abstract is Tuesday, January 31, 2023. To submit an abstract, please visit the Abstract Submission page here.

Travel award submissions are also open, and we are currently accepting submissions. For more information on deadlines and required documents, please visit the Awards page here.

Photo by Jo-Anne McArthur / NEAVS / We Animals Media

Announcement of the Winners of the 2022 CAAT Reduction Award and the CAAT Humane Education Award

Congratulations to Prof. Dr. Stefan Schildknecht from Albstadt-Sigmaringen University, Germany, who won the 2022 CAAT Reduction Award for his project proposal titled “Development of an Adverse Outcome Pathway (AOP) for the relationship between ferroptosis induction and the degeneration of dopaminergic neurons”.

Congratulations to Dr. Vivian Kral and Dr. Christian Zoschke from Free University Berlin, Germany, who won the 2022 CAAT Humane Education Award for their project titled “3Rs Info Hub PRO - Your go-to place for training on non-animal research”.

Each Award includes prize money of $6,000 USD.

For more information on each project, please see the full announcement here.

SAVE THE DATE: 3Rs Webinar on Confronting Animal Methods Bias in Scientific Publishing

The next 3Rs training webinar, organized by Kathrin Herrmann, Director of CAAT’s Beyond Classical Refinement Program, will take place on Monday, February 6, at 1:00 pm ET/ 7:00 PM CET.

Catharine E. Krebs, PhD, from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) will talk about animal methods bias in scientific publishing, which is a newly defined type of publishing bias, describing a preference for animal-based methods where they may not be necessary or where nonanimal-based methods may already be suitable, which impacts the likelihood or timeliness of a manuscript being accepted for publication.

To register for free, please visit the event page here.

FREE WEBINAR: Talking 3Rs Science

On Thursday, February 23 at 11:00 AM ET/ 5:00 PM CET, Kathrin Herrmann, PhD, Director of CAAT’s Beyond Classical Refinement Program will give a presentation in the 3R-Network BW Webinar series. Dr. Herrmann will explain why academia needs to zero in on human-relevant Replacement methods.

To register for free, please visit the event page here.

SUBMISSIONS OPEN: Drug Discovery and Development Explained: Introductory Notes for the General Public

Abstract and manuscript submissions are now open for Frontiers in Drug Discovery article collection, Drug Discovery and Development Explained: Introductory Notes for the General Public. Katya Tsaioun, Director of EBTC, is an editor of the topic.

The deadline to submit an abstract is Tuesday, January 31, 2023. The deadline to submit a manuscript is Sunday, April 30, 2023.

For more information, or to submit your research, please visit the article collection's page here.

APPLICATIONS OPEN: Next Generation Humane Science Awards

Application Period NOW OPEN: Complete Applications Due by 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, January 31, 2023

The Next Generation Humane Science Award is available annually to young scientists to acknowledge and encouraging researchers who focus on replacing the use of animals in experiments. The 2023 award will be a 1st prize of $5,000 to recognize the outstanding work of one young scientist. Depending on the amount and quality of the applications, a 2nd place $4,000 award may be issued as well. Please email your completed application to

Qualification Criteria
The work must be focused on the replacement of animals used in experimentation. Excellence of research outcome as demonstrated by publications and presentations at scientific meetings. The review committee will also take into account:
  • The significance of the potential to replace animal experiments in the future.
  • Providing an inspiration to others (fellow students, members of the research group) and outreach to wider audiences.
  • The potential for the replacement methodologies to be used in a regulatory context.
2023 Eligibility Criteria
  • The candidate must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States working at a US-based institution.
  • The candidate should not have received a PhD or similar degree earlier than 2013.
  • Current and former employees (or their family members) of the Center of Alternatives to Animal Testing at Johns Hopkins University cannot apply.
  • Application procedure and documentation
Full Application here.
  • CV: maximum two pages
  • List of all publications
  • Two reference letters, not to exceed two pages each, stating why you should receive this award. These letters should be from individuals well-qualified in the field, at least one of whom is not associated with the research itself (such as current supervisors or co-authors of publications).

APPLICATIONS OPEN: PhD Positions with the Collaborative Research Training Group of the University of Konstanz and the University of Applied Sciences Albstadt-Sigmaringen

Application Period NOW OPEN: Complete Applications Due by Sunday, January 31, 2023

The CRTG InViTe2 is now accepting applications for scholarships / positions to pursue a doctorate in Biology or related fields. The six scholarships (for projects at the University of Applied Sciences Albstadt-Sigmaringen, Sigmaringen Campus) plus six PhD positions (for projects at the University of Konstanz) will support doctoral candidates to pursue their doctoral projects within the framework of this CRTG.

One of these PhD positions will work with CAAT in Baltimore, on projects that are to be defined.

For more information or to submit your application, please visit the posting here.


Happy 80th Birthday to Franz P. Gruber!

On November 27, Franz Paul Gruber celebrated his 80th birthday. Franz has been a tireless advocate for alternatives to animal testing, and his impressive career has been fully dedicated to serving the best interests of animals. Franz is an iconic figure in the field of alternative methods, who has worked long and hard to earn the field the recognition it deserves.

Franz realized early on in his career how difficult the position of animals is in our society. He studied veterinary medicine and practiced as a veterinarian for a couple of years. After earning his doctorate, he accepted a position as a research associate and assistant professor at the department of laboratory animal sciences at the Free University in Berlin, where he qualified as an expert veterinarian and earned a habilitation degree. In 1977 he moved to the University of Konstanz to plan and set up the animal research facility as its academic director. A revolutionary principle of this time was the inclusion of cell culture laboratories to produce antibodies by animal-free methods.

To read the full article and read more about Franz' impressive career, please visit ALTEX's website here.

SAVE THE DATE: ECOTOXicology Knowledgebase Virtual Training

Tuesday, February 7, 2023 
11:00 AM-1:30 PM ET 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ECOTOXicology Knowledgebase (ECOTOX) is a comprehensive, publicly available tool providing environmental toxicity data on aquatic life, terrestrial plants, and wildlife.  

Specifically targeted for decision-makers, this virtual training will provide— 
  • An overview of the database content and function  
  • Application-oriented use case demonstrations  
  • Opportunities for participatory learning and engagement
The training is divided into two parts to accommodate a variety of interests and schedules. Participants may register for one or both sessions; registration is free but required to attend each session.

Session 1 (Presentation and Q&A) 
11:00 AM-12:30 PM ET 
This session will provide an overview of the knowledgebase content and function, with opportunities for participation and Q&A. 
Register here.

Session 2 (Breakout Sessions) 
12:30 PM-1:30 PM ET 
This session will break participants into breakout groups to work on case study exercises in small groups, aided by facilitators. 
Register here.


Abstract submission is open for the World Congress in Niagara Falls, Canada in August 2023! The abstract submission deadline is Friday, February 10, 2023.

The tentative program for the Congress is also now available.

To view the program or submit an abstract, please visit the conference website here.

Upcoming Events

3Rs Webinar on Confronting Animal Methods Bias in Scientific Publishing
February 6, 2023
Free Virtual Event

ECOTOXicology Knowledgebase Virtual Training
February 7, 2023
Free Virtual Event

Beyond the 3Rs: Why Academia must zero in on human-relevant Replacement Methods
February 23, 2023
Free Virtual Event

10th Annual 3Rs Symposium (more information coming soon)
May 17-19, 2023
Virtual Event

JRC Summer School on Non-animal Approaches in Science
May 23-26, 2023
Ispra, Italy

MPS World Summit
June 26-30, 2023
Berlin, Germany

WC12 Canada
August 27-31, 2023
Niagara Falls, Canada
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