8th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences: Registration and Abstract Submission Now Open on the WC8 Website

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8th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences: Registration and Abstract Submission Now Open on the WC8 Website

Gilly Griffin, Chair, WC8 Scientific Program Committee; Guidelines and Three Rs Programs Director, Canadian Council on Animal Care

Published: January 28, 2011

The World Congresses on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences are the longest running series of international scientific conferences dedicated to the replacement, reduction, and refinement (3Rs) of animal use in research, teaching and safety testing. Since 1993, these conferences have been held every 2-3 years, and have attracted a large international group of stakeholders and leading experts interested in scientific approaches to the development and use of methods that replace, reduce, and/or refine animal-based laboratory methods.

The 8th World Congress (WC8), “The Three Rs, Together It’s Possible,” will take place in historic Montreal from August 21-25, 2011, hosted by the Canadian Council on Animal Care. “The goal of WC8,” described by co-chairs Clément Gauthier and Herman Koëter, “is to bridge the distance between science and policy and to identify opportunities for collaborations.” Participants can start planning their stay by visiting the General Information section of the WC8 website.

Registration and abstract submission for the Congress is now open on the website.

The Preliminary Scientific Program is diverse, spanning from toxicity testing to animal welfare policy to issues unique to farm animal and wildlife research, and is divided into five Themes.

Theme I: Safety and efficacy testing of chemicals, pharmaceuticals and biologicals
Theme II: Policy/law on animal use, public engagement and ethical review
Theme III: Incorporation of the Three Rs in education and training
Theme IV: Animal welfare for Refinement and high quality science
Theme V: Replacement and Reduction in basic research

Explore the topics in each Theme at: http://www.wc8.ccac.ca/programs.

The deadline for submission of an abstract for inclusion in one of the scientific sessions is April 10, 2010.

The Congress will also feature satellite meetings, multimedia demonstrations, point-counterpoint debates and reporting sessions on the latest developments in the field.

Participants will also note that single day registration is available and the final scientific program will feature days that are geared towards a specific topic or special interest group. For instance, the first day of the Congress will highlight topics of particular interest to members of institutional animal care committees (otherwise known as IACUCs or animal ethics committees).

Attendance of over 1000 experts from more than 40 countries is expected at the WC8.

Message from AltTox staff:
If you have time in your schedule for only one 3Rs event this year, the 8th WC is the place to meet and share your latest research, policy initiatives, and ideas with your international colleagues who share similar interests and goals in promoting the 3Rs. The major supporters of AltTox, The Humane Society of the United States and Procter & Gamble, have been associated with the World Congresses since their inception, as supporters, co-organizers, and speakers. AltTox staff will be attending this event, and we hope to meet you there. Details and links to proceedings and/or other published information, where available, for the seven previous World Congresses are summarized in the table below.

Summary of World Congresses on Alternatives & Animal Use in the Life Sciences, 1993-present. (Source: 7th World Congress – Animal Alternative’s Premier 2009 Event)

World CongressYearLocationHostCongress Co-ChairsProceedingsAttendees*
WC11993Baltimore, MarylandCAATAlan Goldberg & Bert van ZutphenBook: Alternative Methods in Toxicology, Vol. 11750
WC21996Utrecht, The NetherlandsUniversity of UtrechtBert van Zutphen & Michael BallsBook: Animal Alternatives, Welfare and Ethics; CAAT Newsletter, 14(2), Conference Highlights: M. Barker, D. Rudacille900-1000; 37 countries
WC31999Bologna, ItalyECVAMMichael Balls & Andrew RowanBook: Progress in the Reduction, Refinement and Replacement of Animal Experimentation850; 40 countries
WC42002New Orleans, Louisiana, USHSUS; Alternatives Congress TrustAndrew Rowan & Horst SpielmannATLA 32, Suppl. 1, 2004500; 34 countries
WC52005Berlin, GermanyZEBET; Alternatives Congress TrustHorst Spielmann & Andrew RowanALTEX Special Issue 2006; Abstracts~900; 45 countries
WC62007Tokyo, JapanJapanese Society of Alternatives for Animal Experiments; Alternatives Congress Trust; Science Council of JapanYasuo Ohno & Horst SpielmannAATEX, Vol. 14; AltWeb>1,000; >35 countries
WC72009Rome, ItalyAlternatives Congress TrustHerman Koëter & Thomas HartungALTEX WC7 Rome Proceedings; ALTEX Highlights of WC7; photos on AltTox>950; >40 countries
WC8**2011Montréal, Quebec, CanadaCanadian Council on Animal CareClément & Herman Koëter

*As reported on WC websites and various articles on AltWeb.
**April 10, 2011 is the deadline for abstract submission.