First 3Rs garaduate school and research platform “BB3R” opened in Berlin

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First 3Rs garaduate school and research platform “BB3R” opened in Berlin

Author: Horst Spielmann

In July 20014 the Berlin-Brandenburg research platform BB3R with integrated graduate school
( was established as a joint venture of the Free University Berlin and the Potsdam University. The new 3Rs graduate school is the first of its kind and it will, therefore, not only strengthen the 3R expertise of young scientists in the region Berlin- Brandenburg (BB) but have an impact on academic institutions in Germany, Europe and overseas.

It is the major goal of BBR3 to educate young scientists in the life sciences in all aspects of the 3Rs with a focus on advanced alternative methods to animal experiments.

BB3R aims to accomplish the following goals:
— Establishment of alternative methods for preclinical drug development and basic research; facilitation of research collaborations and sustainable research activities in Berlin-Brandenburg
— Expansion of regional research activities by establishment of three junior research groups; successful candidates will be qualified for management positions in areas related to the 3Rs
— Sustainable establishment of the BB3R graduate school under the umbrella of the Dahlem Research School for structured training of graduate students who complete a specific mandatory course program on alternative test methods to animal experimentation and related fields in addition to the research project
— Creation of a pool of 3R experts for advice and assistance on BB3R research and administration
— Increasing the awareness of the society for 3R topics by open forums, by print and electronic media

The BB3R project is funded by the Federal German ministry for science and education (BMBF) in the program “Alternatives to Animal experiments” as the first “academic educational project on the 3Rs”. The two main partners FU Berlin (FUB) and Potsdam University (PU) have established 5 professorships and postdoc positions in 9 academic and research institutions in the Berlin-Brandenburg area, e.g. at the Charite Medical School, the FUB Veterinary School and also at the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment BfR.

The time frame for funding is a 3 year period with an option for prolongation for a second 3 year period.

For more details please visit the BB3R website: