Annual Report 2015 foreword

2015 was a rewarding year for the Danish3R-Center. We created a forum for our collaboration on and discussion of the 3Rs, with our highly successful symposium on 10–11 November 2015 as one of the highlights. The symposium included contributions from international partners, the research community and the European Commission.

We have launched a new and improved website that offers a good overview of the world of the 3Rs. We have also started issuing newsletters – for instance in relation to the distribution of research funding and in connection with the symposium.

In 2015, the 3R-Center launched three new 3R research projects that you can read more about in this annual report. We have followed up the four Projects which we supported in 2014 – all of which have the potential to optimise laboratory-animal aspects within their respective fields of research.

In 2015, we have also had educational materials prepared for use in Danish upper-secondary programmes. The materials are available at no charge from our website where teacher manuals and other items may be found. We hope that these materials will be put to extensive use.

We have launched a project that analyses data on the use of laboratory animals in Denmark for the past 10 years in order to improve the basis for monitoring developments in the use of laboratory animals in Denmark.

We also initiated a major questionnaire survey about the awareness of 3Rs among users of laboratory animals in Denmark, since enhanced knowledge in this area may give us a better idea of how to introduce the 3R mindset among those who carry out experiments.

The Danish 3R-Center continues to focus on collaboration with international 3R organisations. In 2015, we arranged EU-level meetings with non-Danish 3R centres to improve our knowledge of the different areas of focus.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the board and the secretariat for their commitment to the work of the Center. Last, but not least, I would like to thank the Danish Animal Welfare Society, LEO Pharma, Lundbeck, Novo Nordisk and the Danish Ministry of Environment and Food for supporting the Danish 3R-Center, enabling the establishment of a leading environment for dissemination and application of the 3Rs for the benefit of both laboratory animals and research.

Christine Nellemann, Chairman of the Board of the Danish 3R-Center

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