Adrian Smith is a British veterinarian, but he has lived in Norway for the last 35 years. He has had many different positions within the laboratory animal community in Norway, including the Chair in Laboratory Animal Science at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. Since 2007 he has been secretary of Norecopa, Norway's National Consensus Platform for replacement, reduction and refinement of animal experiments. Adrian is a firm believer in good animal welfare, not least because it is a win-win situation for both the animals and scientists, since the data obtained from these animals is the best possible.
His vision for the 3R-Center is that all stakeholders should work in harmony to advance the process of replacing, reducing and refining animal experiments.
Adrian has experience with a wide range of 3R resources and has a large international network. He has worked both as a researcher, a representative for the authorities, head of an accredited laboratory animal facility and as a teacher of alternative methods, so he has the ability to see things from different angles.
The most important tasks for the 3R-Center are, according to Adrian Smith, to spread information on advances within the 3Rs as quickly as possible within Denmark and beyond. In addition, he hopes the Center will increase mutual understanding, respect and knowledge transfer between the different stakeholders. Part of this process is to increase the funds available for research into 3R-alternatives.