NAVS’ Expertise to Shine at Animal Alternatives Conference


The World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences is the longest running series of international scientific meetings focused on the 3 R’s (replacement, refinement and reduction) of animal use in research, testing and education. Held regularly since 1993, this prestigious conference emphasizes the latest technologies for the reduction and replacement of animals in science and education and looks ahead to innovative approaches to ethics, animal welfare and public policy.

Next week, NAVS and our affiliate, the International Foundation for Ethical Research (IFER), will participate in the 11th World Congress meeting. The meeting was originally scheduled to take place in the Netherlands in August 2020 but was postponed to 2021 and will be held virtually due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The World Congress brings together a wide range of participants, including scientists, veterinarians, and individuals from regulatory agencies, industry and animal welfare organizations.

NAVS Executive Director Kenneth Kandaras, along with NAVS and IFER Science Advisors Pam Osenkowski, Ph.D., and Sherry Ward, Ph.D., are honored to join these leading experts from around the world to discuss issues related to the 3 R’s research and development. 

NAVS and IFER will be presenting posters on a number of topics at this event:

  • Dr. Osenkowski will give a presentation about biology educators’ views on dissection alternatives during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Drs. Ward and Osenkowski will provide an overview on the use of dogs in laboratories in the United States.
  • Drs. Ward and Osenkowski will also present a companion poster on the need for a standard nomenclature to categorize how dogs and other animals are used in research.

We are eager to attend the World Congress this year to learn more about the progress that is being made toward the development of human-relevant models that have the potential to reduce and replace traditional animal models in many areas of study. 

We will be sure to update you with important highlights from the 11th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences when the event wraps up in early September.

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