Wissenschaftlicher Kongress am Samstag, 27. Oktober 2018 in Köln

The use of animals in biomedical research and testing is still largely regarded as the norm. However, this view is increasingly coming under scrutiny in light of current scientific knowledge. In parallel, significant progress has been made in the field of non-animal research methods.

In addition to ethical concerns, animal studies are also the subject of criticism from within the scientific community itself. An awareness is growing that new methodologies are required to gain insight into important questions of human health and disease. Animal experimentation has not provided the hoped-for and much needed answers to these vital questions. 

Unlike numerous other congresses following the 3R concept, the WIST congress is focussing on the poor validity of animal experiments and on more reliable animal-free research methods.

In October 2016, the first conference organized by our charitable organization Doctors Against Animal Experiments was held with 7 high-profile speakers. It was fully booked with 250 guests, including many government officials and researchers. Impressions can be found in this English language video. The great interest motivates us to organize a follow-up event. This year’s prime scientific topics are neurological and psychiatric disorders. 


The program includes presentations by experts in their fields, and will consist of two parts:

1. Questioning the validity of animal experiments in relation to human medicine

2. Human-based research methods  

Date: Saturday, 27 October 2018, 10:00 -18:00

Place: Maternushaus, Kardinal-Frings-Str. 1-3, 50668 Cologne, Germany

CPD: 8 points for medical doctors

Language:  The presentations will be in English or in German. A simultaneous translation English - German will be provided. 

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