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20 May 2019: Workshops

only accessible to professionals and PhD students

10:15-11:00 BCLAS General Assembly (for BCLAS members only)
11:00-12:30 Workshop A
Software Support for Excellence in Animal Research and Testing: A Practical Approach for Planning, Management and Welfare
Maria Lacalle, NorayBio Software
Workshop B
Dealing with the unexpected positive results – be prepared, keep calm and take immediate actions!
Stephanie Durand, Kerstin Fiebig and Alex Popovic, Charles River
Workshop C
Animal Welfare Bodies Tasks & Responsibilities
Organizer: Animal Welfare Body Platform (BCLAS)Target audience: AWB members and institutional officials/managers
12:30-13:30 Sandwich Lunch (registration needed)
13:30-14:30 Workshop D groups a and b
Part 1
Non-Technical Summaries and Transparency
Organizer: Ethical Committee Platform (BCLAS)
link to detailed program)
Target audience: EC members, institutional officials/managers, researchers
Workshop E
Operational and Technical Husbandry Aspects in Rodent Gnotobiology

14:30-15:15 Workshop F
The Big Impact of Bedding and Enrichment on the Security of Research
Georges Hasson, SAFE®
15:15-16:00 Coffee/Tea Break
16:00-17:30 Workshop D group a
Ethical Committees (NTS)
Part 2 (in English)
Ethical Committee Platform (BCLAS)
Workshop D group b
Ethical Committees (NTS)
Part 2 (in French)
Ethical Committee Platform (BCLAS)
Workshop G
The Real Key to Experiment Success: Genetic Stability over Time
Robert Leblanc, Janvier Labs

With exception of Workshop D part 2,  workshops will be given in English. No simultaneous translation will be provided, but, if they prefer, participants can express themselves in Dutch or French.


20 May 2019: Evening Event

17:30-18:30 Reception in the exhibition areas of the Floréal Centre (free but registration required)
18:30-19:00 Walk to the Pier of Blankenberge
19:00-20:00 Guided visit of the Pier of Blankenberge + drink
20:00-24:00 Dinner at the Pier followed by dance

21 May 2019: Symposium - Be prepared to PREPARE guidelines

Time Presentation Language Presentation Language
07:30-08:25 Registration of participants – Welcome coffee/tea
08:25-08:30 Opening of the meeting by the symposium coordinator E
08:30-09:15 Keynote lecture:
Introduction to PREPARE guidelines
Adrian Smith, NORECOPA 
09:15-09:45 Is the Belgian ethical matrix far from PREPARE?
Anne Vermeylen, UNamur
09:45-10:30 Coffee/Tea Break – Commercial exhibition – Posters
10:30-11:00 Literature search
Sandrine Vandenput, FMV, ULiège
FR Special forum for animal caretakers and technicians: see below ** NL/FR
11:00-11:15 The RE-PLACE platform
Vera Rogiers, VUB
11:15-11:45 Experimental design and statistics
Etienne Hanon, UCB
11:45-12:00 President talk on BCLAS activities
Dr. Guy De Vroey, BCLAS
12:00-12:30 Poster presentation session (3 min/poster) E/NL/FR
12:30-14:00 Lunch – Commercial exhibition – Posters
14:00-14:20 Scoring sheet for experimental procedures
Claire Diederich, UNamur
14:20-14:40 Evaluation of competencies of staff
Olivier Nicaise, GSK/Kris Meurrens, KULeuven
14:40-15:10 Assessment of the husbandry and environment management practices
Samuel Vidal, VetAgroSup/AAALAC (to be confirmed)
15:10-15:40 Refinement of euthanasia techniques
Henri Bertrand, Cambridge University
15:40-16:30 Coffee/Tea Break – Commercial exhibition
16:30-17:15 Closing lecture:
Dealing with ethics in Ethics Committees on Animal Experimentation
Johan de Tavernier, KULeuven
17:15-17:30 Closure of the meeting - Poster awards - Competition prizes E

Speakers will give their presentation in their own language. Simultaneous translation will be provided from French to Dutch and from Dutch to French. There will be no translation for English presentations.



Animal caretakers and technicians who register for the symposium are given the opportunity to register for a dedicated morning workshop for animal caretakers which will be held between 10:30 and 11:45. The workshop will be presented in two different rooms for Dutch and French speaking participants on the subject:

NL: Uitwisseling van Ervaringen
FR: Echange d’expériences

Animal caretakers and technicians are invited to submit proposals for presentations for this forum.