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We have three 3Rs-related events coming up in April. Oxford’s Annual 3Rs Day is on Wednesday 1 April this year and will feature speakers from across the University as well as several external guests. After last year’s success, the poster sessions make a return as well as the quick-fire session ensuring we cover even more of the 3Rs successes achieved. The NC3Rs is sponsoring two poster prizes worth £100 each, so if you want to be in with a chance of winning one submit your poster now! You can find more information on OxfordTalks or register for free by getting in touch with oxhoadmin@bms.ox.ac.uk.

As funders analyse the experimental design and animal justification sections of grants with increased scrutiny we need to improve how we build these cases as part of our applications. There are two chances to attend a workshop on “Improving the quality of research applications involving animals”, one at the Old Road Campus on Monday 6 April and the other in the Science Area on Tuesday 7 April. On both occasions you will get to hear why there is this increased focus on good experimental design and what you can do to make sure you meet the expectations of funders and reviewers. These workshops are free and you can register by emailing chris.barkus@nc3rs.org.uk.

Finally, our NC3Rs Regional Programme Manager has been working with Oxford academics to arrange subject-specific workshops. On 22 April we have the next of these, focusing on “Using telemetry and minipump devices to refine longitudinal rodent studies”. This is a half-day symposium which will give those already using these techniques a chance to “compare notes” and establish best practice, but also if these are approaches that you might want to adopt in the future this is your chance to meet the local experts. There will be short talks from Oxford researchers as well as a few external experts, and a discussion on the practicalities of making use of these technologies. All this, and it’s free! As always, the topic of this workshop was suggested from researchers and Chris is open to suggestions for future events.