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We have three 3Rs-related events coming up in the next few months. The first is Oxford’s Annual 3Rs Day on Monday 8 April. This event has been getting bigger every year, so this year we are not only having talks covering several approaches and species but will also have poster sessions to give more people a chance to share their 3Rs success stories. This is your chance to hear from researchers from across the University working in silico, in vitro and in vivo on how they are applying the 3Rs to their work and doing great science because of it. You will also get to hear about funding opportunities, training available within the University on topics such as experimental design, and even about international welfare projects that Oxford has been a part of. The NC3Rs is also sponsoring two poster prizes, one for “innovations in experimental research” and another in “exploring different ways of advancing the 3Rs”, each worth £100! You can find more information on OxfordTalks or register for free by getting in touch with oxhoadmin@bms.ox.ac.uk

Our NC3Rs Regional Programme Manager has also been working with Oxford academics to arrange subject-specific workshops. The first two are now open for registration, and they’re free! The first on 14 March will be on the use of organoids as a replacement technique, whilst on 29 April there will be a workshop covering the 3Rs in pain research. In both cases, the format will be a half-day symposium with short talks followed by time for open discussion. These workshops are to encourage knowledge exchange between labs using similar techniques and/or working in the same area who might not otherwise get the chance to come together and discuss methodological details and best practice. Be sure to register, whether you are an established researcher in the area or new to the topic and keen to meet local experts. Both of these workshops are suggested topics from researchers and Chris is open to suggestions for future events.