Animal research has made key contributions to all fields of (bio-) medical and basic research. The welfare of research animals is guaranteed by the most restrictive rules that govern animal use by society. Nevertheless, the perception that animal research is cruel and does not contribute to improving human health and should therefore be replaced by
animal-free research remains widespread.
This underscores the need to improve communication on all aspects with the aim to increase public trust in animal research. However, calls for openness and transparency are often met with serious worries by scientists and research institutions alike. There is concern that increasing openness and transparency will provoke backlashes and trigger campaigns by militant activists and organizations opposing animal research.
Therefore, the International Basel Declaration Society (BDS) has decided to organize this conference in close collaboration with the National Association for Biomedical Research (NABR), Americans for Medical Progress (AMP) and the Foundation for Biomedical Research (FBR). This conference provides a unique opportunity for all stakeholders from academia and industry to meet and discuss best-practice examples of improved open communication and other innovative efforts to increase trust.