Education programmes, training material, educational courses, workshops


The Swiss 3R Competence Centre actively promotes the principles of the 3Rs in different educational programmes. It facilitates synergies between institutions involved in the education of the 3R principles and the development of new competencies where applicable.

Furthermore, the 3RCC provides material and information about the principles of the 3Rs to teaching bodies. For more information, please contact us:

Educational Programme at Bachelor Level on 3Rs
The 3RCC recommends that a first course dedicated to the 3Rs principle should be part of the core courses at the Bachelor level of Swiss universities. This recommendation is the outcome of a survey conducted on currently existing educational programmes in Switzerland, and based on the outcome of the survey conducted in fall 2018 on gaps and opportunities for implementing the 3Rs in Switzerland. The courses could for example be part of the core courses at the Bachelor level in life sciences, bioengineering, medical, veterinary, environment, agricultural sciences and pharmacy. During the courses, students will acquire knowledge on the 3Rs and ethical principles, Swiss animal welfare legislation, ethical responsibility and scientific rigour as well as have examples of refinement, reduction and replacement methodologies. 3RCC recommendations


Swiss 3Rs Day

2 September 2019 – Hotel Kreuz, Bern

60 years of Russel & Burch’s 3Rs principle


8.30 – 9.15                Registration

9.15 – 9.45               Opening, presentation 3RCC 3Rs Award

9.45 – 11.30            Session I: Replacement

Co-chairs: Matthias Lütolf & Thomas Singer

  • 3Rs and modern safety and discovery technologies, Thomas Singer, Roche, Basel
  • Improving organoid reproducibility and function through engineered stem cell microenvironments, Matthias Lütolf, EPFL, Lausanne

11.30 – 12.00            Coffee break & poster presentations

12.00 – 12.45           Debate session on the use of replacement approaches to produce affinity-reagent antibodies

Chair: Chantra Eskes, 3RCC

Andreas Plückthun, University of Zurich vs Pierre Cosson, University of Geneva

12.45 – 13.45            Lunch break & poster presentations

13.45 – 15.10         Session II: Reduction

Co-chairs: Hanno Würbel & Armand Mensen, 3RCC

  • Standardization and the reproducibility paradox in animal research, Hanno Würbel, University of Bern
  • Multi-spectral optoacoustic tomography at the service of the 3Rs, Daniel Razansky, University of Zurich & ETH Zurich

15.10 – 15.40             Plenary lecture: Best practice and alternatives in education and training

  • Nick Jukes, InterNICHE, Leicester, United Kingdom

15.40 – 16.10          Coffee break & poster presentations

16.10 – 17.45         Session III: Refinement

Co-chairs: Paulin Jirkof & Isabelle Desbaillets, 3RCC

  • How a culture of care can improve animal welfare, Paulin Jirkof, University of Zurich
  • Development of a sustained-release depot formulation of buprenorphine for pain relief in experimental animals, Viktoria Schreiner, University of Basel
  • Report of the FSVO 3R Symposium – Alternatives to CO2, Thom Gent, University of Zurich

17.45 – 18.00         Closure & poster awards announcement

Swiss 3Rs Day Programme pdf
More information on the Swiss 3Rs Day