Structure and People

The Strategy Board is responsible for the strategic direction and top-level management of the Centre. The members of the Strategy Board represent the interests of their institutions and are able to support the implementation of the Centre's strategy in their institutions at management level.

The Management Team is responsible for the operational management of the Centre and is composed of the Vice-President of the Strategy Council, the Chair of the Executive Board and the Executive Director.

The Directorate manages the operational business of the Centre. It provides administrative support to both the Strategic and Executive Board and works closely with the Executive Board.

The members of the Executive Board are animal welfare officers and/or 3Rs experts at the member universities (nodes) and member organisations. They interact directly with students and researchers at the universities and are responsible for the implementation of the Centre's strategy at the Node level.

The members of the Scientific Advisory Board are internationally recognised 3Rs experts who advise the Centre on research funding and other activities. They have an advisory role and no voting rights.

Dr Jenny Sandström
Dr Jenny Sandström
Executive Director
Dr Armand Mensen
Dr Armand Mensen
Scientific Officer & Deputy Executive Director
Dr Christopher R. Cederroth
Dr Christopher R. Cederroth
Scientific Officer
Kathryn Sadowski
Kathryn Sadowski
Administration and Financial Officer
Dr Jessica Lampe
Dr Jessica Lampe
Communications Officer
Dr Antoine Champetier
Dr Antoine Champetier
Scientific Officer

Simone De Montmollin - President
Simone De Montmollin - President
Member of the National Council since 2019.
Prof. Christian Leumann - Vice-President
Prof. Christian Leumann - Vice-President
Rector University of Bern
Dr Birgit Ledermann
Dr Birgit Ledermann
Co-chair of Interpharma Animal Welfare working group Novartis Global Animal Welfare and Compliance 3Rs Leader
Dr René Buholzer
Dr René Buholzer
Chief Executive Officer Interpharma
Prof. Didier Trono
Prof. Didier Trono
École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) - Laboratory of Virology and Genetics
Prof. Detlef Günther
Prof. Detlef Günther
ETH Zurich - Vice President for Research and Corporate Relations
Prof. Falko Schlottig
Prof. Falko Schlottig
Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz (FHNW) - Director School of Life Sciences
Dr Julika Fitzi-Rathgen
Dr Julika Fitzi-Rathgen
Schweizer Tierschutz - Head of Animals in Research, Genetic Engineering & Veterinary Consulting Unit
Prof. Benedetto Lepori
Prof. Benedetto Lepori
Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) - Rector’s delegate for research analysis
Prof. Rolf Zeller
Prof. Rolf Zeller
University of Basel - Department of Biomedicine
Prof. Doron Merkler
Prof. Doron Merkler
University of Geneva - Associate Professor at the Department of Pathology and Immunology
Prof. Liliane Michalik
Prof. Liliane Michalik
University of Lausanne - Vice-Rector for Equality, Diversity and Career
Prof. Urs Hilber
Prof. Urs Hilber
Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) - Dean, Head of Department Life Sciences and Facility Management
Dr Otto Maissen
Dr Otto Maissen
Head of Animal Experimentation and Evaluations at Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office
Prof. Michael Walsh
Prof. Michael Walsh
University of Fribourg - Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Science and Medine
Prof. Elisabeth Stark
Prof. Elisabeth Stark
Prof. Elisabeth Stark - UZH Vice President Research

Christian Leumann
Christian Leumann
University of Bern, Vice-President Strategic Board
Paulin Jirkof
Paulin Jirkof
University of Zurich, Chairwoman Executive Board
Jenny Sandström
Jenny Sandström
Swiss 3RCC, Executive Director

Dr. sc. nat. Paulin Jirkof, EB Chair
Dr. sc. nat. Paulin Jirkof, EB Chair
University of Zurich - 3R coordinator, Animal Welfare Department
Dr. Homare Yamahachi, EB Vice-Chair
Dr. Homare Yamahachi, EB Vice-Chair
University of Bern - 3R Coordinator
Dr. vet. med. Philippe Bugnon
Dr. vet. med. Philippe Bugnon
LTK Representative - dipl. SVLAS Head of the education at the Institute of Laboratory Animal Science in the University of Zurich
Dr. Christelle Cadilhac
Dr. Christelle Cadilhac
ResAL Representative - Coordinator of the Lemanic Animal Facilities Network (ResAL)
Dr. Stéphanie Claudinot
Dr. Stéphanie Claudinot
University of Lausanne and CHUV - 3R coordinator, Dean Office, Faculty of Biology and Medicine, Lausanne
Dr. Santiago F. Gonzalez
Dr. Santiago F. Gonzalez
Università della Svizzera Italiana - Head of the Infection and Immunity Laboratory, Institute for Research in Biomedicine
Dr. rer. nat. Boris Jerchow
Dr. rer. nat. Boris Jerchow
Interpharma 3R Coordinator - Head Vivarium Operations, Novartis Pharma AG
Dr. Anne Planche Roduit
Dr. Anne Planche Roduit
Representative of the Swiss Animal Facility Network (SAFN)
Dr. med. vet. Anke Rohlfs
Dr. med. vet. Anke Rohlfs
University of Basel 3R Coordinator - Animal Facilities
Dr. Daniele Roppolo
Dr. Daniele Roppolo
University of Geneva 3R Coordinator - Directeur de l'expérimentation animale
Dr. Alexandre Widmer
Dr. Alexandre Widmer
Ecole Polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) 3R Coordinator - Center of Phenogenomics,
Prof. Dr. Hanno Würbel
Prof. Dr. Hanno Würbel
University of Bern 3R Coordinator - Professor for Animal Welfare, Veterinary Public Health Institute, Vetsuisse Faculty
Dr. med. vet. Andrina Zbinden
Dr. med. vet. Andrina Zbinden
University of Fribourg 3R Coordinator - Animal Welfare Officer
Dr. Joachim Köser
Dr. Joachim Köser
Hochschule für Life Sciences FHNW - Institut für Chemie und Bioanalytik
Dr. med. vet. Anne Zintzsch
Dr. med. vet. Anne Zintzsch
University of Basel and the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics in Freiburg - Animal Welfare Officer
Dr. Markus Rimann
Dr. Markus Rimann
ZHAW School of Life Sciences and Facility Management Section for the research Group 3D Tissues and Biofabrication
Dr. Annamari Katariina Alitalo
Dr. Annamari Katariina Alitalo
ETH Zürich - Animal Welfare Officer

Prof. Paul Flecknell - Co-Chair
Prof. Paul Flecknell - Co-Chair
Emeritus Professor Newcastle, University Newcastle, United Kingdom
Prof. Anna Olsson
Prof. Anna Olsson
Professor and group leader at the Laboratory Animal Science
Dr Nathalie Percie du Sert
Dr Nathalie Percie du Sert
Head of Experimental Design and Reporting, National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals
 Dr Tobias Schnitzer
Dr Tobias Schnitzer
Global Head of Comparative Medicine Roche Basel, Switzerland
Dr Jan van der Valk
Dr Jan van der Valk
Director of the 3Rs-Centre Utrecht Life Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Utrecht University Utrecht, the Netherlands
Prof. Katja Schenke-Layland
Prof. Katja Schenke-Layland
Professor of Medical Technologies and Regenerative Medicine, Director of NMI, University of Tübingen, Germany
Prof. Robert Hindges
Prof. Robert Hindges
Professor of Developmental Neurobiology, King’s College London, United Kingdom