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Café Scientifique

A Café Scientifique is a forum, where for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can participate in the discussion of current scientific issues in the relaxing, informal setup of a Café!

The Cafés Scientifiques are organized by Dr. Sahar El Khoury and Life Science Zurich and supported by Science et Cité. They take place in general once a month in Zürich.

How does it work?

  • A Café Scientifique starts with conversations in small groups about the topic to break the ice, fill the glasses, and concretize our knowledge about the subject.
  • Afterwards, there is a short talk (usually about 15/20 min) by an expert speaker.
  • This is followed by approximately half an hour of questions and answers and general discussion.

What subjects will be discussed ? Any scientific subject that is of interest to the general public.

Who are the invited speakers? The speakers are researchers from the University of Zurich and ETH Zürich.

The 3Rs and the welfare of laboratory animals

Image: Swiss 3RCC

Monday, 19 June 2023, 19:00  at Coworking Lounge Tessinerplatz

The 3Rs principle formulated in 1959 by Russel and Burch aims to guide an applied scientific approach towards the replacement, reduction and refinement of animal research. While of limited ethical guidance it is fair to say that it led to a massive reduction in animal use within several decades. But what is the status quo and the challenges of the 3Rs principle now more than 60 years after its publication and what is with those animals still used in research, testing and education. How can their welfare be measured and protected? This is a first glimpse of the café hosting Prof. Paulin Jirkof.

Dr. Paulin Jirkhof is 3R coordinator at the Office for Animal Welfare and 3R of the University of Zurich and chair of the executive board of the Swiss 3R Competence Center.

For more information and registration see here.