Read more about the safety policy for Scand-LAS 2021 here


The Organising Committee of the Scand-LAS2021 Symposium reserves the right to make changes in the programme.

Please find the list of posters HERE. Posters will be presented on the Balcony of the Tallinn Song Festival Ground throughout the event.


November 2, Tuesday


(Those, who have registered to workshops that have been cancelled, can get a refund or change their registration to another workshop)

WORKSHOP SESSION 1 (9:00-10:30)
WS1: Designing and running a zebrafish facility, cancelled Lars Bräutigam​, Karolinska Institutet
WS2: Assessment of practical skills to carry out procedures on laboratory rodents Rafael Frias, Karolinska Institutet
WS3-I: How can we prevent or alleviate pain effectively in laboratory animals?, part I, cancelled Paul Flecknell, Newcastle University
WORKSHOP SESSION 2 (11:00-12.30)
WS4: Practical refinement in animal handling and procedures Anna Meller,  University of Helsinki
WS5: Are you PREPAREd? How to design animal experiments Adrian Smith, Norecopa
WS3-II: How can we prevent or alleviate pain effectively in laboratory animals?, part II, cancelled Paul Flecknell, Newcastle University


12.00 - 13.00 Registration. Welcome coffee on the 2nd floor.

Chair: David Arney

13.15 – 13.45 50 years anniversary plenary
Klas Abelson, former president of Scand-LAS, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
13.45 – 14.30 KJÖ Memorial Lecture
Jaanus Harro, University of Tartu, Estonia
14.30 – 15.15 Luncheon
15.15 – 15.45 Reduction revisited
Timo Nevalainen, Univesity of Eastern Finland, Finland
15.45 – 16.15 Animal Behavior and Welfare
Marianna Norring, University of Helsinki, Finland
16.15 – 16.45

Lars Wass Award
Axel Kornerup Hansen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

19.00 - 23.00 WELCOME RECEPTION & EXHIBITORS' EVENING (Song Festival Grounds)

November 3, Wednesday

  SESSION 2, Main Hall SESSION 3, Small Hall

Animal Stress in LAS
Chair: David Arney

Facility Management
Chair: Aavo Lang

09.30 – 10.30 Animal Stress in LAS
Donald Broom, University of Cambridge​, United Kingdom
Achieving a good 'culture of care'
Barney Reed, RSPCA, United Kingdom
10.30 – 11.00 Is analyzing glucocorticoids in hair the future of assessing stress in laboratory animals?
Otto Kallikoski, University of Copenhagen, Denmark​
Culture of care' in practice - an industry perspective
Lotte Martoft, Astrazeneca, Sweden
11.00 – 11.30 Coffee break Coffee break
11.30 – 12.00 The effect of positive reinforcement training (PRT) on fear of humans and novel environments in pigs
Dorte Bratbo Sørensen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Using data to identify indicators of animal mortality and improve animal welfare
Chris Lelliot, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, United Kingdom
12.00 – 12.30 Mental wellbeing of the laboratory animals
Nadine E. Suendermann, Zoonlab GmbH, Germany
Understanding and reducing neonatal mortality in laboratory mice
Anna Olsson, University of Porto, Portugal
12.30 – 13.30 Luncheon Luncheon
  SESSION 4, Mail Hall SESSION 5, Small Hall
  Addressing the Three Rs
Chair: David Arney
Education and Training in LAS
Chair: Kai Õkva
13.30 – 13.45 Addressing the three Rs
Tom Bengtsen, Danish 3R-Center, Denmark
Teaching and Training in LAS - Perspectives on the past and the future
Timo Nevalainen, University of Eastern Finland, Finland
13.45 - 14.00 Eight steps to competence
Rafael Frias, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
14.00 - 14.15 Update of the ETPLAS e-learning modules
Nuno Franco, University of Porto, Portugal
14.15 - 14.30 New E-learning module on search for alternatives
Jelméra (Merel) Ritskes-Hoitinga, Radboud University Medical Center​, Netherlands
14.30 - 14.45 3R resources: where to find them and how to contribute
Adrian Smith, Norecopa, Norway
Harmonisation and improved career pathways for technicians - conclusions from the FELASA-EFAT WG
Klas Abelson, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
14.45 - 15.00 The Scand-LAS Education and Training Committee
Hanna-Marja Voipio, Scand-LAS, Finland
15.00 – 15.30 Tea break Tea break
15.30 – 16.00 Addressing the three Rs
Jelméra (Merel) Ritskes- Hoitinga, Radboud University Medical Center​, Netherlands
How to effectively apply the 3Rs in LAS training
Adrian Smith, Norecopa, Norway
16.00 – 16.30

The relevance of models to the 3Rs: How to provide/use more predictive pre-clinical models to meet 3R requirements?
Erwan Corcuff​, Janvier Labs

Panel discussion


4 November, Thursday

SESSION 6, Main Hall SESSION 7, Small Hall
  Analgesia and Anaesthesia
Chair: Kai Õkva
Research Ethics Committees
Chair: Siri Knudsen
09.30 - 09.45 Analgesia and Anaesthesia
Paul Flecknell, Newcastle University, United Kingdom
EU Commission´s work and view on harmonization of the ethical evaluation
Susanna Louhimies, DG Environment, European Commission
09.45 - 10.00 Ethical evaluation in Denmark
Leif R. Lund, The Animal Experiments Inspectorate
10.00 - 10.15 Ethical evaluation in Estonia
Kadri Kabel, Research Ethics Committee/ Ministry for Rural Affairs
10.15 - 10.30 Ethical evaluation in Finland
Seppo Peuranen & Eila Kaliste, Regional State Administrative Agencies (AVI)
10.30 - 10.45 Development of slow release analgesics
Paulin Jirkof, University of Zürich, Switzerland
Ethical evaluation in Norway
Gunvor Kristin Knudsen, Norwegian food safety authority
10.45 - 11.00 Ethical evaluation in Sweden
Katarina Cvek, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
11.00 – 11.30 Coffee break Coffee break
11.30 – 12.00 Pain relief and other refinement strategies models of neuropathic and inflammatory pain
Klas Abelson, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Panel debate - commonalities and differences
Representatives from Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Norway, Sweden, EU Commission.
Moderating: Siri Knudsen, University of Tromsø, Norway

12.00 – 12.30 Luncheon

How to best harmonize – can Scand-LAS play a role? Open discussion

12.30 – 13.30 Luncheon
SESSION 8, Small Hall

SESSION 9, Main Hall

Chair: Sulev Kuuse
Evidence-based Assessment of Laboratory Animal Welfare – How Behavioral Neuroscience Can Help?
Chair: Vootele Võikar
13.30 – 14.00 Critical Incident Reporting System in Laboratory Animal Science - CIRSLAS
Sabine Bischoff, University Hospital Jena​, Denmark
Assessing Affective States in Laboratory Rodents to Promote Animal Welfare
Lars Lewejohann, Freie Univeristät, Germany
14.00 - 14.30

Does Relative Humidity Affect Welfare of Laboratory Rodents?
Karen Ekkelund Petersen, Scanbur, Denmark

Can we use infrared thermography to infer emotional states in mice?
Nuno Franco, University of Porto, Portugal
14.30 – 15.00 Limitations of in vitro replacing in vivo
Anton Terasmaa, National Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics, Estonia
Steps to improve animal welfare and scientific validity in behavioral neuroscience based on the interaction of emotion and cognition
Oliver Stiedl, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
15.00 – 15.30 Tea break Tea break
15.30 – 16.00 Where the lab mice are living and how does it matter for their behaviour. Discussion.
Moderating Vootele Võikar, University of Helsinki, Finland