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JRC Summer School on "Non-animal Approaches in Science: The Three R...evolution"

JRC Summer School Non-animal Approaches in Science 2021
JRC Summer School Non-animal Approaches in Science 2021: The Three R...evolution
May 18 2021
May 21 2021

We’re back!
Join us for the 2021 edition of the JRC Summer School on Non-animal Approaches in Science organised by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) and its EU Reference Laboratory for alternatives to animal testing (EURL ECVAM).

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Why this Summer School?

Non-animal approaches offer huge advantages for conducting human relevant research and testing, whether it be for studying disease mechanisms, developing new therapies or ensuring the safe use of chemicals.

Cutting-edge technologies including induced pluripotent stem cells, organ-on-chip, computational modelling and artificial intelligence are being exploited for world class science that benefits our society.

The JRC Summer School provides you with a unique opportunity to learn from experts in the field, share knowledge and experience with your peers, and build your professional network, all while having fun too!

What's on offer for you?

Four days of a highly engaging and interactive programme including lectures by experts in several key fields, round tables for discussion on hot topics, and a debate session powered by you! There’ll also be plenty of opportunity to mingle and meet new people with interests like yours.

The scientific programme will focus on complex in vitro methods and computational modelling used in biomedical research and regulatory applications that will show you how results obtained from advanced non-animal models and methods can be applied in human medicine and toxicology testing.

We’ll also dedicate time to explore career development paths and the amazing opportunities that non-animal science can offer.

We want you to present a poster describing your own project or area of study related to the topics of the Summer School and all poster abstracts will be published in a special issue of the ATLA journal.

Who can participate?

We are looking for enthusiastic students or early-career scientists (max. 4 years after masters or PhD) with a strong interest in non-animal approaches working in relevant fields of research and application.

The maximum number of participants will be 120 with a capacity of a further 24 students to join online.

We expect a continuous presence from all participants to receive a certificate of attendance.

How to apply?

Application will be open from 1 September 2020 to 6 January 2021. Detailed instructions on how to apply will be published on this page.

You will have to indicate whether you want to attend in person or online and provide the following documents:

  1. A motivation letter explaining why you are interested in attending the summer school and how it will benefit you in your studies and career
  2. Name and contact details of a professional reference (a reference letter is not requested)
  3. A short CV (template to be provided by us)
  4. A poster abstract (max 250 words, template to be provided by us)

How will we select participants?

Participants will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Clarity and relevance of the motivation letter
  • Quality of the poster abstract
  • Achieving a balance between nationalities and sex of participants where possible
  • Priority will be given to applicants who did not attend the previous editions (2017 and 2019) of the JRC Summer School

Costs and logistics

Participation in the JRC Summer School is free of charge! We offer lunch and dinner each day and refreshments during breaks. However, you will need to cover the costs of your travel, accommodation and daily subsistence.

The Summer School will take place at the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC), Via E. Fermi 2749, Ispra (Varese), Italy, located near the beautiful Lago Maggiore.

The nearest airport is Milan-Malpensa. We will provide you with practical assistance in booking reasonably-priced accommodation in the local area and we can offer local transportation according to a fixed timetable.

The official language of the Summer School will be English.

Travel grants

Some generous organisations supporting our school will offer a number of travel grants. If you are selected as a participant, we will send you the details on how to apply for the grants.

Important dates

  • Opening dates for applications: 1 September 2020
  • Closing date for applications: 6 January 2021
  • Decisions on acceptance will be announced by email on 15 February 2021

Minimising our environmental footprint

We aim to minimise the environmental impact of this event by using eco-friendly and sustainable products, avoiding food waste and single-use plastics, and reducing transport emissions. We count on your help to care for our environment!


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