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

May 17 2021
May 21 2021

We’re back!
Join us for the 2021 edition of the JRC Virtual 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).

Important: deadline for applications has been now extended to 17 January!

Due to the pandemic crisis, the Summer School will be held online.

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?

Five half 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 144.

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

How to apply?

Application are now open!

To apply fill in the application form indicating whether you want to atttend in person or online and providing the following documents by 17 January 2021:

  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 using the template provided
    Microsoft Office document icon CV template JRC for Summer School 2021
  4. A poster abstract (max 250 words) using the template provided
    Microsoft Office document icon Abstract template for JRC summer school 2021

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


Check the programme of the JRC Summer School.

PDF icon Agenda JRC Summer School 2021

Costs and logistics

Participation in the JRC Summer School is free of charge

The Summer School will take place online.

The official language of the Summer School will be English.

Important dates

  • Opening dates for applications: 1 September 2020
  • Closing date for applications: 17 January 2021
  • Decisions on acceptance will be announced by email on 15 February 2021


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