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3R Competence Network NRW

In spring 2022, the eight medical faculties of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia formed the 3R Competence Network NRW. The aim of this state-wide network is to harmonize biomedical research and medical progress in NRW with the best possible animal welfare. The network is focused on the "3Rs principle": replace, reduce and refine.

With establishing 3R centers, creating a platform for inter- and transdisciplinary exchange as well as expanding the range of training and further education, the 3R competence network creates new synergies. The network promotes 3R research in NRW as a catalyst for innovation in animal welfare. Objective public relations work on animal experiments and progress in the 3R field complements the range of tasks of the 3R Competence Network.

The office, which has been active since August 2022, is located at the Medical Dean's Office of the Rheinische Friedrichs-Wilhelm-Universität Bonn and takes care of the strategic, administrative and communicative tasks of the 3R Competence Network. It is also the central point of contact for all concerns of the network members and for the interested public. Coordinators at the eight partner locations support the work of the office.

Current events

  • Tunnel- und Cup-Handling: Schonender Umgang mit der Labormaus

    Public event


    Modality: Online

  • 3R – Competence Colloquium NRW | Effective Strategies for Sensible Planning and Selective Breeding of Laboratory Mice

    Public event


    Modality: Online

  • 3R-Symposium NRW | New Approaches in Organoid Research for Replacement

    Public event


    Modality: On-site

    University Hospital Bonn
    Venusberg-Campus 1
    53127 Bonn


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Ursula M. Händel-Tierschutzpreis 2023

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Grafik: Reduce Refine Replace

Internal, Advanced and Continuing Education

New schedule for the 3R – Competence Colloquium NRW has been announced

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Answer of the European Commission to the ECI “Save cruelty-free cosmetics – Commit to a Europe without animal testing”

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