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We are happy to announce the 2nd Annual Meeting of the 3R-Competence Network NRW on December 5th – 6th, 2024. The network will come together to talk about the 3Rs and beyond for biomedical progress in line with best possible animal welfare. The idyllic Kasteel Bloemendal will yet again be the venue in Vaals, Netherlands near Aachen, Germany.

Mark these two days – December 5th & 6th – on your calendars! Stay tuned on our homepage and on our LinkedIn channel @3R-Kompetenznetzwerk NRW for more information on program, speakers and registration!

Are you curious about the 1st Annual Meeting? You can check the Archive section for the last year’s event and read more here: News

Would you already like to book accommodation? Then, check the options which we allocated for you here: Accommodation

We also allocated a number of rooms at the meeting venue Hotel Kasteel Bloemendal. Guests can reserve a room from the contingent at the Hotel Kasteel Bloemendal, with reference to UK Aachen - 3R - NRW or under the reservation number BLO-GF20368, at the reception. Payments can be done at arrival or at departure. For more information and booking, please contact Hotel Kasteel Bloemendal via:

E-mail: | Phone: +31 43 3659800

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

  • ESLAV-ECLAM-AAALAC | The Annual Conference on "Quality in Animal Care and Facility Management"

    Public event


    Modality: On-site

    Zuiderkerk Amsterdam
    Zuiderkerkhof 72
    1011 WB Amsterdam
  • Bonn Organoid Day

    Public event


    Modality: On-site

    Lecture Hall of BMZ I
    Venusberg Campus 1
    53127 Bonn
  • Just.Us+Tierschutz | Tierschutz aus der Sicht der pharmazeutischen Analytik: Arzneimittelrückstände in der Umwelt

    Public event


    Modality: Online


Die Zwischenergebnisse unserer Mitmach-Umfrage „Wie gut sind Sie über Tierversuche und Ersatzmethoden informiert?“ sind dargestellt. Viele Besucher:innen haben sich für „Nicht gut informiert“ und „Ich weiß es nicht“ entschieden.

Internal, Media

Speaking of animal research, animal welfare and the 3R-principle at the 14th Bonn’s Science Night

— The 3R Competence Network NRW informed citizens, school pupils and representatives of the city of Bonn about animal research, its alternatives and other 3R methods in biomedical research at the two-day event.

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Referent für Öffentlichkeit des 3R-Kompetenznetzwerks präsentiert unser Poster und hält Urkunde in der Hand.


3R-Competence Netzwork NRW on the Openness Conference 2024 from Understanding Animal Research

— In May, the 3R Competence Network NRW took part in the Understanding Animal Research Openness Conference in the West Midlands (UK). There, international participants exchanged ideas about the latest developments in scientific communication in connection with animal research. Our poster on the school program project also won the poster prize.

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4th issue of “Kompass Tierversuche” is now out!

— The nationwide information initiative "Tierversuche verstehen" recently published the 2024 issue of the Kompass Tierversuche which is a guide based on facts and figures in animal experiments in Germany.

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