Currently we dedicate little time to teach animal free alternative research models in the general curriculum of biomedical scientists. We do it also too late in the curriculum. Our students want to hear earlier about alternatives. How would a 5 week elective animal-free innovations look like? Which educational practices are we going to apply? What should we include in the road-map to teach development and validation of human models? What do we expect from our students? What do our student expect from us? Who wants to contribute? What should be the points of departure?
This Helpathon will focus on not one but two related questions. Working on two related questions in parallel increases the likelyhood that meaningful coincidences and surprise discoveries will occur. Such ‘lucky finds’ often turn out to be pivotal moments during a Helpathon, and the insights reaped from them play a key role in the outcome. The question we will work on in parallel to Daniela´s question for developing an animal free master course, is Saskia’s question. She wonders how she can redesign her liver research project without using animal testing. Read SASKIA´s full question here. Tackling Saskia’s question will help us discover what needs to be taught in Daniela’s course in order for it to lead to meaningful change. Working on Daniela’s question may give us leads on alternative pathways for Saskia’s research.
Inspired by TPI the Dutch Transition Program for transition towards animal free innovation, Daniela Salvatori is pioneering with TPI Utrecht at Utrecht University. TPI Utrecht strives to stimulate innovations: How can we improve research into medicines, food safety and chemical risks without the need for laboratory animals? The Helpathon is one of the kick off events.
If you want to join this Helpathon please schedule this 24 hour session starting June 18th, 15h00 till June 19th, 15h00 (UTC) in your agenda. Make sure you have a good internet connection as we will welcome you in our Online Helpathon House.
Once checked in you can travel freely in our virtual online openspace environment. The Helpathon starts with a collective Zoom based briefing and ends with a collective Zoom based presentation. What happens in between is up to you (and the experienced Helpathon participants). You can stay in the main hall, you can join others in specific rooms to share insights, develop ideas or you can meet others in the coffee corner, walk with them in the park or maybe even make some music together in the music room... and take off line breaks to sleep and eat... as long as you do not miss the debrief and brief sessions in between.
If you want and can participate we urge you to free your agenda for the 24 hours. If you cannot make it you are welcome to join the kick off briefing or the end presentation. Please let us know in the message field (when registering) why you want to join this online Helpathon.
Hope to see you the 18th of June!