SITE VISIT to Zebra Fish & Drosophila units at Tampere University

21 May 2024, at 13:30-15:00 (departure from Tampere Hall at 12:45)

Mataleena Parikka, Susanna Valanne

Group leaves together from Tampere Hall at 12:45 (more information before the visit)

We will gather in a lecture room, where the Tampere Drosophila and Zebrafish facility coordinators will tell general information about these models (20-30 min). The participants will then be divided in two groups which will take turns visiting the Drosophila and zebrafish laboratories (about 30 min each, including moving between places). A one day quarantine period is needed in order to enter the Zebrafish facilities if you have worked with potentially pathogen carrying fish.

Maximum number of participants 20


21 May 2024, at 14:00-15:30

Jussi Helppi, Hanna-Marja Voipio

Score sheets as a tool in pain assessment

In this workshop, participants will gain valuable insights into designing an optimal score sheet for the evaluation of animal pain. The session will explore different methods of pain assessment and provide a deeper understanding of their applications. Participants will be presented with examples of frequently used pain assessment forms from various research applications. With this knowledge, participants will be able to understand score sheets tailored to different research objectives and the welfare of the animals in their care. This workshop combines theoretical concepts with practical application, providing participants with the knowledge to address the complexity of pain assessment in animals and to make a meaningful contribution to animal welfare in different research or care contexts.

Maximum number of participants 50


21 May 2024, at 16:00-17:30

Anna Meller, Karoliina Alm

Improve your refinement skills in a case lab

In this workshop, the participants will be presented with different cases of animal experiments as examples. The participants will discuss and work together in groups to share their knowledge and practices in order to find the optimal refinements for each case. The aim is to improve participants’ knowledge and skills of finding different methods for refinement and share the current refinement possibilities which are in use in the participants’ own facilities and provide platform to network with your colleagues.

Maximum number of participants 50

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