Animal research: Critical, challenging & creative thinking

Participants will acquire the skills to critically review, plan, conduct, disseminate and communicate research involving the use of animals, animal derived materials and/or animal derived data in accordance with contemporary good practice.

About the course

This course is designed to support doctoral students, and young researchers to enhance the reproducibility of their research through the development of critical, challenging and creative thinking skills. Participants will be encouraged to review how they plan, conduct, analyze and communicate their research activities, as well as to reflect upon the contribution they make locally, nationally, or internationally within the scientific/academic community, and Society in general.

It is intended for individuals whose research involves the use of animals, animal derived material or animal derived data irrespective of whether the work requires licensed approval.

At the end of the course participants should be able to:

  • Communicate their research in an open and transparent manner to both scientific and lay audiences, with an informed understanding of the range of societal opinions that exist on this topic and the ethical issues that this type of research gives rise to;
  • Recognise what responsible, ethical, good practice research conduct means in the context of their individual research project, and why it is important to maximise the impact, quality, reproducibility and reliability of their research data;
  • Design and plan their experiments using a range of tools and resources that are available to support them to be innovative, think critically, challenge the status quo and implement best practice;
  • Understand what good animal welfare means and how it impacts upon research quality and reproducibility;
  • Consider all the factors that impact upon the lifetime experience of animals used in research, and reflect on how the 3Rs can be effectively implemented during the course of their own research project/activities.

Prerequisites for admission

Previous education in how to plan, conduct, analyze and report scientific research involving the use of animals, animal derived material or animal derived data (ideally Function B or equivalent training, and some practical research experience e.g. Function A or equivalent).

Course syllabus

Official course syllabus

Admission fee

The course is free for doctoral students and postdocs registered at Karolinska Institutet.

For the rest of KI participants: 3 900 SEK (including INDI), and for externals: 5 900 SEK (excluding VAT).

Course dates and registration

No courses scheduled.