Alternatives to animal experiments

in biology, medicine, toxicology

September 24-25, 2020  



The Online Conference with international participation "Alternatives to animal experiments in biology, medicine, toxicology"
is devoted to modern methods and technologies which are used in international practice in order to replace animal experiments
in fundamental science, applied medical research and toxicology.

The conference will give the opportunity to gain some new knowledge, to exchange experience and to interact with international experts in the sphere of alternatives development and implementation. The event will broaden the possibilities of "1R" principle realization, which is a modern ethic standard of biomedical research conduction and Life Sciences teaching.

Additionally, the subject of the conference is targeted to support 10 Sustainable Development Goals such as: "good health and well-being", "quality education", "clean water and sanitation", "decent work and economic growth", "industry, innovation and infrastructure", "reduces inequalities", "responsible consumption and production", "сlimate action", "life on land", "partnerships for goals".



In 1959 scientists Russell and Burch developed "3Rs" concept for biomedical research, which is known as:

- replacement of highly-organized animals with low-organized ones or with alternatives;

- reduction of the number of animals which are used in experiments;

- refinement of an experiment using methods designed to eliminate pain and non-traumatic.

In 21st century in biology,  medicine  and  toxicology  we  can  see the shift of paradigm:
from "3Rs" principle to "1R" principle. The new paradigm is based on full replacement of animal experiments with alternatives because of some ethical, scientific and economic issues.

The World Health Organization and international biomedical community not only approve but also strongly recommend the use of alternative methods in scientific practice and education.



The subject of the conference is targeted to realization of 10 Sustainable Development Goals.

Good health and well-being

Alternative models and methods allow to receive
more accurate results at the stage of preclinical
trials of new generation drugs as soon as possible.

Quality education

The use of different types of alternatives (models, mannequins, simulators) in educational process
gives the opportunity to study effectively, saving psychological and emotional health of students.

Clean water and sanitation

Animal-free research and training allow to use
water sustainably and also to keep working places clean and tidy. 

Decent work and economic growth

Creation of centers for alternatives development will increase the number of highly qualified workplaces, providing employees with favourable working conditions. 

Industry, innovation and infrastructure

The use of innovative technologies will improve product quality due to more effective assessment
of its safety. 

Reduces inequalities

The use of alternatives will help to develop biomedical sphere in Belarus effectively, equally with other countries.

Responsible consumption and production

Switch to alternatives will ensure receiving of reliable and high-quality research results with less economic expenses and without harm to animals, people and environment.

Climate action

Replacement of animal experiments with alternatives will allow to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to provide the development of sustainable and healthy economy.

Life on land

Application of alternative methods will reduce anthropogenic burden on the Earth ecosystem, connected with breeding, transportation, keeping
of animals and utilization of their remains.

Partnerships for goals

Establishing of partnership with international
experts will help to develop the sphere of alternatives implementation in Belarus. This is important for strengthening of economic, social and ecological potential of our country.



Helena Kandarova

PhD, Senior Scientist at Center for Experimental Medicine of Slovak Academy of Sciences, President of the European Society of Toxicology in Vitro ESTIV, Executive officer of InVitroTox Consulting, Slovakia

Lena Smirnova

PhD, Research Associate at Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT), Johns Hopkins University; Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University, USA

Nick Jukes

Coordinator of
the International Network
for Humane Education - InterNICHE, UK

Dilyana Filipova

PhD, Scientific Officer at "Doctors Against Animal Experiments", Germany

Tamara Zietek

PhD, Scientific Coordinator at "Doctors Against Animal Experiments", expert for animal-free research technologies, Germany

Hanna Trifonova

PhD, Director of the Fund for the Development of Humane Research Methods of pharmaceutical and cosmetics "CellStandard", Russia

Tatsiana Hlinkina

Research associate of Scientific and Research Laboratory of BelMAPGE, certified expert in research ethics, Belarus

Ludmila Loginovskaya

Master of Pedagogy, director of ecological and cultural educational institution "Center for the Ethical Attitude Towards Nature", Belarus

Valerya Sokolchik

PhD, the Head of the Republican Center of Bioethics, supervisor of PhD Course,
vice-chief of the Committee
on Bioethics of the Republic
of Belarus

Inna Merkulova

PhD, Associate Professor, Belarus

Tatiana Mishatkina

PhD, Associate Professor,
vice-chief of the Committee
on Bioethics of the Republic
of Belarus, UNESCO Regional Expert on Bioethics, Belarus


Event program

The program indicates Minsk Time !!!

10:30-11:00 — Opening of the Online Conference. Welcome

Valerya Sokolchik, Tatiana Mishatkina, Inna Merkulova, Ludmila Loginovskaya / Belarus /

11:00-11:45 — Alternatives to animal experiments in scientific practice

Tatsiana Hlinkina / Belarus /

12:00-13:30 — Alternative methods in modern toxicology

Helena Kandarova / Slovakia /

13:30-14:30 — Lunch break

14:30-15:45 — Bioethics, innovation and replacement in Life science education and training

Nick Jukes / UK /

16:00-17:00 — Toxicology for the 21 st century: microphysiological and micropathophysiological systems to address developmental neurotoxicity

Lena Smirnova / USA /

11:00-11:45 — Problems of Adopting a Law Prohibiting Animal Testing in EAEU Countries

Hanna Trifonova / Russia /

12:00-13:30 — Non-animal technologies for cosmetics testing

Tamara Zietek / Germany /

13:30-14:30 — Lunch break

14:30-15:45 — "Lost in translation": When animal data does not predict human outcomes

Dilyana Filipova / Germany /

16:00-17:00 — Round table "Prospects for the development of alternative methods of testing cosmetics in the post-Soviet space". Closing the Online Conference


Hanna Trifonova / Russia /

Tatsiana Hlinkina, Ludmila Loginovskaya / Belarus /



We invite you to participate in the Online Conference with international participation "Alternatives to animal experiments in biology, medicine, toxicology" which will take place on 24 – 25 September, 2020.

The Conference is conducted for:

  • heads and employees of research institutions and laboratories;
  • members of ethical committees;
  • heads of universities departments, teachers;
  • biologists, toxicologists, human and veterinary doctors;
  • pharmaceutical and cosmetic companies representatives;
  • IT professionals; 
  • ethics and law experts;
  • representatives of non-governmental organizations;
  • master students, PhD students, doctoral students;
  • final year students profiled in Life Sciences and IT. 

Conference format: online.

Working languages: Russian, Belarusian, English with translation.

For participation you need to fill out an application form by link till 01.08.2020. 

Invitations with instructions for joining the conference will be sent to registered participants via email in September 2020.

The participation in the Online Conference is free. 

It is planned to publish the Electronic Abstract Book as a result of the Online Conference.

Welcome letter (PDF)



We ask you to send the abstracts till 01.06.2020 on the e-mail

The publication of abstracts in the Electronic Abstract Book is free.

The requirements to the abstracts format are presented on the link (PDF)



The Republican Center of Bioethics

Belarusian Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education

Ecological and cultural educational institution "Center for the Ethical Attitude Towards Nature"








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