Conference Information


On behalf of the organising committee, it is my pleasure to invite you to the 3RCC's Swiss 3Rs Day on 2 September 2019 at the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the 3Rs principle formulated by Russel & Burch in their book The Principles of Humane Experimental Technique.

The scientific programme consists of dedicated sessions on each of the 3Rs with invited lectures and abstract presentations providing up-to-date information on replacement, reduction and refinement of animal experimentation. A debate on the use of replacement approaches to produce affinity-reagent antibodies, a plenary lecture on the use of alternatives for educational and training purposes as well as an awards lecture by the recipient of the 3RCC 2019 3Rs Award will complement the programme.

The 3Rs Day represents a unique opportunity for Swiss scientists to present their research, interact with colleagues and learn about progress in the application of the 3Rs principle. At this occasion, the 3RCC will also launch its 2019 Open Call for Projects through which it funds high-quality 3Rs research projects.

We hope that you will enjoy the scientific programme and the hospitality of the Hotel Kreuz, and that you will return to your work inspired by new ideas and keen to work with newly found colleagues to further advance the implementation of the 3Rs principle in Switzerland.

We look forward to welcoming you in the old town of the Swiss capital after the relaxing summer break.

With best regards,

Chantra Eskes

3RCC Director


Regular Fee: CHF 50.--

Students*: Free of charge

*Including MSc and PhD students. Please upload a valid student ID during the online registration.

Scientific Committee

Chantra Eskes, 3RCC

Isabelle Desbaillets, 3RCC

Elena Dolgodilina, ETHZ

Armand Mensen, 3RCC

Marjolaine Philit, University of Geneva

Anke Rohlfs, University of Basel


One best poster presentation and one best oral presentation award will be granted to young scientists i.e., PhD students and postdocs with no more than five years post-doc experience. The award represents CHF 300 for each awardee. The winners will be selected based on the quality of research, the impact on 3Rs, benefits compared to existing methodologies and the clarity of presentation. The award will be announced during the closing ceremony of the Swiss 3Rs Day.


The Swiss 3Rs Day will take place at the Congress Centre of Hotel Kreuz, situated at a 5 min. walk from Bern's central station.

Address: Kongresszentrum Hotel Kreuz, Zeughausgasse 41, 3011 Bern



The Swiss 3Rs Day has been accredited as one day of continuing education by the Federation of Swiss Cantonal Veterinary Officers (VSKT).

The official congress language is English.

Congress Language