Day 1 | 15 May 2023 - BCLAS General Assembly and workshops

BCLAS General Assembly

For BCLAS members only - lunch included

Workshops - parallel sessions

Only accessible to professionals and PhD students - Accounts for 3h of accredited continuing professional development

Workshops will be given in English. No simultaneous translation will be provided for the workshops.

Poster sessions

The poster guideline are available here...


BCLAS General Assembly


For BCLAS members only - lunch included




Registration and Exhibition opening  


Afternoon workshops

13:00 - 14:00

Workshop A | Automated blood sampling

Worshop B | Gaseous anaesthesia

Workshop C | Zebrafish welfare

14:15 - 15:15

Workshop D | Relationship EC-AWB (part 1)

Workshop E | Digital vivarium

15:15 - 16:00

  Coffee break   - Exhibition


Workshop D | Relationship EC-AWB (part 2)

Workshop F | Detecting rodent pathologies

17:00 - 17h45

Drink & Exhibition


Social events

 From 17:45

17:45 – 19:30: Walk/smartphone quiz in the old city centre of Namur

19:30 – 21:30: Dinner at Brasserie François



Day 2 | 16 May 2023 - Symposium - It’s all about communication: how humans and animals interact

Attending the whole day accounts for 5h of accredited hours of continuing professional development.

Talks (French or Dutch) with simultaneaous translation in French and Dutch.

Poster session guidelines.





 Registration - Welcome coffee/tea


Opening of the meeting by the symposium coordinator


   Part I: Human communication

                             NOTE: Parallel to the main symposium programme there will be animal technician workshops from 08:50 to 10:20.

                                                  After the morning coffee break, animal technicians join the main symposium.



Main session


Session 1

08:50 - 10:20

Session 2

08:50 - 10:20


Communication to the public via non-technical summaries and retrospective analysis documents | Ludivine Cambier, SPW


Communication towards a culture of care: views of the pharmaceutical industry, the European Commission and animal rights groups | Kirsty Reid, EFPIA

Workshop 1 | Non-aversive mouse handling

Workshop 2 | Working with (mini)pigs


Communication of animal welfare bodies towards the public: the Utrecht case | Monique Janssens, University of Utrecht





  Coffee/Tea Break – Exhibition – poster session    


Compassion fatigue: what is it and how to prevent it in laboratory animal users? | Véronique Neuvens, Dinant       


  President talk on BCLAS activities | Piet Dierckx, BCLAS


Poster presentation session




  Lunch - Exhibition – poster session

  13h-13h45: authors present at their poster for answering questions


   Part II: Animal communication


  "Unnoticable" communication: pheromones and ultrasound | Elodie Ey, CNRS UMR Strasbourg, France.


   Part III: animal-human and human-animal communication


Animal Centric Care and Management: How correct handling and training can move us beyond the 3Rs | Dorte Bratbo Sørensen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark






  Coffee/Tea Break – Exhibition – poster session


Understanding animals: pain recognition in different animal species using grimace scales | Machteld van Dierendonck, Utrecht, Ghent and Antwerp University



  Closure of the meeting – Poster awards and prize winners (sponsor quiz)



  End of the symposium