Welcome to the website of the 9th World Congress on
Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences

Dear Colleagues,

Thank you very much for participating in the 9th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences (WC9) in Prague on 24–28 August, 2014. From the very positive feedback we got from participants of WC9, the organizers feel that we have reached our goal to provide an international forum for discussing progress in promoting the 3Rs concept and implementing “Humane Science in the 21st Century”.

It was a great pleasure and privilege to welcome you in Prague at the so far biggest World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences. We hope that in addition to the science you also enjoyed the cultural heritage of Prague and were able to meet old friends and make new ones.

We also want to thank you for the kind messages expressing your appreciation of the scientific and social program of WC9 after returning home. Since we want to share some of them with you, you will find a few representative ones on the WC9 webpage representing our major stakeholders from academia (Wyss at Harvard), EU Commission (EPPA & EURL ECVAM), animal welfare (BUAV & Akademie für Tierschutz), Foundations (BEMF) and sponsors & exhibitors (L’Oréal & IIVS).

We are indebted to you for accepting our invitation to collaborate with colleagues from around the world in Prague on all aspects of the 3Rs at WC9 and we do hope that you will take home the spirit of WC9.

All photos taken during WC9 are now available here.

With kind regards

Dagmar Jírová and Horst Spielmann, Congress Co-chairs