Dear Colleagues,

We are proud that Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic will host the 9th World Congress on Alterna­tives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences in August 24-28, 2014. The world congress provides an exceptional forum to underline the importance of both the ethical issues of animal experimentation and the approach to the life sciences in the 21st century.

During the past two decades, responsible reduction in the number of animals used for scientific purposes and development and improvement of 3R-relevant research methods clearly demonstrate the commitment of the scientific community to provide novel science of higher quality. This approach respects not only human ethical principles, but also animal rights and their social and environmental needs. The implementation of the 3R principles has become an integral part of innovation and research. Advanced experimental study designs embark on a completely new concept based on pathways in cells and tissues of human origin to satisfy the highest scientific criteria in humans, the species of interest. Contemporary high quality research is aimed at increasing the public understanding and confidence in the ethical approaches applied in science and its meaning and significance in modern society.The motto of the 9th World Congress in Prague is thus:

“Humane Science in the 21st Century”.
You can find the scientific programme of the 9th World Congress in Prague here.

We know that participants from many countries have much to contribute as the new generation of researchers is fully committed to the 3R principles. In the last decade there is much evidence of global acceptance of these principles. WC9 will provide the opportunity to share scientific data and experience in animal use and welfare, to gain knowledge on the 3R policy, and to recognize efficient approaches in education in order to further extend the global progress in the Three Rs and to satisfy the highest scientific criteria. Czech society has always built upon humane traditions and responsiveness to the environment and the quality of animal welfare, which is captured by the motto of WC9 “Humane Science in the 21st Century”.We are looking forward to hearing your voice, your research and your ideas in Prague 2014.

Dagmar Jírová and Horst Spielmann, Congress Co-chairs