20 May 2019: Workshops

only accessible to professionals and PhD students

10:15-11:00 BCLAS General Assembly (for BCLAS members only)

Room 13

Workshop A
Software Support for Excellence in Animal Research and Testing: A Practical Approach for Planning, Management and Welfare
Maria Lacalle, NorayBio Software

Room 15

Workshop B
Dealing with the unexpected positive results – be prepared, keep calm and take immediate actions!
Stephanie Durand, Kerstin Fiebig and Alex Popovic, Charles River


Room 14

Workshop C
Animal Welfare Bodies Tasks & Responsibilities
Organizer: Animal Welfare Body Platform (BCLAS)Target audience: AWB members and institutional officials/managers


12:30-13:30 Sandwich Lunch (registration needed)

Room 15

Workshop D groups a and b
Part 1
Non-Technical Summaries and Transparency
Organizer: Ethical Committee Platform (BCLAS)
(link to detailed program)
Target audience: EC members, institutional officials/managers, researchers

Room 14

Workshop E
Operational and Technical Husbandry Aspects in Rodent Gnotobiology



Room 14

Workshop F
The Big Impact of Bedding and Enrichment on the Security of Research
Georges Hasson, SAFE®

15:15-16:00 Coffee/Tea Break

Room 15

Workshop D group a
Ethical Committees (NTS)
Part 2 (in English)
Ethical Committee Platform (BCLAS)

Room 13

Workshop D group b
Ethical Committees (NTS)
Part 2 (in French)
Ethical Committee Platform (BCLAS)

Room 14

Workshop G
The Real Key to Experiment Success: Genetic Stability over Time
Robert Leblanc, Janvier Labs

With exception of Workshop D part 2,  workshops will be given in English. No simultaneous translation will be provided, but, if they prefer, participants can express themselves in Dutch or French.


20 May 2019: Evening Event

17:30-18:30 Reception in the exhibition areas of the Floréal Centre (free but registration required)
18:30-19:00 Walk to the Pier of Blankenberge
19:00-20:00 Guided visit of the Pier of Blankenberge + drink
20:00-24:00 Dinner at the Pier followed by dance

21 May 2019: Symposium – Be prepared to PREPARE guidelines

Time Presentation Language Presentation Language
07:30-08:25 Registration of participants – Welcome coffee/tea
08:25-08:30 Opening of the meeting by the symposium coordinator E
08:30-09:15 Keynote lecture:
Introduction to PREPARE guidelines
Adrian Smith, NORECOPA 
09:15-09:45 Is the Belgian ethical matrix far from PREPARE?
Anne Vermeylen, UNamur

Room 14

Special forum for animal caretakers and technicians: see below (part 1)**

09:45-10:30 Coffee/Tea Break – Commercial exhibition – Posters
10:30-11:00 Literature search
Sandrine Vandenput, FMV, ULiège
FR Special forum for animal caretakers and technicians: see below (part 2)** NL/FR
11:00-11:15 The RE-PLACE platform
Vera Rogiers, VUB
11:15-11:45 Experimental design and statistics
Etienne Hanon, UCB
11:45-12:00 President talk on BCLAS activities
Dr. Guy De Vroey, BCLAS
12:00-12:30 Poster presentation session (3 min/poster)

  • Prevalence and consequences of vaginal septa in a breeding colony of C57Bl6/J mice (NL)
    Stéphanie De Vleeschauwer, KULeuven
  • Care to bring around osteo-articular surgical models in rodents to improve their well-being
    Philippe Stordeur, CERGroupe
  • A Mouse Model of Peanut Allergy Induced by Oral Sensitization
    Philippe Stordeur, CERGroupe
  • Preclinical Nuclear Imaging as a smart minimally invasive read-out to reduce and refine animal utilization in multiple research fields
    Coraline De Maeseneire, ULB
  • RE-Place: An online tool to gather New Approach Methodologies
    Nancy Liodo Missigba, VUB
  • Effects of testing moment in the circadian sleep-wake rhythm on learning, memory and behavioral flexibility (ENG)
    Aurélie Zaros, Université de Liège
  • How to catch a mouse: tail versus tunnel handling (ENG)
    Zsuzsanna Callaerts-Vegh, KULeuven
12:30-14:00 Lunch – Commercial exhibition – Posters
14:00-14:20 Scoring sheet for experimental procedures
Claire Diederich, UNamur
14:20-14:40 Evaluation of competencies of staff
Olivier Nicaise, GSK/Kris Meurrens, KULeuven
14:40-15:10 Assessment of the husbandry and environment management practices
Samuel Vidal, VetAgroSup/AAALAC (to be confirmed)
15:10-15:40 Refinement of euthanasia techniques
Henri Bertrand, Cambridge University
15:40-16:30 Coffee/Tea Break – Commercial exhibition
16:30-17:15 Closing lecture:
Dealing with ethics in Ethics Committees on Animal Experimentation
Johan de Tavernier, KULeuven
17:15-17:30 Closure of the meeting – Poster awards – Competition prizes E

Speakers will give their presentation in their own language. Simultaneous translation will be provided from French to Dutch and from Dutch to French. There will be no translation for English presentations.



Animal caretakers and technicians who register for the symposium are given the opportunity to register for a dedicated morning workshop for animal caretakers which will be held between 10:30 and 11:45. The workshop will be presented in two different rooms for Dutch and French speaking participants on the subject:

NL: Uitwisseling van Ervaringen
FR: Echange d’expériences

We received 7 proposals of topics for the Dutch speaking forum:

  • Complexiteit van het beheren van een quarantaine (Bart Swinnen, KULeuven)
  • Cage change app (Ine Adriaensen, Janssen)
  • Uitdagingen bij de huisvesting en verzorging van landbouwhuisdieren (Inez Feytons, KULeuven)
  • Het effect van hanteren via cupping of tunnel op muizen (Angèle Pouwels, Janssen & HAN Hogeschool Van Arnhem & Nijmegen)
  • Communicatie met onderzoekers in een universitaire setting (KU Leuven)
  • pH metingen maag hond: techniek, uitdagingen, ervaringen (Gert Martens, Janssen)
  • Hanteren & socialiseren van ratten (Mathias Cox, Janssen)

As all these topics are valuable it has been decided to start the forum at 09.15AM already instead 10.30AM as announced in the original symposium program.

As there were no proposals from French-speaking volunteers, there will not be a session in French. People who already registered for the French-speaking forum for animal caretakers and technicians may of course attend the Dutch speaking session or contact the BCLAS administration to modify their registration accordingly.