When scientists carry out experiments it is vitally important they are well designed, otherwise they may waste resources or give the wrong answers. This is especially serious when animals are used.

Good planning and design can have a major impact on reducing animal usage in research programmes and the the welfare of the animals used.

FRAME promotes this important message to researchers worldwide and, in particular, new, young scientists by arranging training schools in experimental design and statistical analysis.

Text books offer very little guidance on how to design experiments to reduce severity, and there is often little time to cover the topic during undergraduate lecture time. FRAME’s training schools are aimed at those researchers who have to use animals in their work, to help them reduce the numbers, and the suffering involved.

The latest school will be held at the University of Coimbra, Portugal from 30 March to 1 April (inclusive) and bookings are now being accepted.

Attendees will gain basic skills to enable them to design effective experiments that will minimise the number of animals they use and maximise the information they obtain. They will also be taught analytical skills to help them produce clear and reliable conclusions from their data.

Previous schools have proved highly popular with delegates saying they were extremely useful in their work.

See here for more information.