The latest in the series of EARA science communications events, supported by the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) and the Society for Neuroscience (SfN), will take place in Lisbon, Portugal, on 20 November.
Improving Openness in Animal Research in Portugal is a free event (register here) and will focus on why scientists, researchers, press officers and other stakeholders should talk openly about animal research, but will not be a debate about the ethics of animal experimentation.
It will take place on the Wednesday, 20 November, (13:30 – 18:00 WET) at the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown and is a public event, although it will be of particular interest to those working in the life sciences sector.
Following the presentations, moderated by Dr. Isabel Campos, Animal Platform Coordinator of Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, there will be a panel discussion followed by a drinks reception.
Kirk Leech, Executive Director, European Animal Research Association
Kirk is Executive Director of EARA, a communications and advocacy organisation whose mission is to uphold the interests of biomedical, and other life sciences, research and healthcare development across Europe. Previously Kirk worked for the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry and Understanding Animal Research, the UK’s leading advocacy group on the use of animals in medical research.
Dr. Susana Lima, Neuroscientist and Biologist, Champalimaud Center for the Unknown
Susana Lima completed her PhD at Yale in 2005 (under the supervision of Gero Miesenböck) and was subsequently a postdoctoral fellow at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (in Tony Zador’s group) and a research fellow at Champalimuad Center for the Unknown. She became a principal investigator in 2013 and her laboratory uses the house mouse as a model system to investigate the neuronal mechanisms underlying sexual behavior in males and females. Since the beginning of her career, Susana has been interested in openness and transparency about animal research and therefore disseminated her work with the general public in several different formats, including public talks, radio, journals, and magazines.
Sara Sá, Science Journalist, Visão
Sara is a science journalist from the mainstream media who will give advice on how researchers should engage productively with the media, the importance of engaging with the media, and how communicating with journalists/the media can be beneficial for scientists.
Dr. Ana Mena, Head of the Science Communication and Outreach Team, Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência