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EARA privacy policy

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Introduction
This privacy notice sets out how EARA uses and protects all personal data you provide us. We are committed to protecting your privacy and we want you to be assured that your data is managed properly. Any personal data you provide to us will be used lawfully and in accordance with this privacy notice, and our privacy policy.
We respect all personal data you choose to share with us, including that which we may obtain from other sources, and we will ensure it is stored safely and processed fairly and lawfully in accordance with the requirements of the Data Protection Act (1998) and the General Data Protection Regulation (from May 2018). [Referred to as DPA/GDPR in this notice].
We aim to be clear when we collect your data, (and throughout your involvement with EARA), about how we intend to use it, and will not do anything with your personal data that you wouldn’t reasonably expect as a scientist, press contact, or other stakeholder.
Developing a good relationship and better understanding of our members and contacts through correct and legal use of your personal data to help ensure accurate communications on biomedical animal research using animals and achieve the objectives of EARA. We aim to track your involvement with EARA and build strong mutually respectful relationships that last.
We have already made, and will continue to make, improvements to this notice so that it reflects a best-practice model, in order to make it fully understandable to all our supporters and contacts.
To comply with GDPR, we categorised the people that we work with and we’ve listed below what data we hold and collect and why. We also collect data on employees and event attendees.
Scientist contacts:
We class scientists as those individuals on our main CRM database, including scientists, experts and contacts. We hold your data under specific, explicit and recorded consent, which can be withdrawn or changed at any time.
We collect the following information:
  •     Name and title
  • Contact details such as email addresses, home addresses and telephone number
  • Biographical details of your career, or area of expertise
  • The name and contact details of your institution, organisation, or place of work
  • Records of expert responses you give to us about science stories in the news or press briefings you’ve spoken at
  • Records of email conversations between you and members of staff of EARA
This information will initially be provided by you at the point of consent, and may also include any additional publically available information. As you continue to work with EARA, your record will be updated to reflect the projects that you’ve worked on with us.
We might email or call you to ask for comments on a breaking story, on a study yet to be published or to appear on a press briefing panel or ask for your thoughts on some of the media coverage within your area of expertise.
We do not pass your data onto anyone else without your consent. For example, if you are willing to talk to a journalist on a breaking news story, in each instance, we will always confirm with you before passing on your contact details.
The consent given is valid until February 2023, before which, all scientists on the database will be asked anew to consent to the holding and processing of their data.
Press Contacts:
We class press contacts as the journalists, press officers and those working within science communications with an interest in the biomedical research sector.
We hold your data under legitimate interest as we view interaction between EARA and our press contacts as a core element of our objectives and mission, and thus a necessary component of the professional activity of both parties.You can at any time object to the holding or processing of your data.  If you do, we will remove you from our database.
We collect the following information:
    Name and title
    Contact details such as email addresses, home addresses and telephone numbers
    The name and contact details of your institution, organisation, or place of work
    This information will initially be provided by you but may also include any additional publicly available information.
We use this information so that we can communicate the views of EARA and the biomedical research sector, send news stories, and receive research output from the press offices of organisations and institutions.
We process your data in the following ways:
    The EARA database
    EARA mailing lists
Please note that more than one of the categories may apply to you. If you have any questions about which category applies to you – please get in touch.
May 2018

EARA is recruiting for a Stakeholder Engagement Officer

EARA STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT OFFICER

  • Contract: Permanent, full-time (35 hours a week)
  • Salary: Up to £27,000, depending on experience
  • Benefits: 25 days paid holiday per year, employer contribution to pension
  • Located: Central London
  • Reports to: EARA Executive Director

 

European Animal Research Association (EARA)

EARA is a European-wide organisation that communicates and advocates on biomedical research using animals by providing accurate and evidence-based information. We aim to educate the public on the benefits of animal research to health, by working in partnership with research stakeholders, and promoting the creation and development of national networks.

Purpose of the role

Under the management of the Executive Director, the role holder will oversee the planning, implementation, and delivery of specific short-term and long-term EARA advocacy and public engagement projects in Germany, Belgium, Portugal and other countries as directed.

Principal duties:

Co-ordinate EARA projects in Germany and other European countries.

Generate ideas, opportunities and content to highlight EARA’s work, ethos and areas of concern in Germany to its target audiences.

Act as a liaison between the Executive Director and the EARA membership and other stakeholders.

Assist the Communications and Media Manager in responding to media enquiries and contribute to press releases, briefings and social media as appropriate.

Other duties:

Deliver presentations to EARA members and potential stakeholders

Undertake other reasonable tasks required by EARA when needed

Person Specifications

 Required experience:

  • Proven experience of project management/and or campaigning and or advocacy/public affairs.
  • Excellent English and German communications skills, both written and verbal.
  • Experience of working in communications, preferably in the area of science/biomedical research.

Desirable experience:

Any other media relations experience or working for an association/professional body/membership organisation.

Event management experience.

Using social media in a business context.

Written and/or oral competency in an additional European language is desirable

Additional requirements:

Educated to degree level, relevant post-graduate qualification an advantage.

Willing to undertake some travel in the UK and Europe.

A commitment to the aims and objectives of EARA

An understanding of the scientific, ethical and moral justification for animal research

Experience of engaging with a variety of internal and external stakeholders

Ability to work under pressure, meet deadlines, prioritise workload and maximise the use of time.

Ability to work both as part of a small team and independently

To be able to work occasional evenings and weekends

Application Process:

Please email your CV and an accompanying cover letter explaining how you meet the person specification to kleech@eara.eu with the subject heading ‘Stakeholder Engagement Officer’. Please also give an indication of when you would be available to start work.

The application deadline is Febuary 23rd 17.00 GMT.

Animal rights infiltration at Brussels university

On Tuesday, Belgian animal rights group GAIA published video material taken during an undercover investigation at the animal research facility of the Free University of Brussels (VUB), Belgium. The footage was taken over the course of three months, and suggests that the care for the animals in the facility was inadequate. VUB announced that they will investigate the footage and cooperate with an external inquiry announced by the State Secretary for animal welfare.

vub-infiltration

Coverage of the infiltration on the website of Het Laatste Nieuws, the most popular newspaper in Flanders and Belgium.

The infiltration took place between March and June of this year. Under orders of GAIA, an undercover informant spent three months working as an animal caretaker at VUB’s Animalarium, the animal research facility at the university’s Jette campus. The six minute long video that GAIA released on Tuesday shows footage of animals in the facility, as well as recordings of conversations with employees at the Animalarium. Reactions to the video where mixed: half of comments on the article in Het Laatste Nieuws were opposed to animal research, while around 25% explained the role of animal research in biomedicine, and a further 25% were neutral on the issue.

VUB has announced that it will thoroughly investigate the footage to determine whether any of the events in the video breached national legislation or the university’s internal standards. The university understands that the video has raised concerns, and will examine the need for a strengthening of internal procedures. In addition, VUB has advanced plans for a new research infrastructure designed to provide housing for research animals with the most modern techniques, with particular attention being paid to animal welfare.

Bianca Debaets, Brussels State Secretary for Animal Welfare, has said she was shocked by the footage, and that her administration will carry out an extra inspection of the lab in question. The VUB has promised its full cooperation in the inspection. Debaets added that Brussels subsidises promising 3Rs research at the VUB and that animal research remains necessary in research, and should remain possible within a strict and well-enforced legislative framework.

Communications and Media Manager with the European Animal Research Association (EARA)

Responsible to: Executive Director
Salary: Up to £40,000
Benefits: 25 days’ paid holiday per year, employer contribution to pension, plus international travel
Contract: Permanent, full-time (35 hours a week)
Located: Central London
This is a re-advertisement, previous applicants need not reapply

The European Animal Research Association (EARA)

EARA is a European organisation that communicates and advocates biomedical research using animals by providing accurate and evidence-based information. We aim at educating the public on its benefits, cooperating with research stakeholders, and promoting the creation and development of national networks.

Purpose of the Role:

  • Lead the implementation of the external communications strategy of the European Animal Research Association (EARA), agreed by the Board and managed by the Executive Director.
  • Oversee the writing, production and distribution of internal communications information on the work and output of EARA to our membership.
  • Liaise with the EARA Board of experts in the field of animal research, breeding, communications and advocacy.

Principal Duties:

  • Communicate with EARA’s members and other stakeholders effectively about our work
  • Create briefings, press releases, website copy, newsletters, leaflets, brochures and other written content for targeted audiences and broader communication purposes
  • Develop, produce and deliver effective content and campaigns for EARA’s digital channels, including its website, social media platforms and e-communications
  • Manage and expand EARA’s nationally based social media ambassadors
  • Develop and maintain good relationships with journalists
  • Deliver presentations to EARA’s current and potential stakeholders
  • Measure the impact of the organisation’s traditional and social media presence and campaigns and provide analytical reports
  • Undertake other reasonable tasks required by EARA when needed

Person Specifications

  • Proven experience of science communications, media relations, social media and website management
  • An understanding of the scientific, ethical and moral justification for animal research
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal

Essential Qualities, skills and experience

  • Ability to adapt communications to reach different audiences
  • Experience of engaging with a variety of internal and external stakeholders
  • Ability to work under pressure, meet agreed deadlines, prioritise workload and maximise the use of time
  • Ability to work both as part of a small team and independently
  • A commitment to the aims and objectives of EARA

Additional Requirements

    • Written and/or oral competency in another European language is desirable
    • To be able to work occasional evenings and weekends
    • Willing to undertake occasional travel in the UK and Europe

Application Process:

Please email your CV and an accompanying cover letter explaining how you meet the person specification to kleech@eara.eu with the subject heading ‘Communications Manager’. Please also give an indication of when you would be available to start work, as we are keen to fill this post as soon as possible.

The application deadline is Friday 29th September, 17.00 BST. Interviews will take place in London on 5th and 9th October.

 

 

 

Declaração de apoio à Diretiva Europeia 2010/63/UE

Declaração de apoio à Diretiva Europeia 2010/63/UE (“Diretiva”) relativa à proteção dos animais utilizados para fins científicos

A utilização de animais na investigação tem facilitado os maiores avanços na medicina que transformaram a saúde humana e animal. Apoiamos a utilização de animais na investigação quando não existam métodos alternativos disponíveis, quando os potenciais benefícios para a saúde sejam imperativos e quando as normas aceitáveis de ética e bem-estar possam ser cumpridas.

A Diretiva Europeia 2010/63/UE melhorou as normas relativas ao bem-estar dos animais e introduziu os conceitos de refinamento, substituição e redução (“3Rs”) em toda a UE, garantindo ao mesmo tempo que a Europa continua a ser líder mundial em investigação biomédica. Nos termos desta Diretiva, os animais podem ser utilizados na investigação quando os potenciais benefícios médicos, veterinários e científicos sejam imperativos e não exista um método alternativo viável.

Para que a investigação com utilização de animais seja ética e cientificamente rigorosa e autorizada nos termos da Diretiva, tem de cumprir normas de bem-estar exigentes e incorporar os 3Rs. Os 3Rs são:

  • Replacement (substituição) – métodos que evitam ou substituem a utilização de animais;
  • Reduction (redução) – métodos que minimizam o número de animais utilizados por experiência;
  • Refinement (refinamento) – métodos que minimizam qualquer sofrimento e melhoram o bem-estar animal.

Os desenvolvimentos de métodos alternativos à utilização de animais na investigação, como o uso de modelos de células humanas e modelação informática, continuam a progredir e os cientistas devem continuar a impulsioná-los. Contudo, os métodos alternativos não conseguem, atualmente, substituir integralmente a utilização de animais. Em muitas doenças, incluindo estados complexos como cancro, doença cardíaca e diabetes, que afetam vários órgãos, temos que entender como é que todo o organismo interage, o que significa que a investigação com a utilização de animais inteiros continua a ser essencial.

A investigação utilizando animais possibilitou grandes progressos no entendimento da biologia e contribuiu para o desenvolvimento de quase todos os tipos de tratamento utilizados atualmente na prática médica e veterinária. Atualmente, a investigação em animais continua a ser necessária para entender a saúde e a doença humana e animal, e para o desenvolvimento e melhoria de tratamentos para benefício de doentes a nível mundial.

Заявление в поддержку Директивы 2010/63/EU

Заявление в поддержку Европейской Директивы 2010/63/EU (Директива) о защите животных, используемых в научных целях.

Использование животных в научных исследованиях способствовало основным прорывам в медицине, которые обеспечивают здоровье людей и животных. Мы поддерживаем исследования на животных в тех случаях, когда альтернативные методы недоступны, когда потенциальная польза с точки зрения здоровья несомненна, и когда приемлемые этические стандарты и благополучие животных могут быть обеспечены.

Директива 2010/63/EU ужесточает требования к  благополучию животных и распространяет действие концепций улучшения (refinement), замещения (replacement) и уменьшения (reduction) (3R) на всю Европу, при этом ясно обозначая Европу в качестве мирового лидера биомедицинских исследований. В соответствии с Директивой животные могут быть использованы в исследованиях только в том случае, если медицинские, ветеринарные или научные достижения очевидны и не существует никаких действенных альтернатив. Чтобы исследование с использованием животных было приемлемо с этических и научных позиций и разрешено в соответствии с Директивой, оно должно отвечать высоким стандартам и концепции 3R:

  • Replacement (замещение) – методы, которые позволяют избежать или вовсе отказаться от использования животных;
  • Reduction – методы, которые позволяют уменьшить количество животных, используемых в эксперименте;
  • Refinement – методы, позволяющие избежать страданий животных и улучшить их благополучие.

Продолжается развитие методов, альтернативных использованию животных в экспериментах, таких как использование культур человеческих клеток и компьютерное моделирование, и ученые должны стимулировать этот процесс. Несмотря на это, в настоящее время альтернативы не способны полностью заменить животных в научных исследованиях. Для многих комплексных заболеваний, таких как рак, сердечно-сосудистые заболевания и диабет, которые затрагивают множество органов, мы должны понимать реакцию всего организма, как единого целого, что делает исследования на животных все еще необходимыми.

Исследования с использованием животных обеспечили появление основных достижений в области понимания биологических механизмов и внесли вклад в разработку едва ли не всех методов лечения, используемых в медицине и ветеринарии сегодня. В настоящее время исследования с использованием животных продолжают оставаться необходимыми для понимания здоровья человека и животных и для разработки и улучшения методов лечения пациентов по всему миру.