YOU-WC11

Mission Statement

The YOU-WC11 is designed for early career scientists that already work or plan to work in the field of the 3Rs. We want to encourage the dialogue of early career scientists among themselves and with experienced peers that have been working in the field for a long time, thereby creating the opportunity for establishing new professional networks. For this, we want to provide a free and open atmosphere for the exchange of scientific ideas and career experiences alike and to simply have some fun!

Eligibility criteria to participate

The YOU-WC11 is designed for early career scientists that already work or plan to work in the field of the 3Rs. We want to encourage the dialogue of early career scientists among themselves and with experienced peers that have been working in the field for a long time, thereby creating the opportunity for establishing new professional networks. For this, we want to provide a free and open atmosphere for the exchange of scientific ideas and career experiences alike and to simply have some fun!

Planned Events

Mentorship Journey

The YOU-WC11 Mentoring Program will accompany the whole congress to allow intensive discussions, fruitful scientific exchanges, and a unique mentoring experience for early career scientists. Therefore, we invite interested scientists who are already well established in their field and are willing to mentor a group of 5-6 mentees throughout the whole congress. This includes a meeting at a given time before the congress to get to know each other and to decide on topics of interest. Moreover, we expect the mentors to arrange at least two interactive meetups with the mentees during the congress (e.g. attending sessions or poster presentations together).
Mentors will provide motivation, openness and expertise in a specific field - at least more than 5 years of active research experience (e.g. academia or industry) beyond completion of the Ph.D. (e.g. senior scientist, group leader, professor, institute director…).
Mentees will provide a general interest in sciences and 3R, natural curiosity and a positive attitude. Mentees/mentor matching will be performed based on the following fields of interest: Safety; Innovative Technologies; Ethics-Welfare and Regulation; Disease; Entrepreneurship/Spin-off Company

Speed Collaborating

Tuesday 24 August 2021 - Day 2

6.30 - 7.45PM

This is a unique opportunity for first-time attendees, but also other early career scientists to connect, ask questions, and exchange experiences. Sign up for the Speed Collaborating to get to know other early career scientists directly from the beginning, this is meant to further improve your personal congress experience, especially in this challenging time.

 

Quiz Night

Thursday 26 August 2021 - Day 4

6.30 - 7.45 PM

Join us for our Quiz Night, get connected, and just have fun with other early career scientists in a relaxed atmosphere. 3R-related, science-related and general knowledge-related questions in pleasant equilibrium. Are you ready for the challenge?

 

Workshops

1. “Publishing - For Beginners and Advanced”

Wednesday 25 August 2021 - Day 3

3.00 - 4.15 PM

One major challenge throughout the scientific career is publishing. Therefore, this workshop will focus on the questions – How does publishing work? Why do we need peer reviewing and how do I review appropriately? What do I need for a high-quality publication? Three experts will present their perspectives, insights, and experiences which will be followed by an interactive discussion round in three separate virtual rooms each guided by one of the experts.

Judith Madden (Editor-in-Chief ATLA; confirmation pending) - Insights into the world of Scientific Journals - What is the role of an Editor/Section Editor?

Paulin Jirkof (Editor-in-Chief Laboratory Animals; confirmation pending) - The Importance of Peer Reviewing and the Art of Reviewing

Peter Loskill (University Hospital Tübingen, Germany; confirmation pending) - Successful Publication Strategies and the Boon and Bane of Preprints

2. “Career Development - Creating a Convincing Personal Profile for different Fields of Activity”

Friday 27 August 2021 - Day 5

3.00 - 4.15 PM

To follow a successful career in research, the development and maintenance of a strong research portfolio is imperative and comes with several challenges. This session covers the perspectives and experiences of different researchers at various career stages including the transition from Ph.D. to postdoc or independent group leader as well as the possibilities for further development even after a professorship is reached? Moreover, we want to provide insights into industrial and editorial paths that are not only an alternative to academia. Five experts will present their perspectives, insights, and experiences which will be followed by an interactive discussion round in five separate virtual rooms each let by one of the experts.

Nicolas Rivron (Maastricht University, the Netherlands; confirmation pending) - From Ph.D. to postdoc: Journey towards scientific self-realization

Vijay Pal Singh (SIR-Institute of Genomics & Integrative Biology, India; confirmation pending) - From the PI perspective: How to find the balance between scientific motivation and being focused?

Gladys Ouedraogo (L'Oréal; confirmation pending) - Industry: As alternative path or first choice?

 

Sonja von Aulock (Editor in chief, ALTEX; confirmation pending) - Bridging research and scientific editoring: Behind the scenes of a scientific journal

Thomas Hartung (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore; confirmation pending) - Finally professor - What comes next?

 

3. “Challenges and Opportunities for Expanding the 3Rs”

Monday 30 August 2021 - Day 6

6.30 - 7.45 PM

Debate 1: Dropping an R: Is it Time to Retire Refinement? 

Speakers (not confirmed): Charu Chandrasekera (Canadian Center for Alternatives to Animal Methods); Lars Lewejohann (Bf3R, Berlin, Germany)

Evidence suggests that pain and suffering can alter an animal’s behavior, physiology, and immunology, which can lead to variation in experimental results that compromise the reliability and repeatability of animal studies. Refinement refers to methods that minimize the pain, suffering, distress, or lasting harm that may be experienced by animals in research to improve scientific results gained by animal experimentation. Furthermore, evidence is mounting that animals are poor models for human disease research, drug development, and safety assessment. Yet, they are still widely used in research and testing. In this debate, speakers will take a stance on whether the time is right to move beyond the principle of refinement and towards more reliable, human-relevant models for biomedical research and toxicology. Speakers will discuss the limitation of animal experiments, scientific advancements that can replace rather than refine the use of animals, if and how these replacement methods are being used and implemented by the scientific community, and if a paradigm shift is inevitable to improve scientific methodologyto ensure improved human health and safety.

Debate 2: Funding vs. Regulation: Which Barrier Poses the Greatest Threat to Advancement?

Speakers (not confirmed): Elizabeth Baker (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine); Maurice Wheelan (EURL-ECVAM?)

In this debate, speakers will take a stance on which barrier, funding, or regulations, present the biggest challenge for progress on the use and acceptance of NAMs (non animal methods).  Speakers will discuss: 1) how practices and procedures have been encoded in legislation or regulations and how outdated regulations challenge the validation, acceptance, and implementation of NAMs, and ongoing efforts to implement NAMs by changing regulations, and 2) how lack of funding of NAMs is impeding scientific progress, how institutionalized bias favors animals research, the responsibilities of funding bodies to advance NAMs through improving funding and transparency, and current efforts to overcome this barrier.

Charu Chandrasekera (Canadian Center for Alternatives to Animal Methods) - not confirmed

Lars Lewejohann (Bf3R, Berlin, Germany) - not confirmed

Elizabeth Baker (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine) - not confirmed

Maurice Wheelan (EURL-ECVAM?) - not confirmed

4. “Conflict Management and Imposter Syndrome - you are not alone!”

Tuesday 31 August 2021 - Day 7

6.30 - 7.45 PM

Although being a researcher stands for creating new knowledge by following personal curiosity and seeking ground-breaking findings, it is also accompanied by stressful responsibilities, frequent rejection, and continuous competition and comparison with others. We are measured based on our accomplishments and these determine how far we are allowed to follow our desired career paths. Self-doubts and interpersonal conflicts are permanent companions in the competitive world of an early career scientist. This environment results in experiencing “imposter syndrome” which is characterized by feelings of inadequacy, despite evidence of success, and the fear of being exposed as a “fraud”. Moreover, as early career scientists, we require support on how to properly face conflicts that can, for example, build up between a student and their peers or even for independent junior group leaders struggling between being a focused leader and an emphatic mentor. In this workshop, speakers will provide insights on the causes and effects of imposter syndrome as well as areas of conflict potential. In addition, they will share their own experiences and potential solutions and strategies. The presentations will be followed by interactive discussion rounds to exchange perspectives and experiences. The overall goal of this session is to highlight the importance of communication, active search for help, and formation of talk rounds of early career scientists to foster exchange and mutual support - you are not alone!

Speakers - tba

 

5. “Let the Stars shine - Fire Presentations given by the 3R Early Career Scientist Award Finalists”

Wednesday 1 September 2021 - Day 8

3.00 - 4.15 PM

We will provide two 3R Early Career Scientist Awards in two different categories (Refine/Reduce & Replace). Therefore, the jury will pre-select 6 finalists for each award based on the quality and 3R-relevance of the submitted abstracts and given the own registration as early career scientist. Finalists will be invited to pre-record their presentations which will presented during this workshop. Each presentation will be followed by a short Q&A. The audience will vote for the best presentation which will be included in the final decision on the finalists. The Award winners will be announced during the official WC11 Award Ceremony!

 

The Awards are sponsored by

  • AniMatch UG (haftungsbeschränkt) - Refine/Reduce
  • Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine - Replace

 

YOU-WC11 Organizing Team

Dr. Annemarie Lang, PhD - Postdoctoral Researcher

Department for Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology, Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany

McKay Research Laboratory, University of Pennsylvania, US

Bioengineering and Biomaterials Laboratory, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, US

Alexandra Damerau & Moritz Pfeiffenberger - PhD Students

Department for Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology, Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany

 

Dr. Frank Schulze - Postdoctoral Researcher & Julia Scheinpflug - PhD Student

German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), German Centre for the Protection of Laboratory Animals (Bf3R), Berlin, Germany

Janine McCarthy, MPH - Research Policy Specialist

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine