Researchers from the Department of Experimental Psychology, Oxford’s Primate Neuroscience research group and Biomedical Services team have been recognised for their openness and public engagement at Understanding Animal Research’s (UAR) fourth annual Openness Awards and the 81st Stephen Paget memorial lecture.
The Award for a Public Engagement Activity was presented jointly to the University of Oxford, MRC Harwell Institute, The Pirbright Institute and the University of Bristol, for coming together to open their labs to 3D cameras in order that the 360 degree Virtual Lab Animal Tour could be made.
To coincide with the Openness Awards and Paget Lecture, UAR has published the third annual report on the Concordat on Openness on Animal Research in the UK. The report details how signatories to the Concordat are fulfilling their commitments to improve openness and transparency, as well as discussing the impacts of the Concordat since it was launched.
While animal research is necessary, is it essential for scientific, veterinary and animal care staff to continue to work closely together to maintain the highest standards of animal welfare. The virtual tour has been a great opportunity for Oxford to openly share the type research conducted in primates and the welfare standards that we maintain for our animals - Maria Martinez, Primate Welfare Officer from the Biomedical Services Department