“More than 3Rs – The Principles of Humane Experimental Technique”
Hanno Würbel studied biology at the University of Bern and graduated with a PhD at the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zürich. He continued research as a postdoc at Bristol University, ETH Zürich, and University of Zürich, before he became Professor of Animal Welfare and Ethology at the University of Giessen in Germany in 2002. In 2011, he returned to the University of Bern to take up the new chair for Animal Welfare.
For his research on animal welfare, the 3Rs and reproducibility of animal research, he obtained several research awards, including the CAAT Excellence in Refinement Award (2017) and the 3R Reduction Award of the Swiss Society for Laboratory Animal Science (2019). Some of his findings helped to shape the minimal requirements for the housing of laboratory rodents and influenced the authorization procedure for animal experiments in Switzerland.
Besides teaching and research, he is actively engaged in various committees to promote his mission of ethically responsible and scientifically valid research, e.g. as coauthor of the ARRIVE 2.0 Guidelines and the US Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, as chair of the Ethics Committee for Animal Experimentation (ECAE) of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences, as a member of the Executive Board of the Swiss 3R Competence Centre (3RCC), and as a founding member of the Swiss Reproducibility Network (SwissRN).