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June 13 – 16, 2022 | Marseille, France

Technicians’ Day


Wednesday, 15th June 2022

Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in following foreign languages: French, German, Italian and Spanish.

Please click below for the translated Tech Day programme or scroll further down for the detailed programme in English.


Recordings of the Tech Day will be made available on the virtual platform of FELASA 2022.

Building on the success of the previous meeting in Prague, FELASA is again organising another full Technicians’ Day in Marseille on Wednesday 15th June 2022. Following the theme of the meeting, the day will be focusing on sharing experiences and latest innovations in laboratory animal science and technology. This day is an ideal opportunity to bring together animal care staff and technologists, so that they may benefit from mutual experiences and discussions, and will help to advance their knowledge, care and welfare of laboratory animals in the workplace. This day of celebration and learning recognises the key roles and pressures that laboratory animal technicians work under and their essential contributions as members of the research team.

This is the ultimate CPD event for animal technologists during FELASA 2022. Delivering seminars across four specialist areas, Technicians’ Day provides practical and relevant CPD content in each of the fifteen lectures on offer. Each of the expert speakers brings their professional knowledge, innovation and passion to the day.

Sessions include:

  • Culture of care in practice
  • Reducing rodent aggression and understanding what mice are telling you
  • Come breed with us – GA colony management skills, application of the 3Rs and learning a post-mortem protocol to help understand the causes of neonatal mortality
  • Talk, Talk and talk some more! A diverse selection of speakers and topics aimed to encourage animal technicians to communicate about the important work they perform, enabling you to support your and your colleague’s well-being.

Technicians’ day 2022 has been devised specifically be of interest to animal technologists, but anyone who is interested in laboratory animal science and welfare, whether from a clinical, preclinical, translational, welfare, academic, pharma or even regulatory, perspective, would find topics interesting and useful.

The topics being discussed are also important for Persons responsible for overseeing the welfare and care of animals (ICARE/NACWOs), Animal Welfare Body members, laboratory animal vets, journal editors, regulators and animal welfare groups (e.g., RSPCA, FRAME).

Join our exciting Technicians’ Day at FELASA for topical, practical and relevant information that offers something for everyone working in laboratory animal science and technology.

You may even discover the meaning of life, the universe and everything!

Chairs: Kenneth Applebee and Angela Kerton

08:00-08:30 Culture of care – setting the scene.
Susanna Louhimies

08:30-09:00 Raising concerns – Culture of care.
Kathy Ryder

09:00-09:30 Creating spaces & resources to recognise and support the emotional labour of animal technologists.
Beth Greenhough & Jordi Tremoleda

Chair: Kenneth Applebee and Aurora Brønstad

10:15-10:40 Stay out my territory – Understanding and mitigating male mouse aggression.
Tamara Baker

10:40-11:05 Mice can also be in zen.
Maria Kiersgaard

11:05-11:25 Understanding communication of mice: Is there a value for animal welfare issues?
Christine Pfeifle

Plenary Hall
Chair: Belén Pintado

Challenging the norm to achieve the 3Rs – The value of data sharing, transparency and openness.

David Smith

Chairs: Kenneth Applebee and Angela Kerton

14:15-14:45 Come breed with us! GA colony management skills.
Sara Wells

14:45-15:05 Female companionship to end social isolation of male mice.
Ivo A. C. W. Tiebosch

15:05-15:25 Improving Group size planning of breedings of gene-modified animals.
Torsten Buch

15:25-15:45 A necropsy protocol for newborn mice.
Sara Capas Peneda

15:45-16:30 Coffee break

Chairs: Kenneth Applebee and Angela Kerton

16:30-16:50 How communication through a culture of care has opened our high containment doors.
Lauren Cresser

16:50-17:20 Using a refinement wiki to enhance communication.
Adrian Smith

17:20-17:50 Communication with the future: Laboratory animal science in 2042.
Marcel Frajblat

17:50-18:00 Conclusions from the FELASA-EFAT working group.
Klas Abelson


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