M-22 – English

Reproducibility in Animal Research - important concepts

Upcoming Course Dates
Tuesday, 26 November 2019
Registration until 20.11.2019
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M-22 – English

Reproducibility in Animal Research - important concepts

Learning Objectives and Target Audience

Reproducibility is often called the “hallmark” or “bedrock” of science. After all, what good are scientific findings if they are only valid for the time and place they were originally created? This course will convey a general understanding of what reproducibility means before focusing on three key aspects of it:

1. How reproducible research is dependent on data generation, analysis and reporting;
2. How daily research habits are influencing reproducibility;
3. How reproducibility of research also depends on the correct interpretation of research findings.

The course programme is structured in three distinct parts:
Introduction: It starts with a general introduction into the topic of reproducibility, lays out its different meanings and interpretations and tries to set the stage for the latter parts. 
Concrete advice: The middle parts gives the researches concrete advice on how to spot faulty research as well as on how to design, conduct and report their research in the most reproducible way possible.
Conclusion: The LTK ends with a focus on how to interpret and analyse experimental data in a reliable way without falling prey to dichotomous thinking and/or biased reporting.

The programme is structured so that it should give participants useful advice to improve the reproducibility of their research, even if they cannot or do not want to use any specific tools. Also, the advice does not demand a fundamental change of how to conduct research, but rather tries to achieve as much leverage as possible with as few and easy changes in research habits as possible.

Note: For this course, 2 continuous training days are submitted for authority accreditation. Prerequisite for this is that the participants do preparatory tasks and additionally do a homework after the course, which will be checked by the organizers.

Criterea for Participation

The participants must be involved in animal experimentation (as experiment, study director, Cantonal commission, KVET, …).


For this course, 2 continuous training days are submitted for authority accreditation (Federation of Swiss Cantonal Veterinary Officers /VSKT).

Course Fees

Universities in Switzerland: CHF: 500.-
Industry, external person and institutions from abroad: CHF 760.-

More details in http://www.ltk.uzh.ch/en/teaching-and-training/Overview.html

Please note that we will charge you the full fees in case of a late cancellation of the course (within 3 weeks before start of the course) or in case of absence. It is the responsibility of the participant to inform the organizer of the course about the cancellation before the deadline of 3 weeks before the course to avoid the billing of the course. To charge for cancellations is common practice by other providers, too. The new proceedings for education courses became necessary due to an increasing extent of short term cancellations in training modules.


Insurance is responsibility of each participant.