Scientific sessions will start at 9:00 am on Monday June 13th 2016 and end at approximately 1:30 pm on Thursday June 16th.

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The scientific committee has received a lot of suggestions for sessions, actually more than would fit in the program. Obviously, some topics are ‘hot’ and there were some similarities between suggestions received, but the variety was rich, too. Also, people have offered their help. All this is very valuable and much appreciated.
The scientific committee will now consider everything received in composing complete and balanced streams.
No new suggestions for sessions will be taken.

The scientific committee will get back to all suggestion submitters in a few weeks and also take up offers for help where feasible.


The concept of streams allows participants to navigate more easily through the program and experience no difficult choices regarding their main areas of interest.

Below, the approximate content of each stream is explained.


Animals used for research typically represent a larger population. Sometimes, animals model for animals (e.g. new pharmaceutical formulas for veterinary use) but more often a suitable animal model is sought as a stand in. Also, developing technologies are used to improve and refine animal models in a way that the outcomes address mechanisms in addition to the effects of experimental approaches and the scientific questions they are to resolve. Nonetheless, experimental design is critical to acquire meaningful and reproducible results. Finally, we’re confronted with a wealth of scientific information in need of critical analysis and appropriate use. All these topics will be considered for this stream, itemized:

  1. Model validity
  2. Experimental design
  3. Experimental detail in scientific reporting
  4. Toolkits (imaging, genetic modification, markers, ‘organ on a chip’)
  5. Wealth of information (synthesis of evidence: big data, data-sharing, systematic reviews)
  6. Advances in selected research areas not included in other streams


The concept of ‘one health’ has been warmly adopted by the veterinary and human health communities alike. It is based on what animals and humans have in common, such as infectious diseases but also others like metabolic diseases and cancer. Similarly, animals and humans are exposed to the same environmental factors ranging from environmental pollutants to antimicrobials promoting microbial resistance.
This stream will host a number of topics all based on the fact that animals and humans have much in common regarding health issues, itemized:

  1. Animal models of animal/human infectious disease
  2. Non-infectious diseases that animals have in common with humans
  3. Zoonoses (incl. domestic and feral animals)
  4. High containment research (BSL3/4)
  5. Why we sometimes need NHP
  6. Indicator organisms for environmental issues


Animals tell us a lot of things regarding their wellbeing. This stream addresses welfare topics to be analysed and addressed by increasing awareness on what’s going on in animal’s bodies and minds. The increasing significance of neuroscience research in animals, in part aiming to manage the increasing load of neural diseases in humans, can be used better to help address animal welfare issues as well. For an integrated approach, the stream will include as a minimum:

  1. Behavioural science
  2. Neuroscience
  3. Models of human disease – quality of animal life
  4. Clinical assessment including recognition of pain/distress
  5. Severity assessment (prospective/retrospective)


This stream will deal with the topics regarding animal and human safety. Human safety working with animals in a laboratory setting brings the needs for risk management. But also animals should be kept safe by the management of their health and wellbeing and procedures should follow best practices as these are developed over time. So, animal and human safety will be part of one stream that will also deal with new insights of facility design, itemized:

  1. OHS working with
    • animals (incl. allergy biorisk)
    • animal drugs and test compounds (cytostatics, tamoxifen, MPTP)
    • hazardous chemicals like disinfectants
  2. Health Monitoring in various species
  3. Safe working practices (e.g., when to sedate?)
  4. Best practices for procedures
  5. Provisions for animals (husbandry and care, quality of feed and water, safe enrichment devices, noise exclusion)
  6. Trends in facility design incl. ‘green’


Europe is not just a geographical entity, it is an area of the world with shared values and common history. Politically, Europe is more or less unified by bodies such as the Council of Europe and the European Union. But also science and technology are developing by intense international collaboration. Hence strategies, methods and professional competences are merging. To capture that, this stream is on strategic, scientific, technological, regulatory and human resources developments occurring internationally, as a minimum:

  1. Competence management/ education and training/ mobility of professionals
  2. Designated vet – functions and expertise
  3. Scope –regulated procedures (incl. animals in/from the wild)
  4. 3Rs programs
  5. Program accreditation (establishment)


Given the moral status of animals in our part of the world, there are genuine concerns in society about the instrumental use of animals in research. These concerns regard not only animal welfare but also the ethical justification of animal use. Bottom line, we need to explain our work and our attitude better to justify animal use in view of the real societal interests at stake. Public trust is to be maintained and gained by effective regulations and oversight, and above all by better communication. This is true for all areas of research but especially urgent in the case of animal use. Thus, this stream will be devoted to topics on ethics, oversight, accountability and public communication:

  1. Developments in internal and external oversight
  2. Competent authorities
  3. Animal welfare bodies (by types of establishments/ types of animals)
  4. Ethical review process
  5. NTSes and impact on public information
  6. Active information of the public, accountability


A conference of the RSPCA: Focus on severe suffering starting immediately following the conclusion of the FELASA 2016 congress and continuing on Friday June 17th will be organised at the same venue. Registration is free. You can register and find more information on the event website or email





Information for exhibitor registrations: see webpage ‘Registration exhibitors‘.

We’re delighted to welcome you as a participant at the congress and do our upmost to make it a success scientifically, professionally and socially. Below you find all conditions for participant registration. Activities with limited access will be offered when scheduled and you’ll be notified accordingly.


  • Early bird registration has been postponed till 15 April 2016
  • 15 April 2016: end of bank transfer acceptance. (From 16 April 2016 onwards, only credit card payment can be accepted).

To register, click here


Rijmenamsesteenweg 10, B-3150 Haacht, Belgium

Telephone: 32 16 94 66 66



Charges due to payment method

  • by credit card of 1,40 %
  • by bank transfer of € 10

are not included in these rates and are due additionally.

All rates are in Euros (€) EARLY BIRD
15 April 2016
16 April 2016
Members* 580 715
Non-members 715 850
Students** 300 365
Single day ticket member 275 275
Single day ticket non-member 365 365
Accompanying persons*** 245 245
Gala dinner 100 100
Invited person to Welcome reception only (not attending the congress) 50 50

To register, click here



* The reduced fee for members is applied for members of the following associations:
AACyTAL (Argentina), AAALAC, AALAS (America), ACLAM (America), ACURET.ORG, AFSTAL (France), AISAL (Italy), ANZLAA (Australia & New-Zealand), ARSAL (Romania), ASOCHICAL (Chile), AUCyTAL (Uruguay), Balt-LASA (Baltic States), BCLAS (Belgium), Biotechnische Vereniging (Netherlands), CALAS (China), CALAS/ACSAL (Canada), CLASA (Czech Republic), CroLASA (Croatia), CSLAS (Taiwan China), ECLAM, ESLAV, FinLAS (Finland), GV-SOLAS (Germany and Austria), HLASA (Hungary), HSBLAS (Greece), ILAF (Israel), JALAS (Japan), JSLAR (Japan), KALAS (Korea), KRIBB (Korea), LASA (United Kingdom), LASA-Turkey, NVP (Netherlands), Pol-LASA (Poland), Rus-LASA (Russia), SAALAS (South-Africa), SALAS (Singapore), SBCAL (Brazil), Scand-LAS (Scandinavia), SCAND-LAS (Sweden), SECAL (Spain), SGV (Switzerland), SLAS (Serbia), Slov-LAS (Slovenia), SPCAL (Portugal), TALAS (Thailand). The organizers are authorized to check with the society for verification.


** Students have to hold a valid student card (picture ID) with a university or college to qualify for a reduced rate. Alternatively, the organizers will consider an authorized (written and signed) statement from an education institute to the same effect. A pdf version of this document needs to be uploaded while registering for the congress.
PhD students are not considered as students and will need to pay the regular member/non-member rates. Young scientists may seek to qualify for bursaries issued nationally or internationally.


***Accompanying persons will receive a badge giving access to the exhibition and poster areas only. They have free access to the welcome reception but need to register.

Participants who wish to invite an additional person only for the welcome reception or gala dinner can do so while registering for the events.


FELASA, ICLAS European Regional Committee (ICLAS ERC), and Laboratory Animals Ltd are offering scholarships to young European laboratory animal scientists presenting an abstract at the FELASA Congress to be held in Brussels, Belgium, 13- 16 June 2016.

There will be eleven scholarships of 800.- EUR each, sponsored by FELASA, ICLAS, and Laboratory Animals Ltd. For more information on the application process click here.


  • admission to all scientific sessions and workshops – except those with limited access and the ones requiring a fee. Those activities will be posted when they become available and registered participants will be notified. Admission will be distributed on a first come-first serve basis. Double registrations for restricted activities scheduled in parallel should be avoided.
  • admission to the exhibition and poster areas
  • access to the welcome reception (registration obligatory)
  • congress materials
  • certificate of attendance
  • coffee breaks and lunches


Registration will only become effective on the date we receive your payment and not on the date of your registration. Registration will be confirmed by email including a link to download your invoice.
Nearer the congress, you will be sent a confirmation letter asking you to print the letter which you will need to present at the registration desk upon arrival at the congress. There you will receive your personalised badge and entry tickets to the side events.


During the congress this badge must be clearly visible at any time on-site at the venue. Entrance to the session rooms as well as to the poster and exhibition areas will only be permitted to persons wearing the congress badge or having the correct extra ticket. For security reasons, you also always need to carry your ID card/passport.

Note: In case of loss or damage, badges can be reprinted at the reception desk.
In case of loss, charges for reprinting a badge are € 41,32 (excl. VAT).


All invoice are payable to JuSt Services bvba ( All payment must be made in euros (€) free of charge for JuSt Services bvba.

  • Preferred method of payment: online payment by credit card. Transfer/transaction costs are 1,40 % 21% VAT and will be added to the total amount. You will be sent an invoice immediately after payment.
  • Alternative method: Bank transfers. Bank transfers can only be accepted until 30 April 2016. After that date only credit cards can be accepted.
    You will be sent an invoice and should make the bank transfer within 15 days after registration to the following account:

    IBAN: BE55 7512 0782 2944
    BIC: AXAB BE 22 BANK name AXA Bank Europe
    mentioning reference: FELASA2016, your name, invoice number.

    Any bank charges must be charged to the buyer.
    Administration costs for payment by bank transfer: € 10


The Congress Office should receive a notice of cancellation by email to
In case of cancellation before the published early bird deadline, the payment will be refunded, minus a handling charge of € 100 (excl. 21% VAT).
In all other cases, no refund will be made.
Transfer of registration to another person is only possible after acceptance by the Organiser ( and after payment of an administration cost of € 41,32 (excl.21% VAT).

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