FRAME 50th Anniversary Symposium

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FRAME 50th Anniversary Symposium

FRAME is hosting an Alternatives Symposium on the 16th and 17th July 2019 at the University of Nottingham. This Symposium will form part of FRAME's 50th Anniversary events for 2019.

Promoting the 3Rs to early career researchers.

FRAME is an independent charity dedicated to promoting the 3Rs and the development of new techniques that will replace the need for laboratory animals in medical and scientific research, education, and testing. FRAME believes in the development of better scientific methods for the benefit of humans, animals and the environment and our aim is the elimination of the need to use laboratory animals in any kind of medical or scientific procedures.

FRAME is hosting an Alternatives Symposium on the 16th and 17th July 2019 at the University of Nottingham. This Symposium will form part of FRAME’s 50th Anniversary events for 2019.

The aim of the event is to celebrate and showcase work being carried out by early career researchers (postdocs and PhD students) in the 3Rs area of ‘replacement’ techniques. FRAME would like to highlight and share research projects being carried out within universities which may not have been developed with the aim of being an ‘alternative’ to animals, but by their nature are helping to advance the development of replacement techniques. This might include cell culturing techniques and methods, developing organoids, organ-on-a-chip research, polymer or biomaterial development, patient-centred research, disease research, in vitro drug discovery techniques, in silico models…. Or any small step in these processes or similar.

FRAME is inviting PhD students, postdocs and researchers within 6 years of their PhD completion to enter abstracts of their works.

Requirements for abstract submission:

Presenting authors must be within 6 years of completing their PhD to be eligible to enter an abstract and must not be the principle investigator.

Researchers must submit abstracts for a poster and/or 15 minute oral presentation on their research and findings. Poster submissions will have the opportunity to provide a short ‘flash’ presentation next to their poster to introduce their work (up to 5 minutes) during an allotted time. Authors are encouraged to enter both a poster and oral presentation. Top 10 abstracts submitted for the oral presentation will be chosen before the event and asked to present.

Abstract admission deadline: 31st May 2019

Notification of acceptance by:  June 2019

Prizes will be awarded for:

  • Best Poster
  • Best ‘flash’ poster presentation
  • Best Oral Presentation (15 minutes. 12 minutes+ 3 minute questions.)

Winners will receive a certificate and a prize.

Abstract submissions should be emailed to 

Draft programme outline:

Day 1:

2pm – Registration and refreshments.

2.30pm – Welcome and housekeeping.

2.45pm – 3pm. First speaker

3pm – 3.45pm Oral presentations

3.45 – 4.15pm Refreshments

4.15 – 5pm: Oral presentations.

7pm – Drinks reception

Day 2:

9.30am  – Welcome back & Keynote speaker

10.30 – 11.15am –  Oral presentations.

11.15 – 11.45am – Coffee break

11.45pm – 1.30pm – Flash poster presentations & buffet lunch

1.30pm – 2pm – Closing speeches and prize giving.


FRAME is subsidising the registration costs for this event, so the cost to delegates is only £40.

If you require accommodation for this event the total cost (including registration, single occupancy accommodation, dinner and bed and breakfast) is £160.

Book your place via Eventbrite here.

Download the FRAME Symposium Poster

If you have any queries, please email: