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.

FRAME is hosting an alternatives Symposium on the 16th and 17th July 2019 at the University of Nottingham to celebrate and showcase the work being carried out by early career researchers in the 3Rs area of ‘replacement’. This Symposium will form part of FRAME’s 50th Anniversary events for 2019.

We are pleased to announce that the abstract deadline has been extended to June 14th. 

The Symposium will publicise and share research projects being carried out in universities from across the UK. FRAME is encouraging applications from projects carrying out human-based, in vitro research or those using computer models and simulations. 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.

The event runs from Tuesday 16 July to Wednesday 17 July 2019 at the University of Nottingham and will form part of FRAME’s 50th anniversary year celebrations.

Professor Mark Coles has been confirmed as the keynote speaker for the Symposium.

Based at the University of Oxford, Professor Mark Coles is a passionate advocate for novel 3Rs based approaches. His talk will focus on ‘Why Mice Lie and Monkeys Exaggerate – Novel Methods Reduce and Replace Animals in Therapeutic Discovery and Development’.

Professor Coles completed his PhD in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. His research focused on Natural Killer cell receptor expression and function on T lymphocytes. Following his PhD, Professor Coles has undertaken projects focusing on immunology and computational and mathematical modelling to understand immune function.

In 2014, he co-founded Simomics Ltd to develop in silico virtual disease laboratories to reduce and replace the need for pre-clinical animal models in therapeutic discovery and development and de-risk clinical trial design for immune mediated inflammatory disease, tumour immunotherapy and toxicology testing.

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 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 SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED: The deadline for abstract submission has been extended from 31 May to 26 June 2019. Researchers must submit their work by 26 June 2019 and they will be given notice of acceptance shortly after. Please submit your abstract to

Notification of acceptance by: the end of 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 – kindly sponsored by Tissue Solutions

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.

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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.