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Animal Free Research UK launches Pioneer Medal

Animal Free Research UK launches Pioneer Medal

Published on August 25, 2021

THE UK’S SCIENCE COMMUNITY is today invited to nominate trailblazing scientists for a new award.

The Pioneer Medal recognises and celebrates scientists carrying out animal free research which can deliver more effective treatments for human diseases faster than current methods.

Created by Animal Free Research UK, the specially commissioned medal will be awarded to the winner for their outstanding contribution in helping to make animal free the gold standard in UK laboratories.

The winner will also be invited to give a keynote closing speech at an international science conference in Birmingham in 14-15 December.

They will be entitled to call themselves ‘Animal Free Research Pioneer 2021’ and will be supported by the charity to promote and showcase their work through a series of talks and other dynamic events to engage and inspire their peers and the public.

Animal Free Research UK CEO, Carla Owen said: “The Pioneer Award is a prestigious annual mark of achievement that elevates the perception of animal free research and researchers in the scientific community.  We know that the decisions more and more scientists make to replace animals in their work will unlock the answers to the many questions we still have about human diseases. They are true pioneers and deserve to be recognised.”

Animal Free Research UK Science Director, Dr Jarrod Bailey said: “Facilitating and promoting positive role models are key aspects of investing in young researchers. Role models can influence and motivate early career scientists to strive to uncover their true potential and overcome barriers. Animal Free Research Pioneers will give young scientists a standard to strive for by making their own work known to wider audiences.”

The call for nominations is now open with a closing date of 3 October 2021.  Animal Free Research UK’s Scientific Advisory Panel will consider and shortlist nominations, and an Award Panel comprising of the charity’s CEO and Trustees will make the final decisions.

If you know someone who should be recognised for their pioneering animal free research, you can find out more details and download an application pack HERE.



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