Science Conference

Our 2023 Conference

Breaking Barriers to Accelerate NAMs Adoption

Steered by a prestigious committee, our Science Conference programme will be tailored to match the interests of every player in the biomedical research community and fit the expectations of its stakeholders, whose sharp minds operate in the fast-paced human health sector. The programme will be rooted in 2-days, addressing new opportunities and resources for early-stage innovation and academia-industry collaborations, winning ways to nurture New Approach Methodologies (NAMs) assets and animal-free research techniques more broadly.

This new format will allow everyone curious about innovative research methods to participate actively in the event and deliver tangible outcomes that will make a real case for change in modernising medical research.

Madingley Hall, Cambridge

Date: 4 – 5 October 2023

Location: Madingley Hall, Cambridge, CB23 8AQ

Set in magnificent gardens just four miles from the centre of Cambridge, and a mere 60 minutes from London, Madingley Hall will provide a memorable setting for our 2023 Conference.

On Day 1 join us for a series of short talks showcasing innovative and ambitious projects, materials, and tools in front of potential partners and investors in the biomedical field. After an awe inspiring first day, we complete it with a fabulous celebration dinner at Madingley Hall, where you will have a chance to have fun and network.

Our Conference continues on Day 2 where you’ll join us for our keynote speaker, the Pioneer Awards and innovative workshops.

It’s guaranteed to be a conference to remember.

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Are you an Early Career Researcher? If so, please email with proof of eligibility to purchase your ticket at the discounted rate of £99.

Registration is free for speakers and Mini-Helpathon candidates!

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We have a limited number of reserved bedrooms for delegates at a rate of £99 per room per night including breakfast. Please book directly by contacting the venue on +44 (0)1223 746222 and referencing Animal Free Research UK.

Call for abstracts

We have a pool of funds allocated to this conference, dedicated to awarding small grants to participants. A diverse panel of biomedical scientists will review all proposals for Pilot Funding that come out of the conference, whether from TED-style talks or Mini-Helpathons, and will fund those that they consider having the most promise to replace animal use.

Deadline to apply – 31 July 2023

Pioneer Awards

The Pioneer Award recognises and celebrates the achievements of trailblazing scientists who conduct medical research without using animals.

This year, nominations also open for the inaugural Early Career Scientist Award, which will shine a light on the next generation of inspiring animal-free researchers.

Deadline to nominate – 16 June 2023

Poster Session

A Poster Session will be held during the conference, where you will be able to present and discuss your work with a wide range of stakeholders from the biomedical field.

We are particularly keen to hear from early-career researchers and biomedical students, as they will have a huge impact in modernising medical research! There will be a dedicated room during the Conference for poster presentation – and a prize for the best poster!

Deadline to apply – 31 July 2023

Help and support the move from animal-based projects to NAMs

Strengthen collaboration with researchers beyond academic settings 

Invest in human-relevant tools or projects 

Collaborate with other researchers on NAMs-based solutions

Overcome barriers in the transition to animal-free research

Our 2022 Conference!

Across two days in Birmingham, we discussed our collective desire to benefit human health by pioneering, perfecting and transitioning to modern animal free medical research. We heard from the best in our field – from veterans and early career scientists alike. Check out our Modernising Medical Research Conference!