Openness Awards and Paget Lecture 2016

5 December 2016

Posted by: UAR news team

Category: Communications & media

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Tonight (Monday, 5th December) Understanding Animal Research celebrate the third annual Openness Awards and 80th Stephen Paget Memorial Lecture. The Openness Awards celebrate five recipients that have met the Concordat on Openness commitments and encouraged the widespread sharing of best practice. The Paget Lecture, Animal Research – Then and Now, will be given by Professor Sir Mark Walport, the UK Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser. We will be live streaming the event on the UAR Facebook page between 6:30pm - 8:00pm. We will also be live tweeting the event on the UAR Twitter account using the hashtag #ConcordatOpenness.

The Stephen Paget Memorial Lecture is a scientific lecture to commemorate the life of Dr Stephen Paget. Stephen Paget (1855 – 1926) was the founder of the Research Defence Society, a forerunner of Understanding Animal Research. He believed passionately that better science and understanding of physiology would lead to better medical treatments. After his death in 1926, he was greatly missed by his medical colleagues and the scientific community. The first Stephen Paget memorial lecture was given in 1927 to commemorate his life and allow leading bio-medical scientists of the day to talk about their research.

Last year Sir Colin Blakemore delivered an excellent lecture titled ‘Four Stories about Understanding the Brain’ which discussed the importance of animal work, the 3Rs and continual development of experimental design in four different aspect of neuroscience: the cerebral cortex, language, Huntington’s Disease and Stroke.

Last year's Openness Award winners included Agenda Resource Management for its Welfare First programme; the University of Leicester for leading an enormous culture change in openness; King’s College London who invited a reporter from the Mirror to visit its marmoset facility and take photos; and the University of Cambridge for its animal research video as the centre-piece of its animal-research website.

Throughout today, Concordat on Openness signatories will be tweeting about their openness activities using the hashtag #ConcordatOpenness. Take a look on Twitter to read about all the great openness work that has been undertaken during 2016.